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Marissa Jaret Winokur Says She Cried Every Night When She First Became a Mom

Fri, July 30, 2010 1:33pm EDT by Add first Comment

The Tony Award-winning co-host of this fall’s new CBS show, The Talk, opens up about the struggles she faced during her first year of motherhood.

Marissa Jaret Winokur is a good actress, but when she adopted her son, Zev Isaac, two years ago, she was convinced that she was a lousy mom.

“My first year with my son was really, really difficult and really, really hard,” she said at the Television Critics Association press tour presentation of her new CBS talk show, The Talk. “And it’s not a popular thing to be, like — you know what? That first year, like, I was so overwhelmed. I sat in my bathroom, and I cried every night.”

Just like Mary Lynn Rajskub, who wrote and stars in a one-woman show about the challenges of being a new mom, Marissa plans to talk about it on her new show, which also features Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Sara Gilbert, who is also one of the show’s executive producers.

“I feel like other moms hearing that are sitting home going, ‘This is so hard,'” Marissa, 37, said. “It’s not popular to be, like, ‘I was overwhelmed, and I needed help.’  But I think other moms, sitting home, feeling that same way, can go, ‘Wait a second. There’s someone saying that. That’s what I feel like. And do you know what? Maybe there’s nothing wrong with me, and I’m going to come out of this.'”

It’s definitely a good thing that more and more women, especially those in the public eye, speak out about something that most people don’t like to talk about. So we have a question for all you new moms out there, have you had times where you felt the same way Marissa did?

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