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Robin Wright Penn Says Divorce Might Help Her Career

Robin+Wright+Penn in 81st Annual Academy Awards - Governor's Ball
Actor Sean Penn, winner of Best Actor Award for "Milk" and wife Robin Wright Penn attend the 81st Annual Academy Awards Governor's Ball held at Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Robin Wright Penn;Sean Penn (Getty Images)more pics »It seems like divorce even has its perks, Robin Wright Penn thinks her pending divorce Sean Penn will actually boost her acting. For the first time in ages, she'll have time to focus on her career without a husband to worry about. And, Dylan, 18, and 16-year-old Hopper, her children with Sean, are older and more self-sufficient, too. The Forrest Gump actress filed for divorce from the Oscar-winning actor in August citing “irreconcilable differences."

Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn are getting a divorce, for real this time. (Getty Images)
She told Redbook magazine: "I turned down so many films because I wanted to be a mom that they stopped offering. I gave up a lot for my kids, but I didn't give up... I'm very content with the way it all turned out. I have no regrets for my life that has been lived. New beginnings, definitely. For me, my career too. My kids are older now."

Robin, 43, also spoke about her anger over her marriage split becoming public news. She said: "It never feels good. Yes, it's divorce; it's a given that it will be public. But... it's so disrespectful. It’s like, 'You're an actress, you owe us this?' ‘F**k you’ is what I say."

In April, Sean filed for separation from Robin but a month later asked California's Marin County Superior Court to dismiss the case claiming it was an "arrogant mistake." It was not the first time the couple had announced they were divorcing only to change their minds. Sean, 49, first filed for divorce in December 2007, but his petition was dismissed. Three days later Robin filed her own paperwork. However, in April 2008, they made a request to have their divorce petition dismissed as they wanted to give their relationship another chance.

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  • Robin Wright Penn in 81st Annual Academy Awards - Governor's Ball
  • Robin Wright Penn in 81st Annual Academy Awards - Governor's Ball
  • Robin Wright Penn in 81st Annual Academy Awards - Governor's Ball
  • Robin Wright Penn in 81st Annual Academy Awards - Governor's Ball
  • Robin Wright Penn in 81st Annual Academy Awards - Governor's Ball
  • Robin Wright Penn in 81st Annual Academy Awards - Governor's Ball
  • Robin Wright Penn in 81st Annual Academy Awards - Governor's Ball
  • Robin Wright Penn in 81st Annual Academy Awards - Governor's Ball
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