Monica Bellucci was Toronto International Film festival, promoting her new film 'Rhino Season'. Bellucci is now 47 years old, and she's been married to Vincent Cassell for a while now. She has an interview with Style Magazine about not becoming a parent until her 30s, the idea of being child-free, and that being a woman is not about having children.
Having babies in her late 30s and early 40s: “It was the perfect time. In my life, I do things late. I need to be calm, and to know and feel things are right. I’m sure there are great 20-year-old mothers, but I wasn’t into children at that age. Now I feel differently. I can stay with them without feeling as if I’m losing something.”
On the idea of being childless/childfree: “I would have been disappointed. But it’s different for every woman. I have so many friends who don’t have children and are happy. Being a woman isn’t about having children. But for me, I needed to go through the experience.”
She now organizes her work around being a mom: “I try to organize my time according to them, because they need me. I don’t want to put my work first anymore, because it’s not as important. I organize my time very well – I don’t like to miss my children.”
Bellucci seems to be saying that she doesn't want to judge anyone, and that having a child is a choice, not a must. It's great that she's so open about this, but her previous interview have also given insight into her mind frame and the fact that she is in general, pretty open in her views. She gave an interview last year where she discussed that she doesn't expect fidelity from her husband, but rather the idea that loyalty and respect is the only necessity in a marriage. It seems to be a view taken up more often nowadays, especially by Hollywood stars.
She also speaks about working out, especially after her son was born. “I began after Leonie was born,” Monica sighed. “But I don’t like to do it every day, or watch what I eat. I’m not a machine — I should be in good shape, but have never felt that I have to be skinny.”