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Bridget Moynahan Speaks Her Mind

The busy actress talks about her love of exercise, healthy food, and her role in the new series Blue Bloods.
By Linda Formichelli
WebMD Magazine - Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Model and actress Bridget Moynahan made her television debut in 1999, playing the role of the infamous Mr. Big's girlfriend (and later, bride) Natasha. Only a year later, she made her film debut, too, in Coyote Ugly.  Since then she has appeared in a half dozen films, including Serendipity, The Sum of All Fears, The Recruit, I, Robot, Lord of War, Unknown, Noise, and Ramona and Beezus, as well as several other television series, including Six Degrees  and Eli Stone. A single mother of a three-year-old boy, Moynahan sat down with WebMD the Magazine to talk about how she stays fit with her busy schedule, plus her lifelong passion for sports and fitness, her enviable ability to stay on a healthy diet, and how motherhood has changed her.

You're in the CBS series Blue Bloods, and the new sci-fi thriller Battle: Los Angeles, coming out March 11, 2011. How do you find the time to balance such a busy work life and stay fit?

It's a challenge, but fortunately I have the ability to find the time so I can make it to the gym. I don't know if most people have that luxury. We also eat a pretty healthy diet at home. I'm probably in the best shape of my life. I weigh the same as I did in high school, but my body is completely changed. I have never been stronger and I've never been more fit.

In Blue Bloods, costarring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, you play Erin Reagan-Boyle, a DA and single mom. What’s it like playing her?

I can relate to a lot of the character. I think a majority of women in their late thirties and up can. Unfortunately, divorce is very high and single parenthood is very high. Raising a teenage daughter is something that I am unfamiliar with, but I can understand the stress and confusion about it. When I read the script for the first time I thought there was so much that we could play with. The multi-dimensional character really interested me.

Has motherhood changed you?

Absolutely -- for the better. I didn't realize how much patience I actually had, and my empathy level for other moms quadrupled. I used to think, "Why does that mother have a stroller when the kid is clearly 5 years old?" But now I'm like, "Okay, it's a matter of convenience for the parents."

What’s your family’s diet like?

It's not what everybody wants to hear, but we eat a lot of vegetables and protein and a low-fat diet. I know everybody would love to hear about a secret pill or great cleanse, but it's just going back to what we were taught in school.

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