Reflecting on her own experience as a first-time parent like her character, albeit with a newborn and not three fostered siblings, “It doesn’t come with a manual and no matter how many friend tell you stuff - nothing can really prepare you for it, "Byrne says.
"A lot of my friends didn't really tell me how hard it was and I was like, 'why didn't you tell me?' and they were like ‘I couldn’t’.”
But despite the challenges, Byrne wants to offer hope to other parents. “There’s a bit of a code about not revealing how challenging it can be, which I am now breaking, but it’s also like the most wild, magical thing.”
Giving a little insight into what life is like in the Byrne-Cannavale household, the Peter Rabbit star revealed that life as a mum of two young boys is “completely chaotic”, in contrast to the aspirational, perfect thing” that social media often portrays parenthood to be.
“[I’m] always like ‘don’t hit him’, ‘put down the thing, it’s on fire!’ or ‘you didn’t eat the pasta!’” Byrne confesses, “I’m not by any means a completely in control parent. I definitely am trying to put out fires all the time.”
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