Riviera star Julia Stiles also jokes that her reading list lately has consisted of "a lot of Goodnight Moon"

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February 11, 2019 01:10 PM
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Julia Stiles is in the thick of that mom/work balance.

On the heels of the premiere of her new drama series Riviera, the actress opened up to reporters Friday at the winter Television Critics Association Panels in Pasadena, California, about how her 15-month-old son Strummer Newcomb plays a big part in her work day.

“I was really fortunate that on the set of Riviera, he was able to come and visit, mostly at lunchtime because [I was] multitasking and I didn’t want to constantly be leaving him,” said Stiles, 37, who shares her only child with husband Preston J. Cook.

And she’s even able to keep Strummer’s screen time under control. “I listen to a lot of music and podcasts because I can kind of do that without making him watch TV,” the star explained.

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Stiles also revealed that she hasn’t “picked up an actual book in quite some time” on her own because she’s so busy between work and parenting Strummer: “I play with him, spend time with him.”

“I’m reading a lot of Goodnight Moon, reading a book called Corduroy, about a little corduroy bear, some Dr. Seuss and P.D. Eastman, the other Dr. Seuss writer,” shared the 10 Things I Hate About You star.

“What’s another fun one? These [non-]destroyable books. Indestructibles, that’s what they’re called,” she added.

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Over a year after becoming a parent, Stiles admits she’s still working on figuring out the balance of motherhood and career — so she makes sure to choose projects that are “meaningful” if she has to be away from her baby boy.

“One of the most remarkable things is that, in many ways, having my attention focused on my son has made me a better actress because I don’t come home every night dwelling on every little scene, every little line, and obsessing over my work,” she told PEOPLE.

Stiles explained of parenthood, “It takes your focus off [the work], which makes you better [in the moment].”

Riviera airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. on Ovation.

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