Actress Kyra Sedgwick has starred in a number of major Hollywood films, including Phenomenon, Secondhand Lions, and The Game Plan, but she is perhaps best known for her role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on TNT's hit television series "The Closer," for which she has received several Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe.
Sedgwick has been married to actor Kevin Bacon since 1988. The highly successful acting couple have two children, Travis Sedgwick Bacon and Sosie Ruth Bacon.
Recently, our friend Beth Feldman, founder of RoleMommy.com hosted a screening party for TNT's "The Closer" featuring a guest appearance by Kyra Sedgwick. After partygoers enjoyed a chocolate fountain and caught a screening of the first episode, Kyra answered a barrage of questions from an audience comprised mostly of women with children. Throughout the brief Q&A session, Kyra was brutally honest about her life as a mom, wife and actress.
How do you remember your lines?
I do it by listening to a small tape recorder. Not a high tech digital one. I'm talking the old fashioned type. I listen to it as I walk everywhere. Even when I'm on the toilet and I'm not kidding. Women get that because moms are never alone when they go to the bathroom. I don't take a bath without my tape recorder. I listen to it over and over again all day long while I'm working.
What do you have to confess?
I guess this isn't a confession. But honestly, what I wish I'd done differently is that I wish I didn't feel so darn guilty about working when I worked because I never worked too much and my kids turned out really well.
Unless you've killed someone, honestly, guilt is a useless emotion. I wish I didn't waste so much of my time feeling guilty.
How should we describe you?
Tall! Really tall! [Kyra laughs and lifts up her heels.]
Tell everyone I'm just really tired and shut down.
As a working mother, how do you organize and manage your time?
That's funny! I don't. People literally walk behind me and gather everything I've dropped. I'm not the organizer. Organizing is great if you can do it but I can't do it.
I'm in the poopy diaper stage of my life. But I know you've been married for 20 years to Kevin Bacon. How do you maintain such a happy marriage?