Danica McKellar Talks "Love at the Christmas Table", Breastfeeding & More!
Q: Tell us more about your new Lifetime Movie.
A: It’s an adorable movie. There are so many fun scenes; a snowball fight, a scene where we get drunk and get into a whip cream fight and we even get zipped up in same jacket. It’s a romantic comedy- two characters meet under the holiday table when they are five years old and for years their families get together for holiday dinner. The movie shows these kids develop this friendship each year. I come in and play the character starting at 18 years old. People will come away from it feeling warm and fuzzy- and it’s airing on Sunday after Thanksgiving- so it's a great time to get into the Christmas spirit! Our movie is a great film you can watch with kids-it’s a romantic comedy-with lots of teenage drama; the ups and downs when you’re in love with someone--and they don't know it! And I’m going to be live tweeting during the premiere answering fans questions @danicamckellar.
Q: How do you balance your career with motherhood?
A: I only do a few acting projects a year and this film only took a month to shoot but I was lucky that I still had my early mornings to spend with my son. I set my alarm extra early so I could get ready and could spend extra time with him-- nursing-- and of course he came to the set a few times as well.
Q: I love that you are still breastfeeding your son as two years old. What’s your take on the whole breastfeeding controversy?
A: I don’t want to push my choices on anyone else. I think it is a wonderful gift- being that it is an optional gift and I continue because my son DRACO wants to nurse. I think breastfeeding in public and breastfeeding longer are two different issues. As a child gets older- you should be more discrete as it could be more confusing, but breastfeeding in public is totally natural- and definitely try not to wean your child during the winter months because there's illness and when your kid is sick they will still breastfeed.
Q: Would you ever consider letting your son be a child actor?
A: I want my son to do what he wants to do, but I’m also not going to encourage it. My son was in the movie, he was visiting the set and so we got him on camera-- he's baby at party! In my trailer he was singing and he was so cute and we said we had to get him on camera. So we get him on camera and he clams up-- I asked him if he wanted to sing jingle bells and he said no! He doesn’t like to perform on command for someone else.
Q: What’s your advice for parents who want to get their kids in the business?
A: If your kid wants to get into acting- have them go take theater classes and see if they want to hone their craft-- let them try community theater.
Q: What is The Best piece of advice you’ve gotten about parenting?
A: Listen to your kids-- so often we discount their ideas they have a lot on their minds- especially during the wonder years age! If you listen to your kids when they're younger they’ll come to you when they are older!