Uma Thurman: Motherhood Is The Best Kept Secret

Uma Thurman: Motherhood Is The Best Kept Secret

Uma Thurman – mom to daughter Maya Ray, 11, and son Levon Roan, 7 – is well known for her roles in movies such as Dangerous Liaisons, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. Now the 39-year-old accomplished actress is taking on a role closer to her own life in the new hit, Motherhood. Uma sat down with Parade and shared her thoughts on being a mom, divorce and how she doesn’t want to be a “celebrity whiner.”

On how motherhood is the best kept secret: “When I had my first child I thought, ‘This is the best-kept secret.’ You know how parents rattle on to you about, ‘Oh, you won’t believe your life will never be the same,’ and da, da, da and you think, ‘Why can’t these people just get over it? All they’re doing is yakking on about their kids. It’s such a bore.’ And then you have kids and you just want to do all the same things.”

On juggling her career and family life: “You feel much more conflicted. I think I really struggled with that conflict. Sort of like, ‘What’s worthy enough to interrupt my kid’s life to take them on the road with me while I do a movie?’ Now, I just try to balance it. I probably overthink things, but I try to do the right thing. I just do my best. Any working mother will tell you it’s the same. I think every working mom is kind of a superhero. I think we all are.”

On being in bad films sometimes: “Sometimes the film you’re in, that really wasn’t good while it was going on, is the thing that pushes you to take some positive action which you never would have done if you had an easy day. It was The Avengers that brought my first baby into the world. I came home from making that movie and I started rethinking my life. I said to myself, ‘I’m going to have a baby,’ because I felt like I’d gotten to a spot where I wasn’t sure what I was acting for. Was I running from myself going from location to location? Was I hurting myself? I wanted something different that would change me.”

On coming to terms with fame: “I was surrounded with so much hype before I was even 20. It’s like a hurdle you have to climb over. You have to prove to people that you’re not any of that list of cliches they think you are. I remember a great quote by Bill Murray who said when somebody told him they wanted to become rich and famous — ‘Try rich first and see if that doesn’t cover it.’”

On losing her privacy: “Katherine Hepburn once said, ‘I never care about anything that’s written about me as long as it’s not true.’ I’ll second that. But I don’t want to be a celebrity whiner. People can suffer as much from gossip in a small town as I can from a tabloid story, maybe more. So I don’t expect too much sympathy.”

On her split from Ethan Hawke and divorce in general: “For celebrities to say that it’s tougher for them to have a lover or be married than it is for anybody in the real world is pushing the envelope a bit. I’m so sick and tired of talking about the difficult times. It’s just so boring. I mean, everyone gets divorced in this country, practically. We all just have to get over it. My marriage to Ethan just fell apart in an unfortunate and public way. I got to the point where I was going, ‘If I see one more headline about it, I’m going to gag me with a spoon.’ This is now a great time for me. I’m moving into a great time.”

On working with Quentin Tarantino again: “Quentin has talked to me about ‘Kill Bill Vol. 3′ and shared some of his ideas. I think it’s going to be awesome. It will be fun to get back into fighting mode even though I’m not much of a meanie. But I now have a physical confidence that I’ve probably never had in my life. You don’t know what you would do until you’re attacked. That’s the truth. But I think conflict should be avoided. I think conflict is a loss. I totally feel that there is no winnable war.”

On not quitting showbiz all together: “I’m proud that I keep trying. As much as I felt many times like I can’t do that anymore, I sort of pushed through. And it doesn’t mean I’m not a quitter. I’m a super-quitter. I’m dying to quit all the time this, I’m dying to quit that. But I do put one foot in front of the other and just try to keep moving. I do think that’s been very helpful for me to discover that I could do that.”

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