Oh, Gwyneth, Gwyneth, Gwyneth....
And to think I was so nice to you yesterday. And I do feel bad about your "uncoupling" even though that's a really, really pretentious word for "splitting up". But then you had to go and and weigh in about how very hard it is being a working Hollywood parent vs being like the rest of us pampered working-class parents by saying;
"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."
No, I'll bet it isn't.
Yes, it's so much easier for all of us. Why, when our employer sends the car and driver to pick us up in the morning and bring us to work, it's all we can do to finish our wheat grass and avocado acaii smoothie before we're whisked away. Then after a grueling morning at our desks, we step away to lunch (fully catered, of course) or maybe we just head for our private trailer in between work projects to relax and read and update our blogs and try new homemade herbal facial cleansers. If we have to work a little later and eat dinner (fully catered again), it can be tough on the kids, but I'm sure our team of nannies can handle it. And then when we're done with this job, we can afford to take the rest of the year - or maybe even the rest of our lives - off and enjoy. Thank goodness.
Fourteen hour days? Oh, dear! That is rough. But I know plenty of people who work those just at their job. I'm lucky enough that my day job truly is a 9-5, but when you couch in a 45-minute commute each way (I had to go that far to find a job, Gwyneth), eight hours is hardly eight hours. And then I have my second job, writing blogs and articles. I do that wherever I can find the time around getting kids (on two different bus schedules) ready, helping with homework, cooking dinner, doing laundry and keeping my house from looking like an episode of Hoarders. And I do it every week-day, year round, with two weeks of vacation a year - and I'm one of the lucky ones.
Perhaps you are unacquainted with life outside of Hollywood, Gwyneth. But come now, you've played working class characters before, haven't you? You're an Oscar winning actress, for Pete's sake. Grow some empathy.
The grass is always greener, Gwyneth. But from where I stand, yours just seems to have better fertilizer.
What do you think? Is it harder to be a Hollywood parent than a "regular" parent?
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