Published January 13, 2015
Like many women, Uma Thurman often feels torn between her family and career.
"I've learned that every working mom is a superwoman," the 36-year-old actress tells Parade magazine in its July 16 issue. "For most of the world, it's really a necessity. The stay-at-home mom is over not just because of women's liberation but because of men's liberation from wanting to be the breadwinners."
Thurman, nominated for an Oscar for her role in 1994's "Pulp Fiction," filed for divorce from Ethan Hawke in 2004 after six years of marriage. The couple have two children, Maya, 8, and Levon, 4.
"I have a great career and two healthy, beautiful, smart and funny children," she tells the magazine. "We're an incredibly tight-knit threesome, and we have so much fun together."
The actress, who says she's "just another American woman who was in an unfulfilled marriage that fell apart," refuses to throw any dishy darts at the 35-year-old Hawke.
"I cannot participate in anything critical about my children's father," she says. "I just need to keep peace. I think it's fair to say that I haven't said one mean thing, and I'm not going to start now. It's terrible for my family."
In "My Super Ex-Girlfriend, which opens July 21, Thurman plays a superhero dumped by her regular-guy boyfriend (Luke Wilson). She gets revenge by using her powers to make his life miserable.
"I like that it's a gender-bender flick where the woman has the edge," she says. "No one likes being rejected. It's very smart and observant about human nature. That's what makes the whole thing hilarious."
After struggling with her own personal pain and upheaval, Thurman says: "I'm proud that I keep trying."