Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand became an adoptive mom in 1995 when she and her husband, Joel Coen, opened their hearts and their home to a 6-month-old boy named Pedro, according to The New York Times. When questions about his birth parents arise, the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star will be the perfect person her child can turn to because she, too, was adopted.

McDormand’s adoptive dad, Vernon, was a minister of a Presbyterian Disciples of Christ church, and her adoptive mom, Noreen, was a receptionist. They were unable to have kids of their own, so they became foster parents, eventually adopting three of their foster kids, including McDormand, reported The Age.

The actress speaks fondly of her adoptive parents, but the same can’t be said about her feelings toward her birth mom. “I identify as gender-normative, heterosexual and white-trash American,” McDormand said during a benefit concert (via The New York Times). “My parents were not white trash. My birth mother was white trash.” Ouch.


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