Motherhood and the Art of Crying on Cue
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When I was a teenager, I worked on a show that was about a family. As with real families, my fictional family on "Life Goes On" had its ups and downs, and as part of the fictional downers, the actors were often called to cry on cue. This absolutely terrified me, because I was a pretty happy kid who didn't have much to cry about.
My mom, who was a constant fixture at work with me until I was 18 years old, did an amazing job filtering out all the things a kid didn't need to see or hear on film sets. So, acting was just a fun, breezy, extracurricular activity for me. Thankfully, I had managed to avoid the cruel directors who would goad child actors into imagining their dog getting hit by a car in hopes that they could squeeze out a tear or two right after "action."
This anxiety about crying on cue haunted me until the fateful moment arrived as my character, Becca, watched her brother, Corky (played by Chris Burke, an actor with Downs Syndrome), deliver a speech to their high school. A
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