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Kelly Preston, mom at 48: I didn't consider the risks

Jan. 19, 2011 at 8:58 AM ET

When Kelly Preston decided that she and her husband John Travolta would have another baby, the 48-year-old mom tells TODAY that the risks of having a baby later in life didn't come to mind. 

"I didn't (consider this risks). I just considered that it was difficult," Preston told TODAY's Natalie Morales. It took Preston three years to conceive. "I never thought that would be me at all. So, I think we're just really happy that we're so fortunate," Preston said.

Baby Benjamin is the couple's third child. Their son Jett died tragically of complications of a seizure disorder in 2009 at the age of 16. Preston said that Benjamin is helping the family to heal.

"It's been wonderfully healing. Of course, you know, we still -- it's still every day. But it's been, I think, a really nice gift for a lot of people throughout the world. We've gotten the most beautiful letters. And the most beautiful notes of happiness," Preston said. "And I think -- just sort of a sigh of relief, a bit. And that's been really nice to sort of share that with people."

Preston was on TODAY also to promote her new film, "Casino Jack," which co-stars Kevin Spacey. The actress said that returning to work after Jett's death was difficult, but Spacey helped her through it.

"(Spacey) was a lifesaver, really. I mean, at that point, I really didn't want to go back to work. But each day, and they condensed my work down to a couple of weeks, which was really nice. But every day, he's so ... he's so naturally funny. And he made me laugh. And that was the greatest -- the greatest gift he could've given to me while we were working," Preston said.

Watch the video to see the entire interview, and Preston's explanation the ideology behind Scientology's "silent birth."

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