The 36-year-old recently sat-down with the Sunday Times and revealed that when it comes to her son, 2-year-old Jonathan, she is looking at the Duke, 34, and Duchess’, 37, parenting style, and following it accordingly. “They get down on the child’s level and speak to them eye to eye to make their child feel empowered,” the actress says. “I thought that was really cool. I started doing that with Jonathan.” The Devil Wears Prada star also spoke about how much she loves being a mother to her child.
“He’s so beautiful,” the Oscar-winner gushes. “I’m not perfect, but if I’m frustrated or distracted, I’m good at making sure he’s safe and walking away, calming down and then coming back to him,” she says, adding that the hardest things about motherhood is “telling that harsh voice to be quiet. I fall short every day, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’m going to learn from it.”
Anne has been married to actor Adam Shulman since 2012, and she revealed a time the pair took Jonathan to a play area in Los Angeles, where the Ocean’s 8 costar says she told her son he couldn’t play in a certain restricted part. “He got mad, I said, ‘Of course you’re mad. This is really frustrating. You wanna do this thing, your friends are doing it and I’m saying no? Gosh, that makes sense. The answer is still no, but everything you’re feeling right now is totally legit.’ I want there to always be room for his emotions,” she says.
While Anne looks to the royals to see how they interact with little ones, she does admit that she, like Meghan and Harry, has a busy schedule, which unfortunately gets in the way of her time with her child. “Leaving him is hard,” she explains. “I don’t want to complain. I love what I do and I’m not ready to stop doing it. I was told that once I had kids, I wouldn’t care about my career any more. I was, like, ‘Nah.’ But I love something so much more now.”
The Princess Diaries star has been quite open about motherhood lately — she spoke to People recently about how her acting roles impact her son. “It’s hard when you play characters that are isolated,” she told the outlet. “I just did one this summer. My God, she was such an island, and it’s a little harder because I’d be holding [Jonathan], but I felt like I wasn’t really giving it to him.” She added, “I try to be nice to myself. I’m not big on mommy guilt. I just don’t really do it unless I really, really, really, really, really need to.”