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Maggie Gyllenhaal: "Being A Mother Is Such A Big Part Of My Life Now"

Maggie Gyllenhaal, best known as an indie film princess, is another actress who has decided to start doing family-friendly fare now that she's a mom (to Ramona, aged 4). Maggie is starring in NannyMcPhee Returns alongside Emma Thompson where she plays Isabel, the mother to Nanny McPhee's three charges.

She sat down with a reporter from the OCRegister to talk about motherhood, her film history and why she decided to take the role in Nanny McPhee Returns, opening today.

On accepting the role of Isabel Green:
This one appealed to me primarily because of the script, which was great, and because of Emma. I wanted to be around her. As for the family movie aspect, this is that rare family movie that really respects children, and really considers what children are actually thinking about.

On her expectations of motherhood:
I just didn't have a clue. I don't think that's something you can know. There's no way to prepare for the challenges, the immense joys, the surprises, the disappointments and the shocks. Your heart just rips open. It's amazing.

On how she's changed in the last 4 years, since having Ramona:
I don't feel like a babe in the woods anymore. I've learned a lot of things. It's like motherhood. I didn't know anything, and now I know a lot more.

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Emma Thompson Talks "Nanny McPhee Returns" And Working Motherhood

Emma Thompson is a powerhouse: she's an Academy-Award winning actress and screenwriter, philanthropist, and mother to Gaia, 10 (who she recently said she'd let take a year off from school) and Tindyebwa Agaba, 23.

Emma had a chat with to discuss her latest film, Nanny McPhee Returns and share some tidbits from her busy life. Emma says she loves writing versus acting because she can write and still be available for her kids, saying, "Writing is a gift because I can write and be entirely available. I can get my daughter to school, be there, weekends be there, pick her up from school, cook dinner, chat, put to bed."

While Emma says she "loves" being there for her kids, she stays busy because she'd be "terribly bored" if she had given up her career. And if you think Emma began working on the Nanny McPhee films for children, the actress insists that the films are more than just family-friendly fare; she says there's something in there for everyone.


Emma Thompson Is Giving Her Daughter A Break From School

Now here's an idea I can get behind (and I'm sure most kids would like it as well): Emma Thompson, who recently said she would be taking a hiatus from acting, is giving daughter Gaia a little respite, too – she's letting the 10-year-old take a year off from school.

"Gaia finishes her little [primary] school next year, but I’m going to give her a break from education and show her the world a bit and take a break myself," Emma said in a recent interview. "I just thought it was really good timing between those two schools to have a bit of a break."

But this isn't something the Nanny McPhee actress is doing haphazardly – she will first have to prove to school officials that Gaia will be adequately educated while traveling, either by having a tutor or presenting her own lesson plans.

Emma's mother, actress Phyllida Law, admits her daughter ‘has the travelling bug’ and approves of the family's adventure. "They haven’t said where they will go, but I’m sure like most other ten-year-olds Gaia would be thrilled by the idea of going traveling in another country," she said.

Emma and her husband Greg Wise are also parents to son Tindyebwa, 23, who they adopted from Rwanda in 2003.


Emma Thompson Taking A Break From Acting To Spend Time With Family

Emma Thompson says she is taking a break from acting in 2011 to spend more time with her family. The Nanny McPhee actress and mother-of-two made her announcement shortly after receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday (August 6).

"I'm not going to fundraise or perform or travel, except in pursuit of new vistas with my family," Emma told The Hollywood Reporter. I've been meaning to do this for a long, long time, but it's been like putting the brakes on a large ship because there is so much going on."

The Oscar-winning actress also talked about the toll that being an entertainer has taken on her and revealed that she suffers from depression. "I find the job I do emotionally very demanding," she said. "I suffer from occasional mild depression, which I think is a very common thing – it's fantastically common in my country and probably in yours, too – and it's a very much hidden thing people don't talk about. I think it should be discussed."

Emma and husband Greg Wise are parents to daughter Gaia, 10, and son Tindyebwa, 23, who they adopted from Rwanda in 2003.


Emma Thompson gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Multiple-Oscar winner Emma Thompson has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 51-year-old British actress unveiled her star, located just outside the Pig ‘n Whistle pub on Hollywood Boulevard, on Friday, just two weeks ahead of the August 20 release of her latest film, Nanny McPhee Returns.

Contactmusic reports,

The actress was joined by her Nanny MCPhee Returns co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal and her ex-boyfriend, House star Hugh Laurie, when she was honoured with the 2,416th star, located outside the historic Pig ‘n Whistle pub on Hollywood Boulevard. The 51-year-old Brit won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1992 for her role in Howard’s End, and scooped her second Oscar in 1996 for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film version of classic Jane Austen novel, Sense and Sensibility.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal & Emma Thompson Cover Good Housekeeping

Nanny McPhee co-stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson quickly struck up a strong friendship on the set of the family film. The closeknit pair tell Good Housekeeping how they bonded over movie-making and motherhood.

Recalling a rainy day in London when Maggie and her daughter Ramona, 3, came over for lunch, Emma laughs, "The entire child looked like she had been knitted by hand."

Maggie reveals that, both over tea and on the set, Emma has shared some wise words on motherhood.

“Emma gave me the best piece of advice…I had one day on the set when I was overwhelmed. I was a newlywed, I had a 2-year-old…I had quite a long scene with five children and animals, and I remember cracking a little bit.... Nobody knew but Emma, and she said, ‘Mags, you have got to allow yourself to drop the ball, because nobody can keep all those balls in the air.’”


Emma Thompson Picks Her Battles

When it comes to motherhood, Emma Thompson relies on some tried-and-true words of wisdom: Pick your battles.

"With Gaia, I make sure that the boundaries are reasonable," she tells the UK's The Daily Mail of her 10-year-old daughter. "I only fight the battles I really think have to be fought. Some of the battles I will lose on purpose, so that she gets a sense of power over her own existence."

Emma admits this philosophy has had some unexpected consequences.

"One of the battles I have let her win is allowing her to have a pair of high heels," the Nanny McPhee star confesses. "I thought, you know, I am not going to push this. I can't walk in high heels, but actually I would like her to be able to walk in heels because they look nice. And she loves them. I loved them when I was little. If I had been allowed to have high heels I would have been so happy, but no. So she has a little pair of high heels."


Jessica Hynes And Children Visit Nanny McPhee

British actress/writer Jessica Hynes and family joined celeb mamas such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Nanny McPhee herself, Emma Thompson yesterday (March 24,) for the UK Premiere of Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang.

Hynes and husband of eight-years Adam Hynes are parents to three children, Gabriel (1998,) a daughter in 2003, and a second daughter Flora born in 2006.

Up next for Hynes, who appeared in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, is a comedy/thriller Burke and Hare.