“I’m A Mother First, Actress Second”


There are a million reasons why I love Helena Bonham Carter, and this interview is just one of them. The British actress opens up to the July issue of Vogue UK, where she talks about her career and her family life. Here’s a highlight:

Helena has two children, Billy and Nell, with her partner Tim Burton. The 46-year-old says since having her babies, acting has mattered less to her. The irony that her work has got better since giving birth is not lost on her.

“It’s not my sole purpose so there’s less pressure on it,” she reflected. “Which, of course, means I do it better. But I also find it’s less important to me now whether I’m crap or good. I take myself so much less seriously than I used to. I used to be so self-critical, it was painful. Now I think, ‘OK, so I acted badly today. I’ll try and act better tomorrow.’ I mean, for God’s sake, it’s not like I’m a surgeon or anything. It doesn’t really matter, does it?”

Photos by Vogue UK

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