SJP On Motherhood: “Sometimes You Can Barely Breathe”

September 8, 2011

Who would have through Sarah Jessica Parker drives a minivan?

Turns out, she’s happiest when she’s in her minivan, being a typical mum.

“I sing along all day long as I’m dropping my kids off, driving my minivan,” she said in an interview in the US last night.

“My mother is a huge Honda fan…so I called up Bronx Honda, because my mother told me to, and we got ourselves a minivan. I’m telling you, it’s the most wonderful car.”

The 46-year-old star is about to hit the big screen in her latest film I Don’t Know How She Does It where she plays a busy working mother, and dished on her own highs and lows of being a mother to James, eight, and twins Loretta and Tabitha, two.

“This philosophical disagreement about being a mother and what that means and what kind of presence you have to have in a child’s life,” she said. “We’re all slightly envious of the other all the time.”

Despite being one of the wealthiest women in Hollywood, and maintaining a life out of the spotlight with husband Matthew Broderick, she says she still feels jealous of other mothers.

“If I’m running to work and maybe there’s parents there who aren’t and they’re getting to spend 20 to 30 minutes after drop-off together talking – there’s a part of me that wishes I could be there.

“What I’ve learned about being a parent is how much you sort of secretly learn from everyone else and how valuable it is.”

Confessing that she finds motherhood as challenging as regular mothers, she said: “Sometimes it feels that you can barely breathe or think or make good decisions because you’re so overwhelmed by all of it.

“But I must confess that I can’t imagine it generally speaking any other way.”

She also laughed off the abuse she’s received over the years since filming Sex and the City, including some nasty heckling walking down the street.

“There have been a couple of men who have said to me ‘Your show sucks, your show is awful,” she said.

“I’m like ‘Who forced you to watch it Sir?”

Do you think celebrity mothers have it as hard as regular mothers?

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