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When Susan Sarandon wants a little R&R, she heads to a movie set. "I go to work to get a break, because there I am only doing one thing," says the Oscar-winning mother. "But every working mom can feel completely overwhelmed. It's hard to balance your life." Yet Sarandon, 54, who lives in Manhattan with longtime love Tim Robbins, 42, has it all worked out. The couple alternate shooting schedules so the kids—Miles, 9, Jack, 12, and Eva, 16 (her daughter with filmmaker Franco Amurri)—are never alone. She's even there for Little League games, sort of. "My son Miles made the playoffs while I was filming in L.A.," she says. Luckily, "we had a cell phone on, so I listened to the game blow-by-blow."
Now it's Sarandon who's doing the narrating. "I really love documentaries," says the actress, who hosts Court TV's The Ghosts of Attica (Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. ET), about the 1971 prison riot in Upstate New York. And she has had her own brush with the law: In 1999 she was arrested at a New York City rally against police brutality. "I might have embarrassed my kids in a lot of ways," she says, "but my activism never has. If I am going to be arrested for something, I talk about it the night before."