Actress Keri Russell, 31, has had a busy year — she tied the knot with husband Shane Deary in February, did a spring press tour for Waitress while heavily pregnant, gave birth to son River in June, and is now promoting her new film, August Rush.

She sits down with Self magazine to discuss Shane, pregnancy myths, adjusting to life as a mom, being a child actor, friendships, and her favorite chore — laundry.

Click below for the photo and interview highlights.

On her husband, Shane:

On finding out she was pregnant:

On pregnancy moodiness:

On pregnancy myths:

On her labor:


On adjusting to her new lifestyle as a mom:

Her body secrets:

On eating habits:


On friendship:

On relieving stress:

On her favorite chore:

On being a child actor:

Source: Self, Dec issue, p. 176-181 — click the link for more interview excerpts.