Naomie Harris doesn't feel pressure to have children.

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

The 'Moonlight' actress credits the support of her mother, who has always told her to take time and do things when she is "ready", for preventing her from listening to other people suggesting she should take time out and start a family.

In an interview with Woman magazine, she said: "My mum has always said, 'You can achieve anything, you can do anything.' She always says, 'Have children when you're ready, if you're ready, but only then,' and I'd never had any pressure.

"I think that really helps, having that bedrock of support from my mum and having grown up in that environment means I don't really feel pressured by other people."

And the 40-year-old actress finds it "bizarre" when even close friends start questioning whether she wants a family of her own because it is such a "personal" topic.

She said: "People ask, 'So when are you going to have children?' I think it's a really odd thing because it's such a personal decision.

"And you also don't know what is happening in someone's life.

"I find it bizarre, even with my friends, when they want me to have children. Why would you encourage anybody to have children unless it was their burning desire? You need to fully be committed to it."

The 'Skyfall' actress - who has been shortlisted for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance as a crack-addicted mother in 'Moonlight' - has always struggled to sleep but recently discovered an app that has changed her life as it helps her relax so much more.

She said: "I am a really bad sleeper. But I've found this incredible app, which I highly recommend, called The Meaning of Life.

"It has either 10 or 20 minutes meditation every day, with a little video. You also do a little diary about three things you're grateful for. It literally changed my life."

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