Photo Credit: Vogue
In Sarah Jessica Parker's latest movie, I Don't Know How She Does It (in theaters Sept. 16), she plays an insanely busy working mother named Kate Reddy who somehow manages to keep lots of balls in the air. Parker can relate, and that's why the 46-year-old actress' working-mom side is what's showcased in a new photo shoot in the current issue of Vogue.
Readers get to see Parker at home with her husband, 49-year-old actor Matthew Broderick, and kids, 8-year-old James Wilkie and 2-year-old twins Loretta and Tabitha, who were born via a surrogate mother.
"I think it's funny how much (Tabitha) looks like my husband," she says. "Except then I look at Loretta and she has my husband's mouth and sort of sad eyes, you know the kind that go down? The Broderick eyes. They both really look like him."
Parker tells the magazine that she relates more to her character in I Don't Know How She Does It than she did to her defining role in Sex & the City. "(Carrie) Bradshaw's life is nothing -- nothing -- like mine," she says. "I loved playing her, and it changed my life in lots of wonderful ways, but I'm not a crazy shoe lady. I don't think about fashion all day long, although I have a great respect for the industry. Every choice we've made has been different, but with Kate I really understood the attempt at a life."
Though Parker loved her years on Sex & the City, she knew she couldn't continue with the show's 20-hour workdays once she was a mom. "It wasn’t hard when I didn't have children," she says. "I loved it. But I ultimately chose to stop doing the television series because I felt like it required, and deserved, a lot of time when I really wanted to be a parent."
Movie work allows her the freedom to do that. Parker says she schedules her meetings after walking James Wilkie to the school in the morning, and she tries to be home after the twins' afternoon nap. "I feel like if I'm only missing up until 3:30, when they wake up, that's not so awful," she says.
That's not to say she misses her pre-kids life. Being an older mom, she says she's had plenty of time to enjoy herself before the babies arrived. "I've had a lot of opportunities to do the things that I wanted to do, like sleep," she says. "I have slept till 11:00 for a lot of years."
For the time being, sleep is going to have to go on the back burner. What working mom doesn't relate to that?