When she gave birth at the age of 41, Halle Berry was immediately labelled an older mother but the actress insists she was not mature enough to have had a child any earlier.
During an interview with a German chat show, the Catwoman star said she was glad she waited to have daughter Nahla, who is now four, because of the wisdom that comes with age.
"I'm a much better mother at 46 . . . than if I were like, 21 or 25," Berry said.
"(At that age) I was just a little baby just trying to figure out who I was, let alone having the responsibility of trying to help another little soul develop and grow."
Berry shares Nahla with former boyfriend Gabriel Aubry after their 2010 split and custody battle.
The yummy mummy is now engaged to French actor Olivier Martinez, who previously dated Kylie Minogue.