Kelly Macdonald, who stars in "Goodbye Christopher Robin," admits that her two boys have been a little reluctant to embrace Winnie the Pooh.
"I tried, believe me, I tried," the actress tells Mom.me. "I'll try again at some point." But, it turns out, another imaginary stuffed creature is the star in her house.
"My oldest is obsessed with 'Calvin and Hobbes,'" she admits about her 9-year-old. She also has a 4-year-old son. "('Winnie the Pooh') was a bit of a hard sell."
That didn't stop Macdonald from diving deeply into the story of author A.A. Milne, who created the world of "Winnie the Pooh" for his son, Christopher Robin. (Yes, that was his real name!) Macdonald plays Christopher's nanny, who brings a voice of reason to the family when fame becomes too much for the family—and for Christopher.
"I thought the script was a lovely thing," Macdonald says about the film, which opens in theaters today. "And when I was asked to read for (the part), it was just as moving as I hoped it would be."
Macdonald also talked to Mom.me about what makes for a good mom, the one quality she wants as a parent and the last show she binge-watched:
What quality makes for a good mom? Love—all they need is love. That's the main ingredient, isn’t it?
What did you think you’d be when you grew up? I thought I’d be an actress. I didn’t know how that was going to happen, not knowing anyone who did that for a living. But I always had it in me that I would like to do that. I’m really lucky.
What’s the one quality you want to have as a parent? I like making the kids laugh. I got a fairly good sense of humor from my mum. There's nothing better than my kids laughing.
Who is your favorite fictional hero/heroine? Calamity Jane
What was the last thing you binge-watched? "Top of the Lake"
What is your greatest wish for your children? That they’ll be happy adults.
Who are you heroes in real life? My mum. She was the kindest, wisest, funniest person I know.
What’s your favorite motto? Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.