10 Questions With Caterina Scorsone

Medically Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on March 06, 2019
3 min read

I want to help people expand their understanding of what it is to love a person who isn’t “typical” or who is living with a disability. Down syndrome is a genetic variation, and there are lots of genetic variations. There isn’t one particular way that a person should be to have value. Life with Pippa is one of the richest gifts our family has ever received.

The truth is that having any child is challenging! You get to know your baby and you figure out her needs just like you do with a typical kid.

We wondered if Pippa having Down syndrome would affect things between them, but it has really unfolded just like any other sibling relationship.

They helped me realize that parenting a child with Down syndrome is just a learning curve as with any child. And they have so many helpful insights, like the best places to get physical therapy.

After I was the doula for my sister’s home birth, I read the famous guide to natural childbirth by midwife Ina May Gaskin, who founded The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee. I was so inspired that I decided to go to The Farm and train to be an assistant midwife. Then I came back to Los Angeles to apprentice with some midwives here.

Oh, yes! It’s fundamentally redefined pregnancy and birth for me, to see it as an incredible, miraculous, powerful thing that women have evolved over millions of years to do really well.

We’re alike in eye color, height, and facial structure -- that’s about it! One of the things I really like about acting is that it helps people develop their capacity for empathy and compassion. Her character began as someone facing addiction and trauma, and over time we’ve taken her from being stuck in her trauma to someone who’s being of service to others. I love portraying that journey of healing.

I’ve been practicing yoga since I was 16 years old.

Definitely! Breath control and body awareness can be a great way to connect to a character and also to connect to yourself.

I want to approach community building in the present moment and doing small things with care and with love, as opposed to setting my eyes on a later date or a bigger role that might bring community to me later.

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