Maggie Gyllenhaal says that motherhood made her a better actress, but now she wants to spend more time at home than in front of the cameras.
“I think having a child changes everything and has deepened everything in my life,” Maggie, mom to 20-month-old daughter Ramona, told reporters recently. “I think it has deepened my acting.”
Of motherhood, “It really does crack you open in every way,” said Maggie. “I never knew that I could be so tired. I never knew that I could work so hard. I never knew that I could love so much or be so patient or be so excited by the tiniest, tiniest little thing. Everything about it has surprised me.”
Maggie co-stars with Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger The Dark Knight.
In the film, she plays Rachel Dawes, Batman’s love interest, taking over the role from Katie Holmes, who played the part in the previous film.
“I do think that it’s really difficult to get me away from [Ramona],” she said. “It’s difficult to find a script that’s good enough for me to think, ‘Okay, I really need to do this instead of being with my daughter.'”
Maggie filmed Farlanders for director Sam Mendes last spring, “but mostly I’ve been with her,” she shared. “Some people have asked me whether I’ll choose things that … have a more sort of child-appropriate content, and I don’t think so. I think I’ll choose what’s interesting to me.”
Maggie also shared that she receives tremendous support balancing parenthood and career from fiancé, Peter Sarsgaard. “We share absolutely equally,” she explained, and added that her brother Jake Gyllenhaal is “a great uncle.”
Australian tennis champ Lleyton Hewitt, 27, announced that he and his wife, Bec Hewitt, 24, a former soap actress, are expecting their second child in January.
“It’s fantastic,” Lleyton told Australia’s OK! magazine about their baby joy.
The impending arrival will join big sister Mia Rebecca, 2, and Mia Rebecca is already thrilled about becoming an older sister. “She understands something’s happening, and she’s really excited about it,” said Bec.
After dating for only eight weeks, the couple became engaged and then wed in July 2005.
An expectant Louise Redknapp, 33, was snapped enjoying a romantic getaway in Italy with her husband Jamie yesterday.
The glowing Louise proudly showed off her growing baby bump as she strolled around the pool at the luxury resort of Porto Carvo, Sardinia, in a strapless black bikini and low slung skirt.
The couple, who are ‘delighted’ to be expecting their second child, looked happier than ever during their afternoon in the sun.
Louise has previously said she was stunned to discover she’d conceived so quickly this time around after it took her four years to fall pregnant with their first child, Charley.
She suffering from endometriosis and underwent two laser surgery operations to correct it.
Louise, who is now four months pregnant, revealed: ‘It was just absolute shock when I found out.
‘It took me four years to have Charley and so this time, after just a month, it was very unexpected. We had talked about having another baby and we kind of expected the same problems as last time.’
‘When I did the pregnancy test, I nearly fell off the chair. My friend popped in and I dragged her upstairs and said, “You’ve got to look at this. Am I reading it wrong?”‘
‘I rang Jamie straight away. He was absolutely delighted.
‘It was such a relief to think I wouldn’t have to go through all that treatment to get pregnant again. The doctors don’t know why it has been so much easier this time – it’s just the luck of the draw I guess.’
Since taking time out of her solo career in 2004, Louise has turned to TV presenting and modeling.
She became the host of Clothes Show last year and has also been named the new face of Triumph lingerie.
Nicole Kidman has planned the birth of her first child, due in the next few weeks, right down to the smallest detail.
Nicole has reserved a private room at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, lined up the finest medical care for the natural birth – and even put together a compilation of music for the delivery.
Nicole, 41, who married country singer Keith Urban in 2006, has naturally included some of her husband’s songs. But at top of her list are the soothing melodies of Irish flutist Sir James Galway.
A source said: ‘Nicole has been putting together CDs of music to listen to during labor. She has always loved James Galway, particularly his classical albums.
‘Whenever you go to her house, she has Galway on. There is one Prokofiev sonata that is her favourite.’
Sir James, 68, is considered the finest flutist of his generation. Knighted in 2001, he has recorded more than 60 albums. His most famous hit was the instrumental version of John Denver’s hit Annie’s Song in 1978.
Nicole already has two children, Isabella, 14, and Conor, 12, which she adopted with her former husband Tom Cruise.