Nia Long is a multi-tasking, organized mom who breastfed her son Kenz, now 2, for several months after she delivered him, deciding to take extra time off rather than return to work immediately. The Boiler Room divulged that the industry made it easy for her to make that decision because calls for movie and acting roles stopped coming in once she announced her pregnancy.
The past Bellyitch Bumpwatch mom shared with Mom.me some other insights into how she balances life as an actress. Long, who stars in the new box-office ticket charting movie The Best Man Holiday, is also mom to 12-year old, Massai. Long, who is well known for her role in the romantic-drama Love Jones and former NBA player Ime Udoka welcomed their first child together in November 2011. Massai’s dad is actor Massai Zhivago Dorsey I.
From her interview:
How she juggles everything…
“Just breathe and breathe deeply. You pay attention to the things that need immediate attention. Then the other things kind of go to the wayside until you jump back over and pay attention to that thing that might be falling apart at the time. The key for me is really to be organized and to have a really clear understanding of what needs to take priority over the other thing.”
How she stays organized…
“I was having this conversation with [director] Tyler Perry about single moms. He was talking to a mom, and he asked, ‘How do you do it? How do you do it every single day?’ and her answer to him was, ‘You just do it. You don’t think about it.’ And so for me, it’s all kind of stored in my mind, and I have a good way of remembering what needs to be remembered. You have to. It’s just part of the gig.”
The challenges of taking time off for baby—and going back to work…
“This business will give you breaks even when you don’t want breaks, because after your next gig, it’s not like, ‘Oh, I’ve arrived.’ It’s like, ‘Oh my God, what’s my next job?’ And I think every actor feels that panic, so it wasn’t like I called my agent and said, ‘I’m having a baby, and I’m not coming back for two years.’ It was more like, ‘I’m having a baby,’ and they stopped calling me for a while, and then once the baby was born, and I was ready, the conversations gradually started to happen, and eventually you get a job.
“I admire the women who can have babies and jump right back to work. I don’t know how they do it. As a nursing mother, I couldn’t sit there and just pump all day. I needed to be close to my baby.”
Read the complete interview on Mom.me.