Lea Thompson thinks about her personal and professional life.
The 58-year-old actress, who played in the iconic Back to the Future films, looks back on her career and how life changed when she became a mother. Thompson, married to Pretty in Pink director Howard Deutch, is the mother of actress Zoey Deutch (24) and filmmaker Madelyn Deutch (28).
Thompson and Deutch met on the set from 1987’s Some Kind of Wonderful, which he directed. The talented duo made the knot in 1989 and welcomed their first child two years later. In the latest episode of Justin Long’s Life is Short Podcast, Thompson wanted to meet her future husband on the film set.
“He was in love with me,” said Director Deutch’s Thompson. “But at the moment I was still engaged to Dennis Quaid. So I had to get out earlier … but it was a crazy time, I mean, I did like 900 films in a row.”
“I have made 900 films in succession, but what happens is that it all comes to a stop when you have a baby,” Thompson continued. “I want to investigate this because once you’ve pushed a baby out, you can’t be a movie star anymore.”
“Is that a scientific fact?” Long asked.
“Well, let’s do the research,” Thompson replied, adding that Meryl Streep is the only actress that comes to mind.
Thompson said that while you can adopt a baby, like Sandra Bullock and Charlize Theron, but “once you’ve made a placenta,” you “can’t be a movie star anymore.”
“Does your face change so much? Or what happens?” Thompson wondered. “I never made a movie afterwards, a leading role, I did The Beverly Hillbillies, then I never played a big movie.”
The actress admitted that it was “still frustrating” for her, but shared that “luckily there is TV.” After the birth of her second child, Thompson played the role of Caroline Duffy in Caroline in the City. The TV program was broadcast from 1995 to 1999.
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