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Zooey Deschanel Speaks Out About Post-Baby Body Expectations

Zooey Deschanel Speaks Out About Post-Baby Body Expectations

Zooey Deschanel is beaming on the cover of Redbook magazine’s May 2016 issue.

Here’s what the 36-year-old New Girl star had to share with the mag:

On how her daughter, Elsie Otter, helped her grow up (sorta!): “I’ve never really felt like an adult. But I think it’s a huge accomplishment to have a child, so maybe I feel like an adult for that reason!”

On slowing down on her career for her family: “I’ve slowed things down a bit. I think it’s good for your whole self” your creative self, your professional self, and just your soul” to take a little time for yourself and your family. You can spend your whole life going after things, but I think you risk missing out on some really powerful self-reflection.”

On criticizing women for not losing weight after pregnancy: “To expect someone to look like her pre-baby self immediately is odd. Because you just grew a human and then birthed that human”there’s a lot that needs to go back to where it was. All your organs move around, for chrissakes!”

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Credit: Yu Tsai/Redbook
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  • Jojo

    Wow, I don’t recognize her. At all. You’re sure it’s Zooey ?

  • Rasheeda Paul

    For whatever reason she looks very different without her signature thick straight bangs. Even a moderate alteration in their style makes her look like a different person. It kind of sucks for her because she can’t really change her hair; she’s pushing 40 and has to stick with bangs or she’ll basically becomes anonymous without them.

  • Jojo

    maybe you’re right, ah ah ! With and without her bangs, she’s like 2 different persons, it’s amazing

  • Rasheeda Paul

    It must frustrate her to essentially only be able to do one look to get recognized and casted.

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