Mira Sorvino and Tammy Blanchard Play Estranged Sisters in the New Movie 'Union Square'

The two great actresses discuss their latest roles in "Union Square," out in theaters July 13, 2012. Read the edited version of our interview with them below to get a glimpse of their personal lives and family values

by Ilyssa Panitz • More.com Celebrity Reporter
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Tammy Blanchard (left) and Mira Sorvino in their new movie "Union Square"

More: Mira, since we are talking about everyone's children, congratulations are in order. You just became a mom for the fourth time at age 44. How are you doing?
MS: I am fine. I am happy to be not pregnant again. Pregnancy is rough, especially when you have two projects going at the same time. When it comes to the end and you feel so large, you just want to get back to normal life. Now it feels good to be normal again. I will say, my beautiful Lucia is just a little doll. We are almost the Brady Bunch, when you think about it. I always wanted a family of four and now I finally have it.

More: Your husband, Christopher Backus, and three of your children have small parts in the film?
MS: That was a favor my husband did, and yes, my kids make a cameo appearance.

More: Mira, since you, your husband and your father [actor Paul Sorvino] are all actors, would you support your children’s decision to follow in all of your footsteps? 
MS: I encourage them in their little local community children’s theater. As for encouraging it as a career, I don’t know. It can be a very painful life. Even though there are a ton of advantages if you are successful, it is not like careers where things are stable. There is a lot of rejection involved in being an actor, and a lot of crazy judgments from the powers that be, the press and the public. That can be devastating.

More: On the subject of families—Tammy, you hide Mira’s character from your onscreen fiancé, Mike?
TB: (laughs) Yes, the sister I think doesn’t exist. That is a really intense case of escapism. The fact that Jenny makes up a totally false background says there must be something seriously wrong in their family. Lucy is a whirlwind of emotions. You can only imagine what it's like to grow up with a sister like that—and a mother, too. I think Jenny felt she grew up around an emotional tornado and it wrecked her so badly she had no choice but to deny who she is.

More: Do you think Jenny tried to reinvent herself?
TB: (laughs) I feel like she went from hotdogs and hamburgers to tofu and stir-fry vegetables. I feel like she had to. There was something very wrong in her family, and in order for her to create a life that wasn’t depressing, she had to deny her past and reinvent herself. Her only mistake was not being honest with the man she is about to marry. The past always comes back to haunt you, and Jenny will have to face her lies.

More: Yet another good lesson to be learned.
TB: You should never lie about who you are.

More: Has Tammy ever reinvented herself?
TB: As I got older I found out that people do change, and it is through the people you allow in your life. For me, I allow positivity to be around me. Everyone deserves to be loved and feel special. It is the negative feelings and the negative people that can change you. I think we all grow and experience life.

More: Mira, what about you? Did you ever reinvent yourself?
MS: I think actors are always reinventing themselves through their roles. I don’t think I have tried to reinvent myself as a person. If anything, I have tried to mature and learn and become happier and more fulfilled as a person as I get older. I also try to improve on my flaws and do more for other people. But if you were going to ask me what the biggest transformation was, that would be having my children. Once I became a mother my life was revolutionized.

More: Mira, we should also note you did the camerawork for one of the film’s key scenes. Tell me about that.
MS: That was natural, because it is a scene in which my character is videotaping her mom. It just seemed to make sense that if it is me talking from behind the lens, then I should be the one holding the camera, and it should not look like professional camerawork.

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