Song also reveals what an active dad the Home Alone star is
Brenda Song spoke candidly about her life with her fiancé Macaulay Culkin and how she balances her career with motherhood in a rare interview.
The 33-year-old actress spoke to The Cut about how she’s adjusted to parenthood with Culkin and the demands that both motherhood and acting place on her.
“My fiancé and I are very active,” she told the publication. “We don’t have a nanny, but my mum has been with us since my son was born. He is 9 months old now.”
Although the couple asked for help from Brenda’s mother, the “Dollface”star and Culkin make sure to split parenting duties as needed.
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“I think when you and your partner have kids, especially the first few months, you don’t have the patience to be polite to each other,” she admitted. “Being communicative when you need help is so important. Instead of having set tasks, we just feel right. I’m going to drop my son off and my partner is like, ‘Let me feed the animals and cook dinner .’ “
Like all other new parents, the former Disney Channel star shared that despite her busy schedule, her mornings always revolve around her son.
“I wake up, take him out of his crib, change him, make our breakfast and drink my matcha. As a new parent, I don’t sleep at all. I’m someone who likes to wake up and go- go for it,” she said. “Now it’s when I put my son down for his first nap that I do my job. I take that time to write emails and plan my day. I try to do everything during his nap window. If I I have time, I’ll work out – I have a small gym in my garage and I do a lot of circuit training.”
“To be the best mom, I have to be the best myself,” Song continued. “And exercise helps me not worry or overthink. So I try to find some time. Sometimes I read and knit. I don’t phone in the morning.”
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Even when the actress leaves to work on set, Song confessed that her spirit is often always with her family. Brenda admitted that returning to film her projects just three months after the birth of her son “was more difficult” than expected.
The “Suite Life of Zack and Cody” actress opened up about her pride in her professionalism and her dedication to her time on set, which made it difficult for her to talk about her new responsibilities as a mother.
“I’m proud to always be the first on set. So saying, ‘Hey, I need 20 minutes to pump’, that was tough,” she said. “The hours away from my son took a toll on me. Learning my own limits while trying to take care of my son and my family – it was hard.”
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“The biggest challenge is being away from family. I know everyone feels that,” referenced the struggles of returning to work. “There were so many long days when I would come home and my son was already sleeping. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to keep pumping and breastfeeding him while I was working. I pumped all day long. production.”
Despite the challenges, Song described the “great support system” that had comforted her in difficult situations and shared that her mother often brought her son to the set so she could “breastfeed him and see him during the daytime”.
“I knew my son was in care, I just had FOMO. Missing those hours with my newborn son hurts me, but at the end of the day mom has to put food on the table You have to make those sacrifices,” Song concluded. “I hope he understands.”