Christina Ricci and Husband Lead
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Christina Ricci is proud of the woman she's become thanks to her family.

The 36-year-old Z: The Beginning of Everything star opened up about her life as a wife and mother, telling People, "I think the latest developments in my life have grounded me." She continued, "My agent has been with me since I was 10 years old and she's a brilliant, grounded woman, so she's responsible for that element. But also really, it was getting married and having a child."

The longtime thesp tied the knot with her husband, James Heerdegen, in 2013 in an intimate ceremony in New York, wearing a white silk tulle Givenchy haute couture wedding gown. The couple went on to welcome their son Freddie in August 2014.

"I didn't realize how much growing up I had to do and how much better I could be," Ricci said of life before wedlock and motherhood. "And my marriage and my kid have really made me better."

While the actress is a pro at working in the entertainment business, executive producing and starring in Z has made her schedule even busier. "It's my baby and it's changed my life the way a baby does," she said. Still, she doesn't let it take her away from quality time with her son.

"Usually when I'm off, I'm with my son," she continued. "When I'm not working, I try to be as full-time with him as I can be. Taking him to his play dates and nursery school."

Period drama Z is based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald (played by Ricci), a talented Alabama-born socialite, novelist, and wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who becomes the original flapper and icon of the flamboyant Jazz Age in the 1920s.

The full series is available on Amazon now.