Gone Girl 's Rosamund Pike talks juggling family and fame

Sep 10, 2014 at 8:15 a.m. ET
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Rosamund Pike's star status is rising, and apart from being in one of the most hotly anticipated films, Gone Girl, she's also about to become a mom for the second time — she is expecting her second child with boyfriend Robie Uniacke.

So, how does Pike manage to juggle her fame and her family?

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"The question is really why do so many women's careers take off just as they have children?" Pike revealed during an interview conducted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn for Glamour magazine's October cover story.

"Is it because you are risking everything in your relationship and the risk-taker in you carries through into your professional life? You have less time to worry and overanalyze — maybe that's it," she said.

Although, the English actress also believes it could have something to do with the huntress instinct.

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"Or the huntress instinct to provide for your family is awoken," she added. "[Either way], with children you spend so much time re-experiencing the world as a child experiences it, and that has a nourishing effect on your imagination — in my job, imagination is key."

Pike stars as the title character Amy Dunne in the film about a woman who disappears and the following investigation, which suggests that her husband, played by Ben Affleck, has actually killed her. Gone Girl filmed over several months, and the intense scenes left Pike feeling uneasy.

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"There were definitely moments when I felt very uneasy with how much power Amy had. And the interesting thing is, my reaction was to laugh. To get sort of uncontrollable giggles. That was the most curious part of playing her: At the point where she's at her most powerful, it unnerved something in me," she told the mag.

Gone Girl will be in theaters on Oct. 3.