Her Midlife Miracle
The man, Tom Mahoney, who'd never been married, did return to that shop and
got Cross's number. He called her the day she found out she'd been nominated
for a Golden Globe. "He didn't say anything [about the award]," Cross
says with a sly smile. "And I thought, That's really good; he's a regular
guy. So we went on a date."
Early on, it became clear that both were interested in starting a family,
and the couple wasted no time once they were married. Now that Cross is
pregnant, "she exudes this incredible sense of gratefulness," says
Hatcher. "She's so excited to meet her babies." But Cross does not want
to be seen as a one-woman advertisement for older moms. "We went to a
fertility doctor," she confides, "but it's difficult on the woman, it's
difficult on the marriage, and not everyone can afford it. I'm glad there are
actors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon and other 30ish women who are
having their kids younger, which is a better example than the way I'm doing it,
at the eleventh hour."
When Cross and her husband listened to an ultrasound and heard two
heartbeats, which signaled twins, Cross says they were in shock. Although they
tried to keep it a secret, word soon leaked out. For now, though, they're
planning on keeping the gender of the twins private: "We're going to try to
have one thing for ourselves," she says.
Cross does have one regret: Her own children may not have as many years to
share with her as she has had with her own parents (her mother, Janet, 71, is a
former math teacher; her father, Mark, 82, a retired personnel manager).
"I've had the time to go through all the life phases with my parents,"
she says, "from being a bratty teenager, pushing them away, to saying later
on, ‘Oh my God, I can't believe what you did for me—thank you. I love you so
much.'" When she thinks about how she and her kids may not be able to go
through some of those stages together, her eyes brim with tears. "But I
have good genes in my family," she says, brightening, "so we'll see
just how long I'll be around."
After so many years of being on her own, merging her life with someone
else's could have been tricky. But Cross says she and Mahoney mostly avoided
tensions, partly because they both left their own homes and bought a new house
together. As for finding each other at this point in their lives, "If we
had met in our 20s, we would have been ships in the night," Cross
maintains. "He had his journey to go on, and I had mine."