The Ottumwa Courier


August 28, 2013

Patton, Thicke have clear lines on jealousy, work


AP: In the film, your character faces a lot pressure to get married and start a family. Did you experience anything like that?

Patton: You know a little bit because my husband and I met when we were so young and then we lived together, 'lived in sin,' and then we had a long engagement. It was sort of that 'is it ever going to happen?' But we were so young. We were just kind of having fun.

AP: Will you pressure your kids to settle down?

Patton: I wouldn't do that, no. I find that so archaic to be honest. I'm not really a traditional person that way. I don't think people need to follow anybody's rules but their own. Follow your heart.

AP: Did your son visit you on the movie set?

Patton: My son came to visit me a lot, but there's a lot of scenes that you just don't want 'why are you kissing a man that's not daddy?' That's just not good. That's not healthy for a 2-year-old. He's three now, but that could scar him. You know what I mean? So it was a lot of set (visits) to the trailer. He wasn't there for the Boris Kodjoe makeout scene. I can tell you that much.

AP: What if he sees the movie one day?

Patton: Eventually he will and listen, that's part of the deal. No one's parents are perfect. You're going to have to suffer a little humiliation of having to see mommy do these things. It's the way it's going to go.

AP: What's your secret to balancing motherhood and your career?

Patton: You just sleep a lot less. Always tired. Always. I'd be lying to you if I told you something different.

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