Helen Hunt Talks Motherhood

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

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  • Will

    For many years, she was one of my absolute favorite actresses. She may even have been my favorite. I just really liked her and her work. But near the end of “Mad About You”, she did the movie with Jack Nicholson, and she won an Oscar. Seemingly overnight, she changed. Her initial charm was that she was talented and cute without knowing that she was talented and cute, which was her greatest appeal. Her affable self-depracating demeanor made her extremely likable. But once she scored a huge movie role and the major accolades, she started to take herself far too seriously. Her entire attitude changed and that change of attitude permeated even her acting roles. Jamie Buchmann became insufferably self-absorbed and arrogant just as Helen Hunt did. She lost way too much weight, parted her thinning hair down the middle and gave herself a general physical makeover that made her look older and far less friendly. She looked absolutely horrible by the time “Mad About You” ended and most viewers couldn’t stand the person she had evolved into in real life and on the screen. Ever since then, she’s played the role of elusive Hollywood starlet who thinks herself far too cool and important to have her picture taken or be seen out and about doing normal things. She is incredibly full of herself. That’s a shame because pre-Oscar Helen Hunt was one of the most “real” members of the Hollywood machine. But I guess that machine consumes everyone eventually.

  • Stacey

    Will, I love how you worded that! I have felt the same exact way and I thought it was just me. Plus I was shocked she was even nominated for an Oscar. She was bad in that movie. (Her ‘accent’ came and went throughout.) Do you think she knows she didn’t deserve it and that’s why she pulled out of Hollywood? Maybe she was a weirdo the entire time??

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