“Younger” star Sutton Foster has no problem admitting how she’s able to pull off new motherhood and the demands of starring in the TV land comedy-drama.
“I have great help,” she says. “There’s no way [I could do it by myself].”
The 42-year-old Broadway star — who in the series plays a young mom who poses as a 26-year-old to get a publishing job — adopted infant girl Emily Dale Griffin with her screenwriter husband Ted Griffin in April.
“She was born a month before we started production so it was really hard for me to let go because obviously I wanted to be able to do everything,” the two-time Tony winner told us at the Season 4 premiere of “Younger” at Mr. Purple on the Lower East Side.
Sutton Foster and husband Ted Griffin adopt baby girl
“But being a working mom I realized we had to get help and we got really lucky and found a wonderful woman who has saved our lives,” Foster says, “and I’ve been able to bring the baby to set.”
Plenty of working-mom actresses aren’t as quick to credit their nannies, and Foster says she understands why — the scrutiny of other mothers can be “pretty intense,” she says.
“It was something I wasn’t aware of before becoming a mom and the mom guilt is so real,” she says. “[The judgement] is so unfair because it’s really an impossible, hard job and nobody can do it 100 percent right or 100 percent wrong. Everyone does it completely differently and no one knows what the hell they’re doing. We’re all just fumbling along, trying to make the best decisions we can, so it’s so unfair to pass any sense of judgement on anyone.”
Luckily, she says, she’s got a comrade in arms who’s been a big help in navigating the waters of new motherhood.
“One of my best friends in the world had a baby boy in January and I feel like we have clung to each other and supported each other through everything and we’ve been able to talk to each other about all of this stuff,” Foster said.
With Nicki Gostin