"I used to be a workaholic and very ambitious. I don't know why, but it's all melted away. I have almost zero ambition. I want to do my work, and then I just want to go home and be with my family. I took the last five years to step away from working. [Motherhood] changed every fiber of my being, and I think I can honestly say it brought me as close as I've ever come to being really happy. My son just started school, I miss acting, and I want to work,. My only apprehension in coming back to TV was getting into a situation where I was working too much. But now I'm working two or three days a week, and the rest is family time. I can't imagine anything better than the situation I have at this very moment."
"I love being a mom, but as any mother will tell you, if you stay at home with a [toddler] 24/7, you get mush brain. You start wishing you were working. Then when you are working, you're wishing you're home. It's a tough dilemma." [On her and her son Liam's reaction to her return to work this fall] "I can't say that I had an easy time. But he's really okay with it. He always says, 'well, you're a mom, but you're an actress too.'"
[on returning to series television with her new show Brothers & Sisters] "I was really enjoying being a mom. This is a wonderful opportunity, but I'm also giving something up."
"I thought, 'Liam's going to be in kindergarten and will be gone 8 hours a day. . . How great to do a television show -- I'll hopefully be able to negotiate my schedule really well so I can be home, and [I'll get to] act and work with a writer who understands theater, whom I've always loved and admired. It'll be like doing a play every week. . [But] All of a sudden I wasn't home to pick up Liam from school, and I realized it wasn't really OK, and I wasn't happy. I was scratching my eyes out. I couldn't believe I'd put myself in this situation. [It was a] three month transition. It's all calmed down now. And I was very comforted knowing that Harrison was there -- he really stepped up and became a stay-at-home dad for all intents and purposes. It was wonderful having that." C Magazine