Since becoming a teenage parent, Whale Rider Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes is relishing the role of a lifetime – costarring her daughter.
“I absolutely love being a mother. It’s been a blessing. It’s fun and it’s hard, but it’s absolutely amazing.”
At the age of 17, Keisha gave birth to daughter Felicity-Amore, now 2, with boyfriend Bradley Hull. Since then, she’s chosen to be out of the Hollywood spotlight to focus on taking care of her toddler, who is blossoming into a mini version of herself.
“Felicity’s just like me. All trapped into a little body. It’s quite full on. She’s got lots of energy and quite dramatic. She’s picked up quite a few dramatic tendencies from me, which is good and bad. But it’s very exciting to watch her personality develop.”
As for being a teenage mum, the youngest female star ever to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award – she was 13 – says:
“It’s no different for me than any other mum in the world. I can be a little stressful and tiring, but it’s the most rewarding thing.”
While critics called her too young to become a mother, Keisha said she respectfully disagrees.
“I was in a very different situation when I had her. I was in a loving and stable relationship with her father, who I’m still with. I had quite an established career and so the decision to have her was very easy. Once I found out I was pregnant there was no decision really. I was shocked but it was just like, ‘Okay, we are having a baby. That’s great.’
“I’ve lived a fast-paced life, but I had the best childhood. I didn’t miss out on anything by having my daughter at a young age … If I would go back and change things, I would not. I can’t imagine living my life without her.”
And what does she think of boyfriend Bradley’s parenting skills?
“He’s very present in her life. He’s a fantastic father who absolutely loves her. He’s very gentle and very loving with her. He does every with her and is the perfect dad.”
Source: People, photo by Juan Rico/Fame