Kalki Koechlin reveals she is five month's pregnant with her first child, with boyfriend and Israeli classic pianist, Guy Hershberg. In an exclusive interview given to HT Brunch, the actor who recently wrapped up Sacred Games Season 2, talked at length about how the experience of pregnancy has changed her.
"I already feel the changes in the way I react to things. I am more deliberate, slower, more patient. When motherhood comes eventually, it brings with it a new consciousness to your sense of person. I still want to work but it is less about the rat race and more about nurturing oneself through one’s work. It becomes about infusing concentration and energy inward."
The actor is currently shooting for a web series, as well as a film. She recently wrapped up shooting of a Tamil episodic film with Netflix and is scheduled to complete season 2 of My Indian Life, a podcast for BBC. Koechlin is also part of an all-women cast for a play by Rehaan Engineer, set to debut at the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa this year. And doesn't plan to take a backseat anytime soon, talking about how she now sees her work less as a race but more as something to nurture herself with.
She goes on to talk about how motherhood has been an experience for her:
“Motherhood began with my brother, who is much younger than I am. I remember watching him come home from school one day, he must have been seven or eight, with a project on climate change and thinking ‘this is such a renewal of innocence’. Children take us back to the basics; remind us of what is important. Also, just wanting to experience pregnancy, of feeling this life grow inside you.”
Talking about raising her child, she says, "I know that I want to be an engaged parent. My concern is to connect with my child, not to have a particular rule, or expectation."
The actor reveals that the child's gender is of little relevance to her and that she has chosen a name accordingly, too.
“I’ve chosen a name that works for either gender and that is representative of a gay person, because I want my child to have that freedom of movement under the many umbrellas of gender that we have.”