On Anderson this week, Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco, 48, shared that her two kids—both adopted, and ages 4 and 8—are very well aware of what adoption is, and in fact, may not fully realize that not everyone is adopted. She is glad to know that adoption doesn’t carry the stigma it once did and says in her interview with Anderson Cooper that “The second you are handed a newborn it is yours. It doesn’t matter what body it came out of. I’ve never felt more strongly about anything in my life.”
Mariska Hargitay, 48, also recently opened up about her path to adoption in this month’s issue of Good Housekeeping, stating that “adoption is not for the faint of heart.” As reported by People, Hargitay shares the fact that one birth mother they had connected with decided to keep her baby just days after it was born (Hargitay and her husband were present at the birth, had named the baby and had parented the baby for two days). “It was nothing short of devastating,” Hargitay says. “But … it was probably the greatest, happiest ending. I mean, it was so painful for us, but it was deeply joyful and deeply right for her.”
Hargitay gave birth to a biological son at age 42, and has since adopted a daughter and son.