Jodie Turner-Smith On Lessons From Motherhood, Childbirth And Playing Anne Boleyn

Olivia Blair
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In back-to-back projects, Jodie Turner-Smith is set to appear on our screens as both a senior, elite NAVY seal and Anne Boleyn.

This variety of roles comes after the British actor and model garnered critical acclaim and a whole new legion of fans for her lead role in the 2019 drama, Queen & Slim, opposite the now Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya.

And let's not forget that in the last year Turner-Smith became a new mum too, welcoming her first daughter with husband Joshua Jackson last April. In fact, while filming for her latest film Tom Clancy's Without Remorse, the actor was pregnant for the entirety of the shoot.

During a recent game of Ask Me Anything with ELLE UK, the 34-year-old opened up about the biggest lessons she's learned from becoming a mother and how she wishes she could be a 'fly on the wall, bearing witness' to the day she welcomed her daughter into the world.

Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

'I think the most important lesson that I continue to learn is letting go,' the actor explained. 'The moment you enter labour and you want to hold on and cringe against the pain and you literally have to let go to let this baby come out.

'Then, it's a whole series of letting go,' she laughed. 'They grow, explore and become their own humans and ween and walk and eventually walk away from you to go in their own adventure. It's all about letting go.'

Photo credit: Nadja Klier - Paramount
Photo credit: Nadja Klier - Paramount

As for being pregnant while filming a super action-packed spy thriller movie - where she stars opposite Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell - in a story about power, bravery, revenge and corruption - Turner-Smith appeared to take it in her stride.

'I unwound behind the scenes with lots of foot rubs as I was pregnant the whole time I did the film,' Turner-Smith noted.

Next up for the actor is a role that's certainly no less demanding, when she portrays the ill-fated second wife of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn in the Channel 5 adaptation alongside I May Destroy You's Paapa Essiedu, who plays her brother and White House Farm's Mark Stanley as the controversial king.

Photo credit: Parisa Taghizadeh / Fable / ViacomCBS - Channel 5
Photo credit: Parisa Taghizadeh / Fable / ViacomCBS - Channel 5

While Turner-Smith respects Boleyn's devotion to her family and loved ones, she won't be channeling much else of the royal's legacy in her own life, she tells us.

'One thing that really resonated with me was that she was a woman who loved fiercely and as a mother wanted the best for her children,' Turner-Smith considered.

'But I think the whole thing of being in that royal drama and seeking that kind of a life, then getting beheaded? I think I'm ok with just being a commoner. I'm good.'

That's pretty understandable.

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse launches globally on Amazon Prime Video April 30. Anne Boleyn is coming soon to Channel 5.

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