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Marcia Cross Covers Easy Living March 2012

Posted Tuesday February 7, 2012 3:23 PM GMT

She's in the midst of the final season of her long-running series "Desperate Housewives," and Marcia Cross landed the cover of the March 2012 issue of Easy Living.

The 49-year-old Bree Van de Kamp actress posed for a lovely Robert Erdmann shot spread lining the publication's pages while chatting about having undergone fertility treatment, her charitable work and turning the big 5-0 this year.

Highlights from Marcia's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Easy Living!

On being too understated to be ostentatious:
"I'm very New England [i.e. conservative] about money. I don't buy designer clothes, though I love the 1920s theme of the Easy Living shoot so much, I'm tempted to go on a spending spree!"

On undergoing fertility treatment right after her wedding day:
"I always knew I wanted to be a mom. Before I met Tom, I was trying to get pregnant with the sperm donor, who was a dear friend of mine, from my hometown in Massachusetts. But that didn't work out, I was hitting my 40s and thinking, this is not good. I wanted to experience being a mother so much, partly because my own parents did such great job

On her priorities when it comes to health and beauty:
"when you have kids it's no longer about you. I have no time for the gym. [But] I'm religious about removing makeup and wearing sunscreen. Also, any time a new beauty treatment comes out, we all joke on set that we have to try it – we say we'll do anything as long as it doesn't involve a knife! I never say no to surgery in the future, as I feel like, as I get older, I'm going to face it [temptation] more."

On turning 50:
"Turning 50 is huge... It's monumental. But not in terms of beauty. People spend so much time talking about turning 50 in the sense of turning grey or eyes starting to droop, but what most people fail to talk about is that it means your time is running out. It's about recognizing how precious time is. That's why I'm not looking to find another TV series at the moment."

On helping charitable causes:
"I feel an obligation to give back. What's been hard for me as an actress is understanding that putting on a dress and makeup, which I don't like doing that much, and showing up actually supports charities... Before, I used to do much more volunteer work, which felt more meaningful."

Photo Credit: Robert Erdmann for Easy Living