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'It was hard for me to be happy in my 20s'; Rachel Weisz on how finding love with Daniel Craig changed her life

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Actress Rachel Weisz has revealed that she found it 'hard to feel happy' in her 20s and ‘was often single eating pizza at home alone’ before finding love with 007 star Daniel Craig.

The Oscar-winning actress and former model, 45, says she was plagued by feelings of loneliness and unhappiness in her younger years.

"I was often single and feeling alone in my 20s. I'd eat pizza at home by myself, rent movies, all the clichés," Rachel tells the Daily Mirror. "It was hard sometimes but you hope eventually you'll find the right partner."

She and Daniel Craig, 47, have now been married for four years. 

"I worried about so many things and it was hard for me to feel happy or understand what made me happy," she says. "Once you reach your forties, you know where to look."

Rachel and Daniel

Rachel and Daniel

The pair have been friends since their 20s and keep a low profile, away from the glare of the media spotlight.

They tied the knot in a secret New York ceremony in June 2011, after just six months of dating, and now live there in what sounds like a very ordinary lifestyle.

"I love to cook. Daniel is also very good at it," the actress says. "We always enjoy trying out different kinds of cuisine and having fun with that."

She says there shared Brit background is also a bonding point. 

"I miss so many things about England. I still feel very English and love the TV and conversation. We have a distinct sense of humour and sprinkle conversation with innuendo and puns. You don’t get that in America!"

Rachel on the red carpet

Rachel on the red carpet

Rachel, who has a son Henry, nine, from her marriage to director Darren Aronofsky, also talked about the process of ageing in looks-obsessed Hollywood. 

"You have to be realistic about it and not fight it," she says. "I don’t worry about wrinkles but I’ve worked on my fitness since Henry was born and I pay more attention to my body than I did when I was younger.

"But overall, you have to find as many positive things as you can about getting older. Life is much less problematic for me today."

The About A Boy star says that she feels inspired by her father, who at 85 has just embarked on a career as a film director .

"My father is proof you can remain young at heart and stay vibrant," she says.

Talking about motherhood, she adds: "The birth of my son was a major change. I am so much happier since I became a mum. He is so much fun to be with.

"Some of the best moments come when Henry and I are talking about his day. Children really open you up to a completely innocent and unspoiled way of looking at things and you see things very simply.

"I just love being with him and appreciating everything that comes with being a mother."

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