Celebrity Soundbites

Celebrity Mom Quotes

Naomi Watts:

"I want to be a good mum. I'm not quite sure exactly what that [statement] means to me. But I've got friends who have given everything to be there for their family, but I've always wondered, are they at peace with themselves? I think balancing career and family is just one of those things you have to work out as you go along. I think it's important to keep growing as a human being and to take care of your own needs as well as your family's but I don't know if you should abandon your own life for your child's. I love my work, and if it were just a job to me, I 'd be happy to leave it behind. But it's not. [Returning to work] won't be easy because I am breastfeeding. But I'm committed to my work. I love it. It keeps me alive. Besides, I feel if I'm feeding myself creatively, I'm also feeding my child in a creative way. I think the two of us can keep working, but always with the idea of being together as much as possible as a family. In the end, I think there is no right way. You have to figure out what's right for you as you go along."

Marcia Cross :

"My biggest dilemma is getting home for bath time. If I have two long work days in a row, it's too long for us to be apart."

Rachel Griffiths :

"You know what? I've just worked the hardest year of my life [filming Brothers & Sisters]. I have two kids under three. I don't want to read a script. I don't want to even think that being on a hit TV show is not enough. I'm playing a role that I get to explore every part of me: myself as a mother, as a sister , as a daughter, as a working woman. There's no part of me that's not getting exercised."

Jodie Foster:

"Doing two movies in one year was a dumb idea and I'll never do that again. I did it when I was a kid and it was fine, but you can't do it with a family."

Eva Longoria:

"If Tony and I decide to have a child, it doesn't mean I would have to stop working. But I would rather take some time off after giving birth and devote myself to being a mom for the early months. Having a child should be a very precious time in a woman's life and I don't want to worry about showing up on a set at 7:00 in the morning and have a nanny look after my baby during the day."

Katie Holmes :

"My work is very important to me. My family is very important to me. When I go to work, it will be the right thing, worth my time and worth my time away from my family."

Salma Hayek - Celebrity Mom:

[On quitting her job when her child arrives] "I’m going to stay (in the U.S.) and run this company. I could just say I will give it all up and be a housewife in Paris. But I said, ‘No.’ I was so lucky because I found myself a man who is a great businessman. And he loves it that I work this hard. He has a lot of respect for what I do."

Scarlett Johansson:

"Hopefully I won't have to have a nanny, but I hope to be a working parent, at least after my kid is grown out of being a toddler. I guess you have to have some help."

Katie Holmes :

"I feel really lucky because Suri came [to the set of Mad Money], and my trailer was a nursery."

Hillary Clinton:

"I think it’s a false trade-off to say quality time versus quantity – you have to have both. So if you have long work hours like I did, how do you get rid of things in your life you don’t need in order to put that extra time into your children? I always supported the women I worked with having time off to go to parent- teacher conferences and doctors’ appointments or bringing their infants into the office. I’m a huge supporter of on-site child care.

You need much more sensitivity in the workplace to the challenges young women go through in trying to do two very difficult jobs well."

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