Scottish actress Laura Fraser talks about being a working mom
When she was pregnant, Laura Fraser says she dreamed of never returning to work. Then — after her daughter Lila, 1, arrived — Laura says she decided to take a one year maternity leave. But plans changed again when Laura stopped nursing and found herself thinking "I have got to get out of the house. I have got to do something." So return to work she did, and the 31-year-old actress promptly realized that having it all is almost always an impossibility.
I think every mother feels that the best place for their child is with their mum, but you want things for yourself, too. So, you’re either at work feeling guilty or you are at home feeling frustrated.
Laura can currently be seen as Abigail, the pregnant wife of Caiaphas — the High Priest who condemns Jesus to death — in the BBC miniseries version of The Passion. The part required Laura to film an "over-the-top" birthing scene that turned into a "screamy, shouty affair." Fortunately (or not, depending on your perspective!) Laura said she was able to use Lila’s delivery for inspiration.
Mostly I drew on the fear I felt before I gave birth. When I had Lila, I was screaming and shouting through panic and sheer terror rather than pain. I wasn’t sure what was going on and I was in labor for 36 hours, followed by an emergency C-section.
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An ex gym-fanatic, Laura now stays fit doing pilates and walking. She cautions against what she perceives as an obsession by others with physical appearances, warning "it cripples people." She adds,
I hate to think that Lila will become obsessed by her body image, but it almost feels inevitable if the magazine culture we have now continues.
Lila is the first child together for Laura and her husband Karl Geary, who were married in 2003; Karl also has a son, Billy, who is seven years older than Lila. Of being a step-mom, Laura says "it is harder to discipline and harder to love a child that is not your own, but we get on very well." As do, apparently, Lila and Billy.
There’s no direct competition and he adores her.
Source: Times Online