I Still Have ‘Mom Guilt’ While Working

All moms know this. Laura PreponHer acting career is not the only thing she does. She also has a cookware company, so managing all that, plus parenthood, can be challenging.

“The work-life balance is tough,” the That ‘70s ShowExclusively shared by actress Us WeeklyWednesday, June 15 “You wanna be home with your kids and then when you’re with your kids, you’re like, ‘I should be working.’ And that mom guilt is still an issue.”

42-year old PrepOn founder Ella was born to her actor husband in 2017. Ben Foster, 41. The couple also welcomed a son in 2020, but decided not to reveal his name to the public.

While discussing her new partnership with Vitalite, a plant-based cheese alternative, the mom-of-two shared that other projects, like directing a new show for Netflix, will require “really long” hours, again challenging her multitasking abilities.

“I really have to balance work life and mom life,” Prepon shared. “Parents have been dealing with it for a very, very long time, I’m sure, but that kind of balance is definitely hard.”

She added: “You figure it out and we have a great family dynamic. Thank goodness. We’ll figure it out, but that’s probably the toughest thing —being away from them when I’m at work. The guilt is just overwhelming sometimes.”


Laura Prepon.
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What about the Orange is the New Black star and her husband delegate the parenting roles, Prepon noted that it “just depends.”

“In terms of social media with our children and any time anything is being shown with the kids, it’s always a discussion that he and I have together,” she explained. “Again, no judgment, we’re all doing the best we can! But for us, it’s always a family decision. When one of us is at work, we’re in communication about how we’re gonna figure out the home life.”

Another one of the Stash Plan author’s upcoming projects, That ‘90s Show, will demand a lot of her time, but she’s more than excited to bring the new Netflix revival to the public.

“It’s so fun. It’s all the same sets,” Prepon, who rose to fame playing Donna Pinciotti on the original FOX series, shared. “When I first went there, I cried. I’m just like, ‘The nostalgia is so strong and it was such an incredible time in my life.’ I can’t wait for people to see it. I think they’re really, really gonna get a kick out of it.”

Netflix announced that it had acquired the That ‘70s ShowPrepon will host a revival series in October 2021 Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, Wilmer Valderrama, Debra Jo Rupp Kurtwood SmithAll actors reprise their roles. The new show will follow the Forman parents babysitting Eric and Donna’s daughter, Leia (Callie Haverda), while she visits for the summer.

When she heads back home after a long day at work, Prepon focuses on incorporating more plant-based meals into her family’s routine since taking on “a flexitarian lifestyle.”

“I definitely tend to go more plant-based for my family and partnering with a company like Vitalite is great, [because] I use it at home and my kids eat it and love it,” the New Jersey native said. “It’s just like a really great fit. So, it’s exciting.”

Christina Garibaldi reports

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