Jennifer Connelly - Jennifer Connelly accepted sexual roles to prove herself

Subscribe to Jennifer Connelly alerts


Jennifer Connelly claims you have to do ''more sexual parts to prove yourself'' as an actor.

The 42-year-old actress first entered the acting business when she was just 10 and admits making the transition from a child star to an adult in the industry is difficult because there's a huge pressure to do more mature parts.

Jennifer said: ''Going from child actress to adult acting is also an odd experience. It's as if you have to do grown-up, more sexual parts to prove yourself.''

Jennifer - who became a model from a young age - insists her teenage years were a tough time for her as she didn't feel comfortable with her body and found herself starting to resent acting until she had her first child, Kai, from her relationship with photographer David Dugan.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, she explained: ''I did not have any thoughts of my own - I did not think I was part of the creative process. I was a pacifier, just wanting to keep the peace. So I got myself into a corner by my later teens - I had a love/hate relationship with acting.

''Becoming happier in our own skin is key. It happens at different times to different women. For me, it was after having my son Kai when I was 26. My figure changed, despite not going on a diet or workout schedule, and I lost weight. But I got happier.''

Jennifer - who has two other children, son Stellan, nine, and 23 month-old daughter Agnes, with her husband of 11 years Paul Bettany - insists she has a passion for acting and when the right part comes along, she jumps at the idea but admits she worries she won't be good enough.

She said: ''When the right script comes along - such as 'Stuck In Love', which had warmth and humour - you think, 'I want to be back doing something like this.

''There is something that does not go away in acting, it seems, whether you are 18 or 80 - that feeling of thinking, 'I hope I'm good in this.' ''


Tags: Jennifer Connelly - Paul Bettany

Subscribe to Jennifer Connelly alerts

More Jennifer Connelly

Time To Magic Dance Again? Is ‘Labyrinth’ Really Getting A Sequel?

The news that there could be a sequel to 80’s cult classic Labyrinth has hit the internet hard. It’s been years since we've read so...

Yoga, Painting, Boyfriends And Theatre: Emma Watson Looks To The Future Now Hermione’s Not Holding Her Back

Emma Watson has been doing a lot of pondering on the next stage of her life. The Noah actress is now on the brink of...

'Noah': An Epic Of Biblical Proportions Taking America By Storm

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has experimented with most genres over the course of his career, from brainy freak-out ('Pi') to gritty self-discovery ('The Wrestler') by way...

Noah Movie Review

Darren Aronofsky continues to ambitiously experiment with genres in this Old Testament blockbuster, but this is his first real misstep as a filmmaker, as the...


'Noah' Storms Debut Box Office, Riding Wave Of Controversy To No.1

Noah has swept to success in its debut weekend, having opened in the USA. Darren Aronofsky's controversial new biblical epic took a massive $44 million...

Russell Crowe And Onscreen Wife Jennifer Connelly Snapped At NY Premiere Of 'Noah' - Part 3

Russell Crowe, the leading man of biblical epic 'Noah', is snapped on the red carpet on his arrival at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York...

'Noah' Basks In Warmer Ratings After Early Flood Of Critical Scorn

Box office prospects are beginning to look brighter for Noah, Darren Aronofsky's new biblical epic. Opening in the USA today, the Russell Crowe-starring blockbuster's commercial...

Noah Trailer

The cast and crew of ‘Noah’; director Darren Aronofsky, actors Russell Crowe and Emma Watson, and production designer Mark Friedberg; discuss the creation of the...



Jennifer Connelly Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Jennifer Connelly

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All