Picks and Pans Review: 2012's ... Thandie Newton Survives the Apocalypse

updated 11/23/2009 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/2009 01:00AM

> The British star, 37, gets all wet in the new end-of-the-world film–but admits to being skillful when it comes to diverting disaster at home.

HOW ARE YOUR SURVIVAL SKILLS?

When it comes to my kids [Ripley, 9, and Nico, 4], I could literally pick up a car because my protective instinct around them is fierce.

YOU GET SERIOUSLY SOAKED IN THIS MOVIE.

I spent a lot of time incredibly wet. I was fully clothed and submerged in a water tank for three days. It wasn't hard, but I'm a little girl about that sort of thing.

DO YOU ENJOY DOING YOUR OWN STUNTS?

I love to show off my girlpower! I'm willing to get physical, but I'm practical. [With] two kids, I don't want to risk injuring myself.

HOW DO YOU PUT OUT FIRES AT HOME INVOLVING YOUR KIDS?

I absolutely don't believe in punishment. We always talk about our problems. I don't care how long it takes, we just talk it through. Otherwise it just escalates.

MOTHERHOOD VS. STUNTWORK: WHICH IS TOUGHER?

There is no comparison! I absolutely love acting, but being a mother is the greatest role and challenge. It never stops, but the satisfaction and the joy I get from it make the effort tiny.

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