September 10, 2012 12:00 PM

>WHY I STEPPED AWAY

THIS IS YOUR FIRST ROLE IN A WHILE. DID YOU WANT TO BE A FULL-TIME MOM?

I didn’t take time off specifically for the kids. It’s waiting until something really good comes along. You can only be picky if you can still afford to be picky, so we can tell I haven’t run out of money yet!

AT 56, IS IT HARDER TO FIND THOSE ROLES?

Definitely. In my 20s and 30s, it seemed like every year Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Jessica Lange were nominated for great movies. I thought, “They’re going to fix everything!” Everything didn’t get fixed. So it’s just a fact of the business.

DO YOU FEEL PRESSURE TO LOOK YOUNGER?

I don’t. I don’t see how it would make a difference! Even if I do something drastic, I’m not going to get cast as the 30-year-old love interest again.

HAVE YOUR KIDS SEEN YOUR MOVIES?

My twin boys [Kian and Kaiis] are 8, and my daughter [Alizeh] is 10, but I have movies suitable for all ages! They saw Stuart Little first, then Beetlejuice, and they just saw A League of Their Own.

WILL THEY BE ACTORS TOO?

I’ve always said if my kids don’t become actors, I will have done my job.

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