The 54-year-old actress, who has been married to cinematographer Daniel Moder since 2002 and has 17-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, as well as 14-year-old Daniel, hasn’t starred in a romantic comedy since 2001’s ‘America’s Sweethearts,’ and admits she is much more selective about the roles she takes on now that she has children.
She stated, ” “‘I consider myself a stay-at-home mom.’ Isn’t it impossible that it’s been 20 years? Here’s the thing: I would have done something if I had thought it was good enough.
“However, in the last 18 years, I’ve had three children. That raises the stakes even higher because it’s no longer just a question of “Is this stuff good?” but but a math problem involving my husband’s job schedule, the kids’ school schedules, and summer vacation. ‘Oh, I believe I want to do this?’ isn’t enough.”
The ‘Pretty Woman’ actress went on to say that she didn’t set out to avoid romantic comedies, but that she hadn’t been offered anything that she felt was up to par with her past work.
According to The New York Times, she said: “It wasn’t by design, but rather because I couldn’t discover anything that piqued my curiosity. I was taken aback by how swiftly the years seemed to pass.
“People sometimes misinterpret the fact that I haven’t done a romantic comedy in a long time as a sign that I don’t want to make one. I would do it if I had read anything that I believed was on the level of ‘Notting Hill’ writing or ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ madcap fun.”
With ‘Ticket To Paradise,’ due out in October, she’ll be back in the genre, starring with her buddy George Clooney, and she’s finally found a script that she feels fits her previous appearances.
“They didn’t exist until this film that I recently finished that Ol Parker wrote and directed,” she explained.