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Balancing kids, career

It's hard to believe that its been about a decade since Brooke Shields was on the big screen. Images of her in The Blue Lagoon and Pretty Baby are so stuck in our minds that it seems that she has always been making films. This week she returns in the family comedy Furry Vengeance, a look at how wildlife strikes back when a new housing development threatens their homes.

Now a mother of two daughters, Shields,44, told the Times the movie's broader social message "is never condescending, and allows kids to feel that they can make a difference." Being a mother has made a difference in Shields' career as well, prompting her to strive for a healthy balance between acting and parenting.

"It is constantly being negotiated in my mind," said Shields, who says her focus on her career once dominated her life. "Having children changes that. Now the desire to enjoy my life is right in front of my face."

Now, her renewed passion for acting is something she likes to share with her children.

"I liked to go to work and bring home laughter. I'm a fuller mom when I work," she said. "You want your kids to look up to you — you want to earn their respect."

Co-starring with Brendan Fraser, also the flick's executive producer, also made the Furry Vengeance a special experience. Shields called the 41-year-old star of The Mummy film series "one of the most incredible talents I've ever worked with."

Shields said she thinks this movie fills the gap between adult and kid films with humor that appeals to all. While the younger fans will enjoy the physical and slapstick comedy, Shields offers adults one great tip: Wait for the closing credits, which are full of dance montages and spoofs of the stars' past films. Including one from back at the start of her career.

"For 20 years I have refused The Blue Lagoon," she groaned. But look for a funny reference to the film before the house lights come up.

Tracey Henry is a freelance writer and mother of four who blogs as the Suburban Diva on Whoa, Momma! for and on her website,


Read our review of Furry Vengeance at

Balancing kids, career 04/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:00am]
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