Helen Hunt Puts Family Before Acting

January 16, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Helen Hunt arrives at the premiere of Image Entertainments 'Every Day' on Jan. 11, 2011 in Los Angeles. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Helen Hunt arrives at the premiere of Image Entertainments 'Every Day' on Jan. 11, 2011 in Los Angeles. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Helen Hunt says she prefers to put her family before acting these days, according to ShowbizSpy.

"Movie acting is a great job for your twenties …" Hunt said, according to the website. “It gets more challenging as you get older, and it’s not just having a daughter, it’s wanting to have your own life and be yourself."

Last year, Hunt took on the part of Cheri Hamilton in Soul Surfer, in which she plays the mother of a teenage surfer who learns to surf again after losing her arm in a shark attack. The movie is based on the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton.

Hunt, 47, was happy to work on the movie in Oahu, because she could take daughter Makena Lei with her, and Hunt is a big fan of Hawaii.

Talking about her long acting career, which started at age 10, Hunt says she would probably do things differently for her daughter if she was interested in acting, like school theater or a kids' improvisational project.

“I was in school every year and had normal friends and I loved it and here I am, so I can’t say that I wish I hadn’t done it," Hunt told ShowbizSpy. “There are ways to do it where you’re not on a movie set with 60 adults, which I loved at the time, but as a parent, I don’t know that I’d be dying to put her in that spot.”

Soul Surfer is set for release this April. Hunt has also been working on Aline & Wolfe, which is about American writer Thomas Wolfe.