On screen she plays the evil Cersei Lannister, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and, arguably, one of the least maternal mothers to ever grace the small screen.
But for actress Lena Headey it’s a very different story as the mother of two describes motherhood as “life-changing”.
She said: “It means you’re last to get a shower. If you get a facemask – winner. You’ll never ever poo alone again. It’s life-changing. It means you come last in everything, in the nicest possible way.”
She also describes being a mum as the “hardest job in the world” and beyond anything she has ever experienced.
Lena also reveals the fun of potty training her daughter, saying: “She took a giant s*** in her leggings and it was like a big s***** mudfest in our bathroom.”
Lena was speaking in support of BBC Radio 5 live’s #mumtakeover.
Today on 5live Anna Foster will be joined by Stacey Solomon, Rochelle Humes, Giovanna Fetcher and Neev Spencer to host the UK’s biggest conversation about mums and mental health.
At an event at Blackpool Tower, mums will come together to discuss and share their experiences.
The event is being streamed live via BBC Facebook accounts, and BBC Radio 5 live will dip in and out of the day’s proceedings on air throughout the afternoon.
Speaking about motherhood she said: “It means you get to know parts of you you never knew existed. I think relationships deepen everywhere as a result of it.
“You’ve got to allow yourself to be incredibly vulnerable as a mum and that’s really tough, but it does reap the rewards if you do.
“Being a mum is not what I expected at all. One of the most awful moments was when I had my second baby and I’d had a caesarean. Let’s not judge anybody anymore for caesareans, vaginal births. Anything we have to do to deliver children safely should be applauded.
“I had my second baby by c-section and it was a pretty awful recovery. I remember being so a) in agony and b) f***ing exhausted. The bodily thing is the hardest thing, not being in control of your body for a year or so until you get all your strength back. That used to make me feel sad and out of control.”
However it is not all bad news according to the 44-year-old actress who is mum to Wylie and Teddy, she said: “Every day is funny. I’m trying to potty train my daughter now and she took a giant s*** in her leggings and it was like a big s***** mudfest in our bathroom. And I giggled all the way through.
“With a second baby it’s easier. With a first baby it’s terrifying. You think, am I going to break them? Or give them too much sugar or let them watch too much TV. With a second baby you’re like ‘they’ll be fine’.”
And her advice for mums everywhere was forthright: “I would say you’re doing a brilliant job. I would say trust yourself and ask for help.
“Don’t be ashamed to say you yell or you feel down, or it’s getting overwhelming. It is the hardest, hardest job in the world.
“It is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. It’s extraordinarily rewarding if you give yourself into it. If you fight it, it makes it really hard. If you surrender to not showering and eating bits of old bread that you find, and letting things go a for a minute. It will all come back.
“Here’s the trick, it will all come back. Who cares if they’re not the smartest or the fastest? Who cares so long as they’re kind, good humans, you’ve done your job. You’ve got to relax about all the extra curricula competition, it’s b*******. Just be the best parent you can be and they’re be alright.”
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