morning c e l e b r it y m o m Q & A so focused on my career, I had my eye on the prize, so the rest of my life just fell to the side. [When I met my husband at age 34] I was ready and comfortable. I had achieved a certain amount of success in my career, so I could relax a little. I wasn’t chasing that brass ring—I already had it. So I became more open to a relationship. Also, you’re so much better off being in a position where you don’t need a man. click Log on to workingmother .com and read what it’s like for Jane to work with TV icon Betty White. One Hot Mama The actress talks about her hit show and latest venture, a baby-care product line. By i l i s a c o h e n Was it tough being pregnant while starring on Frasier? During my first pregnancy, 1 they put me in a fat suit and gave Daphne a weight problem, which was great. But those suits weigh a ton, and eventually, you’re like, “I can’t put this on anymore.” But I worked through both pregnancies. Literally, I had my second baby the day after we shot an episode. Do you feel like your successful career caused your personal life to take a backseat? Yes, I think that’s true. I was w o r k i n g m o t h e r . c o m j u n e /j u ly 2 0 1 1 How did you meet your husband, Marshall Coben? He worked at Paramount— he was an executive there. And we met at the Paramount Christmas party. We stood there for hours talking, and everybody on Frasier says that they just pulled up their chairs and watched us fall in love. Tell us about your new baby-care line. Tellurian Baby has a great texture—it gets a good lather. The baby oil has cleared up my niece’s eczema. I sometimes even put the lotion on myself, and it makes my skin feel great. ■ Jane’s Guide to Staying Fit Take it slow. It took two years after each pregnancy before I felt like myself again. Savor alone time. When the kids are busy, I go up to my room, go on my treadmill, catch up on my shows and exercise. Heed good advice. [Co-star] Wendie Malick told me her secret is cutting out the sugar and white flour. Think of it as a gift. Exercise is a gift to yourself and a gift to your family because you’ll be around a lot longer. clockwise from top left: Kristian Dowling/PictureGroup; istockphoto (2); Michael Kovac/FilmMagic/getty images; istockphoto How do you deal with guilt when you can’t be with your children [Isabella, 10, and Finn, 7] because of work? I think just by setting a great example for my daughter, because she’s not suffering at all. She can see that it’s an equal partnership between me and my husband. It’s also a good example for my son, because he’s going to make someone a great husband. He’s not going to expect someone to cater to his every need. Ja n e L e e v e s What do you like best about playing Joy on Hot in Cleveland? I love that she’s such a mess. She’s so cynical and damaged, and that’s wonderful. I went from playing Daphne on Frasier, who was the glass-half-full girl. Joy is the glass-half-empty girl. It’s a nice change. Care and Share Tellurian Baby not only soothes infant skin, the company also donates profits to charities.
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