KNOTS LANDING star Donna Mills recently shared how adopting her first child in her 50s changed her life.
“I was very concentrated on my career, but at a certain point, I realized there was something missing — it was a child,” Mills explained. “So I went after it. I adopted her when she was 4 days old.”
She continued: “By that time, I was 54 and people said, ‘You’re going to be so old [to] have a little toddler running around.’ I never felt that. I never felt older than the other mothers who were probably in their 20s.”
The actress spent her earlier years focused on her acting career, but once she adopted her daughter, Mills dropped everything to be a mother.
“I took off 18 years. I didn’t work,” Mills said. “Well, the first couple of years, I did work. I did some movies for television and stuff like that, because I could take her wherever I went. But then when she started school, I wasn’t going to go out of town for two months at a time. And I didn’t become a mother to give her to a nanny.”
Mills’ daughter, Chloe, is now 27, and the mother and daughter are very close.
“We see each other at least once a week and we talk every day or text,” the actress shared.
Mills’ story of becoming a mother later in life and her devotion to her daughter shows that it is never too late to become a parent!
Mills has slowly begun to pick up more acting roles on shows like GENERAL HOSPITAL and QUEENS OF DRAMA.
“I don’t want to stop,” she said of her acting career. “Not at all. I seriously love acting. I love creating a character and creating a role. Now I’m trying to get back to a ‘network’ level, whatever ‘network TV’ means these days. There are a lot of opportunities for women of my age. As Larry [her manager] says, ‘We have to get you back into the conversation.’ That’s what we’re attempting to do now — so people think about me when they’re casting.”
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