Thandie Newton 'Cannot Believe' Love for Daughters

09/01/2009 at 02:00 PM ET
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For Thandie Newton, 36, dressing up in designer duds easily ranks among the biggest perks of a career in acting. “Love it,” she proclaims in a new interview with the Independent.

Her two daughters Ripley, turning nine this month, and Nico, 4 ½, are apparently of like mind, and both girls enjoy watching their mom get awards show ready. “They say, ‘Mummy pretty’ and all that,” Thandie reveals. “Nico watched Norbit the other day on DVD…I don’t think she understood it but she spent the whole time stroking the screen and saying, ‘Mama?'”

While she was no doubt intrigued by what she saw, Thandie says it is her older daughter who is most interested in becoming an actress.

“That’s how fame seems to children. They think it’s all glamour and glitz, but it’s really hard work.”

Hard work that Thandie won’t give up anytime soon. When asked whether she’d consider becoming a full-time mom, she answered with a definitive “no” before adding, “I like escape, just as everyone else does.” Getting the fantasy to mesh with the reality can be difficult. “It’s called the fame game, isn’t it?” she asks.

“In my day-to-day life I feel I am a wife and mother. I take the kids to school. I pick them up. We go to the park. I make food, that type of thing…I cannot believe how much I love them.”

That sense of normalcy extends to Thandie’s view of her body as it has changed since welcoming her daughters. “I fed them both and carried them in me,” she points out. “When I see women who have plastic surgery done to their boobs I think, ‘How can you when they have fed your children?'”

Ripley and Nico are Thandie’s children with husband Ol Parker.

Source: Independent

— Missy

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Jen on

I really love Thandie’s perspective on her body and her sense of appreciation for the amazing things it has done for her girls. What a beautiful statement she makes.

Jessica on

She let her daughter watch Norbit? Oh lord.

Just Kidding!!!!

I like Thandie and her daughters are beautiful especially little Nico with her blond afro.

ashley on

I wonder what Thandie thinks about breast implants prior to having a child?

CelebBabyLover on

I had to chuckle a bit at how she said “I fed them both”. I would certainly HOPE she fed her girls as babies (i.e., before they could feed themselves)! I realize that she was referring to breastfeeding, but it just sounded funny to me. 🙂

Jessica on


LOL, I never paid to attention. That does sound kind of funny.

Ella on

I love Thandie so beautiful, intellegent, classy and a talanted actress,she has two of the most beautiful children I have ever seen. Thandie is so down to earth, it does’nt surprise me that she breast fed her girls as that sort of thing is important to her. Her husband and children are always her first priority.