Motherhood changes everything.
That can be said for a handful of celebrity moms who would prefer to stay at home with their kids rather than be on set.
Although Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow and more A-list actresses garnered huge success in the past, they're now happy living a life out of the spotlight -- and in their soccer mom minivans.
Rumor had it that Claire Danes, who gave birth to her first child, Cyrus, a few weeks ago, was leaving her Emmy award-winning role on "Homeland" behind to be at home with her growing family. But the actress shot down the reports when she admitted that she'd be "a lousy stay-at-home mom" and could never leave her career behind.
Here are some star mommies who could...
“I think if you are young and you have children, you still have so much to prove. When you have children later in life, you lose a bit of that urge for working. At the time, I was thinking, I can do another movie that may or may not work, or I can be with my child, nourish her, and not miss a moment of this precious time. And if my career is going to end in two years, what’s the difference, anyway?”- Salma Hayek to Marie Claire
“There’s an internal battle. I need to work, I need to work, I need to work and I need to be home with my kids and the kids win. It’s about getting the kids up and fed, getting one to school, getting the other down for a nap, going to the grocery store, picking one up from school, getting the other one down for another nap, cooking dinner… I live my life at these two extremes. I’m either a full-time stay-at-home mom or a full-time actress.” -Jennifer Garner on her lifestyle (via Us Magazine)
“I think I’m going to have to give up the acting as the kids hit the teenage years, anyway, too much to manage at home. I have enjoyed being an actress. I am so grateful to the job and I have had great experiences…but f it went away tomorrow I would be very happy to be home with the children. I wake up in the morning as a mom and I turn on the news like everybody else and I see what's happening and I want to be part of the world in a positive way.” -Angelina Jolie to Channel 4 News (via Hollyscoop)
"... Kind of quitting acting for three years to have kids and not really thinking about my career in that way and just thinking, I want to have kids, and I want to be home with them ... I've changed my movie career a lot since having children." - Gwyneth Paltrow to InStyle UK
"I felt I earned the right to stay home and be home and get super selective about what I wanted to do work wise." -Julia Roberts tells Access Hollywood of having no "mom guilt"
“I only do one movie a year so that’s about three months out of the year and the rest of the time I’m kind of a stay-at-home mom. I have an office so I go to the office while the kids are at school. But I just, I go to the basketball game and the horseback riding competitions and all that kind of stuff and I really enjoy being a parent. It’s a real grounding experience and you know, I like the other parents. It’s fun.” -Reese Witherspoon to iVillage
"I’m at home for a lot of the year. I’m not always shooting movies. And I want to make sure people know, stay-at-home moms are working harder than a lot of us can comprehend. It’s not easier at home!” -Sarah Jessica Parker admits to InTouch
“Having children flips the game from being about you to about what you can create in a home and what your responsibilities are. I’ve thought about quitting acting, but I love what I do so much — it’s the big conundrum of my life. So I’m fighting to keep my foot in the business, be creative and stimulated, and still take care of my children.” -Uma Thurman shares her famous mommy problem
"It’s taken me a while to feel really good again and to think more freely and just be myself. I have so much joy in looking after Matilda that I don’t even worry that much about myself anyway. There’s a lot to be said for just going about things, working on good films, making lunches and going shopping with your child.” -Michelle Williams told UK's OK! (via CelebrityBabyScoop)