Emma Thompson – being a perfect mum and career woman can’t be done

Oscar winning mum of two believes a lot of compromise has to be made for ideal family life


Emma Thompson has suggested that no woman can have possess both a perfect career and be a flawless mother, reports the Daily Mail. Emma argues that the only way to juggle both successfully is to hire help, which is something she’s adamant she won’t do.


“You can’t be a great mum and work the whole time necessarily; those two things aren’t ideal,” Emma said in her interview with Good Housekeeping magazine.

“We have an awful lot to work on and to debate about in relation to our working lives, because it isn’t working for a lot of people, particularly for a lot of women.

“The only way you can have it all is by delegating all the running of the home to other people – which I don’t ever want to do… So you do it yourself, and it takes time and energy and effort. And if you give it the time, it’s profoundly enjoyable.”


Emma is mum to 10-year-old Gaia and adopted mum to 23-year-old Tindyebwa Agaba. She and husband Greg Wise, also an actor, take turns to work, so one of them is always with their daughter.

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