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Charisma Carpenter's work balance

Charisma Carpenter stars in horror film Psychosis
Charisma Carpenter stars in horror film Psychosis

Charisma Carpenter has revealed how she works hard to balance her working life and time with her son, so she doesn't become a "frustrated mother".

The 39-year-old actress and single mother to seven-year-old son Donovan - famous for playing Cordelia in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel - spent six weeks filming new horror movie Psychosis on location in Britain, but she insists it was "rewarding".

Charisma said: "It snowed, it was cold, I was away from my son but it was so rewarding and I felt that as a mother it was really important to be happy in my work and get adult time and do something for myself.

"And then have a great deal of time when I got off to spend with my son and it would be quality, quality and it would be great and I wouldn't be a frustrated mother because I would be content and happy with my life as a whole. Balance is an important thing to me and I think it's a challenge to manage so whenever I get a little taste of both, it's just heaven."

The actress stars alongside Justin Hawkins, formerly of rock band The Darkness and model Paul Sculfor in the horror movie co-written and directed by Reg Traviss, Amy Winehouse's new boyfriend.

Charisma insisted she was at ease with the all-male cast.

She said: "You know what it was very familiar. Angel was a very male driven show as well, so I was right at home."

:: Psychosis is released on DVD on July 19

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