Ali Larter Cleans House
Whatever you do, don't tell actress and mom Ali Larter to "slow down."
That's a phrase, she tells mom.me, she never wants to hear again. After all, the mother of two is busy.
When she's not kicking serious butt as Claire Redfield in the "Resident Evil" franchise, or shooting Fox TV pilot "Pitch," Larter is doting on 5-year-old son Theodore and 1-year-old daughter Vivienne, alongside husband Hayes MacArthur. She's also tackling the usual parenting duties that moms and dads know well—cleaning up.
While life with kids can get messy, she admits there's one place in the house that absolutely must stay clean.
"My kitchen counter!" says Larter, who has partnered with Lysol. "The kitchen counter is a cornerstone in the home for me because I cook so much and my kids are so involved in the cooking in my family."
And as a busy working mom, Larter tells mom.me that juggling her career can sometimes be tricky—but totally worth it.
"I took the first year off with my son, and I cherish that time," she says. "But I also realize that I'm really fed by my work and that I want to be a great example for him."
Not only that, but Larter also says, "I've been working in this business long enough to understand that when a great opportunity comes, you need to seize it."
Find out what else Larter says about motherhood, binge-watching and her biggest weakness.
What quality makes for a good mom?
What is your favorite quality in a dad?
Supporting the mom and remembering that she was once your girlfriend.
What did you think you'd be when you grew up?
A news broadcaster. I was really inspired by Diane Sawyer and some of these women that were just really telling the stories that were happening around the world and opening people's eyes to things that maybe they weren't aware of.
What trait do you hope your children inherit from you?
Zest for life. Someone who embraces the mistakes and laughs along the way.
What do you appreciate most in your friends?
I would have to say they are fun. For me, I love to laugh. I think it's just having a fun time together. And we cook together. We get a lot of my best girlfriends and throw dinner parties. And so a big part of my life is entertaining together, serving great wine and making delicious meals.
What is your idea of misery?
Being without my family.
If you could switch lives with anyone, who would you switch with?
What's the one quality you wish you had as a parent?
Patience. Part of being someone who is so instinctual and someone who loves to have fun in life—I'm always someone who pushes forward. To be able to slow down and be patient is something that being a mother has taught me, and I still have a long way to go.
What is the social media platform you can't live without?
What is the last book you read (by yourself)?
"When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi
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Who is your favorite fictional hero/heroine?
Thelma and Louise. I also love the work of actress like Faye Dunaway and Jessica Lange.
What is your favorite children's book?
"The Giving Tree," "Peter Rabbit" and "Little Owl's Night"
The baby name that didn't make the final cut?
What was the last thing you binge-watched?
"Wet Hot American Summer"
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Who are your heroes in real life?
What is your main weakness?
What word or phrase do you never want to hear again?
"Be patient." "Slow down."
What is your idea of real happiness?
Watching my children laugh.
What is your favorite motto?
Everything you need is inside of you.