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October 7, 2013

Kate Baldwin on motherhood, Broadway, 'Big Fish'


AP: Can you now channel motherhood easier because you are one?

Baldwin: Now I really know the nuts-and-bolts of it, don’t I? Now I truly understand it.

AP: Graham Rowat, your husband, is also a stage actor. How did you meet?

Baldwin: We met in a show. It was “1776” in Washington, D.C. at the Ford’s Theatre and it was 10 years ago. He played Richard Henry Lee, who is kind of a buffoon.

AP: Love at first sight?

Baldwin: The first time I saw him, I walked into the rehearsal room and the director said, ‘Hey everyone, I want you to meet Kate’ and another new actress. Everyone stopped what they were doing except this one guy. He was jumping all over the tables with a riding crop going through the motions of his song. He was 6-foot-4 and he kept poking a riding crop into the ceiling. I thought, ‘Who is that guy?’ That was the zing for me.

AP: A riding crop, huh? That’s very interesting...

Baldwin: (Laughs) Don’t get the wrong idea.

AP: At home, do you guys sing to your baby?

Baldwin: No, he doesn’t want me to sing and he doesn’t want Graham to sing. Neither of us is allowed to sing. We start and he says, ‘No, mama! No sing!’

AP: Can you tell us a secret that only theater pros would know?

Baldwin: Every Saturday at 7:55 — 5 minutes before places — the ‘Jersey Boys’ go crazy, open all their windows, moon us, shout things, all that kind of stuff. Our guys’ ensemble is two floors above and they do the same thing back. It’s super-fun. I don’t know if anybody on the street notices. I think most people are inside, hopefully.

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