An Interview with Celebrity Mom Uma Thurman
This week, while making school lunches, carting the kids to softball and baseball games and trekking into the office, we had the chance to catch up with feature film actress and mom of two, Uma Thurman. Thurman stars in a new film called "Motherhood," which debuts in five cities this weekend and, depending upon box office sales, it could be hitting a theater near you soon! "Motherhood" centers on one pivotal day in the life of a stressed out, stay-at-home blogging mom named Eliza. The film also stars Anthony Edwards, who portrays Thurman's husband, and one of my favorite actresses on the planet, new mom Minnie Driver! While Uma admitted she's never actually read a blog or written one (guess the research for a role as a blogger is pretty simple - sit at a computer, log onto a website and start typing), she candidly shared her views on everything from juggling work and family to how moms are perceived in Hollywood.
Check out our interview with Uma below and and get ready to start making your weekend movie plans!
Question: How do you manage to juggle work and family?
Uma: It's really hard to do - basically I don't work at all the same or as often as I used to. I prefer films. It's just a matter when things get tough, you try to forgive yourself if you missed out. As much as I want to be in eight places, I can't. I try to have a rich and warm family life with all the time I do have and I try to strike a balance.
Question: Tell us about your character in Motherhood.
Uma: This is a story where the mother is central to the experience. She's the one being seen for her actions - she's not there to focus her attention on how to relate to the person of interest. I just think that Katherine's [the film's writer and director] character is so honest. She feels fulfilled and compromised in a way by totally being in baby land and not stimulating other parts of her life. I like that she has flaws and anger issues. She's funny and charming and just sort of real.
Question: How do you feel motherhood is portrayed in Hollywood films?
Uma: I think that motherhood has always been put on the third shelf down. I've had one woman say to me - why do I want to watch a movie about my own boring life? We so discredit our own experience and some believe that raising human beings is so unimportant. Some women think it's not worthy of consideration, or they really appreciate it if they've experienced it.
Question: Why does your character blog?
Uma: She's someone who studied to be a writer and she's a novice novelist. She has also chosen and dedicated herself to raising her child. Having a mommy blog is a way to exercise her creativity that fits in with her life as a mother.
Question: How has having children made you a better actress?
Uma: It changed me completely. You are never the same person before and after you have children. I guess when I do get to work, I feel so appreciative of it because I don't get to do it all the time. It's made much more clear lines of my life and my work and I deeply appreciate it.
Question: Do you read mommy blogs?
Uma: You know I didn't get into the blogging world. I feel guilty about it and I apologize. There is still time. I feel so badly telling you that.
If you'd like to see "Motherhood," the film debuts this Friday in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.