Sarah Drew, best known for her television roles as Dr. April Kepner on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and Hannah Rogers on "Everwood," recently hit the big screen staring in the new movie "Moms' Night Out." She portrays Allyson, a high-strung mother of three, who is desperate for a night out.
When she's not working, Drew spends time with her husband, Peter Lanfer, and their 2-year-old son, Micah. I recently caught up with her in Manhattan about her new movie role, her son and how she balances it all. Here's what she had to say:
Q. I've been watching "Grey's Anatomy" since the beginning. What was it like switching gears from a doctor role to a mom role for "Moms' Night Out?"
It's funny, I think I can relate to April on "Grey's" and Allyson from "Moms' Night Out." I had just become a mom when I read the script, and I wanted to tell a story about motherhood because it was such a transformative experience for me. I also wanted to tell a story about feeling like you're not enough and like you're a failure -- to then coming to a place where you can let go of that and be OK with who you are and where you are in life. That has been my own journey myself. So, this particular film encapsulated both of those stories. I was excited to tell it.
Q. How do you find "me" time?
I have a group of mom friends who go out to dinner every other Wednesday. Sometimes I miss it if I'm shooting, but for the most part if I'm not working, I'm there. That's a really important time for me to feel like I'm not alone in this whole motherhood thing. We often find ourselves laughing and crying our way through dinner, talking about what's going on in each others' lives as mothers and as people who are married. Also, my husband is very much about getting me to take care of myself. He got me this membership to this really fun, fancy movie theater where the seats recline and you can order food. I go to the movies by myself a lot to chill out. I love it.
Q. What tricks have you learned to help you balance everything?
For me, I feel really lucky. First of all, my husband is an incredible partner -- he is 100 percent dad as I'm 100 percent mom. There's not a single task that I do for my son that my husband doesn't do. I think it would be really hard if he wasn't so involved. Also, being on "Grey's" I actually get quite a lot of time at home because it's such a large cast and there are so many different story lines that we're telling. So I'm really lucky that I get to see my son a lot. My hat goes off to 9 to 5 moms and also to stay-at-home moms because I find going to work is my break from my harder job.
Q. What has being a mom taught you about life?
Being a mom has taught me to look up as opposed to being physically and practically buried in my phone. A lot of times what I'm doing on my phone is social media stuff and checking emails. Whereas my son, he is so present. He doesn't know how to be anything but present. He takes such delight in just watching a squirrel hop around on a tree. He is so funny, he gets very mad at me and my husband if we're on the phone in his presence. It forces us to put all of our stuff away and be present and actually engage in the world in a way that's so beautiful.
Q. What are your favorite things to do as a family?
We like to go to the zoo and we spend a lot of our downtime at our golf club. My husband is a big golfer and now my son is completely obsessed with golf. He has three little golf clubs, a putter, a driver and an iron. I mean, it's hilarious. He'll play nine holes, ride around in a cart and hit the balls off the tees. That's some of our most relaxing, happiest times as a family.
Q. What's up next for you?
I'm actually really excited to have a little bit of a break this summer. I didn't get a break at all last hiatus. I've literally worked the last two years straight through without a vacation. I'm going to be on an "Everwood" reunion panel at the film festival in Austin and we have some fun, little trips planned where we can actually chill out.