Emma Roberts thought she'd be "married with kids" by the time she was 24.
The 'American Horror Story' star - who is expecting her first child, a son, with boyfriend Garrett Hedlund - thought she was going to have her first baby young but she admits her career is not "always conducive to settling down in a traditional way".
She said: "Ever since I was little, I wanted to have a baby, in theory. When I was a kid, I begged my mom to have another baby. The day she brought my sister home from the hospital, I remember holding her, wanting to dress and play with her. At 16, I thought, By the time I’m 24, I’ll be married with kids. And then I was 24 and I was like, Remember when I said I would be married with kids by now? With work, especially with acting - the travel, the hours - it’s not always conducive to settling down in a traditional way."
And Emma is finding it "a wild experience" being pregnant in lockdown.
She added: "That’s become such a loaded question in 2020. Long story short: I am hungry and tired. Food and sleep do not abide by the normal laws when you’re pregnant. But I’m healthy, which is the thing I’m most grateful for. To see my body change inside and out so drastically has been a wild experience. Surprising and beautiful. Then again, some days I feel like I’m being hijacked by something."
The 29-year-old actress has enjoyed being able to stay in and focus on herself during lockdown.
She told the December issue of Cosmopolitan magazine: "I’ve really gotten to take care of myself for me, instead of for a movie or for a show or for an event. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve had this much time off since I was 12 years old. Some days are a struggle. This year has been a struggle, for everybody, in different ways and at different levels, but I’ve gotten to really reassess what self-care means to me. To have days when I can really turn inward and focus on myself has been life-changing, truly. Digging deep is a beautiful and sometimes difficult and harsh experience. Because I can go years being on autopilot of getting the next job and doing the next thing and, 'Oh, I’ll take care of myself after I accomplish this. Or, Oh, I’ll spend time with my family after I do that. This year, it’s been like, Okay, later is now.'"
This article originally ran on celebretainment.com.