Helen Hunt Loved Being a Stay-At-Home Mom

09/16/2008 at 06:30 PM ET

Helen Hunt‘s debut as a screenwriter in Then She Found Me — a film in which she also starred and directed — was helped along, ironically enough, by a lack of high quality roles in the wake of her Academy Award-winning performance in As Good As It Gets. The 45-year-old actress admits, however, that a part would have to have been truly amazing to take away from her happy home life with partner Matthew Carnahan and daughter Makena’lei, 4. "There weren’t a ton of parts that were worth leaving my house to do," she says. "I loved being at home with my daughter, and taking two or three hours a day to write was good to do while being a stay-at-home mom."

As for Makena’lei’s unusual name, Helen shares that it means "many flowers of heaven" in Hawaiian, adding "it’s very meaningful for me."

Source: Metro

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molly on

Where can i buy this shirt ?

SouthernBelle on

I’ve always wondered how she pronounces Makena’lei. Is it Mah-ken-ah-lee? Or Mah-ken-ah-lay? Or something totally different?

molly on

It must be the second one, makenah lay
in Hawaiian they pronounce things like they write them

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