Elizabeth Hurley is ''less shallow'' because of her son.

The 'Austin Powers' actress - who has 13-year-old son Damien with ex-boyfriend Steve Bing - admits she has learned to be more considerate for others since his birth.

Speaking on The Meredith Vieira Show, she said: ''I'm a single mother and I only have one son and we didn't go through it. We didn't sprout facial hair and have Adam apples. Our voices didn't break. There's much bigger changes for men and I didn't appreciate it until I'd gone through it as a mummy.

''It's quite interesting how one has to become less shallow and more interested in other people I guess.''

Meanwhile, the 50-year-old beauty previously admitted her son is her ''north, south, east and west''.

She gushed: ''Without doubt my son is my north, my south, my east and my west. I stopped doing movies and TV for the first eight years of his life and I don't regret it for a moment.

''Damien and I are very close. He's almost my height now, which is slightly alarming. I am more like an Italian mother than an English one. I'm praying he'll be a good teenager but I was a horror so we'll have to see.''