Vanessa Paradis On Balancing Family & Films

With two kids and careers that take them around the globe, Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp know first hand the challenges of juggling family and work. Asked how they manage to make it work, the actress and musician admits that she’s not quite sure.

“That’s like a Rubik’s cube. You don’t want to discuss that,” she tells Canada’s Maclean’s magazine. “It’s complicated, especially on two different continents—to be there for your children before everything, but not forgetting who you are and what you like to do. Juggling jet lag and schedules and flying around the world is tough. But organize our life. It’s a juggling, yeah it is. But it’s working so far.”

Mom in real life to kids Lily-Rose, 12, and Jack, 9, Vanessa plays one on the big screen as well in her new film Café de Flore. Though her own experience is much different from her character’s – she plays a single mom raising a son with Down Syndrome in the 1960s – she says that it did in some ways influence the part.

“Everything gets entwined together, which is the subject of the movie,” Vanessa muses. “You try your best, that’s what parents do.”

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