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Jamie- Lynn Sigler: The Motherhood Interview

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Ever since "The Sopranos" ended way back when, we've missed watching our favorite mobster's daughter on the small screen. Luckily for us, we got to catch up with actress and expecting mama Jamie-Lynn Sigler, at the Netflix premiere of "Project Mc²"—a show about four girls who use STEAM skills to save the world—and got to chat about all things motherhood. Find out what the soon-to-be mom of two had to say about which actress' career she'd rather have to her biggest struggle as a mom.

What quality makes for a good mom?

I feel a little awkward answering the question, because who am I to judge anyone else's parenting? But I say as long as at the end of the day you can make your child feel loved and safe and secure, you're doing a great job.

What's your favorite quality in a dad?

Just being present and taking on duties that some people assume are "just for moms." My husband changed a lot of diapers!

What's the hardest part of being a mom?

The guilt you feel when you want time for yourself and then when you actually take the time, you feel bad you aren't with your child.

The theme of "Project Mc²" is "Smart is the new cool.” Why do you think the show’s message is so important for young girls and kids today?

Because it broadens their horizons on what to strive for in their lives. It's about a thirst for knowledge and how fun it can be and that confidence can be found through intelligence and learning.

What did you think you'd be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an actress. I honestly sometimes wish I had a back-up plan or something else I felt passionate about, but being an actress allows you to pretend you can be so many different things—and nothing beats that for me.

What is your greatest wish for your child?

That he always has a passion and feels supported and loved in his pursuit of it.

What's your biggest fear as a mom?

Just that I could be screwing him up in any way and that my choices and actions that I'm aware aren't always the best and that I'm working on aren't being passed down.

If you could switch lives with anyone, who would it be?

Well, I would never want to leave my family—nothing would ever be better than them. But I would love to have them and Emma Stone's career. The balance of roles and musicals she gets to do is my dream.

What's the one quality you want to have as a parent?

Patience and understanding.

What's the social media platform you can't live without?

Instagram. Although I try and take breaks at times, it can be addicting.

What was the baby name that didn't make the final cut?

Bodhi. It was a close call, but with a Beau [her son's name], it's safe to say we will never have a Bodhi.

What's your favorite children's book?

"Are You my Mother?"

What's the last thing you binge watched?

"Ozark" and "The Handmaid's Tale"

What word or phrase do you never want to hear again?

Phat.

Who are your heroes in real life?

I'm inspired daily by people. Truly. And I try to find ways to apply what I'm inspired by to my own life so I can done day be my own hero.

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