Gwyneth Paltrow has had a rough week – she and her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, are separating, or as she puts it "conscious uncoupling."
Though she must be going through a difficult time, it's still hard not to envy a megastar like her. She's beautiful, incredibly fit and makes more money in a few months' work than most people can imagine making in their lifetimes.
Unfortunately, she laments that there's a downside to being a famous actress and a mom. She told E! a week ago that it's been especially hard now that her children are older:
"It's much harder for me. I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because…for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, 'Where were you?' I don't like to be the lead so I don't [have] to work every day, you know, I have little things that I like and obviously I want it to be good and challenging and interesting and be with good people and that kind of thing."
This is probably true of most working mothers, but then she digs in a little deeper, saying:
"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."
Obviously, as an actress, there's more money at your disposal, but there's also a lot more uncertainty in terms of scheduling. Do you think it's harder to have a regular job and parent than be an actress and parent from around the world? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
-- Mara Betsch
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