Geena Davis 'grateful' she waited until her 40s to have children

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Geena Davis visits SiriusXM Studios on October 12, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
Geena Davis has three children. (Getty Images)

Geena Davis has said she is "grateful" she didn't become a mum until her 40s because she wanted to "evolve" first.

The Beetlejuice star, 66, has a 20-year-old daughter, Alizeh, and 18-year-old twins, Kaiis and Kian, with her ex Reza Jarrahy.

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Appearing on Loose Women on Wednesday, Davis, whose previous husbands include a four-year marriage to Jeff Goldblum, explained why she was pleased to have become a parent later in life.

She said: “I’m really grateful that I had children in my 40s. And I wanted to wait, hoping that I could still have children. But I thought: ‘I’ll be more evolved the longer I wait.’”

Katie Piper spoke to Geena Davis. (Shutterstock/ITV)
Katie Piper spoke to Geena Davis. (Shutterstock/ITV)

Thelma & Louise star Davis also told the panel, which included Jane Moore, Brenda Edwards, Christine Lampard and Katie Piper: "I picked up more from the way my parents modelled their behaviour."

Talking about how she had changed from her younger years, Davis added: “I didn’t have a lot of self-esteem but I was really determined that my children would have self-esteem.”

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It isn't the first time that the star has spoken about her decision behind being an older parent.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Geena Davis attends W Magazine 50th Anniversary presented By Lexus at Shun Lee on October 12, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for W Magazine)
Geena Davis says she needed to 'evolve' before becoming a parent. (Getty Images for W Magazine)

She told The Guardian in 2020: “I always felt lucky that I had my kids late, because I just feel like I changed so much.

“I always knew I wanted kids, but what I was doing waiting that long, I don’t know. I never tried before, in other words. But it’s been great. And twins are fun.”

In 2006, she spoke to Good Housekeeping about being pregnant in her 40s, saying: “If I’d had kids earlier, I could easily have become one of those mothers who over involve themselves and try to live life through their kids.

“I’m sure there are younger people who have figured things out long before I did, but in my case, I became a parent with exactly the right person, at exactly the right time.”