"Not many paparazzi follow me now," she laughed, ensconced in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. "It's just the slow ones who haven't yet figured out I'm not the one to follow." She obviously had not seen the swarm of photographers massing at the hotel entrance waiting for her exit, a testament to her enduring popularity and the interest surrounding the imminent release of Duplicity, a jaunty spy thriller in which she has her first starring role in nearly five years and which reunites her with her Closer co-star Clive Owen.
Although she is devoting more time nowadays to being a housewife and mother to three young children the Oscar-winning actress insists that she has never really been away from acting.
"Of course my life has changed and I work less, but I was never really one to work too much," she said. "I never really did years of movie-after-movie-after-movie but when you've got three toddlers in the house you're performing all day long, anyway, with puppet shows and stories---I act around the clock."