Isla Fisher Throws Off Interviewer By Revising The Typical Tabloid Post-Baby Body Script

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I imagine that the Fitness magazine reporter assigned to interview Isla Fisher brought her list of stock questions entitled “Obligatory Inquiries For Celebrity Mothers,” designed to reveal whether she lost the baby weight breastfeeding and how often her expensive trainer came to whip her in to shape.

Isla played nice, because that’s what celebrities have to do to keep getting roles, but she also showed up with answers that totally go against the Hollywood script.

Of course it wouldn’t be the first time Isla bucked star-studded trends. Instead of striking a deal with the tabloids for a cover shoot with her infant, she HID the arrival of her second child. She managed to keep that baby’s name under wraps for seven months. Seven months! That’s like three years in celebrity terms. Despite starring in a number of successful films, Isla seems determined to keep her life – and her interviews – as normal as possible.

Her most recent feature on the cover of Fitness magazine earns Isla Fisher a special place in my heart for her candor and fresh perspective. When asked what she would identify as her favorite body part, the interviewer probably didn’t expect her to pick the part of her body she also sees as her most flawed area – her stomach.

Even though it will never be flat again, it’s still my favorite because it reminds me of my greatest achievement: my babies.

A few months ago I begged that we put the myth of “getting our pre-baby bodies back” where it belongs – in the land of urban legend. I refuse to strive for something that just doesn’t exist. It doesn’t matter that I am just as thin as I was before I had my two kids. I’ve learned the number on the scale has little to do with my body, which has been forever and irreversibly changed by pregnancy and childbirth.

Next the interviewer comments how obsessed Hollywood is with weight, and wants to know how often Isla steps on the scale. The mother of two flips the script again.

I don’t even own a scale. I have two young girls, and I wouldn’t want them to see me weighing myself all the time. I don’t think it sends the right message.

And she doesn’t stop there in reversing the trends on the post-baby body discussion. After talking about her weight gains and losses – 65 pounds for her first pregnancy, 70 pounds for her second, and 15 pounds for her most recent role in The Great Gatsby – she shares her perspective on how she remains content through it all.

Is there a part you feel you’ll forever be working on?

No. For me, so much about life is acceptance. You can look in the mirror and find a million things wrong with yourself. Or you can look in the mirror and think, I feel good, I have my health, and I’m so blessed. That’s the way I choose to look at it. I don’t need to be perfect. I’m doing just fine.


You are doing better than fine in my book, Isla.

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