Ming-Na on Motherhood and Being Out of this World

01Her new SyFy channel series, Stargate Universe, just premiered to the highest ratings ever for the franchise last week, but when it comes to having a third child, Ming-Na told Breezy Mama, “This shop is closed [laughs].”

That’s not to say she wouldn’t add on to her family of four. “I told my husband I would love to have a third child, but we need a surrogate [laughs],” the former ER actress shared. “Because this body is not going through it again [laughs].”

The show that touts itself as a younger, edgier take on the franchise has Ming-Na commuting from Los Angeles to Vancouver, which, despite her sky-high fears, motherhood prepared her for. “I hate flying – I absolutely hate it. Being a mom makes you do things you don’t think you’re capable of,” she said. “I’m not a morning person, but when you become a mom, you become a morning person. You get up at 5 or 6 and you’re up. You’re doing things —you’re cooking, you’re cleaning. So, I think that’s really prepared me. [So for the commute to work] I don’t even think about it. I just do it.”

As far as bringing her four-year-old son or eight-year-old daughter to work, the 2008’s People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World honoree said, “We try but it’s been hard because my schedule has been so unpredictable. I think next year I’ll have my daughter out for the summer.”

Of course that doesn’t mean her daughter or son will actually get to watch. “Because it is a sexier show, I would probably have to fast forward – ‘Hey look over there!’ – but I do want them to see what Mommy is doing when I go to Vancouver for weeks at a time. So, I think I will probably pull segments.”

Venturing into the world of science fiction brings on a whole new audience, including fanboys. “I was a sci-fi fan myself  – Star Wars and Star Trek – so growing up you could ask me any question and I would have an answer. So, in that sense, I understand the excitement. My brain doesn’t function as well as it used to. They might be disappointed that I don’t know every nuance.”

Regarding staying in shape, she says, “For this particular genre, you never know when you’ll be in a battle scene so it’s always good to stay fit. I’ve been doing yoga. It’s great for posture and just relaxing and keeping me centered.”

Sounds like the perfect way to space out.

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