Rebecca Romijn: I'd never get a nanny
Rebecca Romijn and her husband Jerry O'Connell are "each other's assistants".
The 40-year-old actress is married to Jerry O'Connell and the pair raise four-year-old twin daughters Charlie and Dolly. Although caring for two children can be a handful, Rebecca and Jerry insist on juggling their careers and family life alone.
“We’re each other’s assistants. We pick up each other’s slack. Whoever is less busy helps the busier one: ‘Can you go pick up this for me?’ or ‘Can you book my flight?’” she told the August issue of Redbook. “That’s what real life is. Once you start paying somebody else to do the grunt work, who are you?”
At the moment, Rebecca is busy shooting on location in Canada, so Jerry looks after the girls. He splits his time between their Los Angeles family home and taking the kids to see their mom in Vancouver.
Rebecca admits it can be tough to take a step back from her parenting responsibilities.
“It’s hard for me to not make suggestions when I’m not on duty. For example, ten days ago when he was bringing the girls up to Vancouver, I was like, ‘Oh, God, he cannot forget their jackets. I have to remember to tell him to bring rain boots,’” she laughed.
“Then I told myself: ‘He knows what the weather is like in Vancouver.’ Meanwhile, he showed up with one pair of shoes each, two pairs of pants, two T-shirts, a sweatshirt and no jacket! This was my worst fear and we were… fine.”
The actress can't believe how quickly her daughters are growing up. She often feels overwhelmed with emotion when she thinks about how they are changing each day.
“Sometimes I do get a little teary. Jerry and I will see the girls running ahead of us and say, ‘Look at them, they’ll never be this little again — not even ten minutes from now,'" she explained.
Rebecca also spoke about possibly changing her surname to O'Connell. The star was previously married to actor John Stamos and during the relationship, was known as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. She realises that having the same name as the rest of her family could soon become important to her children.
“At a certain age I think it’ll be my girls who ask, ‘Why is your last name different than ours?’ Once it matters to them, it’s going to start mattering to me. And also for Jerry,” she added. “My girls have this funny thing that they always do when it’s the four of us — they go, ‘See, here we are, all together, a family,' over and over again. I think ‘O’Connell’ will play a big part in that.”
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