Toni Collette’s role on United States of Tara hasn’t just given her an Emmy nod. It also reenergized her love of acting after the birth of her daughter, Sage, now 18 months.
“Even though I was beyond exhausted — I was breastfeeding and had a little person living off my body — I was always excited to wake up and go to work,” she told The Sydney Morning Herald.
But as she prepares to shoot the second season in Los Angeles, far away from her Sydney home, she’s prepared for a change in the dynamics. In fact, she admits she’s still unsure “how it will work.”
“I was still breastfeeding last time, so we would all go to work together. They [Sage and Toni’s husband, Dave Galafassi] would go off and have little adventures during the day but she was kind of dependent on my breasts.”
The couple is unsure whether they’ll extend their brood, but Toni concedes she does “think about it.” However right now it seems that one is enough.
“I am pretty happy with my one gorgeous little person at the moment. I am just enjoying her and enjoying this time.”
To that end, Toni said she struggles to remember life before Sage entered it, adding that “it’s kind of like she has always been here … and yet she is so brand new.”
“For me, I think the biggest thing about having a child is realizing the depth of feeling that a human being is capable of. I think, inherently, actors feel like you are for hire and it could all go away. But now I don’t take jobs for the sake of taking a job. Unless I completely love something I wouldn’t touch it. I would rather spend time with my daughter.”
One thing is for certain: Wherever Toni goes, Sage and Dave will follow!
“We move as a unit, we go everywhere together,” she explained. “Surely the joy of being part of a family is the day-to-dayness.”
The second season of United States of Tara will air on Showtime in early 2010. The first series starts screening in Australia tonight on ABC1.
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