Wife of Daniel Day-Lewis talks about her career, marriage, and new novel
Rebecca Miller's third book 'Jacob's Folly' to hit shelves June 6
"That means I let a lot of things go; a lot of relationships just get cooled . . . so you have to then re-start them."
Miller has also tried acting, and shared the big screen with Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey in 1992's 'Consenting Adults.'
"Acting wasn't my natural state," she tells. "Even then, I was aware that I was leaning [towards] something else.
"What's great is that it gave me so much respect for acting; kind of a window in on it that you can't get unless you've actually gone inside of it and done it in a serious way.
"But I don't have any desire [to do it again]."
The 50-year-old mother-of-two admits she is happy to remain the less famous spouse in her marriage.
"I think a tiny, tiny bit maybe people recognise me, but very, very minimally. I'm not a famous person, thank God. It's a terrible thing, actually, being famous.
"I mean, some people really enjoy it, I think, and other people don't. I like to observe and watch people, I wouldn't [like] to be the person being watched all the time."
Miller says that the family has split their time between US and Ireland, moving back to US for their sons education.
We had always decided to split [our time between the US and Ireland]. I said: 'I can't be an expatriate forever,' and Daniel understood that.
"So we came here for seven years, now we're there. Once they're in college, I imagine a more balanced life between here and there.
"I love Ireland," she says. "I definitely have come to feel like this is a second home to me. [But] New York city is my place."
Miller also talked about her work as a female director and its challenges.
"Somebody said 2pc to me once," says Miller of the minority of female directors in Hollywood.
'One of the problems for women, quite frankly, [is that] if you're a director for hire – which most directing jobs are – you could suddenly be in Australia for six months.
"For women who have a family, it's a big decision because of the expectations on women, and the expectations they have on themselves.
"I also don't know that women do a good enough job of championing each other, and that's something I've been thinking about a lot myself.
"I always try to hire the best man for the job, and most of them happen to be women!"
She adds: "I've got a screenplay that I'm trying to cast and finance – one never knows.
"I would love to work with Marion Cottilard one day; I really love Reese Witherspoon and Elle Fanning is wonderful.
"There are so many wonderful actors and actresses; that's where it would be hard to say goodbye to making films, as much as it's a pain in the neck.
"I've had an amazing, miraculous career where not only have I been a female making movies, I've also done something that men would like to do, which is just tell my own stories."
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