Connie Britton: Being a Mom 'A Wonderful and Life-Changing Experience'

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(Photo: Reuters/Harrison McClary)Connie Britton (L), Hayden Panettiere (C) and Kimberly Williams-Paisley from the drama series "Nashville" present the award for female vocalist of the year at the 46th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, November 1, 2012.

Connie Britton has spoken about being a mom, and has explained why she chose to adopt despite being single.

The Nashville actress adopted a baby boy called Yoby in 2011 even though it would mean she would be raising the child as a single mom. However, despite the circumstances she has now said she is certain she made the right choice and that it's something she always wanted to do.

Speaking to The View earlier this week, Britton said, "I lost both of my parents within three years of each other and I kind of thought, 'What am I waiting for?'"

She further explained how she believes her options are still open and that later when she finds the right man, kids of her own are still an option: "The man will come and if I want to have my own kids I can do that, but I [knew] this was something I [wanted] to do."

The 45 year old actress also told how her time working in Ethiopian orphanages confirmed her decision to adopt and made her want to make a child from that region as part of her family. She added, "I was going to do a documentary about Ethiopian orphans and spent a lot of time in orphanages there."

"It was something I knew I always wanted to do — adopt from there."

 Britton explained that having Yoby in her life has been a "wonderful and life-changing experience."

She added, "It is really true, I sing to him all the time. Poor thing practically never hears me just say a straight word. I sing everything like we're in a musical. I guess he likes it. He wasn't able to defend himself because he couldn't speak until just recently."

Britton is most well-known for her roles as Nikki Faber on the ABC sitcom Spin City in the late 1990s; as Tami Taylor from 2006 until 2011 on the NBC/DirecTV sports drama Friday Night Lights, for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress; and as Vivien Harmon in the FX horror-drama series American Horror Story in 2011, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

Here is a video of Connie Britton being interviewed on David Letterman: