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Paula Patton is having the best
Professionally, the 37-year-old actress
is busy promoting the romantic comedy
Baggage Claim, which opens September
27.2 Guns, starring Patton, Denzel
Washington and Mark Wahlberg,
opened earlier this month.
Personally, Patton is relishing the
success of her husband, Robin Thicke,
who has the catchy summer hit, Blurred
"You couldn t have planned this bet-
ter. It s a really odd, wonderful coin-
cidence," said Patton of their simulta-
neous career highs.
"We celebrate in the kitchen late at
night after we put our son to sleep, and
we re like, Can you believe this? " she
said with a high-pitched squeal. "And
then we do things like (tell each other)
drive the speed limit, don t mess
around. It s like don t mess this up! "
In an interview earlier this month,
Patton talked about prepping Thicke
for her sexy on-camera scenes and said
a healthy dose of jealousy is the key to
a lasting relationship.
AP: What does Robin think about
your Baggage Claim makeout scenes
with Derek Luke, Boris Kodjoe and
Patton: I always prep him for the
sexy scenes. I mean the moment he s
not a little jealous is the day that I m
very worried, OK? And I think he feels
the same way. You have to have a little
bit of jealousy. But mostly it s happiness
for each other because we ve known
each other since we were kids and we
dreamt the same dream together and
we know how hard it s been. It s had
its peaks and its valleys. It s a marathon.
So when you have great moments like
this, or when you just get to work, quite
frankly, you re just so thankful that you
can kind of overlook the things that
might hurt a little bit.
AP: In the film, your character faces
a lot pressure to get married and start
a family. Did you experience anything
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
AP: Will you pressure your kids to
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 any-
body s rules but their own. Follow your
AP: Did your son visit you on the
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 two-
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
Patton: Eventually he will and listen,
that s part of the deal. No one s parents
are perfect. You re going to have to suf-
fer 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.
AP: What has motherhood taught
Patton: That s it s given me great
perspective, made me a lot less self-
involved. Maybe before if you lose a
role or something happens and you just
sit in your bed all day and cry. There s
no time for that (now). Somebody needs
to eat, they want to go to the park, and
it s great because it puts life in per-
spective and those moments become
a lot smaller and a lot less significant
once you have a child.
AP: What is it like to experience such
personal and professional fulfillment?
Patton: I feel like my son has been
a lucky charm. I really do. I don t know
what it is and I do think children can
be lucky charms. You have to treat them
with reverence and respect and disci-
pline, but he did somehow. With him
he brought many gifts.
Patton: A bit of
jealousy is good
Paula Patton and her
husband Robin Thicke
at the MTV Video
Music Awards at
Barclays Center on
Sunday. Patton says a
bit of jealousy is good
for their relationship.
Paula Patton is eagerly awaiting the
opening of her new film Baggage
Claim in September.
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