Natascha McElhone’s Bananarama prep

Natascha McElhone

Natascha McElhone makes a new playlist for each character she plays.

The British actress has inhabited a variety of roles in the past, including Karen in TV show Californication and Lady Capulet in the 2013 version of Romeo & Juliet.

During an interview with UK’s stylist magazine, Natascha was asked what she would do if she was made queen.

“Music would be a bigger part of our lives,” she said. “It’s transformational for mood.

“In the car, I crank up the Bob Marley, and I create a playlist for each part I play.

“In my new film Believe, I’m a mom to a young footballer in the ’80s and listened to Bananarama and Altered Images to get me in the mood. Characters are tethered to notes, rhythm and music.”

As well as starring in hits such as 1998′s The Truman Show and Ronin, Natascha has managed to lead a fulfilling family life. The 44-year-old has children Theodore, 14, Otis, 11, and five-year-old Rex with her late husband, surgeon Dr. Martin Hirigoyen Kelly.

“Being a mom will always be my most fulfilling role,” she smiled. “Juggling acting and motherhood is one of the things I do really well and maybe that’s because I’ve never thrown myself at Hollywood. I’ve never ridden that wave.

“My children are great company. I love hanging out with them. It can be testing but mostly, it’s just intensely gratifying.”

Natascha’s husband died of dilated cardiomyopathy in 2008, when she was pregnant with Rex. Despite the tragedy, she believes it’s important to keep going.

“Life is change, that’s the definition of a lifespan,” she said. “My husband’s sudden death has become a part of who I am and changed me, but so have other life experiences like having my children.

“The idea that a whole life can be reduced to one disastrous moment or one successful moment is irrelevant. To me, it’s everything in between that’s important.”

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