NEW YORK (AP) — Recently, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio woke up early to see someone special: her youngest son, Declan, 16.
"I hadn't seen him in a couple of days," she explains.
He's juggling high school and she's spending afternoons and nights at the American Airlines Theater as she readies for her first Broadway work in a decade.
"Let's face it: I invited them to join me on this journey and I should be around for most of it," she says, laughing, referring to her family. "I quite enjoy it, actually. I like doing that job — mother."
Mastrantonio, the "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" veteran, has built a respected career as an actress — she shot at Tony Montana in "Scarface" and was a fishing boat captain in "The Perfect Storm" — but mom has always been her preferred role.
"I think parenting is the most humbling experience," she says.
She and her family — husband Pat O'Connor, the director of "Inventing the Abbotts" and "The January Man," and her sons Declan and Jack, 20 — recently returned to America after more than two decades in London.
Mastrantonio landed a role on CBS' "Hostages" and the Roundabout Theatre Company's "That Winslow Boy," a British play by Terence Rattigan about the lengths a family will go to after their son is expelled from a naval college for stealing.
The 54-year-old actress, who was last on Broadway in the musical "Man of La Mancha," sat down with The Associated Press to discuss the play, the show "Hostages" and life in England.
AP: Why is Rattigan such an important playwright?
Mastrantonio: I find his plays so linear, so real. They're pointed and they're dark, but they're lacking in vindictiveness. He's not there to grandstand. Ever. He just gives you an honest depiction of people.