Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake juggle parenting like the rest of us

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake share parenting duties fairly evenly. Photo / Getty
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake share parenting duties fairly evenly. Photo / Getty

Jessica Biel says the one hope she has for her son is that he doesn't follow in his dad Justin Timberlake's footsteps.

Little Silas is just 2 years old, but already Biel is worried about his future career.

"I would like our baby to inherit Justin's charm and his sense of humour. There are many qualities I'd love him to get from Justin." She pauses. "But there's one thing I don't want for him. I really don't want him to be a musician," she tells news.com.au.

"I know what you're thinking, 'Good luck to me, right?'"

True. Biel will probably need some luck for their son to want to stay out of the entertainment industry.

"Well, whatever he wants to be, he can be, of course. I say that sort of as a joke, but in reality, the music business is really tough. I watch what Justin goes through and he is at the top of his game. He has access to work with any producer, and he can actually get songs on the radio," she says.

"And this is from someone who makes great music; he tours and makes it look very easy, but he's been working for years and years and years to get to where he is."

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Photo / Getty Images
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Photo / Getty Images

She leans forward. "I already have this image of him as a struggling musician and that's like, 'Oh my God! As a mum, you think 30 years into the future and you're like, 'How do I fix this for him?" she says. "I just want him to be like an engineer or a doctor, something like that."

Timberlake is largely considered to be one of the world's ''coolest'' of icons. What is he like as a dad?

"Well, all the ego and the cool factor is out the window when you're watching him laying there on the floor googley-eyeing a fat baby. Now that he's a dad, I feel like I look at him totally differently some days," she smiles.

"I am in awe of him and how he interacts with that little dude."

Now that Biel is filming her new TV show, The Sinner, Timberlake has had to take on the primary parenting duties.

"He really likes it and he's really good at it," she says.

"He doesn't get to spend as much time with him as I do, so those moments where it is his turn to take over and be Mr Mum I think he really relishes. The time is flying, the time is going really quickly, and he recognises that.

"But I know Justin. He's going to get a little antsy and will want to work in the studio soon. We'll have to find the balance and we'll work it out somehow. We don't have a foolproof equation of exactly what to do, but right now I know he feels like it's my turn. I had this baby and in the last couple of years I really haven't worked all that much, on purpose."

She talks about what she's learned about herself through becoming a mother.

"Being a mother has changed everything. Before you become a parent, you think you are a patient person. You are not. You think you are a compassionate person. You are not."

In the upcoming thriller, The Sinner, she plays a wife and mother with anger issues. What does it look like when Biel gets angry?

"Well, I don't go screaming and throwing plates against the wall. That doesn't do it for me, it doesn't make me feel better. I am a little bit more contained when it comes to my anger."

And her other half? "Oh, I just let him get it out. Isn't that what you have to do with men? Just let them get it out. Either that or send them to the golf course."

With Mother's Day approaching, many young mums like to spend the day having a long bath or simply sleeping.

"Oh, that's the kind of Mother's Day I'd like! Every mother should be able to say, 'I love you, but leave me alone today,'" she laughs.

"'I am going over here into my bathroom. I'm going to read magazines and drink champagne in the tub. That sounds pretty good to me."

- news.com.au

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