Anna Friel on Her Performing Princess, Gracie

10/17/2008 at 12:00 PM ET
Bobby Rachpoot/Pacific Coast News

Pushing Daisies Anna Friel has a budding performer on her hands — three-year-old daughter Gracie Ellen Mary enjoys "eating breakfast in the morning in a princess dress." Gracie deciding to follow Anna and her partner of eight years, actor David Thewlis, into the entertainment field is pretty much a given says Anna, who jokes "We will, with a daddy like David and a mom who’s an actress as well!" While the pair try to keep Gracie "as grounded as possible," she comes to the set and "has the most incredible visual stimulation that any kid could," Anna explains.

Much of that energy is channeled into movement, Anna says. Gracie is "a really wonderful dancer. Her favorite present that I got for her birthday was a long stick with this huge multi-colored ribbon that you can do all these twirls with. It was really spectacular." Putting on a show came early to to her daughter, notes Anna. "Gracie loved Nirvana, when she was really young, and we’ve got her [on video] rocking out in a nappy," Anna shares, adding, "We should put that on YouTube."

As her toddler develops into a preschooler, Anna, 32, continues to be amazed at her growth and progress. Recently, Gracie surprised her mum with "a huge, 20-words-long sentence about how she was feeling and what she did." When asked during the interview about the best part of motherhood, Anna replied,

"What isn’t the best thing about being a mommy? Especially now that we can have conversations with each other, and I know what she’s actually thinking, and whether she’s happy or not. I’m watching her learn. She goes to sleep and then, the next morning, so many weird transitions have happened in her brain that have connected things together."

Catch Anna in Pushing Daisies on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Source: Media Blvd

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Michelle on

I heard that Gracie Friel had a small part in her mother’s film, Bathory. Has anyone seen it?

jenny on

Yes, Bathory is a movie from central Europe, premiere was in July and its coming to other countries, USA as well, so anyone can see it soon. Check out and switch to english.

Gracie was a very little baby then, Anna just held her in arms for a few times in the movie.

Michelle on

Thanks for the link! It’s good to hear it’s coming to the US eventually. I couldn’t find it on Netflix.

kelpy on

I really like this couple (did they meet on the set on Timeline I wonder, or maybe is was before then).
I hadn’t seen pictures of Gracie, she looks just like Anna. Cute curls!

Katie on

They met before Timeline. They’ve been together now for about eight years. Gracie is such a cute child. I love her curly hair. It would be cool if Gracie would grow up to be an actress.

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