Anna. ‘It’s like an inside joke that only we are in on.’ That strength was put to the test when Anna gave birth to their son, Jack, nine weeks early in August 2012. Though doctors told the couple to prepare for a child with special needs – he was born at only 1,7kg – Jack, now three and a half years old, ‘is so verbal and loving, coordinated and strong.
People are always telling me how smart he is, which is extra-special to me,’ Anna says. When she speaks about the experience, her gratitude is palpable. ‘It’s only now that we can tell our story, even with friends. Before, it still felt too raw,’ she confesses. And, like so many working moms, having a child has given Anna the opportunity to reprioritise everything. Whereas the actress was once content with the unpredictable hours and farflung locations of movie sets, she says she’s now thankful for the stability of a successful TV gig.
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But that still doesn’t make the high-wire act any easier. Says Anna: ‘Motherhood is just like a big sleeping bag of guilt.’ Here, she opens up about the scary hours at the hospital, what marriage means to her and how there’s a piece of her that just wants to pack up the house and move to the country.