11/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Uma Thurman On Her Life Regrets, Turning 40 And Her Stalled Career

Uma Thurman graces the October cover of W Magazine. Inside she talks about turning 40, life regrets, her wedding plans and why her career has stalled. She is engaged to British Arpad 'Arki' Busson, father of Elle Macpherson's two sons. Thurman has two kids with ex-husband Ethan Hawke. Read the whole interview here.

On possible wedding plans with fiance Busson, and if she'll move to London or stay in NY:
"I'm happily engaged, but we haven't set a wedding up. I'm not in a rush to do anything. One day we'll do it, when we're ready... We can't live anywhere else because my childrens' father lives here. We'll figure that out."

On approaching 40:
"I can't say my 30s were the easiest time. And I had thought my 20s were hard! ... You know, that's the worst mistake a woman can make, to think, Oh, I'm 32 and I've had two kids and I've worked since I was 16 and now it's going to get easier. Because as soon as you think that, you're doomed! You're absolutely doomed!

On regrets:
"I feel like I lived my life backwards. Like Bob Dylan said, 'I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now.' Getting older has been a process of realizing that I wasn't as grown up as I had thought. When I was a teenager people often referred to me as jaded or knowing. It's a classic teen illusion to think you know it all, but I've certainly learned I don't. I've certainly learned the hard way.

On how her career isn't where it could be, because she stays in NY:
"When my son turned seven, I felt myself stand upright and realize that I wasn't going to be bending over so much. I realized I had been kind of in this position for years! It's nice to think that everybody's getting more independent and now I can kind of maybe, slightly selfishly, think about work again...You know, I do care about my work, and it is part of me. And I am a mother, but I need to do what I'm good at doing. You really can't let go of all of yourself.... Even your kids need you to be who you are... I've been living at home for work for a long time. If I don't leave soon, I'm going to literally choke my career to death."

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