Zoë Saldana has it all: adorable, toddling twins, a handsome husband, one slamming physique, and, as we learned last night, an endlessly charming personality. Dressed in a long sleeved white knit Maiyet dress and ankle-strap sandals, the 37-year-old actress was as youthful as she appeared in her Crossroads days last night for the L.A. launch celebration of the go90 app. But despite how effortlessly she manages to glide into a room and command the attention, doing so isn’t as easy now as it was before she gave birth to her two sons, Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio.
“It hurts to be in heels still,” she told us about her changing fashion sense. “There’s something that happens to your body hormonally, and it’s not just the weight you acquire, but it’s also your nerves, your muscles. Everything is just so, agh! So everything hurts and feels uncomfortable.”
Like many Hollywood stars, Saldana remarkably returned to her pre-maternity body just months after giving birth, but squeezing into body-hugging apparel was not her initial priority. “I definitely took a break,” she said. “I feel bad for those women that get super desperate and want to bounce back three months after having a baby—breastfeed. Stay home. Sleep.”
The beauty and former InStyle cover girl credits her supportive family for her stress-free approach to fitting a size-zero image, however, she wishes more women followed the same philosophy, which is why she proudly says she shared her post-baby adventure. “We’re too busy thinking about our appearances and not really thinking about our health, our mental health first as well. So I wanted women to sort of feel connected with me because I felt so connected to women,” the star adds. “It doesn’t matter how slim or how tall or whatever, man, I’ve got a booty. I got some thighs I got to burn off all the time. And I want to connect with women that are going through that everyday.”
Despite the responsibilities of motherhood, Saldana seems never to have been happier. So what’s the most surprising thing she’s learned from having children? “How fun it is,” she told us. “I guess I was surrounded by way too many moms who are always like, ‘Oh, I got it so hard.’ And my sister was always like, ‘It’s a piece of cake. It’s super awesome.’ So I stuck to her, and it was fun.”
—With reporting by Carita Rizzo
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