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Jodie Turner-Smith says being a new parent in the pandemic is ‘even more difficult without support’

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Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson at 73rd British Academy Film Awards
Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson had their first child in April 2020 (Picture: David Fisher/BAFTA/REX)

Jodie Turner-Smith has opened up about the difficulties of being a mum amid the coronavirus pandemic, after welcoming a baby with Joshua Jackson.

The actress, 34, and her former Dawson’s Creek star husband, 42, welcomed their daughter Janie in April, during the first wave of the pandemic.

Jodie, who is set to star as Anne Boleyn, admits it was harder adapting to life as a new mother without her friends and family members being able to be there for support as they ordinarily would have been, though her mother was by her side throughout it. 

She told Elle: ‘Navigating parenthood at any time is difficult, and it’s even more difficult without support, when everything is shut down and you can’t really see other people or go anywhere.’

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The Queen & Slim actress added that she considers herself lucky to have been a parent to a newborn rather than older child during this time, however. 

She explained: ‘I’m not having to sit on Zoom with her and suddenly become her educator as well as her caretaker.’

Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith out and about in Los Angeles
The couple have been together since 2018 (Picture: Broadimage/REX)

Jodie also opened up about childbirth, adding: ‘Patriarchal society really is out here, scamming women into thinking that they’re not supremely powerful beings. Because damn, it’s some goddess-level s**t.’

She had decided to have a home birth with her daughter and was in labour for four days before Janie arrive. 

Joshua and Jodie married in 2019 after dating since 2018, and she previously described how supportive he was as a husband, as he follows her around the world while she works.

Jodie had also filmed Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse while she was in the second trimester of her pregnancy, which of which she joked: ‘The men think they’re hard-core, but they could never do what they do while also making a baby. They just couldn’t.’

The full interview with Jodie Turner-Smith is in the February 2021 issue of Elle.

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