After taking some time off from music and movie-making, multi-talented mom Jennifer Lopez is now back on the big screen and in the studio. Though she tries to fit her career in around her kids Max and Emme, 2, the 40-year-old star of The Back-up Plan admits she still feels some mommy guilt.
“Oh my God, yeah. That’s something people never tell you,” she explains to USA Today. “In the beginning, before you start working again, you just feel guilty if you go out for an hour and have lunch. You go out and you’re like, ‘I gotta get back to the babies.’ There’s a tremendous amount of guilt that they need you and they want you to be there. They miss you and they wonder where you are, and as they get older, it only increases.”
Though J.Lo and her husband Marc Anthony are both in the public eye, she says they try to keep their children out of the spotlight and off of the red carpet.
“We’re not ones to parade the kids around. Marc is really adamant about that. He’s really protective. We don’t want them getting used to that life,” Jennifer says. “It’s a weird existence. I used to be of the attitude, many years ago, that I would just live my life and not care…. But at the same time, you shouldn’t just throw caution to the wind, because there are consequences to that lifestyle.”
Jennifer’s new film, The Back-Up Plan, hits theaters this Friday.