Julia Stiles privately welcomed her third child while directing her first film


As Julia Stiles prepares to make her directorial debut with Wish You Were Here, she's spending her time on another project that she's keeping under wraps.

she said The New York Times She was “a bundle of emotions” filming her first film as she welcomed her third child, now five months old.

The “10 Things I Hate About You” actress didn't reveal the name or gender of her baby, saying of the recent pregnancy, “I haven't really talked about it.” Stiles also has sons Strummer, 6, and Arlo ( 2) with husband Preston Cook, whom she married in 2017.

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Although she remained quiet about her newborn, she reflected that motherhood had surprisingly been a “great training” for directing.

“You have to think ten steps ahead, but also be in the present moment. You have to be good at time management. “You have to respond to people’s needs and guide them, but also maintain boundaries,” Stiles said in an interview with the New York Times.

Stiles completed production on “Wish You Were Here” in late February, Deadline reported. The film is based on the bestselling book by Renée Carlino and was also adapted for the screen by Stiles. The second-chance romance follows Charlotte, an unlucky-in-love waitress who, after an idyllic first date, reunites with a man she believes has ghosted her – only to find out he is terminally ill.

Stiles told the NYT that she had dreamed of a directing role for years.

“It took a long time to find the right story,” she said.

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This year not only marks Stiles' directorial debut, but also the 25th anniversary of perhaps her best-known role: Kat Stratford in the teen film “10 Things I Hate About You,” loosely based on Shakespeare's “The Taming of the Shrew.” “

In a 2017 interview with The Times, she reflected on the popular film.

“It was my first major role in a film, so I was incredibly excited,” Stiles said. “I just loved this role.” It spoke to me as an angsty teenager and a feminist. I had never seen such a role for girls in films, especially pop teen films.

“We all had so much fun together,” she said of the cast, which included Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Larisa Oleynik. “We were alone in Seattle one summer as teenagers and saw a movie that didn't make you cry the whole time. It was a pleasure. I think it’s really special that people are still seeing this film.”

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This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.