Monica Bellucci is Home Base for Deva

08/29/2009 at 08:00 PM ET

The nomadic existence of an actor isn’t always conducive to family life, but Monica Bellucci feels that life is what you make it. “The most important thing with children is to give them your time,” she tells the Daily Mail. “Actually, that’s all that matters.” To that end, while the 44-year-old actress and her daughter Deva — turning five next month — are currently living out of a New York City hotel, Monica concedes that their globetrotting days are coming to a close. “In a year, Deva’s going to have to go to school and I’m going to have to decide where we base ourselves,” she notes.

“She’s very easy. She travels so much that she can fall asleep in any bed — she’s like a gypsy baby. Right now, her base is her mother and her father, even though the scenery changes.”

As for just where the family-of-three — which includes Monica’s husband Vincent Cassel — will eventually settle down, it remains to be seen. “Truly, I am a woman of the last minute,” Monica says. “When I was pregnant I organized three different hospitals because I couldn’t decide where I wanted to have my baby: London, Rome or Paris. In the end, I decided to go to Rome, arrived on the Monday and gave birth on the Saturday.”

The timing was fortuitous in more ways than one. “Deva arrived at a perfect moment for me,” Monica says. “I have done so many things in my life, been to so many places, had some great times — but when she came I was ready to give her everything.”

“I am at a stage in my life where if I don’t go out, I don’t feel I’m missing something. I get bored surrounded by people smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol… And I’m not so interested now in going to premieres, or being photographed on the red carpet. I want to be with her.”

From the sound of things, Monica doesn’t have the energy for a night out on the town anyway! “Kids steal your sleep,” she notes. “I didn’t sleep for two years…I was breastfeeding for nine months.” She adds,

“But I was so happy to become a mother, I don’t mind any of the sacrifices. They are the ways in which you learn to be a mother.”

Source: Daily Mail

— Missy

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Lily on

I swear, I could’ve written this article. I feel EXACTLY the way Monica Belluci does! I was 39 yrs old when I had my son…apparently the exact same age Monica was when she had her daughter. She hit the nail on the head with everything she said. Being an older mother, I feel as if I’ve experienced it all. My son can sleep anywhere and me and his dad take our son everywhere. I have no desire for the party scene anymore. With my son I’ve come full circle. He’s the best thing that’s happened to me and his dad…he came when we were both ready for him.

Rach on

Lily, its not only older moms. I am 25 and I def feel the same way. I feel like I lived the party scene and couple scene and everything and now we are all happy to just make good food,invite friends over and chat about life and kids etc.

Sita on

I admire her. Deva is happy to have such a good mother.