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Delpy: I'm not retiring from acting

Julie Delpy has denied reports she is quitting acting.

The Before Sunset star - who wrote, directed and stars in new comedy 2 Days In New York with Chris Rock - said the comments she made at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year were a "misunderstanding" because she was "exhausted".

Julie explained: "I'm retiring in the sense of the typical acting thing of running to auditions.

"Nowadays, in LA, it seems every actor wants to get a TV pilot - I'm not going to pursue that. I make a living as a writer and director.

"I'm getting a lot of offers to act in movies right now through friends or people I've wanted to work with for a long time. I'm not going to say no, because I love acting. I'll do it if I'm offered things that I like, which is a very luxurious kind of life."

But the 42-year-old French actress and director - who lives in Hollywood with her three-year-old son and German film score composer Marc Streitenfeld - admitted she did struggle going back to work after the birth of her son.

Julie said: "Being a mother is always complicated because a woman feels an extreme amount of guilt when she spends too much time far from her kid. And not just guilt, just missing him.

"I've always found a balance between working really hard, but also spending every minute that I had off with my son. So I was pretty exhausted because I basically never had a minute to myself.

"We're so attached to each other and we love each other beyond anything. Maybe that's too much love! But he knows he's the most loved human being on the planet."

:: 2 Days In New York is released in cinemas on Friday, May 18.

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