By peoplestaff225
Updated January 20, 2010 06:00 PM

Life in the big city continues to suit Keri Russell and son River, 2 ½, just fine, the actress tells the N.Y. Daily News.

“We go to the park, we go to the farmers’ market,” she reveals. “I love having [the Brooklyn Academy of Music] right here.” In fact, the latter provided River with his first movie-going experience, a retrospective on Sesame Street.

Still, Keri notes that River’s surroundings are a vast departure from those she enjoyed growing up in Colorado and husband Shane Deary enjoyed on Martha’s Vineyard. “There are tradeoffs,” she concedes.

In her new film Extraordinary Measures, Keri, 33, portrays a mom fighting to save the lives of her two critically ill children. That she is a mom in real life helped immensely in taking on the role, she says.

Rosie O’Donnell has this great quote,” Keri recalls. “She said something like, ‘Before you have kids, your life is black and white, and then it’s in color.'”

Extraordinary Measures hits theaters Friday.