Holby City star Tina Hobley talks about life as a soap actress mum and how her children cope with the paparazzi
A I took four months off after I’d had Orson, now 1, and as much as I miss being with him and my daughters, Isabella, nearly 12, and Olivia, nearly 3, I’ve really enjoyed getting back to work. Being a working mum is manic and I feel like I’m constantly spinning plates in the air, but it gives me a bit of me time in my busy world.
A I get up when Orson wakes at around 4am. He’s not a great sleeper, so we have a cuddle and then he goes back down until around 5.45am. I leave the house at 6.30am, and drop Orson off at my mum’s house on the way to work. If I’m heading out before Isabella and Olivia have woken up, I leave them a note on the table to say have a good day at school and nursery and I’ll see them later.
A It’s gone really well, and the baby who plays Chrissie’s son, Daniel, was actually born two weeks before Orson arrived, so it makes it easy having them around the same age. I would love to have Orsonplaying the part of Daniel one day. It’s just an idea at the moment, but it would be amazing to save thefootage of us together on film for the future.
A I find it easy, as I’m so busy outside work, so as soon as the camera stops rolling, I’m straight back into mum mode, thinking about what’s for tea and who needs to be where.
A Isabella is amazing with both Olivia and Orson, but I’d completely forgotten how difficult the two-year-old stage is, which we’re going through with Olivia at the moment. Maybe I’d forgotten it on purpose so I’d have another baby one day!
A Isabella just ignores it, as it’s something she’s grown up with from an early age, but Olivia seems to enjoy the attention and is very cheeky. She pokes her tongue out if she sees a camera.
A Absolutely not! I’m very happy that I’ve got my little boy after two girls, but I’ve done my bit nowand I’m happy with three.
A I love parties, so we’ll definitely be celebrating. Isabella and Olivia both have birthdays in April, which makes it a bit of a challenge to do them all together, so we’ll be sure to give Orson a treat on his big day.
Tina is supporting Tommy’s Let’s Get Baby Friendly Awards 2011 and presenting the Danone Baby Nutrition Hero award for health care professionals.
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