Actress says listening to Mozart and violin concertos had a profound effect on her unborn children.
The British actress, who is currently appearing as the Fairy Godmother in Disney’s new live-action version of Cinderella , is a big fan of classical music – for its calming influence.
When she was pregnant with her two children, Bonham Carter says she made use of the Tomatis Method, based on a theory that information coming into the foetus’s ear guides the development of the brain.
“I basically played Mozart and violin concertos again and again because it stimulated the inner ear of the unborn baby,” she says on this week’s edition of Charlotte Green’s Culture Club, (Sunday 29 March, 3pm).
“And everything that they promised happened to both my children. They came out alert, unbelievably clever, and very relaxed.”
Helena Bonham Carter has looked into doing a West End job share so she could appear on stage and still spend enough time with her children.
While Helen McCrory would be her ideal theatrical other half, Bonham Carter joked that her friend and Harry Potter co-star might make her look bad.
The actress made the comments at a party for the 25th anniversary of BBC Films, also attended by McCrory and her husband Damian Lewis.
Bonham Carter has two children, Billy, 11, and Nell, seven, with her former partner, director Tim Burton. She told the Standard: “I’m not doing anything at the minute. I’m taking some time off to spend with my children and I feel more clear-headed than I have in a long time. I’ve had time to spend with my family and I’m lucky enough to be at the stage in my career where I can take breaks. But I’m not totally unemployed — I have some work on the horizon for the end of the year so we won’t go hungry!”
Bonham Carter, 46, has not done stage work for many years and said she is put off by its “relentlessness”, adding: “I would love to do some West End theatre but every night I would miss bedtime with the children.
“If I could do three days a week that would be great — and to be honest I have had some discussions about doing that.” She added: “What would be ideal is if I could do some sort of job share. But then who do you job share with?
“My obvious choice would be Helen McCrory but then if you shared with her, she’s such a great actress she’d just make you look bad. People would be asking for a refund for the nights I was on.”
Bonham Carter, McCrory and Lewis were among 400 guests at the BBC’s Broadcasting House in Portland Place last night. Others included Alan Rickman, Douglas Booth, Tom Hollander and Rafe Spall.
The gallery was updated with a mix of HQ and MQ images of Helena during yesterday’s BBC Films’ 25th Anniversary Reception. Enjoy!
Public Appereances > Events 2015 > BBC Films’ 25th Anniversary Reception
And this morning she’s out already. This Cinderella promotion is effortless!!! Enjoy pictures of Helena during the Cinderella Exhibition Photocall.
Edit: Thanks to my friend Gabby I switched the quality of the photos with a higher one. Also added a few more.
Public Appereances > Events 2015 > Cinderella Exhibition – Photocall
Gorgeous Helena, in a Vivienne Westwoon green dress, she was stunning at the Cinderella Premiere last night in London!
Public Appereances > Events 2015 > “Cinderella” UK Premiere