Poppy Montgomery, <EM>Without a Trace</EM> Poppy Montgomery, Without a Trace

It's been a busy year for Poppy Montgomery. The Without a Trace star became a mom on screen and off, welcoming son Jackson on December 23 and giving birth to a son on the drama's season finale in May. "I feel really lucky," Montgomery says. "I love my family, I love my job. I'm a lucky person." Here, she shares her feelings on Trace's Sam Spade, motherhood and her babies' daddy. (Without a Trace airs Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET on CBS.)

TV Guide: What's the most surprising thing about motherhood?
Poppy Montgomery: I didn't realize how hard it would be to leave him, even for a minute. I also didn't realize how much fun it would be. I thought it would be a lot of hard work, which it is. But it is also really fun.

TV Guide: Is there something your parents taught you that you want to teach Jackson?
My parents taught me fearlessness.... They taught me about love, about work, about everything. My main concern is for him to know that he is loved.

TV Guide: What was the biggest surprise for Sam last season?
Her pregnancy! She had to decide whether or not she was ready to be a mother. And I guess the audience was surprised to find out who the father was.

TV Guide: That brought Adam Kaufman (Brian), the father of your child in real life and on screen, back. How was it to work with him again?
Montgomery: It was so much fun. I was a little nervous this time. I didn't want to mess up my lines and look like a fool! I wanted him to think I was good.

TV Guide: Has parenthood changed your relationship?
I just think that I love Adam more. I see how great a father he is. You realize that you're linked together for life. No matter what, you share a child.

TV Guide: Do you plan to marry?
Montgomery: I'm sort of OK either way. I think for Jackson it might be important at some stage that we get married. But there is no rush.

TV Guide: Where do Sam and Jack (Anthony LaPaglia) stand?
I love their relationship. It never really evolved, that's the problem. I think we're going to see some resolution soon. She's always been in love with him and always will be.

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