Emma Thompson: 'You can't be a great mum and keep working'

Emma Thompson: 'You can't be a great mum and keep working'
Best Actress winner Emma Thompson attends the National Board of Review awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
LONDON - Oscar winner Emma Thompson has risked the wrath of working mothers everywhere by insisting it's impossible to be a great mom and a career woman at the same time in a new interview.

The "Saving Mr. Banks" star, who is mother to a 26-year-old adopted son and a teenage daughter, took a year off from acting to concentrate on perfecting her parenting, and now she's encouraging other working mothers to follow her example.

She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "You can't be a great mum and keep working all the time."

Thompson tells the publication her year away from Hollywood was "a birthday present to myself," adding, "I didn't actually act or write. I was just a mum. ... I taught drama at my daughter's school, cooked meals and had fun.

"I highly recommend others to do the same if they can afford it. ... Motherhood is a full-time job. The only way I could have continued working would have been by delegating the running of the home to other people. I never wanted to do this, as I find motherhood profoundly enjoyable."