Actresses often push themselves to get into peak physical shape for upcoming roles even just after having a baby, but Blake Lively feels that society should not make that an expectation of new mothers.
During an interview on Australian morning show Sunrise, Lively explained how filming for the summer thriller The Shallows started just eight months after she gave birth to her and husband Ryan Reynolds's first child, daughter James. In preparation for her physically taxing role in the movie, which premiered in the U.S. in June, she did a lot of endurance training, the expectant star said. When the interviewer complimented her impressive Shallows physique (she spends much of the film in a bikini), the 28-year-old actress noted how society's standards for a woman's body after giving birth isn't always appropriate.
"It's so unfair though because it's so celebrated," she said. "It's like, 'This is what someone can look like after a baby.'"
Lively went on to raise the marvel that is pregnancy and note that new moms shouldn't have to deal with the pressures of body ideals.
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"I think that a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You don't need to be Victoria's Secret–ready right away because you just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer. I mean, you gave birth to a human being!" she said. "I would really like to see that celebrated."
Watch the full interview here.