Uma Thurman was driven to despair by the pressure of juggling a new-born baby and her first major film role since 2000 on the set of Kill Bill.

The leggy actress jumped at the chance to play the lead in QUENTIN TARANTINO's latest effort, but admits that filming so soon after giving birth to son ROAN - her second child with estranged husband ETHAN HAWKE - was difficult.

She says, "In the first week, I ended up in the bathroom crying. There were a couple of moments when I was on my knees. I was breast-feeding and sleep deprived because I'd been up all night with the baby.

"I was exhausted. I'd never realised how hard it would be. It was unlike anything I'd ever done before.

"But I had the will to do it - it was empowering to make it out alive with my joints semi-intact."

07/10/2003 16:49