My Interview With Uma Thurman About “Motherhood”

Excuse me for a moment while I proclaim – OHMYGOSHIGOTTOINTERVIEWUMATHURMANTHEOTHERDAY!!!!

Uma ThurmanSo. I know what you are thinking… “Why in the world would YOU get to interview Uma Thurman?”

No clue?  Me either!  :)

I got to participate in an interview with Uma along with some of the greatest mom bloggers (many of which are my personal favorites) to get a better understanding of the Motherhood movie and Uma’s character, Eliza.  (A little while ago I also spoke with Anthony Edwards about the movie as well. If you are interested, you can check out that interview here.)

Although I went into this opportunity in a reporter-interview type of mode,  I quickly realized that this character, and even Uma herself, faces the same struggles that I do. That YOU do as a mom.  What a revelation!

I mean half of this blog is all about ways to “find your mojo again.”

One statement that Uma made about her character was particularly poignant - “She no longer feels like she recognizes herself as a person… as who she thought she was supposed to be. Those tiny grinding repetitive acts have let her lose herself.”

Wow.

Anybody else recognize these statements to be true? I think we have all felt that way at one point or another.

Uma also talked a little bit about her struggles balancing work and children in a demanding field. (I’ve soooo been here as well.) I also identified with her take on it -  “You are never the same before and after you have children.  It made much more clear the lines between my work and my life.  I am also more appreciative of my work now.”

I was lucky enough in the interview to have been able to directly ask Uma two questions.  I’ve embedded the sound (above) in case you would like to hear her answer yourself.  Otherwise, the transcript is below.

Q. Something obviously drew you to “Motherhood” and to Eliza’s character. What do you feel is “authentic” about how motherhood is portrayed in this movie? How will we (meaning: audiences) be able to relate?

Uma Thurman in MotherhoodUma: Well, I think, first of all this is a story where the mother is actually central to the experience where she is the one being seen through her actions and not there to focus your attention in how the mother relates to the person of interest who is either a man or a child.Which is kind of, how mothers are often used in narrative.  Filling in the blanks per se on about another character but not really about them themselves.

I just think that Katherine’s (the film director) character was just so honest, you know? She is someone who has chosen to be a stay at home mother and yet she is struggling with that decision and  feels fulfilled but at the same time compromised in a way at times by being in total babyland and not stimulating other sides of herself that important. And I like that she has flaws. And I like that she has anger issues and yet she still loves her kids. She’s funny and charming and she is just, sort of, REAL.

Q. Let’s talk a little bit about mom blogging.  I’m sure we are all interested to know your take on it. But I’d like to also know the motivation behind your character Eliza’s blog. Why does SHE do it? What reward does she get out of it?

Uma: Well, she is a writer and she is someone who is studying to be a writer and was a promising student and a novice novelist and has chosen to dedicate herself to want to raise her kids. A mommy blog is a way for her to exercise her creativity that fits in with her life as a mother because it is what she has chosen to be focused on and is living with and so it is kind of, her transport. Her voice, so to speak outside of this isolated experience of raising your kids on your own.

Again, very relevant to me and certainly to other mom bloggers out there.  “To speak outside of this isolated experience of raising your kids on your own.” True. Very true.

So to celebrate the the release of a long overdo Hollywood film spotlighting the complexity of motherhood and mommy bloggers everywhere, I am hosting a giveaway! (My first giveaway, to be exact!) I have one Motherhood movie poster and T-shirt combination to give away.  All you need to do is leave me comment telling me what you get from either reading or authoring your own mommy blog.  Three entries if you link to this blog from your own. Contests ENDS Oct 23rd at 5 pm. The winner will be announced October 26th.

Remember – Motherhood arrives in theaters on October 23. If you  in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston or San Francisco areas, grab some mommy time and head out to see this flick! For the rest of us who live in other cities, the hope is for a wide release the weekend of  October 30. I will totally be going, of course! Sounds like the perfect excuse for a girls night out, doesn’t it?

AND ONE MORE THING: Be sure to check out these other fabulous bloggers some time: Jessica of The Unemployed Mom, Lara of Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom, Amanda of Parenting BY Dummies Kerri of City Mommy and Jill of Scary Mommy.

16 Responses to "My Interview With Uma Thurman About “Motherhood”"

  1. Erika
    Erika 1801 days ago .

    This is SO COOL!! I love Uma Thurman even more. She seems like fantasic lady/mother!
    .-= Erika´s last blog ..Fall Frenzy! =-.

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  3. MK
    MK 1801 days ago .

    Awesome. Congrats!

  4. amber
    amber 1801 days ago .

    I so want to see this movie! I have a feeling it’ll be a while before it makes its way to my very small corner of the world, though.

    For me, blogging is about venting, connecting…and creating anything I darn well want to.
    .-= amber´s last blog ..Things I’d Like to Teach My Daughter. =-.

  5. DiPaolaMomma
    DiPaolaMomma 1801 days ago .

    I’m really wishing that this film were releasing nationwide. I think that moms get ignored by media… well unless we are beating kids with wire hangers, making designer baby food or are killer cougars. Yeah for Uma taking on this roll and BIGGER yeah for you on scoring a great interview.. you’re my hero!
    .-= DiPaolaMomma´s last blog ..Luck be a lady… =-.

  6. Jessica
    Jessica 1801 days ago .

    I get the satisfaction of recording some of my family’s memories…I am horrible at journal writing, but I update my blog almost daily. I also get the joy of practicing writing for an audience, something I loved to do in college :)
    .-= Jessica´s last blog .. =-.

  7. Wendi
    Wendi 1800 days ago .

    Go Jennie! Very cool!

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  9. Dani
    Dani 1800 days ago .

    Congrats Jen – great job. I think it’s great that “mommy blogging” is even main-stream enough to be mentioned as a career/hobby – whatever! Who knows what will be next!!

  10. Angelina
    Angelina 1800 days ago .

    Great interview! I can’t wait to see the movie.

    I just started blogging again after taking about a one year break. I had to do it for my sanity. As a WAHM not only do I feel that social networking is important for my business but blogging lets me get out all of the feelings I otherwise have no outlet for. I’m not a writer but writing is very soothing to me, even about random nonsense. I hope that by sharing my experiences through my blog I will find others that have been there and can offer support and/or guidance. I also hope that other moms will read what I am going through and can relate and feel better knowing that they’re not the only one.

  11. Loukia
    Loukia 1800 days ago .

    I think it is so awesome how some great mommy bloggers – like you – were given the chance to interview and meet Uma and the rest of the cast from this movie! I can’t wait to see the movie… great interview! You should be very proud! :)
    .-= Loukia´s last blog ..My two peas in a pod =-.

  12. Adrienzgirl
    Adrienzgirl 1800 days ago .

    I love your interview questions, you go! I think that all moms who blog do it for the cathartic nature of having your own voice, where you can be you, and not (I’ll use my kids as examples) Kooper’s mom, or Kamden’s mom, or Adrien’s wife, I get to be me, and talk about things from my point of view, you know 1st person and everything!
    .-= Adrienzgirl´s last blog ..Think "Anti-SAHM" =-.

  13. Andi
    Andi 1800 days ago .

    Great opportunity that you had, loved the questions you asked!
    .-= Andi´s last blog ..French Friday – American Food in Paris =-.

  14. Jessica
    Jessica 1798 days ago .

    You rocked the interview with Uma!

    My blog “The Unemployed Mom” is my way to stay sane. I am able to keep my writing skills sharp while I stay home with my toddler. It’s my outlet to the real world, to talk about what is on my mind.

    Your blog is linked on my blogroll. :)
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..An Interview With Uma Thurman =-.

  15. Margaret Andrews
    Margaret Andrews 1795 days ago .

    Excellent post about the interview. Plus – you scored two (TWO!) questions – woo hoo!
    .-= Margaret Andrews´s last blog ..Interview with Uma Thurman. Yes THAT Uma Thurman =-.

  16. Christi
    Christi 1794 days ago .

    Nice to see a realistic movie about what is REALLY like to be a mom. Makes me feel like I’m not totally screwing it up!!