I played a mother for five years on television, which was super satisfying. I loved playing a character who juggled, sometimes well, sometimes badly — it was where I was at. It's hard [to get the balance] on the long-haul TV stuff. I feel a little bit guilty about doing Broadway because it's so satisfying for me and I'm not getting home to tuck [the children] in. But my husband and I try to balance our work schedules, so when I was off, Andrew was painting [he has a show in New York this month].
I miss the cast, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't get a text from Sally [Field] or Matthew [Rhys] or Calista [Flockhart] or Gilles [Marini], so we are still incredibly close and will be forever.
It's every parent's fear, becoming ill and leaving their children behind. The idea of a mother in her prime leaving a family [as in the film] is something you can't even conceive.
I almost died having Clementine. I had a spontaneous uterine rupture and, for three days, I was extremely touch and go. So my husband stared down the long corridor of that for three days. We almost lost her [Clementine], too.
That kind of changed me and it changed us. It really did give us that sense that what we have is so fragile, don't sweat the small stuff and appreciate the family, each other. We have hardly had a bicker since.
Banjo totally sees himself as Australian. He'll say he misses the beach and catching leatherjackets, he misses his cousins. I think Addie does [feel Australian], too. Maybe she is more on the fence. They are excited to be going back and know it's close.
I don't know any actor who does. It's an assault, those flashbulbs, you're hoping you're not sweating. What I do as an actor is inhabit people and hopefully express quite delicate human states, and that doesn't have a lot to do with red carpet. But I've always enjoyed being pregnant on the red carpet because you have a free pass!