I was lucky enough to grab a few minutes with Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher at a press screening of her new Disney animated film ‘Planes’. The film is out next month and the screening was a bit of a celeb fest; I also spied Pauline Quirke and family, Claire Richards from Steps and Mark Wright from TOWIE.
From above the world of Cars, Disney’s Planes is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane whose high-flying dream gives a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. Teri voices his car friend ‘Dottie’.
I asked her about Planes, being a working mother and her favourite Disney movie:
What drew you to the role of Dottie in Planes?
Well they asked! (laughs) I have always been a fan of Disney movies and I like the idea of being part of projects that are going to entertain families, that will be around for a long time and are something I can be proud of.
What is your favourite Disney movie?
If I had to pick one it would probably be the classic Aristocats but there are many more.
Any tips for mothers out there trying to do it all?
I’d share the advice someone gave me once that really stuck; parenting is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. You can’t beat yourself up every little moment, you have to know that it’s longevity, consistency, love and that’s the goal. Moments can be hard, each day offers a different challenge and just try and bring joy and love to those.
How did you balance work, motherhood and a personal life?
It’s difficult; I don’t think any woman should say that it isn’t because that makes it sound like it’s easy. I think there are sacrifices you have to make. My personal sacrifice was that I wasn’t able to put in a personal life. There was enough time to be a mother and there was enough time to work but there wasn’t really time for relationships and that’s something I’m looking forward to! (laughs)
Can we have some beauty tips; how do you manage to always look so good?!
I don’t have that favourite product that I’ve used forever and ever but I do try to take good care of my skin. I think eating right, drinking a lot of water and getting a decent amount of sleep all makes a difference.
Teri was gracious and friendly at the screening; she complimented me on my Zara statement necklace and seemed genuinely excited to watch the film with us.
Disney Planes is in cinemas on August 16.