‘It’s Unnatural’: ‘Office’ Star Jenna Fischer Slams Pressure to Lose Baby Weight in Hollywood (EXCLUSIVE)
“I think it’s unnatural,” she told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview, referring to the intense pressure put upon celebrity moms to lose their baby weight.
“There’s so much pressure on you as a new mom that the last thing you need to have hanging over your head is some expectation of what your body is supposed to look like. I actually think that the scrutiny of new mothers bodies has gotten out of control.”
What else does Jenna have to say about being a Hollywood mom? Read on to find out!
She continued: “Every new mother just gets a free pass. I’m actually angered by the ‘posing in a bikini six weeks after having my baby’ [trend] … Who cares if our boobs are hanging low and we have a little more junk in the trunk? We created a human being, everybody. Let’s celebrate!”
Jenna became a mom last September, when she gave birth to her son, Weston, whom she had with her husband, Lee Kirk. Kirk just so happened to write and direct Jenna’s new movie, The Giant Mechanical Man, a romantic comedy about a hapless thirtysomething who is having problems, both professionally and romantically.
Referring to the role she played in the film, Jenna told Celebuzz she can totally relate to being out of work.
“I was a temp in real life,” she said.
“I’ve had a lot of office jobs. But I also quit a lot of them. If I would get an audition the first time, I would lie and say I had a dentist appointment. If I got a callback, I’d say, ‘Oh yeah, the dentist said I need I cap,’ so I’d have to go back to ‘the dentist.'”
Eventually, Jenna says she had so many fake appointments, she had to start changing her story from dentist appointments to — wait for it — trips to see the gynecologist.
“Nobody wants to ask you about gyno appointments when you say they need you to come back,” she said, laughing. “But you can only have so many bad teeth and gynecologist appointments gone wrong before they start to suspect [something]. So, at that point, I’d just have to quit or be fired.”
So it’s quite ironic, then, that the 38-year-old actress found fame playing, of all things, an office worker.
“It was if I’d been doing the most in-depth acting research of my life and I didn’t even know it,” she said, referring to her role on the Emmy-winning NBC comedy The Office.
And speaking of, the show has gone under numerous changes since it saw the departure of its star, Steve Carell, last season. But has it actually jumped the shark, like some have claimed? While Jenna admits that last season had “some peaks and valleys … that maybe weren’t as consistent before,” she remains optimistic about the quality of the show.
“We’ve kind of had to reinvent ourselves. In the greater scheme of what’s on TV. I still feel we’re one of the best things.”
The Giant Mechanical Man is now playing in select theaters.