December 20th, 2010
12:18 PM ET
Even the non-celebs among us can be body-conscious after a baby, but Amy Adams has said that weight loss wasn't her post-baby priority.
The 36-year-old actress, who gave birth to daughter Aviana in May, told Parade magazine that pregnancy actually had the opposite effect on her, helping her to form a different view of her body and what it’s made for.
“Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body–meaning that it wasn't put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit," Adams said. “I was like, 'Look, I can carry a baby! I'm gaining weight right, everything's going well.' And I've had that relationship ever since."
Even while prepping for her role as Charlene Fleming in "The Fighter," which not only required her to adopt a tough girl attitude but also meant wearing crop tops and lingerie, Adams didn't hit the gym very hard.
“[Director] David [O. Russell] said, ‘This is kind of how we see her dressing,’ and I said, ‘I’m getting in a gym, ‘cause there’s no way I’m going to end up not looking my best,” Adams recalled.
But Russell vetoed the idea. “He said, ‘I want you to look like a girl who drinks beer,” she said.
It's an even-keeled approach that fits right in with Adams’s perspective on living a healthy lifestyle.
"I've been working out when I can, and I'm trying to eat in a healthful way, but losing weight is not my number-one priority. It's part of my job to return to some semblance of what I was before,” Adams said. “But I don't feel I've ever made my career on my rockin' bod."
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