04/28/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT
• The Oscar winner, 44, makes her directorial feature debut in the dramatic comedy Then She Found Me.
WOW, YOU WROTE, PRODUCED AND STARRED IN THE FILM. WHY SO MANY HATS? It started out as a beautiful novel [by Elinor Lipman] and became a very personal story. It's totally autobiographical except that I'm everybody! This made it deeply mine [so] that it was a pleasure deciding how it was going to be done.
WHY HAVE YOU BEEN OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT? My family came to life. I had my daughter [Makena Lei Gordon, 3, with producer Matthew Carnahan] and chose to spend time with her. It's the greatest pleasure I've ever known.
IS PARENTING HARDER THAN DIRECTING? Definitely the most challenging is being a mom. Your entire heart is running around in the body of a 3-year-old, so you want to do anything for them.