She has two beautiful blond boys, but “I should have had more kids, started younger,” says Naomi Watts, who turns 46 this week.
Sasha, 7, and Kai, 5 1/2, keep her on her toes, but she and her partner, actor Liev Schreiber, are blessed with complementary parenting styles.
“Liev has a lot more courage than me,” she says in a new interview in More magazine. “He’s always saying, ‘Let the kids do it. Take the training wheels off!’ My bit of fear balances him, and he balances my fear.”
She’s still a little bit brave, though. “I’ve skydived. I went swimming with sharks that weren’t in cages. I went on safari, where you’re sitting with lions just five feet from you. And I was photographed for King Kong standing on a gargoyle near the top of the Chrysler Building in New York City. I had a harness and a rope, but if you fall, you’re hanging [61 floors up]!” she says.
“But now that I have kids, I don’t want to do so many daredevily things anymore.”
It’s not just Naomi who wishes she’d had more kids.
Her close friend Nicole Kidman told a magazine three years ago, “Have you seen her children? They’re so blonde, so beautiful. I keep saying to them, ‘Make more.’ ”
“I always wanted children,” Naomi once said. “I thought that I would have them young, like my mother. I never thought I would have them as late as I did.”
“You grow up and hopefully become more self-aware. I think I’m a better parent. I had a lot I wanted to do when I was younger, and perhaps I wouldn’t have been as focused; I got a lot out of the way in terms of my own dreams.”
Do you wish you’d started younger, like Naomi does? We’d love to hear.