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Christina Ricci Says She Had ‘No Bond’ with Daughter Cleo While Filming “Yellowjackets”

"She didn't know me," Ricci said on the 'Let's Be Clear with Shannen Doherty' podcast

<p>Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; Christina Ricci/ Instagram</p> (L-R) Christina Ricci and her daughter Cleo

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(L-R) Christina Ricci and her daughter Cleo

Christina Ricci knows the importance of being a present mom.

The actress, 44, shared on the Let's Be Clear with Shannen Doherty podcast that being away from home during the filming of Yellowjackets affected her relationship with her daughter, Cleopatra, who turned 2 in December.

"Last year I was commuting back and forth to Vancouver for Yellowjackets. She didn't know me. We had no bond. So that was very upsetting," she said.

Ricci shares the toddler with her husband, Mark Hampton. She is also mom to son Freddie, 9, whom she shares with ex-husband James Heerdegen.

<p>Christina Ricci/ Instagram</p> Christina Ricci's daughter Cleo

Christina Ricci/ Instagram

Christina Ricci's daughter Cleo

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"My kids do not like it when I travel. When I'm away, I try to take my son with me as much as I can," she said, noting that taking work trips with her entire family can get pricey.

"If you're a series regular, you have to pay for everything, so I can't... every time I go up and down, I can't pay for four people, four flights, you know, and the rooms that you would need and all...it's just too expensive to travel with everybody all the time," Ricci said.

The mom of two added that although having a work-life balance is "difficult," she tries to "manage it" to the best of her abilities.

<p>Christina Ricci/ Instagram</p> Christina Ricci and her family celebrate Halloween

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Christina Ricci and her family celebrate Halloween

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"I try to get back as often as I can," said Ricci. "I think really the thing that I learned, especially with my son, is mixing him into my work life. Why can't he come for the weekend to a convention and see what it's like?"

Although Ricci said having Freddie do things like take pictures for her at conventions has been "good," she pointed out that spending time with him when he was younger was different.

"There are certain things like my son was never sleep trained because I had to go back to work when he was 2 months old," she said.

Ricci said her ex-husband "wouldn't help me at all with anything" and recalled having Freddie sleep in the same bed with her "just to get enough sleep to be able to work the next day."

Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME Christina Ricci as Misty in 'Yellowjackets' season 2
Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME Christina Ricci as Misty in 'Yellowjackets' season 2

While Ricci also had to return to work again when Cleo was 2 months old, she noted that Hampton made the experience "so much easier."

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"I went and shot Wednesday in Romania when she was 2 months old, and Mark did every single night all night long. Like I just slept and worked the next day, and it made such a huge difference. It was so much easier this time around. You know, you have to have a good supportive partner," she said.

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