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Q: How are you feeling about having twins?
A: It’s exciting, especially since it’s a boy and girl. It’s the best of both worlds. Also, since there is such a big age difference with my daughter, it will be nice that they will have each other. I won’t have to scramble for playdates; I am really bad about that. I guess I am a naturally shy person and slow to make friends. I always feel a little deficient in the playdate department. [She laughs.] But I am worried about lack of sleep. I will be working and I’m taking just eight weeks off to give birth and take care of them, and then I go back to work in September. I have never done that before.
Q: What are you most excited about?
A: I am really excited to have a bigger family. I can’t wait to meet and see them. It’s so hard to imagine your children before they are actually here. I say to my husband all the time, “Can you imagine life without Mathilda?” She is such a huge part of us now, it’s impossible to think of life without her. Our daughter is so different from us; she has elements of me and of my husband, but such her own personality, sense of humor, and individual ideas. It’s so interesting to see how they grow and develop. It will be the same way with the twins. Because it hasn’t happened yet, it’s so exciting to think about who these little people will be.
Q: Are you planning to breastfeed?
A: Yes, I am going to, but I don’t know what that’s going to be like with the two. I did breastfeed Mathilda.
Q: Do you think it’s ironic to be pregnant while playing the mother of a pregnant teenager on The Secret Life of the American Teenager?
A: Yes, I do. It’s funny. I took on the role of playing a mother of a teenager before I was there in my own real life. Age-wise, it certainly works, but in our society most people are having kids when they are older, so it feels like I skipped a few steps. I think it’s cool though. It’s an interesting dynamic to have a teenage daughter on the show.
Q: Does any of your previous experience, playing complicated teens, inform your involvement in this show at all?
A: All of that feels very far away to me. I do think it connects me to them. All the teenagers on the show have seen my movies, so it creates a bond.