The Gossip Girl mom dishes on single motherhood, divorcing while pregnant and green parenting.
In recent months, Kelly Rutherford’s life certainly has been something to Gossip about, and it hasn’t even had to do with her sexy turn as Upper East Side socialite Lily van der Woodsen on the CW’s hit show. Instead, the Manhattan mom of two-year-old Hermés and a baby on the way found herself a tabloid target when she filed for divorce from her businessman husband, Daniel Giersch, in December. These days, Rutherford is doing everything she can to purge toxins in her life—both figuratively and literally. In addition to making public peace with her soon-to-be-ex, she’s become a passionate advocate for green living. Time Out Kids caught up with the multitasking mom at a luncheon hosted by eco-friendly cleaning giant Seventh Generation, which has partnered with WebMD and Healthy Child Healthy World to create a new online tool, Health eHome, that allows families to identify the potential dangers and hazards in their living space.
Q:How did you get involved in the green movement?
A: It’s something I’ve always been passionate about. Growing up, [my family] always shopped at health food stores. Even as a child I was very sensitive to the smells of cleaning products. If we went to a restaurant that smelled of floor cleaner, I had to leave. So I was pretty excited when the Seventh Generation product line came out, since I could finally buy all the products I needed—diapers, cleaning products, tissues—all in one place. Living a greener eco-existence has definitely been a process for me; I’ve taken baby steps to get where I am. I was driving around in a Range Rover when I initially began using Seventh Generation products; now I drive a Prius. Everyone has got to do what works for them at their own pace.
Q: Are you even more passionate about greening your world now that you have a son and a baby on the way?
A: As a parent, I try to do what I can to provide my kids with a healthy environment. We eat 90 percent organic and I only fed Hermés organic baby food, but I also never denied him sweets or nonorganic foods. I just try to make sure organic foods are accessible to him so that he has choices. When we go out in the city, we’re fortunate to be able to eat at restaurants like Le Pain Quotidien, where we can get organic eggs and bread for breakfast. And at home, I only buy and use products like Seventh Generation. I was shocked to learn just how fatal some ordinary cleaners can be.