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October 7, 2013

Kate Baldwin on motherhood, Broadway, 'Big Fish'

NEW YORK (AP) — Baldwin appeared in the Broadway casts of “The Full Monty,” ‘‘Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Wonderful Town” before getting noticed in “Finian’s Rainbow,” which earned her a Tony nomination.

She sat down to talk about the show, family life and the crazy thing that happens just before the curtain goes up every Saturday night between the actors in “Big Fish” and the ones across the street in “Jersey Boys.”

AP: This is a musical about a father and son. What’s your role?

Baldwin: I am the peacemaker. I’m the steady center in between these wildly different characters. I’m trying to make sure no one comes crashing down. To me, that’s a lovely thing to play every night.

AP: This is your fifth time on Broadway. Does it get old hat?

Baldwin: It feels special because it’s my first Broadway show as a mother. It changes your world completely.

AP: How is it balancing work and mommy-hood?

Baldwin: My day is spent being a servant to a small person who I love and cherish and will do anything for. And then I come here and I have loads of people who take care of me. I have somebody to put my clothes on for me. I have somebody who does my laundry, somebody who brings me something to drink and change my shoes for me. It used to make me feel uncomfortable to have someone tend to me, now I’m like ‘Bring it on!’

AP: You’ve played mothers quite a lot before. Why?

Baldwin: I’m tall. For the most part, I project a certain maturity onstage. I have a lower speaking voice. I’ve sort of always been cast as older than I am. And in that sense, I’ve played mothers.

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