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'You Can't Be a Great Mom and Keep Working all the Time,' Says Emma Thompson

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30:  Emma Thompson, winner of the Best Actress award for "Saving Mr. Banks", poses in the press room at the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
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Actress Emma Thompson is famous for her Oscar-winning roles on screen; but as she recently told the Daily Mail, the role she takes most seriously is that of mum to her 26-year-old son Tindyebwa and 14-year-old daughter Gaia. And that's exactly why she chose to take the last year off from working entirely.

"A year off was my birthday present to myself. I didn’t actually act or write. I was just a mum," the 55-year-old told the paper. "I taught drama at my daughter’s school, cooked meals and had fun. I highly recommend others to do the same if they can afford it."

"You can’t be a great mum and keep working all the time," she continued. "Sometimes in life you’ll have some things, at other times you will have other things. You don’t need it all at once; it’s not good for you. Motherhood is a full-time job. The only way I could have continued working would have been by delegating the running of the home to other people. I never wanted to do this, as I find motherhood profoundly enjoyable."

Thompson's candid thoughts on motherhood come less than a week after fellow actress Angelina Jolie similarly opened up to the New York Daily News about her own.

“I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain," Jolie said. "Consider all the people who really struggle and don’t have the financial means, don’t have the support, and many people are single, raising children. That’s hard.”

What do you think of Thompson and Jolie's comments? Do you agree?

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