Edie Falco relies on a "surrogate family" to help her raise her two children.

The 'Nurse Jackie' actress has an adopted son Anderson and adopted daughter Macy and she admits she wouldn't be able to raise them and keep working without the help of her friends and team of nannies.

And Edie's schedule is only going to get busier as she will be starring in a new Broadway production of 'The House of Blue Leaves' from April 25.

She told the New York Post newspaper: "Working with two small children, two and five, takes a village. No finesse involved. Nothing's perfect. I have a surrogate family. Friends with no kids who lend a hand plus a number of nannies since the babies were born. When I miss them I miss them, what can I do? I could feel guilty, but it's a waste of time. I used to blame myself for stress. I don't do that anymore.

"I provide them lots. I make money to give them things. I must believe that's good enough and that they'll eventually pick up on that. Both are in school. I'm grateful for my career, friends, and I have gratitude. If you have that, nothing is bad."

The 47-year-old star - who lives in New York City - makes sure she spends as much time at home with her kids when she is not working and loves to make breakfast with them.

Edie - who is most famous for playing mobster's wife Carmela in 'The Sopranos' - also loves to take her children out to the park and she refuses to allow her TV fame stop her from doing normal things.

She added: "I'm home when I'm not working. I do breakfast pancakes or cereal. I take them to school. Nannies cook or we do takeout.

"In my jeans and T-shirt, no make-up, I take them to the park. If I get recognised because of my TV show 'Nurse Jackie,' that's OK. All New Yorkers walk around like that."