(In the above pic a luminous Maria Bello was snapped at “The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor” premiere in LA on July 27th.)
On what was it like to play a mother on screen in “The Mummy”:
I’m a mother, and it’s second nature for me to play a mom. I love that they are in this complicated family dynamic, which is how it is for most people. I never like to see these easy, down-pat families on films, because that’s just not real life for most people.
On being a parent to son Jackson, 7:
It’s incredible. I remember the night he was born. It was 22 hours of labor and a thunderstorm with nothing more than an aspirin. I never felt so much love and fear at the same time. When he was little, I just wanted to keep him from every lesson he needed to learn.
I need to trust God to take care of him. If you have faith, it makes you relax. I think the greatest thing we need to teach our kids is to be our most authentic selves.
On giving birth in her own bed:
I had this notion that would be the way to do it. I had a midwife, and after 12 hours I said, “We’re going to stay here and stick it out.” Believe me, there were times where I wanted to say, “Get the ambulance — I’m done.” But then I thought, “I can do anything for 24 hours” and it was almost exactly 24 hours. I can’t imagine giving birth in a sterile environment like a hospital.
Maria, 41, lives on the west side of LA with her 7-year-old son, Jackson Blue.
Jackson Blue, whom she had with her ex-boyfriend, screenwriter Dan McDermott, is named for her college mentor (Augustinian priest and professor Ray Jackson, who passed away 11 years ago) and, simply, for the color blue. “Twenty years ago, my friend, who is a Celtic healer, said, ‘I feel this blue energy around you,’ ” explained Maria. “So when I was pregnant, we thought, ‘blue.’ ”
Maria shared that Jackson goes to basketball camp and Maria and Jackson have been taking surfing lessons together. But “his real bug is basketball,” she said. “My child is obsessed. One of his first words, after ‘Mama,’ ‘Dada’ and ‘dog,’ was ‘basketball.’ ”
Maria is close friends with Carrie-Anne Moss, 40, whom she met in a hotel lobby in Toronto 12 years ago. “I walked in and she goes, ‘I love you!’ And I go, ‘I love you, too!’ ” We went up to her hotel room and made French onion dip in a wine glass and had chips and salsa and talked all night.” The actresses—who Maria said “never talk about the business”—are godparents to each other’s children. (Carrie has two sons.) “She is so compassionate,” said Maria. “She is my parenting mentor.”