The 49-year-old actress gave birth to Dylan with her ex-husband Sean Penn when she was just 25, welcoming their son Hopper two years later in 1996. At the time she was happy to look after her family and let her actor spouse continue to work, but looking back she thinks things happened too soon in life.

"Way too young," she told Britain's Harper's Bazaar when asked about her thoughts of having children at that age. "I didn't know me! I'm living my life now. I've raised kids my whole life.

"Oh my God. (I'm discovering) so many things (now). So many things that I probably would have learned in my thirties had I not been a mom and a wife... I'm finally getting to me. You know? It's an essence, it's a feel thing."

Robin filed for divorce from Sean, her second husband, in 2009 after around 13 years of marriage. She has since been in a relationship with fellow actor Ben Foster and the pair even got engaged, but they split for a second time towards the end of last year (15). When quizzed on her love life, Robin insisted her career comes first, especially starring in and directing episodes of hit Netflix series House of Cards.

"My relationship status is that I've been married to House of Cards for the past I-don't-know-how-many-weeks and I'm very much looking forward to a separation. And that's the truth," she quipped.

The blonde star plays First Lady Claire Underwood in the show opposite Kevin Spacey as her on screen husband Frank. It's returning for a fourth series this month (Mar16), although Robin is still coming to terms with her brutal alter ego.

"She is the best of both sexes," Robin said of Claire. "It's so not me. I'm like, 'I'm a villain!' It's funny! It's silly."

Robin has become so caught up in directing, fans may soon see her step away from acting entirely after starring in hit movies including Forrest Gump, Unbreakable and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

“You feel you’ve completed the chapter," she said of performing. "It’s so whimsical, this business; you never know when or what is going to come next. So never say never. But if someone said, ‘You can either act or direct,' without hesitation I would say, ‘Direct’."