Kristin Scott Thomas on Working Motherhood: It Was Bloody Hard Work!
While some working moms feel that they really can “have it all,” don’t count Kristin Scott Thomas among them. The 48-year-old actress “would have liked lots and lots of children” but says her career wouldn’t allow for it. “You really do have to choose,” she tells Psychologies magazine. “People would say to me at the time, you’re the woman who has everything but it was bloody hard work.”
When asked whether she ever felt guilt as a working mom, Kristin — mom to Hannah, 20, Joseph,17, and George, 8 — replies “would you like to show me a working mother who doesn’t?” According to the English Patient star “there’s no escaping it” — and it is something she struggles with to this day. The “worst time” of all, Kristin says, is when children enter their adolescence “because they start to express how they feel.”
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Of course, eventually it is the children themselves who say goodbye; Kristin recently encountered such a scenario when dropping her daughter off at college for the first time. “I drove her all the way from Paris to London, and as soon as I reached Land’s End I just wept,” she shares. “It’s the most awful thing accepting your child is grown up now.”
While Hannah studies to become a journalist Kristin still has plenty to keep her busy at home. “My two boys are getting along fine,” she says. “They’re obviously a lot younger and still need a lot of mothering.” It’s something she is eager to provide, both for their sake — and her own. Adds Kristin,
Hannah, Joseph and George are Kristin’s children with ex-husband François Olivennes.