It’s a trend for millennials to prioritize their career, have an excellent financial standing, or to travel places rather than be married and have kids. But for TV star Patricia Heaton, she’s thankful to have a family first before having a blossoming career as an actress. Patricia is the main character in Carol’s Second Act, a new must-watch TV drama on CBS.
Patricia talked with Patheos.com’s Kate O’Hare, and she’s in gratitude to God by making her enjoy quality family time first before her current rise to fame.
The actress is a devoted Catholic. She said, “I believe that God withheld any real success from me until I was married and had children. It’s so easy to be consumed by your career, especially in this industry.”
Patricia said that if she experienced fame as an actress early in her career, it would be hard for her to raise a family the way she did. The actress said, “I love acting, and it would be effortless for me to be consumed by it. So it wasn’t until I got married and started having kids that things started blossoming. The minute I got pregnant with my first son, my priorities completely shifted”.
Patricia expressed, “I felt powerful because this human was developing inside of me. It’s still miraculous when I think about it. I had this person to protect and to nourish and to raise.”
The TV star is happily married and a mom to four boys. Work has taken a backseat in her family life, but she didn’t stop dreaming that she’ll act again someday. She explained, “I didn’t have time to think about it when I came home, because I had kids. So I became better at work because I was super-focused.”
Patricia explained her character in Carol’s Second Act, “It’s a woman who embarks on a unique second act after raising her children. Getting divorced and retiring from teaching to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. At age 50, Carol is a medical intern and must sink or swim with peers who are half her age. It’s her enthusiasm, perspective, and yes, even her age that may be exactly what will make her second act a great success.”
Patricia hopes the show will be an inspiration for people of all ages to pursue their goals. Whatever their age is, whatever societal norms that could hinder them from reaching their dreams, they should make their goals happen.
She said, “I hope it inspires women and men in their 50s, 60s, and 70s to step out of their comfort zone. They should pursue that dream that they had to set aside for whatever reason, know that they have value to the world and the community they’re in.”
The actress also stated, “Their skills and knowledge and wisdom are needed in this world, especially by young people, to be mentors and big brothers and big sisters, and just figures of wisdom to people who are struggling.”
Carol’s Second ACT airs on CBS every Thursdays, at 9:30 p.m. PT/ET.