Amanda Seyfried has a new project on Netflix that comes out Friday called Mank. She both produced and co-stars in it opposite Gary Oldman who plays the titular character, Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz. Amanda was pregnant while filming the project, we know now because she surprised us all by announcing the birth of her second child, a son, in September. Amanda and husband Thomas Sadoski also have a three-year-old daughter and they all live on a farm in upstate New York with Amanda’s mom. Amanda has called her mom a “third parent” and praised her help. With the pandemic, and her mom’s help, Amanda was able not only to tend to her farm but pick up a few new hobbies. That is, until baby two arrived and now Amanda doesn’t have time for anything that isn’t kid related.
On Life on her New York farm: I am unable to stand by and do nothing. During my pregnancy, I discovered new passions. I learned crochet, embroidery, sewing … I even got into the quilting technique to make quilts. On the other hand since our second baby is here, I don’t have a second of my own. Being a mom has changed all of my priorities.
On life with two young kids: There are magical moments between them. Everyone warned me, but having two kids has nothing to do with one (laughs). It’s great being a mother, but I’m just starting to learn the art of juggling with two toddlers. Living on a farm also has advantages like nature and anonymity, but with two children everything changes. Before, I took care of the morning chores with the animals. There, it is much more complicated with two young children. And you have to watch the chickens and ducks, that they are not too close to them (laughs). I expected the responsibilities of becoming a mother, but added to that are the lives of the animals that need us.
I’ve said this before, but I feel so much for parents of young kids during this pandemic. I don’t know how they’re doing it. I’m stuck at home with kids, but they’re teenagers who are perfectly capable of feeding and entertaining themselves. Heck, they chip in with chores and cooking and such. If I had a toddler looking to me to entertain it 10 hours a day, man, I’d be a basket case. I imagine between the farm, her daughter and a baby, Amanda is having trouble finding a few moments for herself. Now she has work to promote on top of it, but it could be nice to discuss something other than diapers, who’s hungry and “how did that mess get there?” The imagery of her last few sentences made me giggle, though. I’m picturing what was supposed to be a bucolic farm scene of children and poultry in harmony but ended up erupting into the Fowl-Toddler Hungry Games.
As for the skills Amanda acquired before her time evaporated – brava. I already know how to sew, and I don’t know if I’ve so much as threaded a needle during the pandemic. She mastered quilting? Good lord! Amanda ran a farm, finished producing a film, learned quilting techniques, embroidery and crocheting, raised a three-year-old and grew and birthed a baby all during quarantine. Huh. Once this is over, and the topic of conversation is “How did you spend quarantine?”, I’m starting to worry that “I watched crap TV and ate my body weight in M & M’s” isn’t going play that well.
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