Actress and writer Emma Thompson has certainly excelled in her craft, winning two Oscars for her work and receiving another two nominations.
But the 55-year-old admits having a busy career gets in the way of being a good mother to her two children.
"You can't be a great mum and keep working all the time," the Saving Mr. Banks star shares, revealing she took a year off to "spend more time with my family."
Calling the break a "birthday present to myself," Emma says, "I didn't actually act or write. I was just a mum...I taught drama at my daughter's school, cooked meals and had fun."
The Brit, who has a 26-year-old adopted son and 14-year-old daughter with husband Greg Wise, says she highly recommends other mothers do the same if they can afford it (Emma certainly can as she's worth a reported $50 million).
"Motherhood is a full-time job," she acknowledges to the Daily Mail. "The only way I could have continued working would have been by delegating the running of the home to other people. I never wanted to do this, as I find motherhood profoundly enjoyable."
Emma is only the most recent in a string of Hollywood stars to speak out about motherhood in the spotlight.
Gwyneth Paltrow angered critics after claiming "it's much harder" for women working on 14-hour-a-day sets to raise children, while Angelina Jolie expressed gratitude for the support she has and said actresses "shouldn’t complain."
Do you agree or disagree with Emma's comments? Can working women be great mothers? Tell us in the comments!
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