Actress Helen Hunt woke up to some good news today, having been nominated – or “mominated,” as her 8-year-old daughter Makena Lei calls it – for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in The Sessions.
In an interview with the UK’s The Daily Mail, the 49-year-old star opens up about her family life, including her “fairy godmother” take on being a step-mom and the upside of having her daughter later in life.
On having her daughter in her 40s: “Part of me wishes that I’d started having children earlier and had four of them. But that’s not the reality. I had to fight like a wild animal to get pregnant with my daughter; I went through a lot of rigorous fertility stuff. I think I have more appreciation of motherhood having had my daughter later. But the upside is that I’m a better person now than I was when I was 20-something. I’m not perfectly patient all the time, but I don’t say, ‘Ugh, I’ve got to pick up my kid at three o’clock.’ The fact that I get to pick up my daughter is great – it’s rare that I roll my eyes.”
On not dressing up for the school run: “I get up at 5.45 in the morning. I feed the dog, feed the cat, make breakfast, make lunch for my daughter and then we do half an hour of piano practice together and half an hour of reading. I drop her off at school, write a little bit, have a meeting and go to yoga. So when would I have the time to put on a skirt and a matching blouse? That’s just not happening.”
On her stepson, Emmett: “Being a stepmum is kind of calculus parenting, as in more complicated parenting. With my daughter I do my best to figure out what’s right for her. With my stepson I like to think of myself in some fairy-godmother position; I’m just hovering around, wishing him and everyone in the family well and chiming in when I’m asked. He’s very lucky that he has four great parents.”
Read Helen’s entire interview at DailyMail.co.uk