Anna’s career is really taking off: The former Pushing Daisies star appeared alongside Will Ferrell in this summer’s Land of the Lost and has four films set for release in 2010. She recently talked to UK paper The Independent about the “exhausting” job of being both a busy Hollywood actress and a mom to her 4-year-old daughter Gracie.
“I love being a mother so much, but this is also an important time in my career where things are finally happening for me. I don’t ever want to regret not making the most of it, so I bring my daughter to work with me. Like any other working mum, it can be exhausting, but it’s the only way to make it work.”
Anna admits that Gracie’s childhood has been a bit unusual so far, but says that she and her partner, actor David Thewlis, try to stay conscious of both the good and the bad when it comes to growing up in Hollywood.
“David and I both had such traditional English childhoods that’s its surreal, in a way, to find ourselves raising our daughter in Hollywood,” says Anna, who has hired a British nanny in an effort to keep little Gracie’s accent intact. “David and I have these conversations all the time, wondering how much we’ll allow her to see and is it going to freak her out? We’ve kind of just let her grow up on The Wizard of Oz, on the set. But we always tell her, ‘It’s only pretend‘. She very much understood the word ‘pretend’ from an early age. And we just think it’s fantastic. I would have loved to have had all that imagery in my head when I was growing up.”