Thandie Newton has admitted filming her TV show 'Rogue' whilst pregnant has been "mayhem".
The 41-year-old 'Crash' star - now six months pregnant - refused to quit her role as undercover cop Grace Travis in the action packed American drama series and has continued filming well into her third trimester.
Newton - who already has two daughters Ripley, 13 and Nico, 8. with her writer husband Ol Parker - underestimated the difficulties of carrying a child on set.
In her latest column for Stylist magazine, she revealed: "Basically, I had two options; to withdraw from the show which would have meant the show collapsing, or to commit regardless.
"I'd seem actresses takes on meaty un-pregnant roles while carrying babies - Jodie Foster in' The Panic Room'.
"My agent also reassured me that both Claire Danes and Anna Paquin were into their first pregnancies. So - it was all going to work out just fine wasn't it?"
She added: "We're on episode nine, and are near enough to finishing for me to be able to chuckle at my naivety in thinking this was going to be anything other than mayhem, with a waddling lead actress at the centre."
In spite of her on set struggle with nausea, fatigue, mood swings and cravings, including "the sudden desire to eat our focus puller's meaty thigh", Newton has found the experience all the more rewarding.
She said: "Even though this experience has been more challenging than any other job, there have been surprising insights that'll stay in my armoury long after this little bundle is making his/her own hit TV shows.
"I'm more alive to the present, more in tune. 'I'm growing a baby - beat that!' That's the underlying attitude that's rescued me from the grind of a sometime 13-hour day schedule."