Sarah Jessica Parker: Son James Wilkie Is Itching to Act

The I Don't Know How She Does It star says her 8-year-old son wants to follow in the footsteps of his famous mom and dad

If the acting bug is genetic, then Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's kid is in trouble! Parker, 46, and Broderick, 49, both started acting at a young age -- and now, in a new interview with Parade, Parker reveals that their 8-year-old son James Wilkie is eager to go into the family business.

"I don't want him to do it until after he goes to college," Parker admits. "But part of me thinks maybe it's better if he knows the truth now about how hard it is to be a working actor. I don't know that he grasps what it took to get us here.

"I didn't plot a future like this, although I know some people do," she continues. "When Matthew and I started working, all we knew is that we wanted to be great actors. I don't think I ever thought about money or that people would know my name."

Now, of course, people do know her name -- but Parker says that her life isn't always easy street, especially when it comes to balancing two acting careers with three kids (James Wilkie and her 2-year-old twins via surrogate, Loretta and Tabitha).

"We've had two occasions recently where both Matthew and I were working, and it was so hard on the kids," she recalls. "Especially James Wilkie, because he can really articulate how he feels about our absence."

But sometimes being an A-list actor has its benefits. "On the other hand," she notes, "there are big chunks of time when we're home a lot more than conventionally working parents. So you hope to make up for it."

In the September film I Don't Know How She Does It, Parker plays a business executive struggling to juggle work and kids. The actress herself employs several babysitters, but is proud that she doesn't rely on a live-in nanny.

"We love closing the door and having the only people in the house be our three children and us," she says. "I give the girls their bath every night. Matthew cooks amazing things -- last Saturday, pasta amatriciana and broccoli rabe, plus fennel sausage that he made."

Parker is very close with her three children, as is obvious when she describes their personalities. Loretta, she says, is "deeply inquisitive," constantly asking, "Do you see that, do you hear that, Mama?" Tabitha lives for attention and is already a little fashion plate. "She can put on any kind of shoe -- she gets the feet right, figures out the Velcro," says Parker. "Yesterday she had on my husband's shoes, mine, her brother's, her sister's and a babysitter's."

James Wilkie, Parker says, is the most like her, having inherited "this need to strive for perfection." But, she adds, her son is "a lot more bold" than she was as a child.

Hmm -- that could be useful for auditions...

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