The actress said that “being a mother and wife comes first,” as she announced her departure from the show.
“After two wonderful seasons in Los Angeles, the studio has decided to shoot season three of Mistresses in Vancouver, Canada for financial reasons,” she wrote on her blog Tuesday.
Family comes first for the actress, who is mom to son Milo, 3, and daughter Elizabella, 3 weeks.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided that I can’t relocate,” she explained. “I have two babies under 4. Being a mother and wife comes first and I just can not uproot my children and separate the family by moving away.”
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Seriously though, how many actress’ would do the same? So many high-profile moms relocate their families, hire full-time nannies, and even commute cross-country (and sometimes cross-continental) for their fancy gigs.
It’s such a hard decision for so many women! Here are some quotes from working moms in Hollywood on the challenge of balancing work and motherhood:
“I think when you are a working mother it is always very difficult. In fact it’s difficult if you are a mother anyway even if you are not working. It’s the demand, the responsibility and the love. It’s a lot. And trying to balance a career with it makes it hard. I have a lot of respect for women who try to do both things, because I really struggle.” – Gwyneth Paltrow
“I’m still wiping a bottom, making three meals a day, dealing with sass—and also trying to work. I don’t always do it all well. At bedtime last night my middle child said, ‘I feel like you never have time to play with me.’ I thought, ‘My mom never played with me. I’m trying! But you know what? She’s right. So my goal is to play dolls with her all afternoon. I guess I would say for this stage of my life, I’m in the thick of it.” – Jennifer Garner
“I’ve learned to become incredibly efficient. I don’t stress about being ‘balanced’ because the truth is, parenting is unpredictable and you can’t account for everything. Instead, I’m cognizant of my priorities and I wake up knowing what I need to accomplish personally and professionally, and then I do everything I can to fulfill those goals.” – Ivanka Trump
“When I was a new mom, I used to think that life was going to be balanced, and I strived for that. But life is crazy! I’ve got two little ones a year apart—my daughter Rain and my son, Shaya—and two older daughters—Neriah and Sierra—and a million things to do. I gave up on the expectation that everything was going to be picture-perfect. Balance is a joke.” – Brooke Burke-Charvet
“It’s looney! But it’s the same as any working mom or parent. It’s so fun that it’s worth it. I try to get out of the house without macaroni and cheese [on me]. I wait till the last second to get dressed because I have to avoid the little kid hands down me.” – Melissa McCarthy
“[I don't want to be asked how I balance work and motherhood] because, (a) I’m not nearly as busy as people think, (b) half of everything just doesn’t get done — as long as no one is in tears, nobody smells bad and everyone’s sleeping peacefully, I’ve done my job — and (c) I have a supportive group of girlfriends, a great husband and an understanding family. The rest gets done with grit, spit and a whole lot of duct tape.” – Julia Roberts
Would/did you leave your successful job for motherhood? Sound off in the comments below!