Patricia Heaton Says God Delayed Her Acting Career Until After She Got Married and Had Children

FILE – In this April 29, 2016 file photo, Patricia Heaton arrives at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Heaton, known for playing homemakers in “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle,” is taking on a workplace comedy now, starring as an empty-nester who decides to pursue a medical career in CBS’ “Carol’s Second Act.” Heaton is also executive producer of the sitcom, which she’s found daunting but fulfilling. She considers it vital to keep challenging yourself. The show airs Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Actress Patricia Heaton, the star of CBS’ upcoming series “Carol’s Second Act,” is  crediting God for delaying her career until after she had children. 

Heaton, a devout Catholic who frequently speaks out on social issues, is best known for her sitcom roles, but she’s also a wife and mother to four boys. In an interview with Kate O’Hare of, Heaton spoke of how God strategically designed her career.

“I believe that God withheld any real success from me until I was married and had children, because it’s so easy to be consumed by your career, especially in this industry,” Heaton said.

The 61-year-old actress received her big break at age 38, as one of the stars of the decade-long running sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

“I love acting, and it would be very easy for me to be consumed by it. So it really wasn’t until I got married and started having kids that things started blossoming. The minute I got pregnant with my first son, my priorities completely shifted,” she explained. “I felt powerful because there was this human being developing inside of me. It’s still miraculous when I think about it. I had this person to protect and to nourish and to raise.”

Heaton said work “took a backseat” to her family but it’s also what made her focus on doing great when she was on set because she didn’t want to delay getting home to her kids.

“I didn’t have time to think about it when I came home, because I had kids. So I became better at work, because I was super-focused,” she said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law