Of course you're familiar with Bree Van De Camp from Desperate Housewives, but if you loved to hate the psychotic Dr. Kimberly Shaw on Melrose Place, you are a true Marcia Cross fan. We recently had the good fortune of chatting with the refreshingly real Marcia Cross about surviving her demanding shooting schedule, the daily dramas of life with twins and somehow finding time for friendship.



MOMMY TRACKED: It sounds so corny but really — how do you do it? How long are your shooting days are the twins on set? Do you get to put them to sleep most nights?


Marcia Cross: Oh goodness. There really is no typical day in the life. There are so many moving variables. The schedule changes every ten days. Some days I will be home all day and able to get them up, be with them and put them to bed. When I have those rare days, I want to just be with them I feel too guilty to even see a friend or go to the gym. Because set days often last 12 or more hours a day. I am always feeling guilty about something. The producers are flexible to a point. When you aren’t with them it is really hard. They do come to the set. And they are really good when they are there. There are fussy moments, though, when I have to rehearse with one of the twins on my hip.


We’ve always wanted to ask a high profile mom how it feels to have her kids in national magazines all the time. Does it make you proud to see them referred to as beautiful kids or do you just wish you could keep them out of the public eye all together?


I personally have never arranged to have them photographed. But the paparazzi do capture them from time to time. I guess that’s just part of the deal. Most of the time I don’t even notice that a picture is being taken. And I have to admit that I love looking at other people with their kids in the magazines.


Given the consistent schedule and its local nature, is your hope to always work in series television?


God no. The one hour drama is the hardest schedule out there. A half-hour sit-com is much better. Even film work you can take a break from. This has to be the most grueling job an actor can have.


LOVE what Ms. Cross said about not knowing if twins are "crazier!" Spoken like an honest "twins-as-your-first/only-children" Mama! Have adored here work (oh, I go back to the Dr. Kimberly Shaw days!) for years, and am THRILLED she's a fellow twin mom who seems to revel in the experience. Great interview, Amy!
Contributor: Mommy Track'd
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