People: Feb. 19, 2007

Q&A ROBIN WRIGHT PENN

Robin Wright Penn stars in the drama Breaking and Entering and Hounddog, the Dakota Fanning film that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

You play the mother of an autistic child. What did you learn about parenting?

As a mother, you give yourself license to be impatient with your child because they should know better. But in that situation you can't afford to because you break the trust you desperately need.

Your kids are teens now. Have they started distancing themselves?

They're clearly their own people. They're so convicted in what they believe.

I can think...

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