By Monica Rizzo Paul Chi Tom Gliatto and Jenny Sundel
Updated July 28, 2008 12:00 PM
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The Pretty in Pink star plays the mom of a pregnant high-schooler on ABC Family’s Secret Life of the American Teenager

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE OLD ENOUGH TO PLAY THIS KIND OF PART?
I feel like I’ve sort of come full circle in a way. It’s like everybody always thought I was so much younger because they associated me with these movies that have become sort of iconic.

AND NOW YOU’RE RAISING YOUR OWN DAUGHTER, MATHILDA, 4.
This [work] schedule is amazing because it gives me a lot of free time to spend with her. I’m a little more strict with her than my husband [writer Panio Gianopoulos] is. But that’s because he’s a father, and she has him wrapped around her little finger.

DO YOU STILL WATCH YOUR OLD HIT MOVIES?
I’m going to wait until Mathilda is old enough. I’m hoping they’re still cool.