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Dern: No regrets about young fame

Laura Dern has revealed she doesn't have any regrets about being a child star.

The 47-year-old, the daughter of divorced Hollywood stars Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, started acting when she was seven, appearing in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. She went to court when she was 13 to become an emancipated minor so she could work more freely in the movie business, after her mother felt one of her movies wasn't suitable.

"I regret not having as much pressure lifted because inevitably any job brings pressure, and as a teenager, that was a bit difficult," she said. "But I'm also so grateful, because as a teenager, I worked with some of my greatest mentors and got to be part of some of my favourite movies," she added.

Laura, who plays Frannie Lancaster in The Fault In Our Stars, has worked with her "amazing" parents as a grown-up, and the trio received the first ever Family Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

"I love my parents. They are brilliant, beautiful actors and working with them, knowing them, celebrating them... that is a great privilege, so I feel very, very lucky," she said.

The actress now finds joy with her children - 12-year-old son Ellery and nine-year-old daughter, Jaya, from her seven-year marriage to singer Ben Harper.

"My children are the greatest comedians of all time. That's my great joy," she said.

"Someone asked me, 'What are your [parenting] tricks?' I have no rulebook, I don't know how to do any of it. I'm learning every day how to figure out managing."

She added: "It's a bit of a challenge, but they love the adventure. I'm lucky to have gypsies in my gypsy life."

:: The Fault In Our Stars is in cinemas now.

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