Actress Nia Long can certainly relate to songbird Ciara Harris. As I told you previously, Ciara kept her pregnancy under wraps because she feared losing work. According to an insider, Ciara feared she would not be booked for concerts and appearances if her pregnancy was revealed.
“She’s not making the announcement yet because she’s still working,” said the insider. He added: “No one will book her for concerts or nightclub appearances if they know she’s pregnant.”
Long says that’s exactly what happened to her. The 43-year-old mother of two says the calls stopped coming when her last pregnancy was announced.
“It wasn’t like I called my agent and said, ‘I’m having a baby and I’m not coming back for two years.’ It was more like, ‘I’m having a baby,’ and they stopped calling me for awhile,” The Best Man Holiday star tells Mom.me.
“Once the baby was born, and I was ready, the conversations gradually started to happen and eventually you get a job.”
But even if there had been a role immediately following the arrival of now 2-year-old son Kez Sunday, Long would have likely turned it down.
“I admire the women who can have babies and jump right back to work,” she says. “As a nursing mother, I couldn’t sit there and just pump all day. I needed to be close to my baby.”
Now that she’s back into the swing of things, Long — also mom to 13-year-old son Massai — is once again striving for balance, both personally and professionally.
“I was having this conversation with [director] Tyler Perry about single moms. He was talking to a mom, and he asked, ‘How do you do it? How do you do it every single day?’ and her answer to him was, ‘You just do it. You don’t think about it,’” Long shares. “And so for me, it’s all kind of stored in my mind, and I have a good way of remembering what needs to be remembered. You have to. It’s just part of the gig.”
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