Paul Adelstein: “I’m Surprised By What Parenthood Does To Time”

Paul AdelsteinPrivate Practice alum and currently playing Leo Bergen in Scandal – has a new movie coming out called Return to Zero, premiering Saturday, May 17th at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime. The story follows the story of Maggie and Aaron, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child. Just a few weeks before their son’s due date, Maggie and Aaron receive devastating news that a heartbeat is no longer detectable in the womb.

As the couple attempt to go on with their lives, they quickly discover they cannot escape their grief and their relationship is forever changed by their loss. With infidelity and separation at their heels, Maggie discovers she is pregnant again, and the two must reunite to face another turbulent and terrifying pregnancy that tests their strength and love. The movie also stars Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Kathy Baker and Connie Nielsen. Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with Paul to talk about the film and being dad to 4-year-old Josephine.

CBS: You star as Aaron in the Lifetime movie Return To Zero.  Please tell us about your role and how you prepared for it.

PA: The film follows a couple and some of their extended family through the trauma of losing a child to stillbirth. I read the script and was struck by how subtly the relationship between Aaron and Maggie (Minnie Driver’s character) was rendered.  Obviously, the subject matter is emotional and difficult, but it was really this relationship that is the center of the movie.  With Sean Hanish’s (the writer/director)  help, I tried to find out as much I could about Aaron before they lose the baby–his relationship with his father/business partner (Alfred Molina) and his wife–and then just the let the rest happen.

CBS: What was it like working with Minnie Driver and the rest of the cast?

PA: Minnie is a wonderful actor and a generous one as well, which made playing Aaron a great deal of fun.  I know that must sound strange given the brutal event at the heart of the story, but getting to act with Minnie and Alfred Molina and Kathy Baker was a joy, even in the most distressing scenes.

CBS: Did you pull from any of your experiences as a real life dad to play the part?

PA: I did. As an actor, I try to tap into whatever is going to help me understand a character and that character’s relationships.

CBS: Please tell us about your daughter? How old is she and what is she into?

PA: She is 4 and she is smart and an absolute joy.

CBS: What does she do to make you laugh?

PA: Pretty much anything.

CBS: How has fatherhood changed you? What has surprised you the most about being a parent?

PA: I’m surprised by what parenthood does to time. I’m not sure who said it, but ‘the days are long and the years are short’ is spot on, in my experience.

CBS: Summer is right around the corner. Tell us about some of your favorite vacation destinations. Do you have any special summer plans?

PA: I had a big travel summer last year with my family, but I think work will keep us mostly home this summer. Hopefully I’ll get to visit the camp I went to in Wisconsin at some point.

CBS: What else is up next for you?

PA: I’ve been playing a role on Scandal, which is ridiculously fun. In June, I’ll start shooting a new series for Bravo called The Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce with Lisa Edelstein and Janeane Garofalo. I’m also writing an episode of that show, so I’m basically excited and terrified.  It’s a blast.

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  • klutzy_girl

    Oh, I forgot he’s going to be in Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce! And this movie sounds like it’ll be emotional, but I’ll check it out.

  • Sarah

    I´m so thrilled about Girlfriends´ Guide. I loved Paul in Private Practice and Lisa Edelstein in House. They are both terrific actors and i´m sure the show is going to be very good.

  • Sara Samul

    I think the entire cast came together to make the subject of pregnancy and Infant loss real to those who have never had to experience ant thing such as this. All though RETURN TO ZERO is airing on Lifetime, it is NOT your typical Lifetime movie. Lifetime was gracious enough to share this experience with so many more people than by showing RTZ in smaller venues in limited places. This movie will take you from joy, total despair, loss of a spouse and the rebuilding of that family. I really do hope many of you will watch RTZ with an open heart and mind.

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