Like so many moms out there, actress Anna Friel has had to learn how to juggle the demands of family life and career since she and her partner, actor David Thewlis, welcomed their daughter Gracie almost four years ago.
The Pushing Daisies star recently talked to The Daily Telegraph about life as a working mom, admitting, “I’d be a liar if I said it was easy.”
Anna, 32, remembers the most difficult days came when she had to return to work shortly after Gracie’s birth, despite being up all hours of the night with her newborn. While filming Goal! in Spain in 2005, she says she went an entire week without sleep.
“The ground was moving and I felt I was going to faint. If you can get through that, you can get through anything. You get so over-tired. You want to be there for your child at night – and I was still breastfeeding, but then I’d get to the point where I couldn’t sleep when I did get to bed. It went on and on. Eventually, a doctor gave me a sleeping tablet and I slept for a weekend.”
Life is still busy for the hard-working mom, but it sounds as though she’s grown accustomed to the chaos.
“You just have to keep going – keep looking forward. If you stop, you’re like, ‘Oh God, it’s too overwhelming’. And believe me, I’ve had my fair share of those moments.”
Anna is seen here last month at the premiere of her new film, Land of the Lost, co-starring Will Ferrell.