In the couple of years between Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Game of Thrones, Lena Headey went from being one of my least favorite actresses to a best loved. With Cersei Lannister, Heady’s taken that rock solid stoicism she’s so good at, and skillfully added in just the right touches of emotion and humor; I’ll happily hold her Emmy dress train. All of that to say, let’s cheer Lena the actress, and Lena the mother.
As most of you already know, earlier this year, Headey fell pregnant (I know it’s stupid, but I just love typing that olde-timey phrase), and though she won’t name the father, in our hearts we dream of a certain dashing gentleman…
Headey is already proving an inspirational mother to her first baby girl (she also has a son). In a guest author blog entry urging support for Plan International USA’s Egypt project (working on behalf of women’s rights in Egypt), the actress wrote a beautiful and powerful message about equality and privilege, noting the huge role geography plays:
“I never expected to be in a position where I can connect on such an expansive social level with people - where I can hopefully encourage people to join Plan International USA and help raise much-needed awareness and funds.
The ever-present abuse of social and human rights in our world keeps me consciously awake, grateful, and humble.
Geography dictates my freedom as a woman, geography and the women before us who fought for our equal political voice. The inequality that is all too prevalent all over the world is so great and so frightening. We owe it to our sisters who have no voice, and no chance to be heard, to speak up.
I am having a baby girl in six weeks. You have all been so lovely in your messages to me, and I thank you for that.
My daughter will have freedom of choice. She will be free to dance, to sing, to be educated in the fields that spark her passion, to marry if she wants, to marry WHO she wants, to remain single, or to fall in love with another woman. She’ll be able to wear what she wants, put on lipstick, and read books that spark debate and expand her mind.
She will be loved, protected, respected, and celebrated.
All these things that should be, and will be, basic human rights, are a promise to my daughter. My humble request is that you give what you can and maybe - just maybe - we can bring about the change we all wish to see.”
What a lovely sentiment for a daughter to someday look back on. (I think mine was something like, “I hope I don’t accidentally drop you!”)