Actress Megan Hilty on Going from Good Witch to Great Mom
Education & Research The “Wicked” star thought she’d never balance a family with her stage career. But she found that raising her kids was the greatest role she could ask for.
“For some reason I thought there couldn’t possibly be room for a family and the career I wanted,” says the Broadway star known for portraying Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked.” “I couldn’t have been more wrong.”
New mom jitters
When the Tony nominee found out she was pregnant with daughter Viola, now 2, Hilty realized how excited she was about starting the new adventure with her husband.
Of course, like any new mother, Hilty got nervous at times, accidentally finding horror stories on the internet while looking up basic facts. Another peeve? Strangers gave her unsolicited advice, which tended to be very negative.
Now pregnant with her second child, Hilty has learned that while it’s important to have a plan, “Understand that plans change — a lot. And that’s okay.” She advises new parents to enjoy the experience. “Parenting isn’t easy but the rewards are immeasurable,” she says.
“I have to constantly remind myself that I’m doing the best I can and to give myself a bit of a break.”
As a theatre and TV actress, as well as a singer, Hilty has a busy schedule. She enjoys working but sometimes worries about being away from home.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m running to the store for groceries or if I have to leave town for several days for a concert,” she says. “My mom guilt is always there. I have to constantly remind myself that I’m doing the best I can and to give myself a bit of a break.”
Hilty has traveled with her daughter a lot but she’s happy to be settled into a home on Los Angeles, where Viola is making friends and is “obsessed” with the backyard.
Their home is filled with love and lots of music too. “We sing a lot in our house,” says Hilty, “No surprise there.”