"I should have had more kids, started younger," the actress tells MORE

By peoplestaff225
September 22, 2014 11:30 AM

In Naomi Watts‘s family life, bigger is better.

The mom of sons Sasha, 7, and Kai, 5½, tells MORE that if she could redo one thing, she’d want a bigger brood.

“I should have had more kids, started younger,” the actress says in the magazine’s October issue, on newsstands Tuesday.

But Watts, who turns 46 this week, has two boys to keep her busy (with the help of partner Liev Schreiber).

“Liev has a lot more courage than me,” she says of their complementary parenting styles. “He’s always saying, ‘Let the kids do it. Take the training wheels off!’ My bit of fear balances him, and he balances my fear.”

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Not that the St. Vincent star lacks courage — though motherhood has made her a bit more cautious.

“I’ve skydived. I went swimming with sharks that weren’t in cages. I went on safari, where you’re sitting with lions just five feet from you. And I was photographed [by Condé Nast Traveler] for King Kong standing on a gargoyle near the top of the Chrysler Building in New York City. I had a harness and a rope, but if you fall, you’re hanging [61 floors up]!” she says. “But now that I have kids, I don’t want to do so many daredevily things anymore.”

The one crazy thing she’d still love to relive? Childbirth.

“I feel like the births of my children were so huge, but I don’t remember either of them well,” she explains. “I wish I could have it all back but without the pain.”

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— Michele Corriston