02/26/2007 at 06:00 PM EST
Gwyneth Paltrow, who has been on a bit of a self-imposed career hiatus since becoming a wife and mother, says she's excited to get back to work – but calls the last three years the best of her life.
Asked on the Oprah Winfrey Show Monday if she's looking forward to going back to work, Paltrow, 34, answered: "I'm really looking forward to it as an artist and as somebody who that part of me has been dormant for a long time."
The Shakespeare in Love Oscar winner, who most recently starred in Running with Scissors, said, however, that her other job has been just as fulfilling as acting. "I've been at home being a housewife, which is amazing and I've loved every second of it," she told Winfrey's pal Gayle King backstage at the Academy Awards.
She also called being wife (to Coldplay singer Chris Martin) and mother (to Apple, 2, and Moses, 10 months) "definitely the hardest job."
"It's 24 hours a days, seven days a week and they want you present and real and connected and there – but it's been the best three years of my life."
Up next for Paltrow: Dirty Tricks, which is scheduled to come out next year and costars her former boyfriend, Brad Pitt, and Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard.