Actress Diane Kruger said motherhood wasn’t always in the cards, but the arrival of her daughter Nova has changed her life “in the best possible way.”
The 46-year-old star, best known for playing Helen in the 2004 war film Troy, welcomed her first child in late 2018 with The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus.
The actress and former model began dating Reedus in 2016 shortly after she split from her partner of 10 years, Dawson’s Creek actor Joshua Jackson.
“I haven’t wanted children for a long time. I really liked my life the way it was,” she told Tatler magazine.
“In my late 30s, I was starting to think about it, but I wasn’t at a point in my relationship at the time, or anything else, where that would be a possibility, and so I had lost hope and thought it was too much late.
“The arrival of Nova has changed my life, our lives, in the best way. It’s just amazing that you thought you were one thing but you had to do something completely different.
Kruger said she thought life gave you things when you least expect them “but most need them,” and talked about her changing approach to her daughter’s privacy.
She said: “What you feel comfortable with changes over time. When she’s born, you really try to protect her from all public scrutiny. I felt very strongly about it, which I didn’t know I would.
“But when she got older, she didn’t… We never showed her face, all of our friends obviously know her name and she’s just book bound.
“It seems natural to tell her and the world how special she is to us and how much we put into the meaning of her name.”
Kruger has already starred in a number of films including the role of Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino’s war film Inglourious Basterds in 2009 and The 355 alongside Jessica Chastain and Penelope Cruz.
Her latest project is a miniseries about actress Marlene Dietrich, directed by Fatih Akin, with whom Kruger worked in the 2017 German-language film In The Fade for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.
She said: “She has a real knack for writing women. He is sensitive to the idea that (Dietrich) is an immigrant to America.
“We don’t start filming until the end of next year, so we have plenty of time to figure that out.”
The January issue of Tatler is available on newsstands and as a digital download from December 1st.