Julie Andrews Q&A on parenthood, mental health, and fame

  • Julie Andrews is a Broadway, film, and television actress who catapulted to Hollywood fame with blockbuster hits like “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music.”
  • Ahead of her memoir’s upcoming paperback release, she candidly shared her behind-the-scenes struggles with relationships, parenting, and mental health in an exclusive interview.
  • Andrews was able to prioritize family by holding onto the idea of quality of time over quantity of time and by maintaining routines with her kids whenever possible.
  • Her advice to others: “Don’t be afraid to seek help. Therapy saved my life in multiple ways.”
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Julie Andrews is a queen. She’s also a magical nanny, a Broadway star, and a dame. 

But her latest memoir, “HOME WORK,” touches on the world behind the scenes — and the work that goes into being Julie Andrews. Written with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, Andrews candidly describes her own struggles with relationships, work-life balance, parenting, and mental health. 

Ahead of the memoir’s paperback release, Business Insider sent Andrews questions about money, work, and how to weather difficult times. Here are her answers, edited for length and clarity.

Your second installment, “HOME WORK,” picks up on your Hollywood years and what you’ve learned. What compelled you to follow up on your last memoir? What was left unsaid?

I’ve always thought that if I were to write my memoirs, I would need to divide them into at least two, maybe three books. I couldn’t cover all the events of my life in just one book! My first memoir, “Home,” encompassed my childhood growing up in England, touring in vaudeville from age 12 to 18, and my subsequent years working on Broadway. That book ended just as I was about to make the transition from Broadway to Hollywood to embark on my first film, “Mary Poppins.”

The second memoir, “Home Work,” takes it from there, and tackles the next major part of my life — my years working in film, and balancing my professional life with raising my children and my marriage to my second husband, Blake Edwards. I wanted to be able to talk about the myriad mentors and experiences of those years, professionally and personally.

You often talk about the clash between Hollywood and your personal life. How did you ultimately decide to have these two worlds co-exist, and what advice would you give to someone who’s struggling with this?

I always hoped the two worlds could co-exist; I adored my family and enjoyed my work. But I don’t think I ever actually decided anything. It was more just needing to find ways to juggle it all. The struggle to balance one’s professional life with family and personal life is certainly not unique to me, nor to my line of work. There were times when I was more successful at it than others, and it was always an ongoing challenge.  

I think if I had any advice to share, it would be, “Don’t be afraid to seek help.” Therapy

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