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Jennifer Westfeldt: I Never Thought I'd Be 42 and Childless

USMagazine, Sunday, March 11, 2012, 5:03pm (PDT)

It's safe to say Jennifer Westfeldt has babies on the brain.

After writing, directing and starring in Friends With Kids, the 42-year-old began pondering why she and longtime love Jon Hamm never started a family. "I've thought about this a lot lately. I never thought I’d be this age and not have kids," Westfeldt tells The New York Times. "But my life has also gone in a million ways I never anticipated."

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"I kept feeling like I'd wake up with absolute clarity, and I haven't. And we have a pretty great life together. The chance that we'll regret it doesn't seem like a compelling enough reason to do it. I may wake up tomorrow with that lighting bolt, and I'll have to scramble to make it happen."

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Westfeldt has been dating Hamm, 41, since 1997. She was inspired to write Friends With Kids after watching their friends slowly disappear into a world of dirty diapers, parent-teacher conferences and dance recitals.

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"Best intentions aside," Westfeldt tells The New York Times, having kids "always changes your friendship, at least that first year or so, in a way that I think is painful for both of you."

Friends With Kids, which also stars Adam Scott, Megan Fox, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd and Kristen Wiig, is in theaters now.

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