Actor-Activist Maria Bello
In the summer of 2013, lying in a hospital bed, mother, actor and activist Maria Bello realized that waiting to do something isn't always an option. During her recovery, the Prime Suspect and A History of Violence star asked herself more and more of life's big questions. One thing that stumped her was how to tell her son, then 12 years old, that she had fallen in love with a woman. Jack's response -- wise beyond his years -- was "Whatever, Mom ... love is love." Bello will discuss her new book Whatever...Love is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves at D.C.'s Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. She'll share what she's learned about love, family relationships, spirituality, sexual identity, career, humanitarian work and her worth as a mother. Listening to her recount her journey, you'll be encouraged to think about the life you lead, whom you love, what you believe in and what you call yourself. The conversation will be moderated by Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Times "Modern Love" column.