I talked to Uma Thurman on Wednesday.
Well, almost. I was supposed to ask her a question, but time ran out. I was lucky enough to be chosen to be on a panel of mom bloggers allowed to participate in conference calls with headliners from Motherhood, the movie including Katherine Dieckmann (writer/director), Anthony Edwards and Uma Thurman.
I really like what I've seen of Uma Thurman both on screen and off. Off screen, she always seems so self possessed and poised and most importantly, intelligent. Even though I haven't seen the bulk of her work, I've been mindful of her career because of the intellect, maturity and the humanity she appears to exhibit when she is not on the silver screen.
I appreciate that she slipped into the role of a mother without all of the hoopla associated with Hollywood mom's today and has been able to juggle her career and motherhood with such grace. In fact, one of the questions that was asked was what is was like to balance her work schedule with her job as a mother. She said, "It's very hard work. " and went on to elaborate about only being one person and missing things when she works but trying to balance it with a "rich and warm family life" at home when she is not working.
The phone call only re-inforced my opinion of her. She's an actress, but more importantly she's a mom, and takes that role very seriously. She's smart and well spoken. She also knows how to get right down to business without being abrasive. Now more than ever I want to see the movie being released October 23rd that she stars in and is proported to be an authentic view of motherhood.
Here are some fun tidbits I gleaned from the phone call:
*Her lower back paid the price of filming running up and down the stairs of a walk-up wearing a baby carrier.
*She was surprised at what wonderful actors the children were that played her children because they are just children.
*Filming a movie that takes place in only one day is "tricky" but rewarding.
*She really enjoyed working with Anthony Edwards and thinks he's a marvelous dad in real life as well as in the movie. And she has been friends with his wife for a long time.
*She has an expansive vocabulary and knows how to answer questions with just the right amount of detail.
This whole upcoming week I'm dedicating my blog to topics dealing with motherhood since I'm basically up to my elbows in it. :)