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She’s just played one of history’s most powerful and smartest women.
But Anne Boleyn star Jodie Turner-Smith has been feeling far from clever. And she blames baby brain.
The normally whip-smart actress had daughter Janie in April 2020 and took her to the set of last week’s much talked about Channel 5 drama.
But Jodie, 34, struggles to remember the famous “divorced, beheaded, died” rhyme about Henry VIII’s wives, even though she plays one that lost her head.
She says: “I’ve just became a mum. It’s very real, mum brain… or baby brain, that’s what it’s called.
“Your brain becomes like a membrane and things just slide through it – like Swiss cheese holes.”
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Jodie says the phenomenon is so severe, she’s now almost as, um, lightheaded as Anne herself.
She laughs: “It feels like being stoned all the time. It’s very unfortunate and frustrating.”
But it was spirits rather than forgetfulness that plagued the Peterborough-born actress, who moved to Maryland, US, as a child.
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Jodie Turner-Smith says she is suffering from baby brain
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She tells The Empire Film Podcast: “They picked the most incredible locations. I believe in spirits and spiritual realms. And in all the buildings where things have happened you feel the energy.
“There is something that feels so electric of channelling a soul who has passed in a place full of other souls. It was so emotional.”
She adds that: “There was not a dry eye on that scaffold.”
And it’s not her first encounter with the spiritual world – of which Anne herself was accused to have been aware of.
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Jodie revealed on the The Empire Film Podcast: “When I was a child I used to astrally project. I could walk on the ceiling and see the room from upside down.
“And I used to sleepwalk. Once my mother woke up and I was stood at the foot of the bed looking at her.
She added: “I know I’m going to sound like an absolute nutter.”
That’s one way of putting it. Sounds like you might have had a touch of baby brain then too, Jodie.
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