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Helen Hunt says her daughter will be an actress 'over my dead body'

01/15/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Helen Hunt has an accomplished acting career that began in her childhood with roles on television shows like "Amy Prentiss" and "Swiss Family Robinson". Now the actress jokes in an interview that if her daughter, six-year-old Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan, wanted to get into acting, she'd have to do it "over my dead body."

"I think if my daughter was interested in acting, I would find ways for her to act in theater that has to do with her school or a kids' improvisational thing," Hunt tells New York Magazine about her daughter. "There are ways to do it where you're not on a movie set with 60 adults, which I loved at the time, but as a parent, I don't know that I'd be dying to put her in that spot. "

Hunt, who nabbed an Oscar for her role opposite Jack Nicholson in "As Good as It Gets," returns to the silver screen in "Every Day" costarring with Liev Schreiber and Brian Dennehy. She says she's become a lot more selective with roles since starting a family. "Movie acting is a great job for your twenties: You travel all over, you have affairs with people, and you throw yourself into one part and then another. It gets more challenging as you get older, and it's not just having a daughter, it's wanting to have your own life and be yourself," Hunt said.

She adds, "I have kind of a mixed relationship with that throw-yourself-into-the-part thing: There are times when I love it and I get to express myself in ways that I need to and wouldn't otherwise, and there are times when I really like my life and I don't want to cut my hair off and go to Tennessee and live in a hotel for three months. I just don't wanna! I'm too grown up."

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