Alex Kingston "Hurts" When Separated From Daughter
Being in Glasgow as she shoots the BBC1 drama Hope Springs has been bittersweet for Alex Kingston. The British-born 45-year-old actress moved full-time to California 12 years ago and admits that she sometimes finds the state "odd," so the return trip to the UK provides a welcome break. California is also where her husband Florian Haertel and 7-year-old daughter Salome Violetta call home, however. Being separated from her daughter is something Alex says she finds exceedingly difficult. "I feel this tie with my daughter, and it’s almost as if it’s a piece of skin that’s being really, really stretched right now because she’s so far away," Alex explains, "It hurts." When they can’t be together due to her professional commitments — like most moms — Alex says she wonders if she’s made the right decision.
"There is a part of me that thinks, ‘Should I stop? Should I stop all of this and be a mum, and we’ll reduce our lifestyle and live simply off my husband’s earnings?’ But I don’t know if that would make me happy because I’m a creative person and I’d need to do something."
Alex says that working moms "have to find the best balance in the world" they’ve created for themselves. "I’m at a point in my life where I need to think about how I live and where we live and how we make it work, if we can," she adds.