Keri Russell: “I Don’t Like The Word Nanny”

Felicity alum Keri Russell graces the cover of Capitol File magazine’s Holiday issue and opens up about her children – son River, 6, and daughter Willa, nearly 2 – and her new hit show The Americans.

On raising her kids: “I tend to think I can do everything myself. I don’t even like the word ‘nanny,’ so I call them babysitters. Is that weird? I recently read ‘A Moveable Feast’ by Ernest Hemingway, documenting a time in Paris when Hemingway and his wife were just starting out. They were totally destitute – literally, they had no money – and even they had a sitter!”

On Christmas time with her kids: “Christmas time gets more fun the older my kids get. In fact, I’ve been saving River’s Christmas lists. Last year he asked for a cheetah. Yes, a cheetah. That and a red T-shirt. How crazy is the cheetah and how mundane the red tee?”

On whether she knew that The Americans would be a hit: “Honestly, you never know. There are so many factors that go into the final product: the actors, the chemistry, the script, the setting, dialogue—you just never know until you see the final product. The show has been a delightful surprise.”

On working close to home: “I ride my bike to work. [It’s] much closer to my family. It’s the perfect job for a working mom.”

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  • Heather

    She is beautiful!

  • Lauren

    As a nanny, if I am taking care of someones child on a daily basis I find it degraded to be labeled a ‘Babysitter.’ A babysitter is someone who occasionally watches children for a couple hours. A nanny is someone who helps parents in the raising of the children and grows with the family they are with. There’s more work into being a nanny than just a babysitter.

    • D

      I agree. I also trained for 3 years in Child Development. I am not a babysitter!

    • rande

      There was a fairly extensive discussion on this the other day on another site that posted the nanny/babysitter quote from Keri Russell. A lot of interesting, intelligent comments.

    • Anon

      Seriously. Aren’t her nannies insulted by her comments? Nannying is often a full time (or more) job and is often a person’s profession (for which they are educated/trained). Babysitting is an occasional part-time/side job and certainly not a profession. Many people would trust a middle- or high schooler to babysit their kids…I highly doubt they’d trust them to nanny because they wouldn’t be qualified or capable. We have two different words because they’re completely different jobs. Perhaps Kerry Russell should find a better way to handle her guilt about having nannies than to insult the people she respects and trusts enough to help raise her children.

    • Anonymous

      Oh please. As long as I’m getting paid, I don’t care what my boss calls me.

  • I feel like if you are able to get extra help with your child and or children , you are very lucky . And not only are you able to get some extra help your are giving someone a much respected and needed job . It helps the economy and gives the sense of community . As Americans we are taught we should be able to do everything ourselves.and that is just silly . So count your blessings. And this comes from a stay at home mom that has a part time nanny . And i don’t feel guilty . She helps me . I help her . It works out very well. I used to feel guilty though . Like I should be able to do it all. But I got over that .

  • Emma

    Her daughter’s name is Willa not Willow 🙂

  • Gemi

    Wow, how disrespectful to her nanny. There is a big difference between a babysitter and a nanny. This woman obviously has some intense guilt issues, or she would have no problem admitting she has a nanny vs. going to daycare or whatever.

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