Jessica Capshaw: Taking Care Of Three Kids Is A “Big Job”

Jessica Capshaw

By: Kim Grundy

You may know Jessica Capshaw as her character Dr. Arizona Robbins on Grey’s Anatomy, but to her three kids she is just known as “mom!” Capshaw, who is the daughter of director Steven Spielberg, admits that taking care of three kids that are so close in age (3-month-old Poppy James, 2-year-old Eve August and 5-year-old Luke Hudson) is not to be taken lightly.

When she was pregnant with her third, she said her friends kept telling her how chaotic it will be with three. “For me, it’s not about the challenges. I keep thinking about how lucky we are. For some reason, even with the third one, it really is never, ever lost on me that every single baby is a miracle,” she said.

She does admit, however, that it is a challenge balancing taking care of the kids and working. “It’s a big job and you have to take it seriously. If you have three babies, you have to make sure you’re taking care of them so I have been home,” she said.

So does this mean she won’t be returning to Grey’s Anatomy? “I can’t say because I have a story line that is a little open ended. Right now I’m just focused on [the kids] and I’m having fun,” Capshaw said.

She said that her baby Poppy (who is just 20 months apart in age from her daughter Eve) was “an extra added fun bonus” and said her house can now be described as “controlled chaos.”

It sounds like the oldest two kids have welcomed their baby sister into the family. The hands-on mom told People at the Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Event that, so far, the sibling rivalry has been manageable.

“The kids are all getting along amazing. The youngest one is too young to have a problem with the other two,” she said. “The older two are just getting to a point where they are having a problem with each other, and it’s not a problem because they know they have a third one coming up behind them.”

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  1. I’m wondering that myself, we have 2 and I’d like a 3rd but my husband wants to stop at 2. What do you guys think about the difference between having 2 and having 3?
    Ours are 4.5 and 2.5 years old now.

    • I have 3 1/2 -year-old twin daughters, and a sixteen-month-old daughter and having the third was great. I love my little team of organized chaos =) I’m definitely adding to brood! But I come from a large family so I was used to it, whereas I have a friend who was an only child and she has a son and a daughter, aged 3 and fifteen months, and she is already exhausted and has pledged not to have another. x

  2. 1. She is Steven Spielberg’s step-daughter.
    2. Her daughter’s name is Eve Augusta, not August.
    3. These quotes are all old. She is back as a series regular on Grey’s, it’s not a mystery anymore!

  3. what a beautiful family you have. You must be very happy because you always have a beautiful smile on your face.

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