You probably know her as the sexy, crime-fighting Alex Munday in Charlie’s Angels or as the intelligent Joan Watson on Elementary. Well, you should also know that Lucy Liu is an amazing new mom who’s encouraging mothers everywhere with her inspirational story as a single parent.
We chatted with Liu about her new life with Rockwell and her recent partnership with Tylenol and their #HowWeFamily campaign.
Congratulations on Rockwell! How have your first months of motherhood been?
They have been just a feeling of elation — and really busy because, you know, people haven’t seen me in a long really long time. They want to see the baby and I’m just juggling [it all].
Why did you decide to join Tylenol’s #HowWeFamily campaign?
I love that their main focus is to be inclusive and to also spread the message that it’s not about how you have a family, but it’s about how you love your family. Being a mom who’s single, how I went about having it through a gestational carrier, how people now have gay parents or transgender children — there’s different ways of being a parent and there should be no judgment or criticism going about that. I don’t think the traditional way of having a child is the only way to do it, so their message to me was very powerful and important. Family at home is definitely something you create. And that’s what [Tylenol is] telling people to do.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering a surrogate?
I would say make sure that you feel 100% comfortable with the person and that you also have an idea of what you want or what you need from that person. Make sure that the person or the agency/doctor you’re connected with has had a relationship with the person in the past so everything is out in the open. Never feel like you’re disconnected.
What do you find are some of the biggest struggles for mothers today?
I think there’s a struggle of working and being at home with your baby. I feel like, for me, asking for help is a struggle many women have. [Moms] shouldn’t feel like they have to do everything. They can ask their friends and their family to help them. When you become a mom, you have to do the laundry, take care of the baby, and you have to work, [but] you shouldn’t put yourself in a position where you feel guilty to ask for help.
Has being a mom changed the way you approach work?
Yes, absolutely. You become a little more aware of projects that you’d rather not bother doing because you’d rather stay at home [with the baby]. Your world opens up so much and at the same time you start to drop things that don’t excite you as much, and I think that’s good. And on a bigger scale, what you do and how you do it is much greater [after becoming a mom].
Lastly, how will you be spending your first Mother’s Day?
I’m going to be spending my first Mother’s Day in pajamas all day — and just hanging out at home with my baby and having family and friends come over.
xx, The FabFitFun Team