From Mouseketeer to Mission Impossible Mom: Keri Russell

I loved watching Felicity when I was in college and I’ve liked Keri Russell since then.

She’s my age.  She also has a 4-yr old.  And she’s expecting another baby.  (Now, if only I looked as good or as chic as she did … floppy sun hat – check. wayfarers –  check, white v-neck – check, dark jeans – check, gold chain and pendant – check … Nope, it’s not working.)

Photo Taken from and Pacific Coast News

Well, one thing we have in common is that she has an O.C. side of her.  Here are some excerpts from her interview with ParentDish:

PD: So, are you a know-it-all control freak?
KR: I think my husband would say so.
PD: Really? Why?
KR: I’m just a nerd. Well, maybe not as controlling as much as a nerd. I like everything organized. I like everything very clean. I don’t like to bend the rules. I’m a nerd. I go to sleep really early. I’m like, “I don’t think that’s the way we should do that,” and my husband’s like, “Alright, nerd. Calm down.” I’m the opposite of cool.

PD: Your son is 3. Is it hard to let go of stuff?
KR: Oh, my God! It changes everything. I feel like the moment I put him to sleep I can clean the kitchen the way I like it and then when he’s awake and he has every toy out you just have to walk away.

PD: Do you make him help pick up?
KR: Yes, of course. We sort of sing a little song about it together, but he’s not as excited about cleaning up as I am. He says, “You, Mama, you.”

PD: A couple of years ago we saw pictures of you schlepping your laundry in a bubble trolley and remember thinking, surely Keri Russell can afford to get her laundry picked up.
KR: Again, I’m a nerd. I love doing laundry and, at the time, we were living in an apartment that my husband was renovating.

PD: So, your favorite cleaning chore?
KR: Oh, God, there’s so many. Ironing is pretty gratifying because it smells nice and it looks nice at the end. I really like, in my house, when the downstairs is clean.

Full interview on ParentDish.

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Don’t you just love her more? =)

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Did you also know she was a Mouseketeer where she worked with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling. She was also cast in Disney’s sequel Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, as the babysitter.  (This photo reminds me of Robin in HIMYM.)

Then, she starred beside Tom Cruise in Mission impossible 3.  She’s come a long way (makes me question what I’ve done with my life knowing we’re the same age!).

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22 Responses to From Mouseketeer to Mission Impossible Mom: Keri Russell

  1. eyecandy says:

    I. want. that. trolley.

  2. mymommyology says:

    You have gone a long way!!! You don’t do laundry! 😉

  3. Rone says:

    I never liked her. Now I know why. I could tell her OCness would stress me out.

  4. janie says:

    I love Keri Russell! Watching Felicity every thursday night was therapeutic. Have you seen her in “The Waitress?”

  5. manilamommy says:

    i heart felicity until she cut her hair but i loved her again in waitress 😀 hmmm i wonder what happened to noel?

  6. Litzie says:

    i love keri russel ever since. my ultimate idol… nice post!

  7. sam says:

    I’m all about the O.C., but ironing is not gratifying. HEHE 😀

  8. I love Keri Russell! In Felicity, in The Waitress… don’t like ironing too much though. Hehe.

    • Maybe there’s something in seeing a wrinkled shirt turn flat? I can only speculate from a general OC perspective as no matter how I think about it, I don’t like ironing.

  9. Sorry super not related: Omgosh I have that same trolley! I was hoping it would be my movable workstation like (eye)candy but it’s just too deep so I keep my rolled papers and boards in it.

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