Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Uma Thurman for Gotham Magazine December 2012

On finding the balance for herself between being a mother and having a career: "The question of balance has always been kind of a funny one to me because I don’t think there is any balance. I feel like I’ve never done enough. I do think I’m pretty good at home, but trying to balance my energies outside the home? It’s a challenge; there’s so much more I want to do and can do. I was starting to do a lot more as my children are so independent, but now I have a new baby [Luna]. It’s wonderful, and I’m in a different place in my life, so I have a feeling it’s going to be a little different. When I was younger and became a mother, I didn’t think I could do anything else; I was completely overwhelmed. I felt guilty and afraid about working, guilty and afraid about not working. It’s very overwhelming for a younger person, which is why it’s awesome to get to have another baby when you’re grown up."

On her upcoming projects: "Because I just had a baby this year, I haven’t quite gotten up and running yet, but I did a role in a movie called Playing for Keeps, which is a comedy. I just had a really fun time. I also went over to Germany and did a big scene, which is a monologue, with Lars von Trier for his film Nymphomaniac. I’m not the nymphomaniac, but it’s going to be totally scandalous. I’ve been on maternity leave for a while, so it’s all about the future. I’m reading scripts, and I changed my agents—I’m hitting refresh in my career."

On the possibility of doing Kill Bill: Vol. 3: "It gets announced all the time, but I don’t have a script. Quentin [Tarantino] knows; everybody knows; we’re hoping that we get to make the third installment. I saw Kill Bill yesterday, and I haven’t seen it in, I don’t know, seven, eight years, and I was surprised at how well it’s held up. I shouldn’t be surprised, of course, but I’m so self-critical, it takes about 10 years for me to be able to like something I’ve done."

On how she picks the directors she works with: "Usually by the work that they’ve done before—sometimes it can be lucky and sometimes it can be unlucky. And often I do like writer-directors—ideally, not first time ones, although I’ve done that as well—because that is what an auteur is. It’s special to work with someone who has written and is directing his or her own work."

Courtesy of Gotham Magazine

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