Rose Byrne wants a parenting manual: 'It's so challenging'

Parenting is always perplexing, according to Rose Byrne.

The Aussie actress, 39, stopped by AOL’s Build Studio on Wednesday to promote her new film, Juliet, Naked, and told Yahoo Lifestyle she felt she needed a manual when she first became a parent, a sentiment Ethan Hawke’s character shares in the film. “Of course, I still feel like that,” she admitted.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Actress Rose Bryne is seen outside AOL Live on August 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JULY 07: Jay Rutland, Anetta Nowosielska, Rose Bryne and Lynn Scotti attend the Hamptons Magazine Cover Star Rose Byrne Celebration Presented By Lalique Along With Maddox Gallery at Southampton Social Club on July 7, 2018 in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Hamptons Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Rose Bryne attends 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: (L-R) Actors Chris O'Dowd and Rose Bryne speak onstage during a live Q&A with the Juliet, Naked cast hosted by Stella Artois and Deadline at Cafe Artois during the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20: Stefano Tonchi and Rose Bryne attend the Max Mara Show during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 on February 20, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Blake Lively, Freida Pinto and Rose Bryne attend the Michael Kors fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Spring Studios on February 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24: Rose Bryne attends the European premiere of 'I Give It A Year' at The Vue West End on January 24, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Actress Rose Bryne attends the Giorgio Armani & The Cinema Society screening of 'Albert Nobbs' at the Museum of Modern Art on December 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Rose Bryne arrives on the red carpet at the Los Angeles special screening of 'The September Issue' at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on September 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 4: Rose Bryne attends THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA: 'The Model As Muse' with Honorary Chair MARC JACOBS - INSIDE at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 20: Rose Bryne attends The WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART'S 2008 Gala and Studio Party - ARRIVALS at The Whitney Museum of American Art on October 20, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by CLINT SPAULDING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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“It’s so challenging. Everything. From breastfeeding to having a newborn to trying to get a baby to sleep. It’s so overwhelming,” she said. Byrne has two children, Rocco and Rafa, with actor Bobby Cannavale. This past November, she gave birth to their second child, with whom she was pregnant with while filming Juliet, Naked. “I may have been six months pregnant,” she revealed on AOL’s Build interview series, which made her character, Annie, even more interesting to portray because she was “so not pregnant.” In fact, Annie starts out the story not even wanting kids, which is a far cry from how Byrne saw her own future. “I’m the youngest of four, so I come from a big family. So I sort of assumed I would [have kids],” she told Yahoo Lifestyle. “But you never know if you’ll meet someone, and all those sorts of things.”

Byrne feels “very grateful to have two healthy kids,” not to mention a wise support system to help her adjust to parenthood. “I had a wonderful woman named Esther Santana at the beginning who taught me so much. My mother taught me so much, she came over and helped me. You really lean on people who’ve done it before. I did.”

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