Elisabeth Röhm: Being a Mother “Lightens My Heart”

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You may have seen Elisabeth Röhm’s beautiful face in "Law & Order" over the past ten years and you can see her in NBC’s "Heroes" as well, but this actress is known for more than her onscreen stints. She’s also a dedicated mom!

This lovely German girl, who was raised in NYC, claims that she pined to be an equestrian before she fell in love with acting in college. After earning her degree, she scored a guest spot on the soap "One Life to Live" and followed that up with gigs on the WB and ABC.

In addition to being an actress, Röhm has also written a novel, published a cookbook, sings, and still saddles up every once in a while! Dick Wolf, creator/prodocuer of "Law & Order" lauded her as "one of the finest young actresses working in television." She’s been in numerous movies, including the recent "Kreutzer Sonata", an independent film co-starring Danny Huston, and has been featured in many magazines from InStyle to People, USA Today to Life & Style.

Röhm’s greatest achievement, however, came in 2008 when she gave birth to her daughter Easton with now-fiance Ron Wooster. In this exclusive interview, Röhm dishes on her career as a full-time mother.

MM: Between your career and your family, how do you manage to stay on top of everything?
ER: I think having a family makes you more time sensitive. I find that I do juggle, but I don’t waste time now like I did in my twenties. Easton has made me more efficient!


MM: Do you follow a strict workout schedule or diet?
ER: I follow a pretty strict plan of exercising at my gym circuit at least three times a week so that I can eat what I want to! Food, glorious food!


MM: Tell us about your relationship with your daughter–how has motherhood changed your life?
ER: Easton has given me peace. Knowing that she is número uno helps me to stay balanced and not sweat the small stuff. As long as she feels loved and secure, everything else seems to work out in our family.


MM: What is the BEST part about motherhood in your opinion?
ER: Having just lost my mother last year, I can confirm that Easton brings me true joy everyday. She lightens my heart!


MM: Describe your parenting style in one word.
ER: Spontaneous.


MM: What is most surprising about being a mom?
ER: Being that I have always been a workaholic, I am constantly surprised by what I’m willing and happy to give up just to have time with her.


MM: What is the best piece of parenting advice you ever got?
ER: Remember how small they are.


MM: How do you show someone you love them?
ER: Showing up goes a long way. Being there. Being present.


MM: What has been your favorite role to date?
ER: My favorite role to date has been that of the matriarch.


MM: Last parenting decision you regretted?
ER: Being inconsistent with discipline.

Photo credit:  Adam Hendershot

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