In 2000, during her award-winning run on ABC’s The Practice, Camryn Manheim became pregnant with her son, Milo. The pregnancy was newsworthy for couple of reasons: She was in her late 30s, and she didn’t announce who the father was. Manheim, who wasn’t typically paparazzi fodder, suddenly found herself in the limelight.
“The only time I felt intruded on was when the public just insisted on knowing who the father of my son was,” Manheim told Yahoo Entertainment. “People weren’t that fascinated with who I was dating. Every now and then, they would be. I dated a couple famous people, but that was pre-cellphones. That’s how old I am!
“The big fascination was who the father of Milo was, and I decided I wasn’t going to tell,” continued the actress, who currently appears in CBS’s Living Biblically. “I didn’t feel like it was my story to tell. I thought Milo would get his chance to tell his story as he chose to tell it. Since I raised him, and his dad wasn’t in the picture a lot, I felt it was really his story. And now my son is 16 and he’s in the public eye, and he is going to have a chance to tell his story. But people hounded me for that story.”
Milo has followed in his mother’s footsteps and has embarked on an acting career. His new Disney TV movie, Zombies, premiered in February and has drawn more than 10 million viewers. But Milo’s stardom traces back to birth.
“When I gave birth to him in the hospital — lots of people don’t know this and I didn’t know this either — but they put a bounty on the first photograph that they’re looking for,” Manheim told us. “Whether it’s Beyoncé’s new baby or Kim Kardashian’s, there’s a bounty. Whoever gets that first photo gets a ton of money. That was shocking to me.
“I knew that people were going to try and get this photo, so I took it myself,” Manheim said with a smile. “And I sent it in. And I got the cash. And that’s going to go to my son’s college fund. So, I’m saying, there’s always a way to work the system, ladies!”
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