Olivia Wilde Shares Throwback Pregnancy Photo from Night Before Daughter’s Birth: ‘#ThassaBigBaby’
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Two years ago, Olivia Wilde was very pregnant.
The actress, 34, shared a throwback selfie on Instagram early Thursday, and in it, she’s wearing a black bikini showing off her then-large baby bump.
At the time, Wilde was pregnant with her daughter Daisy. The proud mom captioned the sweet snap, “2 years ago exactly, the night before Daisy joined the party. Whoa,” and added the hashtag “#thassabigbaby.”
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Wilde and her partner, fellow actor Jason Sudeikis, are also parents to 4-year-old Otis, and she recently spoke with PEOPLE about the difference between raising a girl and boy.
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Image zoom Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Otis and Daisy Olivia Wilde/Instagram
“It’s really interesting having a boy and a girl because you see the difference in the way that their consciousness blossoms amidst the onslaught of marketing and messaging that comes towards kids,” she said at an event promoting her partnership with Dunkin Donuts. “Little kids are still being told men are the powerful, strong ones and women are the weaker, more vulnerable ones… When I witness that in my kids, I realize how much of a responsibility it is of parents and caretakers to show them every example you can think of a more balanced, fair society.”
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To that end, Wilde is determined to raise her children without gendered stereotypes.
Image zoom Olivia Wilde and daughter Daisy Olivia Wilde/Instagram
“My little girl immediately assumes that anything pink is for her and anything blue is for her brother. And she’s only 2!” she says. “So that means it’s out there in the world, women limiting themselves from a young age, and I’m just determined to raise her without those self-imposed limitations because the world’s gonna do it no matter what.”
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Olivia Wilde certainly gave birth to a controversy on Wednesday night.
The “Vinyl” actress, who’s currently pregnant with her second child with actor Jason Sudeikis, found herself under heavy criticism after daring to complain that nobody would give up a seat to her on the subway.
“NBD, able-bodied riders who won’t give your seat to a GIANT preggo. I’ll just stand riiiiight next to your head and pray I go into labor,” Wilde wrote.
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Because the internet, the reaction wasn’t particularly sympathetic.
“Pregnancy is not an illness or disability. You’re rich, call Uber or catch a cab! Entitled much?” hissed a hater.
“First of all, pregnancy is a CHOICE just like giving up your seat is,” a Twitter user named Crystal Cruz wrote. “You’ve got a lot of nerve. So someone who’s been working.”
“@oliviawilde ugh, get over it, i handled being bigger than you are, deal woman,” another detractor, identified as Rhonda, chimed in, later adding, “sometimes women have to stop being babies, why didnt she just ask for the seat, try that next time.”
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“@oliviawilde perhaps saying; ‘excuse me do you mind if I sit there I’m pregnant’ rather than tweet would make more sense,” yet another user concurred.
“Communicate with other human beings? Na. Rather bitch about it on Twitter,” still another critic weighed in.
And then, inevitably, there was, “No guy offered their lap as an option to sit on?”
Clearly, there’s a lesson to be learned here: Don’t get pregnant.
NBD, able-bodied ???? riders who won’t give your seat to a GIANT preggo. I’ll just stand riiiiight next to your head and pray I go into labor.
– olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) September 14, 2016
@oliviawilde ugh, get over it, i handled being bigger than you are, deal woman
– Rhonda (@rhondascorner) September 15, 2016
@oliviawilde perhaps saying; “excuse me do you mind if I sit there I’m pregnant” rather than tweet would make more sense. Communicate b
– MelissaJoNYC (@NYCMelDeey) September 15, 2016
@oliviawilde Pregnancy is not an illness or disability. You’re rich, call Uber or catch a cab! Entitled much?
– Estella (@Teytey45) September 14, 2016
@oliviawilde First of all, pregnancy is a CHOICE just like giving up your seat is. You’ve got a lot of nerve. So someone who’s been working
– Crystal Cruz (@eclecticpandora) September 14, 2016
@oliviawilde No guy offered their lap as an option to sit on?. It’s you we’re on about here. Shame on them.
– James Ferguson (@LucioFulciFan) September 14, 2016
This month, Olivia Munn graces the cover of Allure, her partner-in-Oliviadom Olivia Wilde is on Lucky, and fellow-Olivia Olivia Palermo beams out from the cover of Brides. It can be tough to keep all the Olivias straight! We might even be approaching peak Olivia at the newsstand this month. Herewith, a guide to spotting your Olivias in the wilde — er, wild.
Does your Olivia have freckles? Then that’s Olivia Munn.
Does your Olivia refer to her pregnancy bump as a “badge of pride”? Wilde. Come on; that was child’s play.
Does your Olivia have six, and only six, non-God-given hair highlights? Palermo.
Does your Olivia have a bouquet wedged into the side of her torso? Palermo.
Does your Olivia say, “Fans are just people who are helping you make your dreams come true”? Munn.
Does your Olivia say, “Check out the Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, or Carolina Herrera shows online. And even if your dream dress comes right off the rack, add your own touch. Play with color. It’s all about the styling!”? Palermo.
Does your Olivia say, “I’m a woman! Look at me making a human! I am a goddess!”? Wilde.
OLIVIA WILDE: I have. I have. I continue to, every day, cut more and more of the bullsh-t. It happens kind of naturally with becoming a mother. Everyone told me that your priorities change immediately—that you kind of feel you’re snapping life into focus.
CL: You wrote about not pressuring yourself to have kids—you told readers to “relax, be good to your body, and when the time is right, get busy.” How did you know it was the right time with Jason?
OW: I never wanted to that pressure of “I’m getting old, my eggs are dying, I must breed.” I wanted to know myself pretty well before I started a family. I had made big life changes in my twenties, with getting divorced and kind of restructuring my career, and I didn’t want to start a family in chaos. I feel anything that starts in chaos ends in chaos.
CL: I remember you called 30 a second chance.
OW: I think turning 30 allowed me to feel that I could have whatever career I wanted, regardless of what I’d done so far. I could have an intimate relationship, regardless of relationships I’ve had. There was really no reason that I shouldn’t achieve all the things that I had dreamed.… In Hollywood, in this industry, you think, I am this person to the public, and maybe they won’t accept me in another way. you have to allow yourself to keep evolving.
CL: Has it been hard to do that?
OW: When I speak at panels, I sometimes get asked about women’s roles in the media and how we’re perceived. Someone will always call me out, like, “But you posed on the cover of GQ in a bikini. So how can you seem to understand why that hinders us as a sex?” Well, wait a minute. I can speak with authority about the state of women in the media because I am part of the machine itself. And also I’m allowed to evolve and grow up.
CL: Meaning you wouldn’t pose in a bikini today?
CL: You said you’ve been restructuring your career. How?
OW: I felt that I had been cast in films that, though I was very excited to be a part of, didn’t feel that they were actually the right roles for me. I felt like I was almost a fraud—like I somehow had become a kind of pinup version of myself.
CL: Is this around the Tron time?
OW: Like Tron. The roles were fun, but the best acting is when your real-life experience shines through. I hadn’t found those roles yet. I think it’s because I’m not actually a sexy, vampy temptress. I felt like I had been put into a category that I didn’t belong in, like I had introduced myself as someone I’m not. I wanted to say, “No, no, wait, let me take a step back and come into the room as me.”
CL: And who did you want to reintroduce yourself as?
OW: The nerdy, messy, complicated, sometimes sexy, sometimes really not, person that I actually am. That’s a really long-winded way of saying I stopped doing bad movies. The first time I wanted to go see a movie that I was in was Drinking Buddies, a tiny labor-of-love movie. That was last year. I feel like I started last year.
CL: And now you’re doing a show on HBO with Martin Scorsese.
See photos from Olivia’s Glamour cover shoot.
Olivia Wilde, 31, is on the cover of the April issue of Shape magazine (on newsstands now.) Olivia gave birth to her first child 11 months ago, and she is not holding back about what her body went through and how it is now after giving birth.
Here is some of her interview:
On her body after baby: “I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot. The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced. The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one.”
On giving birth to her son Otis: “Two weeks earlier than expected, came the birth—an extreme adventure that is definitely not for the faint of heart. That day was wild, but weirdly I can’t wait to do it again. I confronted my own intense strength and was pretty damn impressed by it.”
How she felt after giving birth: “First of all, you haven’t seen your vagina in months, even though it’s all her fault you’re in this situation,” she writes. “Now that you can finally confirm that she is, in fact, still there, she isn’t the gal that you remember, and would rather you back off and give her some space (and an ice diaper) for the time being, thank you very much.”
On the weeks after giving birth: “That gorgeous bump you proudly paraded around town for some 40 weeks has only retreated slightly after the birth. Now it’s a lot like a partially deflated pool toy. After giving birth, I joined the ranks of millions of new mothers when I moaned, “Why do I still look pregnant? Is there another one stuck in there?” But luckily, that part doesn’t last long. Basically, for the first few months, your body has that covered, and you can just let it do the work while you focus on keeping the kid alive and occasionally washing your hair. Breast-feeding helps, in the most intense way. You feel your uterus contracting while the baby nurses. Your belly starts to go down. Your thighs become slightly less thunderous.”
What Olivia Wilde Says About Her Post-Baby Body Will Make Her Your Hero
Otis Sudeikis was barely two weeks out of the womb before the world praised his mom’s weight — or the lack thereof. E! said that Olivia Wilde’s amazing bikini pic gave “hope to new moms everywhere.” The Daily Mail even wondered whether she had “the best post-baby bod ever.”
All of those props are well deserved — the actress looks amazing. But like Drew Barrymore and the mom whose bikini pic went viral, Olivia has also been very open about how having a baby has changed her body. In a candid article she wrote for Shape this month (in which she and her bare midriff appear), the hilarious mom of one gave the real dirt on her infamous postpartum figure. She says she’s “softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot.” And she credits her gorgeous Shape photos to good lighting and even better angles. “The truth is,” she wrote, “I’m a mother, and I look like one.”
I know lots of moms, and very few of us look quite as good as Olivia does. Nor do we look as taut as her when we walk around shirtless. But unlike some celebs who humblebrag for a living, I actually believe Olivia. She sounds like one of us, right down to her unabashed love of carbs and her motivation for working out. “Listen, baby or no baby, getting out of the house to exercise is a serious achievement,” she writes. (Amen!) “If you’re going to haul your behind to a class, it’s not going to be for anyone else; not your partner, nemesis, mother, or tabloid bloggers—just you. And your special relationship with your own damn fat cells.”
Also refreshing? How she embraces the changes that motherhood has brought. “I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience. In that same world I believe there is space for exercise to be as much a gift to your brain as it is your body,” she writes. “I don’t want to waste my time striving for some subjective definition of perfection. I’d rather rebuild my strength while dancing my ass off…literally.” Finally, some words of wisdom that any mom can relate to — and applaud!
How about you? Do you agree with Olivia’s take on motherhood and getting healthy? Do you feel pressure to get back into shape quickly?
Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up.Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
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In the latest issue of Shape, Olivia Wilde — looking rather fit — claims she’s “not in perfect shape.” In lieu of a traditional profile, the magazine let Wilde write about her post-baby body. Sick of the focus on women quickly bouncing back after pregnancy, the mother of an 11-month-old boy wrote, “I’m softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot.”
For Wilde, life after baby involves endless rounds of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” plus pizza and beer. She calls the latter “two ingredients that are not found in the purely fictional book I like to call How to Look Like You Never Made a Human: A Guide to Socially Acceptable Motherhood.”
With a healthy sense of humor, she writes candidly about the physical changes her body went through after birth, describing her immediate postpartum belly as a “partially deflated pool toy.” And as for the stunning pictures of Wilde looking rather like her pre-baby self, she notes that they’ve been “generously constructed to show my best angles, and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced,” adding, “The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one.”
There was no mention of Photoshop, but Shape has previously found itself in hot water after airbrushing its cover stars. In 2007, the publication removed any trace of Angie Harmon’s C-section scars from the birth of her first two children. In 2009, Jenny McCarthy admitted her perfect cover body was the result of “a crapload of airbrushing.” (Shape denied altering her body.)
The photos of Wilde look more like a combination of careful clothing selections and lighting tricks, rather than excessive digital manipulation. But they’re still disappointingly familiar, in comparison with the candor of her writing. The buzz generated by Wilde’s words could indicate a tipping point in the coverage of postpartum celebrities. Maybe next time, we’ll actually get to see what one looks like.