Christina Ricci believes motherhood has ''filled a void'' in her life.

The 36-year-old actress has admitted she ''loves'' being a mother and has felt more like a ''normal person'' after she gave birth to her son Freddie - who she has with her husband James Heerdegen - in August 2014.

Christina said: ''I love motherhood. It's filled a void and made me more of a normal person.''

But the Hollywood star admitted to feeling ''so guilty'' if she has to leave her son due to work commitments.

She explained: ''I hate it when he's upset when I'm not there - I feel so guilty. It's hard.''

Meanwhile, the 'Addams Family' actress - who is still best known for playing Wednesday in the 1991 fantasy film - said she believes people become more comfortable with themselves as they grow up.

She told the Metro newspaper: ''A lot of people apply insecurity to somebody who is just very honest. But generally as people get older, they get more comfortable.

''I'm a glass-half-full kind of person.''

Despite this, Christina recently bemoaned the social landscape, claiming life is ''bad for women'' and has been for ''a long time''.

She said: ''Leaving the presidency out of the answer, I think that things are bad for women and have been bad for a long time and I think just because this person has been elected, it's not anything new.

''Things aren't great but I do think we have a responsibility, as women, to look at why it's not so great for us and change our own roles before we expect people who don't have our life experience to understand.''

But Christina also claimed the prejudice she faces usually stems from her fellow actresses, rather than from men.

She said: ''The sad truth is that it's usually the other women who are not taking you seriously. The reason misogyny doesn't really seem to lessen as much over time as other social problems is because I think women really buy into it and perpetuate it in a lot of ways. I'm excited about this next generation coming up because they don't seem to have those issues.

''I do have to fight to be taken seriously. Being very small and young-looking and an actress? Oh my god. People are just like, 'Well, this one's an idiot. Clearly.' I'm learning how to manage that.''