Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester worries she's 'not doing enough as a mom' and reveals how motherhood hit her career (and her honesty might just strike a chord with you)

The actress is a mum of two with her husband Adam Brody and she shares her parenting fears with fans

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Leighton Meester has spoken candidly about how motherhood has affected her career admitting it's 'preferable' to work 'three months, non-stop day and night' - and her honesty might just strike a chord with you.

Whether it's struggling with 'mum guilt' or trying to explain the mental load to your partner, it's no easy feat juggling full-time or part-time work with being a parent. Even the Gossip Girl star admits an unsociable schedule of working "three months, non-stop, day and night" is "preferable" when it comes to being a mother.

The actress is a mum of two to daughter Arlo, born in 2015, and a son, whose name has not been revealed, born in 2020. Speaking to her husband Adam Brody for Interview Magazine, Leighton confessed, "It’s inevitable that it’s changed it, and we’ve had these conversations endlessly. I wouldn’t change anything and I’m proud of the mom I am.”

However, she, like most other mums out there, has reservations about how well she's doing when it comes to the motherhood role.

She continued, “But I also feel like I’m open to a lot of self-doubt and worry, and to more extreme hyper-vigilance and neurosis. So all I can do is take it a day at a time. But when I’m with the kids, our kids, I feel like all I can do is be present. Then when I’m working, I miss them like crazy.”

She added, “It’s hard not to feel as a mom that you’re not doing enough and I think that’s always going to be reinforced by our society.”

Leighton Meester (L) and Adam Brody attend the Los Angeles Premiere After Party of MGM's "American Fiction" at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California

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Simply becoming a mother changed her outlook on the role itself. She admitted, "It gave me a lot of compassion, and this whole other level of appreciation for other people and a sensitivity that I don’t think I ever had before. Particularly, when it comes to children. It’s not like a regular job. You work for 3 months, nonstop, day and night, and then not at all for the rest of time. It’s preferable.”

She previously opened up on motherhood, telling People, "It's all just so intimate and private" she explained, "It’s something that I could never put into words, really. It’s such an emotional journey to have children, and it certainly has made me reflect on my own upbringing and childhood.”

And while she wants to be able to give them everything she "never had", she wants to be "grateful for everything that we have".

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Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)