Sunday 23 April 2017

Helena Bonham Carter: husband Tim Burton 'tamed by parent classes'

Helena Bonham Carter said her life has transformed after her husband, 52, 'changed' following his attendance at the child relationship lessons. Photo: Getty Images
Helena Bonham Carter said her life has transformed after her husband, 52, 'changed' following his attendance at the child relationship lessons. Photo: Getty Images

Techniques learned in parenting classes have helped Helena Bonham Carter become stricter with her director husband Tim Burton, the British actress has disclosed.

The 44 year-old King's Speech star said her life has transformed after her husband, 52, “changed” following his attendance at the child relationship lessons.

The couple, who have a seven-year-old son Billy Ray and three-year-old daughter Nell, had employed “childcare guru” Noel Janis-Norton, 66, to help them overcome parenthood difficulties.

Bonham Carter, who has been nominated for best supporting actress Academy Award for her role as the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in the King’s Speech, admitted that parenthood was “much harder than acting”.

But the seven-week course and private lessons from the child behaviour specialist had not only helped improve her relationship with her children but also forced her husband to become a “changed man”.

“It helped me tremendously with the kiddies and I also found it invaluable in dealing with Tim. It's terrific, he's a changed man,” she told the Daily Mail in a light-hearted interview.

"What it does is make people think for themselves instead of me, the mother, doing everything for them.

"Tim used to say ‘where's such and such’ and I would scurry around looking for it. Now I make him do it – and the same with the kiddies.”

She added: “It just stops you running around doing every single thing for them. It has changed my life. I think because it has taken the stress out of parenting, or some of it at least, I will probably live 10 years longer.”

Mrs Janis-Norton, who is based at the New Learning Centre in London, later added to the London Evening Standard: "Helena came by herself to group class and I've had private sessions with her and Tim and the nanny. So it's a united front they're surrounding their children with.

"She's extremely easy to work with because she's very open and has a great sense of humour. It's lovely, but the fact that she's famous is not what makes it lovely. It's so heart-warming to know that we're contributing, making the world a better place.

"She's absolutely delightful to work with, very open, lots of fun and her children are very sweet."

In the same interview, Bonham Carter said she was open to working with other directors other than her husband, who she met while filming Planet of the Apes.

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