Helen Hunt Loved Being a Stay-At-Home Mom
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."