Exclusive interview with celebrity Husband and Wife on Parenthood!
Alysia Reiner, is an award-winning actress, producer environmental activist and mother (of adorable two-year-old Livia) who has appeared in feature films such as “Sideways,” “The Vicious Kind” and “Arranged.” This summer, Alysia is filming “Backwards,” an indie film, with James Van Der Beek, David Alan Basche (who she also happens to be married to) and a talented cast. When she’s not busy on-set, Alysia is an environmental activist and a champion for green living and positive parenting. She’s been featured on Best for Babes and Celebrity Baby Scoop on breastfeeding and motherhood, among other popular parenting sites. David Alan Basche is currently on “The Exes” on TVLand. David was recently seen kicking down doors all over New York as Terrence Stamp’s assistant in the Matt Damon film “The Adjustment Bureau,” and his next movie is “Real Steel,” the Spielberg/Zemeckis film with Hugh Jackman, directed by Shawn Levy (“Date Night,” “Night at the Museum”), due out in November. And yes, that was David giving Carrie and Big advice on having children (or not!) in “Sex And The City 2.”
How has being a parent changed your life?
Alysia- My capacity for love and my compassion (and lets call a spade a spade, what I really mean is a regular waterworks of tears on a daily basis) has increased beyond measure. I will never forget when my mom told me having a child is like having your heart outside your body, and it’s true beyond measure. I love and am beyond grateful for Liv, David, my friends, family and fans who cheerlead and support me. And I am learning how to stay calm in the eye of a storm that is a 2 year old temper tantrum. How to have patience when she asks something 100 times, how to listen and be heard, and whatever I eat she wants to eat so I wanna make sure it is awesome healthy stuff for all of us. And here is a biggie: How not to take my daughter’s feelings personally which is something I REALLY NEEDED TO LEARN.
What is your favorite part about being a parent?
Alysia- The endless giggles that turn into hiccups and snuggles that turn into naps. So many magic moments that you see in movies or hear about as a kid, and then you actually experience and feel them, and its beyond words. And my sense of WONDER & IMAGINATION – Its funny David & I’s production company is 2 wonder full to be limited, 2 people full of wonder basically, but wow my experience of WONDER as we see the world again and hear the WHYs daily has expanded beyond belief.
Alysia- Patience with everything, including myself not being the perfect parent, seeing and healing parts of yourself you didn’t know about and may not like, breathing, and TIME MANAGEMENT.
How do you think being a celebrity parent is different from being a regular every day parent?
Alysia- As David mentioned, I think the privacy issue is big, and how to juggle when we are both working – especially on separate coasts, when our family is separated it’s rough, and rougher when it’s last minute, which happens with work sometimes. It’s a strange life not knowing where you will be next week – a job can take you anywhere at anytime! But we Skype a ton, make videos and songs for each other, try to keep lots of routine no matter where we are so Liv feels super safe and secure, and with all that love, anything is possible.
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