Does being an actress make things harder or easier?
Easier, because my hours are different. I can squeeze in time for Griffin or take him with me. It’s harder, too, because there’s no schedule. When I’m called, I’m called.
How do you and your husband handle household chores and childcare?
We’re honestly a mutual household. I’m very lucky. It’s not 50-50; I have a husband who’s 100 percent. We’re 100 percent and 100 percent.
What are the things you refuse to compromise when it comes to your family?
Safety, health, and the happiness of my family come first.
In a refreshingly honest article in Self magazine, you talked about the pressures and extremes you’ve had to go to to be Hollywood skinny. Did you ever think if might be easier to be a stay-at-home mom?
There was a part I thought I’d get, but I didn’t. That’s when I got pregnant with Griffin. Certainly after I had him, I didn’t want to leave him. I was the happiest I ever wanted to be, and also the fattest I ever was! And then came the Disney Channel calling, and for the first 15 episodes I carried an extra 15 pounds of weight because I was still breastfeeding. I breastfed him for a year. I view my body really differently now. I created life; why do I want to punish myself for that? I’m so in awe of my body now.