Whatever Happened To Helen Hunt?

If you watched TV in the 90s, youll remember Helen Hunt. She starred for eight seasons in the hit comedy Mad About You as well as movies with A-list leading men: Twister (Bill Paxton) What Women Want (Mel Gibson) and As Good As It Gets (Jack Nicholson).

She hasnt been around much lately, but thats not because her career ground to a halt. Instead, shes taken time off to be with Lei, her four-year-old daughter with her boyfriend, actor Matthew Carnahan.

That amount of work is more than shes done in years. But Hunt doesnt regret her down time, even though its not a typical Hollywood pattern.

"I worked before I had my daughter, enough for three actresses," she says. "I got so lucky that now I can afford to be with her."

Now Hunt seems ready to step back into the spotlight with three movie projects. First up is Every Day, opening Friday in New York and Los Angeles. In the family drama, Hunt plays a caregiver for her ill father (Brian Dennehy). She also appears in Soul Surfer, costarring Dennis Quaid, the true story of a teenage surfer whose arm was severed in a shark attack. Finally, this summer she wants to direct an unnamed movie about a womans sad and comic state of mind after her son leaves for college.

"I know youre always supposed to want more of everything," she says. "But in truth, Im having a nice ebb and flow of being in my daughters life every day and getting to keep my work life alive. Im not nominated for ten thousand things every minute, but I am acting and telling stories I love. I actually have a life I said I wanted to have. I wanted to be with my family."

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