A Minute With: Rosie O'Donnell on kids, bras, families

Thu Feb 4, 2010 6:04am EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Comedian, actress, talk show host, philanthropist, gay rights activist and mother to four kids, Rosie O'Donnell is no stranger to controversy.

Her strong personality and liberal views often tend to polarize Americans. But O'Donnell is showing off her softer side in a TV documentary playing throughout February on HBO about the many different types of families in modern America -- including her own.

O'Donnell, 47, talked to Reuters about the making of "A Family Is a Family Is a Family", her affection for children, dislike of bras and make-up, and the recent break-up of her long relationship with partner Kelli Carpenter.

Q: What did you learn from making this film?

A: "I learned that I love kids. To be around kids, for me there is nothing better. My youngest is 7 years-old now. It is heartbreaking. I miss that age. I really do. I'm thinking, 'Dear Lord, is 47 too old to adopt another baby?'"

Q: Is that something that is on the horizon?

A; "It is always on the horizon. There is a lot of room on the raft, and if we could pull some kids out and put them on board, I am all for that."

Q: The TV documentary includes home video of you and Kelli and your kids. Why did you decide to keep that section in after splitting up with Kelli some time ago?   Continued...

<p>Rosie O'Donnell is shown in New York in this November 13, 2003 file photo.</p>