She might be one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood and is one of the most talked about celebrity mothers in the business, but according to Gwyneth Paltrow she says that the perception of women “having it all” is simply untrue.
In the latest issue of Britain’s In Style Magazine, Chris Martin’s wife says that marriage and motherhood are simply incompatible with her career and that she oftentimes sees herself turn down roles because she would rather spend time with her children than work on another film on a Hollywood set.
Gwyneth explains, “You make choices as a wife and mother, don’t you? You can’t have it all. I don’t care what it looks like. When I started out, I was connected with the artist in me, but at some point I got out of touch with why I was acting. Then my father died and I took time off to reassess and be with my kids.”
She added: “I haven’t starred in a movie since I was pregnant with my daughter; I can’t be away from home for that long. I look for an interesting supporting part about once a year. That’s the most I can manage. Some women can do it and that’s fantastic, but I can’t.”
And as far as having that third baby she says, “My brain says, ‘Oh, I think I’m done, the kids are big now’. But a part of me would love to have another.”
I can totally understand where Gwyneth is coming from here. I simply call it the lack of the 25th hour. While I sometimes find myself pulling my hair out trying to juggle my work while trying to take care of my children, there’s only so much time you have on your hands to dedicate to both your career and your job as a mother at home. I’m sure if I had more time on my hands, I’d get more things done, but then again I’d end up more exhausted than I am. No, we might not be able to “handle it all,” but then again we’re doing a heck of a job trying to do our best.
Photo via In Style Magazine