November 21, 2008 07:00 PM

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Splitting the difference will hopefully pay off in spades someday for Emma Thompson‘s 8-year-old daughter Gaia Romilly. During a Wednesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Emma revealed that at the moment Gaia intends to pursue a "double-headed" career path of becoming both "an artist and a cocktail waitress." Joked Emma,

"It’s good, she’s aiming both high and very, very low simultaneously. So somewhere in-between, it’s going to happen."

Gaia’s ambitions recently came to light when a school assignment required her to complete a job application. While there were "lovely ones" written by some children, Emma says Gaia opted to apply for the position of "bar assistant." Among her listed qualifications? "She wrote, ‘Because I can mix the following drinks,’ and — and I quote — ‘There’s nothing I like less than a cluttered bar,’" Emma recalled with a laugh.

As for Emma’s 21-year-old son Tindyebwa ‘Tindy’ Agaba, the 49-year-old actress says she was initially hesitant to speak out about his adoption because he was "just settling in." They were introduced when Tindy, a former refugee from Rwanda, came to their house for Christmas. "Slowly in an organic fashion, he became part of the family," Emma says. With Tindy — described by his mom as "a remarkable boy" — now studying social and political science at Exeter University, the family was understandably inspired by the recent U.S. presidential election. "When Obama got it, my husband woke me up, and I texted it to Tindy and said ‘I expect you to be in office by 2012,’" Emma reveals.

Gaia and Tindy are Emma’s children with actor Greg Wise, whom she married in 2003.

Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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