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Minnie Driver on Motherhood: 'It Feels Like Christmas'

10/22/2009 at 01:00 PM ET

When it comes to the emotions surrounding motherhood “you can’t know until you have it,” according to Minnie Driver. “It just blows your mind,” she says in a new interview with “It’s so extraordinary.”

The 39-year-old actress admits that the “unquantifiable love” she feels for son Henry Story, 13 months, did come as somewhat of a surprise. “It just takes my breath away,” Minnie says.

“My son’s face in the morning, or if I hear him ‘Mama, Mama, Mama’ and I go and he’s just sitting there in his crib, in the dark cause, you know, often he wakes up early it’s still dark outside. When I turn the lights on he’s like ‘Mama!’ And it’s just, it feels like Christmas.”

Her enthusiasm about making movies while pregnant with Henry is a different story entirely! She filmed Motherhood at 7 ½ months along in a New York City heatwave, a decision she says in retrospect was not the wisest;  When the shoot ran longer than expected, Minnie recalls making a tearful phone call to her own mom.

“I was like, ‘I just [gasp] want to go home and iron [gasp] onesies. I just want to do laundry Mom,’” she explains. “She was laughing and she goes ‘You’ll have plenty of time to do laundry, love. Don’t worry. There’s loads coming.’”

Although she “did want to be nesting,” Minnie says she harbors no regrets about making the movie.

“I’m glad I did it. I just think, I said before, when you’re — the greater part, in fact, the whole of my adult working life has been chronicled on film and this, I didn’t want this part to be an exception. I’m really glad that I made it selfishly just to have him, you know, for my own history.”

When asked whether she’d be receptive to Henry someday pursuing a similar career path, Minnie laughs. “I would say good luck!”

“Good luck and I’ll always cook for you when you’re totally broke.”

Motherhood is in select cities Friday.

Source: CinemaBlend

– Missy

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acorrado on

that’s sooo cute… I always say having a baby is like Christmas everyday! you get to wake up to this gift of a baby…so great!

CelebBabyLover on

AWWWW! It’s obvious that Minnie loves being a mommy! :)

Cape Towm Mum on

That’s a good description. It really is an overwhelming love that you really can’t understand until you’re there experiencing it. Henry’s such a cutie pie.


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