Reflecting on her life as a single mom, the 39-year-old Kill Bill star tells the magazine that as her kids Maya, 11, and Levon, 7, get older she finds herself able to reclaim the parts of her life that have had to take a backseat to motherhood.
“’When my son turned seven, I felt myself stand upright and realize that I wasn’t going to be bending over so much,’ she says, getting out of her chair and comically throwing her arms to the floor as if tending to a small child. ‘I realized I had been kind of in this position for years! It’s nice to think that everybody’s getting more independent and now I can kind of maybe, slightly selfishly, think about work again. You know, I do care about my work, and it is part of me. And I am a mother, but I need to do what I’m good at doing. You really can’t let go of all of yourself…. Even your kids need you to be who you are.’”
Uma, who split from the kids’ dad Ethan Hawke in 2005 amidst rumors of his infidelity, isn’t interested in talking about the past, explaining, “Be positive and move forward. You kind of owe it to your children to not leave a lot of mess. They didn’t ask for it, and they don’t need to hear about it.”
Though the Boston-born beauty has found love again with financier Arpad “Arki” Busson (who has two kids of his own with model Elle Macpherson), she insists she’s in no hurry to tie the knot again.
“I’m happily engaged, but we haven’t set a wedding up. I’m not in a rush to do anything. One day we’ll do it, when we’re ready,” she reveals.
For now Uma seems focused on getting back to work, starting with her new film, Motherhood, which seems to have been a labor of love for her.
“It was so real and so honest about how hard it is to be a mother and also a full person who’s true to herself. It was like seeing five years of my life,” she says.