Uma Thurman on gossip: “I don’t expect too much sympathy”

Uma Thurman, 39, has a new interview in Parade Magazine in which she’s promoting Motherhood, which is out in the US in limited release. Uma discusses life as a working mom, dealing with fame and gossip, and how a bad film choice (The Avengers) helped her make the decision to have her first child. She also talks candidly about the media scrutiny of her split with then-husband Ethan Hawke. Uma says we shouldn’t feel bad for her because the tabloids cover her personal life and that other people have worse gossip to deal with. I really admire her attitude and it sounds like she’s in a good place now.

A bad film.
“Sometimes the film you’re in, that really wasn’t good while it was going on, is the thing that pushes you to take some positive action which you never would have done if you had an easy day. It was The Avengers that brought my first baby into the world. I came home from making that movie and I started rethinking my life. I said to myself, ‘I’m going to have a baby,’ because I felt like I’d gotten to a spot where I wasn’t sure what I was acting for. Was I running from myself going from location to location? Was I hurting myself? I wanted something different that would change me.”

Coming to terms with fame.
“I was surrounded with so much hype before I was even 20. It’s like a hurdle you have to climb over. You have to prove to people that you’re not any of that list of cliches they think you are. I remember a great quote by Bill Murray who said when somebody told him they wanted to become rich and famous — ‘Try rich first and see if that doesn’t cover it.'”

Losing her privacy.
“Katherine Hepburn once said, ‘I never care about anything that’s written about me as long as it’s not true.’ I’ll second that. But I don’t want to be a celebrity whiner. People can suffer as much from gossip in a small town as I can from a tabloid story, maybe more. So I don’t expect too much sympathy.”

And that includes the furor surrounding her split with Ethan Hawke.
“For celebrities to say that it’s tougher for them to have a lover or be married than it is for anybody in the real world is pushing the envelope a bit. I’m so sick and tired of talking about the difficult times. It’s just so boring. I mean, everyone gets divorced in this country, practically. We all just have to get over it. My marriage to Ethan just fell apart in an unfortunate and public way. I got to the point where I was going, ‘If I see one more headline about it, I’m going to gag me with a spoon.’ This is now a great time for me. I’m moving into a great time.”

[From Parade]

Parade has more with Uma, including her thoughts on being a working mom, “every working mom is kind of a superhero,” and confirmation that she’s working on Kill Bill 3. I wasn’t aware that a Kill Bill sequel was already confirmed, but I found that Tarantino talked about Kill Bill 3 on an Italian talk show earlier this month.

Uma is currently engaged to Swiss financier Arpad Busson and is a mom to daughter Maya, 11, and son Levon, 7, with her ex, Ethan Hawke. She said having kids is “is the best-kept secret,” but that she’s conflicted about being a working mom and wants to make sure she’s taking worthy projects. Motherhood isn’t faring well with critics, though and only has a 24% aggregate rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Uma Thurman is shown at the Motherhood NY premiere on 10/14/09. Credit:

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  1. Wresa says:

    I love that she compares herself to someone in a gossipy small town, or her marriage to all the other ones in America. She obviously doesn’t view herself as superior because of her career, and that’s probably one reason it has lasted so long and she has not burned out. I also like her attitude.

  2. Icecat says:

    I absolutely ADORE her. She is definitely in my top five.

  3. princess pea says:

    What Wresa said. All of it. What a cool lady.

  4. Embee says:

    She does seem very cool…and like she’d be a great friend! I’d love to be able to have tea with her and kvetch.

  5. blaugrau says:

    Some people have a great attitude towards life, whatever life gives them. I admire these people, and Uma seems like one of them. A good person.

  6. crash2GO2 says:

    I LOVE that Bill Murray quote! And I think Uma is fabulous.

  7. Howie says:

    I really like her and wish her the best! She seems like an awesome person.

  8. original kate says:

    love her and glad to see her doing well.

  9. MJ says:

    Love. Her.

  10. Eileen Yover says:

    She’s so great! Such an unconventional beauty and very down to earth.

  11. Juice In LA says:

    Uma rocks. everything about her is amazing. And the “gag me with a spoon” quote made me laugh. thanks for posting this!

  12. Samantha says:

    I used to cry when I was little because people would tell me that I looked like her and I thought she was ugly. 🙁

  13. Camille says:

    Great interview, well done Uma. 🙂

  14. la chica says:

    i always got the impression that Ethan Hawke was not as close to being ready for marriage and family as Uma was. i also felt that he got the crappy end of the media stick. i’m surprised therefore to read that Uma doesn’t expect sympathy when that and wealth seem to be all she’s ever courted.

  15. whatever says:

    How did she court “sympathy”? She didn’t give interviews where she cried for the reporter, talked about throwing herself “pity parties,” crying at the ocean, or go on Oprah to talk about how she’s doing. To me, Aniston is the definition of someone using their divorce to court public sympathy. By comparison, Uma has been all class all the way.

  16. Lisa says:

    Love that she points out that gossip can be more harmful to someone in a small town than to a celebrity. And, celebrities have publicists, etc. to help deal with it, which regular people don’t have.

  17. TwinkleToes says:

    Sorry, I’m not on this love train. I really think she is a funny looking woman, not attractive at all. Some director found her hot, that’s his gig. Not surprised her man strayed. I like her attitude but she is just a big weird faced Amazonian woman who I expect to lose out to a feminine looking lady who doesn’t sport the bug, wide spaced eyes.

  18. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    What a fab attitude. I can think of a few hundred people in Hollywood who could take a leaf outta her book.

    Go Uma.

  19. icky says:

    The woman is cool.

  20. Oh My says:

    Ya know, she always rubbed me the wrong way but this interview is making me rethink that

  21. Jess says:

    She’s one classy lady.

  22. Gwyneth says:

    Just now got around to seeing the Kill Bill movies, oy vey. For a woman who is FOR gun control, how can she reconcile that view with doing these ultra-violent, pointless, hokey- plotted movies? Maybe she’s pro SWORD carrying instead? I mean, violence is violence never mind the weapon, and this means she’s a hypocrite. I am sorry: If I was offered a role that conflicted with what I really believe, I’d turn the role down. But she’s not really A-listed so I guess she takes what she can get from Quentin Tarantula. Daryl Hannah was a whole lot better in the Kill Bill role she played. And better looking…..good enough that the #1 hottie of all time, JFK Jr, was really in love with her. Not a fan, Dbuma (her real name). Tired of looking at the camera angles trying to downplay the schnozz. As Poison Ivy she reminded me of someone spaced out on LSD….Timothy Leary, anyone (her one-time stepdad)?