Gwyneth Paltrow

09/08/2004 at 06:00 AM EDT

Gwyneth Paltrow
"It's gonna take a lot to get me out of the house and working," Paltrow says of her future acting career.
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Gwyneth Paltrow battles an evil mastermind aiming to destroy Earth in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. But if there's anything more fulfilling for her than saving the world from destruction, it's motherhood. The Oscar winner, 31, put Hollywood on hold to immerse herself in the world of breastfeeding and diaper changing after the birth of daughter Apple on May 14. She recently talked about how life has changed for her and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and when she might consider working again.

So how is motherhood treating you?
It's phenomenal – it's the best thing that's ever happened to me.

How so?
I don't know. I think that when you find the right person and you have a baby, I think that it's probably very true for women – but I just feel so complete. I just feel completely and utterly happy.

More complete than having a great career and an Oscar?
Yes.

What about balancing your career and family life?
Well, I've done everything career-wise that I wanted to do. Now I have the luxury to fully dive into this domestic bliss.

Are you getting any sleep at all?
I'm actually very lucky because she's a pretty good sleeper and she was having a big chunk of sleep a night from six weeks on. So I've been okay. She's teething now, so sometimes she's been doing a 4 a.m. thing lately, which is a little bit tough.

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Is it hard to do these interviews when you know she's in a room upstairs?
It's interesting. I'm just trying not to cave in to the feelings of guilt. And I'm just sort of trying to observe how I feel. This is also an important part of my life. I'm just happy that it's two hours and then I can go see her during my break and then I can be with her.

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