There are plenty of celebrities out there who become moms when they're in their early 20s, or even younger — while it's certainly tough to make a career in the entertainment industry work when you're trying to fit the demanding hours of a rising starlet with the demanding hours of a teen parent, it's not unheard of.
However, there are also plenty of celebrities who fall into a different camp, and don't become mothers until later in life. Sometimes it's because they were so focused on their career that they put their personal life on the back burner. Sometimes it's because they weren't quite ready to become a single parent, and wanted to wait to start a family until they had found their perfect match to be a partner and parent with them. And sometimes, it's because of health issues — pregnancy certainly doesn't come easily for everyone, and there are many women who have to go through a lot of procedures in order to make it a viable option.
There are pros and cons to parenthood at any age, and one thing many older moms have going for them is time and money — many reach a point in their career where they have endless resources to take care of their child, and are able to take a break if they need to in order to focus on parenthood.
Here are 15 amazing female celebs who became mothers later in life.
15 Geena Davis, Who Had Twins at 48
Geena Davis has been in the industry for decades — she got her start as a model and began working as an actress in the '80s, quickly rising to stardom. She's tackled everything from comedies and family movies to meatier dramas, and she always does so with finesse. So, when she decided to tackle parenthood, no one doubted she'd do an amazing job at it. She had her first child, daughter Alizeh, when she was 46 years old, and then expanded her family once more with twin boys, Kian and Kaiis, when she was 48. She commented on Good Housekeeping that "it's been really wonderful, but it was overwhelming." Luckily, her children are older now and likely require a little less looking after since they don't need diaper changes, burping, and the like.
14 The Gorgeous Halle Berry, Who Was 47 When She Had Her Second Child
Sometimes, it's hard to remember that Halle Berry is a bit of an older mom because she looks so young! I mean, the woman basically hasn't aged in two decades — we're not sure what her secrets are, but we desperately want to find out! She hasn't had the best luck with men over the years, but she has managed to get her wonderful children out of her various relationships. She had her first child and daughter, Nahla, when she was 41, and then had her second child when she was 47. It probably wasn't easy to go through all the demands of motherhood in her 40s, but given that she was still a struggling starlet trying to make it in her 20s, it just may have been the perfect decision for her.
13 Tina Fey, Who Prioritized Family Over 30 Rock And Had Daughter Penelope at 41
The reality is, while there are plenty of advancements in medicine that help women who are struggling to get pregnant, it's still increasingly difficult as you grow older — as a woman, at least. Tina Fey was aware of that fact when she was trying to decide if she was going to have a second child. She and hubby Jeff Richmond wanted to expand their family and have a sibling for daughter Alice, but she just wasn't sure she could balance it with her schedule — yet she knew she needed to make a decision. She spilled her thoughts to Oprah, saying that "my husband and I really decided that we felt rather than risk having 30 Rock end in several years and feeling like part of our family is missing that we were going to prioritize our family." And she did, giving birth to daughter Penelope when she was 41.
12 Salma Hayek, Who's Glad She Had Daughter Valentina at 40
Salma Hayek didn't meet her current hubby Francois-Henri Pinault until a bit later in life, so she was older when they decided to have a child together, but she doesn't regret the decision for a minute. Hayek gave birth to her daughter Valentina when she was 40, and she told WebMD magazine that "I'm a more fulfilled human being now, and I probably wouldn't have been 10 years ago. She gets a better mother for being born now." That's another thing that people who throw shade at older mothers fail to recognize — sure, young moms may have slightly more energy, their bodies may be more resilient, but older moms definitely have some major life experience that comes into play when it comes to raising a child and nurturing a child's development.
11 Susan Sarandon, Who Had Children at 42 and 45
Susan Sarandon was a busy actress who already had one daughter, actress Eva Amurri, when she realized she was pregnant again with her then partner Tim Robbins. Sarandon didn't let her age stop her, and soon gave birth to her son Jack, at 42, then her son Miles, at 45. She acknowledged the surprise she felt at getting pregnant at her age, telling Time Out New York that "it was just such a freak thing that I got pregnant that I thought, 'I can't ignore this.' And so I jumped. I had to pay attention when it happened, because nobody could understand how it had happened." While she's no longer with either of the fathers of her children, she has her wonderful children by her side regularly — and that's all a mom can ask for!
10 Helen Hunt, Who Had Her Daughter at 40 After Some Struggles
The reality is, there are many women who struggle getting pregnant, not just older women hoping to become mothers — and Helen Hunt's honest about her situation is super refreshing. She had her daughter, Makena, when she was 40 years old; it may not seem that old, but it wasn't an easy journey. She discussed some of the details with Ladies' Home Journal way back in 2008, a few years after her daughter's birth, saying that "it turned out to be tougher to get pregnant than I thought it would be. I tried for a long time, and it just didn't happen, to the point where getting pregnant became the greatest wish — and the greatest challenge — of my life... my boyfriend and I were on our last big try, and if the baby hadn't come, we would have adopted."
9 Nicole Kidman, Who Welcomed Her Daughters at 40 and 43
When she was with A-List superstar Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman adopted two children with him and entered motherhood at a fairly young age. The marriage didn't last, and when she found love with country star Keith Urban, she decided she still wanted children — and she wanted to have the experience of actually carrying them and giving birth to them this time around. She didn't let her age discourage her, and ended up having her daughter Sunday Rose when she was 40, and her daughter Faith at 43. Apparently, Kidman's family history had a huge part in making her feel like conceiving a child was still a possibility for her — "my grandmother had her last [child] at 49!" she told Elle back in 2014. So, in comparison, early 40s probably didn't seem like a very big deal at all!
8 Fashion Queen Rachel Zoe, Who Had Son Skylar At 42
Everyone who is a fan of Rachel Zoe knows she's gone through quite the transformation over the years. When her show The Rachel Zoe Project was on the air, it captured a total workaholic who, while absolutely amazing at her job, didn't really carve out much time for her personal life. Sure, she had a happy marriage with long-time hubby Rodger Berman, but they just couldn't see where she would make time for a child. Then, when she got pregnant, it all changed — while she still absolutely focused on her career, she also made time for her family. She had both her children in her 40s, and seems absolutely over the moon about motherhood — and we have to admit, she's probably one of the most chic moms we know.
7 Kelly Preston, Who Added To Her Family at 48
It's always a bit surprising when celebrities who already have older children end up having another child when they're much older, but hey — sometimes, life happens. Kelly Preston went through a devastating tragedy when her son Jett passed away when he was just 16 years old, something that no mother should have to experience. She decided that she wasn't done with expanding her family just jet, and shortly after the loss of her son, she had Benjamin, when she was 48 years old. Preston discussed her situation with the Today show, saying that "I didn't (consider the risks). I just considered that it was difficult. I never thought that would be me at all. So I think we're just really happy that we're so fortunate." Luckily, Benjamin is happy and healthy and is an adorable younger sibling to their daughter.
6 Brooke Shields, Who Battled Back From PPD And Had Another Baby at 41
When it comes to pregnancy and motherhood, Brooke Shields certainly hasn't had an easy time of it. She gave birth to her daughter Rowan back in 2003, and while she was still in her late 30s at the time, she experienced a different sort of difficulty — postpartum depression. Shields battled incredibly severe postpartum depression after Rowan's birth, and even wrote a memoir about it, Down Came The Rain. However, she didn't let that experience discourage her from expanding her family, and she ended up having her second daughter Grier a few years later, when she was 41. We have to admit — to choose to get pregnant again after you've had such a horrible experience with postpartum depression takes some major guts. Shields wanted a bigger family, and she was willing to battle whatever it took to get it.
5 Celine Dion, Who Went Through IVF To Have Twins at 42
Celine Dion already had a hugely successful career when she decided that she wanted to embark on another journey — motherhood. Unfortunately, she found that it wasn't as easy as she anticipated, and ended up having to go through several rounds of IVF treatments as well as a tragic miscarriage before she eventually got pregnant with her son Rene Charles. Then, she had several more rounds of IVF treatments before she got pregnant with her twin boys, Eddy and Nelson. She confessed to Us Weekly that she was absolutely terrified something would go wrong, saying that "my doctors had to constantly reassure me.... each week I had sonograms. I heard their little heart beats... it's stressful but I'm relaxing. I look at my little belly. I do almost nothing. If you tell me I have to stay in bed, I will stay in bed until November, when the babies are born. To bring them into the world, there's nothing more important than that."
4 Beverly D'Angelo, Who Had Twins at 49
When she decided she wanted to become a mother, Beverly D'Angelo wasn't about to let anything stand in her way. She was in her 40s, and her boyfriend at the time Al Pacino was in his 60s, but she figured they'd be great parents, so why not try? She ended up having twins, Anton and Olivia, when she was 49 years old, which is quite the feat. Her co-star from back in the day spilled to People that "because she's not a young mother, she was a little nervous," but everything worked out well in the end. She may not be with Pacino, the father of her children, anymore, but she has two wonderful children by her side to lead through the adventures of life, so that's pretty amazing.
3 The Legendary Meryl Streep, Who Had Her Fourth Child at 42
Okay, if you were as talented as Meryl Streep, wouldn't you want to have as many children as possible too? I mean, the fact that her children are all well on their way to becoming famous in their respective fields speaks volumes. Streep has been with her hubby Don Gummer for years (as in, over 40 years), and she didn't let her fame get in the way of her decision to have children. Over the span of over a decade, Streep gave birth to four children — Henry, Mamie, Grace and her last child, Louisa, at 42 years old. Now that they're all older, you'll often spot her on the red carpet with one or more of her children (although you'll also see Grace and Mamie on red carpets on their own, since they're both actresses as well).
2 Mariah Carey, Who Welcomed Twins at 42
While it's certainly possible to have twins naturally, many celebrities who end up the parents of twins are older celebs who went through some kind of fertility treatment to conceive — and Mariah Carey is no different. She had her twins when she was 42 years old, and it wasn't an easy journey — she discussed how she went on progesterone, which apparently was supposed to help minimize the chance of a miscarriage, something that was at the front of her mind given that she had already gone through one before her twins. She may no longer be with former hubby Nick Cannon, but she has two bundles of joy who are quickly blossoming from babies into children and soon teens. The question is, do they have legendary closets like their mama? We hope so.
1 Marcia Cross, Who Became A Mother at 44
Marcia Cross played the cold and perfectionist Bree on Desperate Housewives for many seasons, but just playing a housewife and mother on television wasn't enough to satisfy her desire for motherhood. When she finally found her perfect partner, Tom Mahoney, in 2006, she wasted no time, giving birth to her twin daughters about a year later in 2017, when she as 44 years old. Cross was definitely aware that pregnancy might not be easy at her age, so she apparently started IVF treatments immediately after the two tied the knot — and as you can tell, fortunately, it worked for her almost immediately! Her daughters are absolutely adorable, but she'll soon be wrangling twin teenage girls, which is probably a whole new challenge! However, it's one we know she'll be able to handle with grace.