Helen Hunt: Knitting calms awards nerves

Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt is “knitting as fast as [she] can” to deal with her awards season anxiety.

The 49-year-old actress has impressed critics with her performance in new movie The Sessions, and is in the running to be named best supporting actress at a host of awards including the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. Helen is overwhelmed by the response to her latest big screen outing and says creating toys for her nine-year-old daughter Makena is proving a useful distraction.

"I don't have any control over it," Helen said as she knitted during an interview with British newspaper The Independent. "Look, I'm knitting as fast as I can!"

In The Sessions, Helen plays real-life ‘sex surrogate’ Cheryl Cohen Greene who assists a quadriplegic in his quest to lose his virginity.

The movie required Helen to appear in several nude scenes, which was a challenge for the actress.

"I certainly was not super-human and without any nerves about feeling exposed or judged for being a naked person. But whatever fears I had were smaller than my desire to be in it," she explained. "My vagina has never been in a movie [before], if we're going to go there."

Helen enjoyed a successful stint in US TV shows including Mad About You – winning best comedy actress four times at the Emmys during the ‘90s.

The star would never rule out a return to the small screen, saying she would take the right role "in a minute". However, Helen is reluctant to commit to a regular TV appearance because it means she would miss out on spending time with her family.

"Then you're not picking up your daughter from school,” she added.

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