Amanda Peet admits to being a 'drama queen' while pregnant

10/28/2007 at 08:24 PM ET

Amandaandfrankie Most women will look back at their pregnancies and — eventually, over time — be able to own up to a few moments of sheer, unprovoked melodrama.  Amanda Peet is no different.  In a recent interview, the mom to 8-month-old daughter Frances Pen revealed that she was "literally a nightmare" as an expectant, first-time mother.

The second I found out I was pregnant, I got out of a chair stomach first … I was like a princess. I was like a pig in shit. I was like, `Get me more food, get me my bags, let me go home early.’

The histrionics weren’t only reserved for Amanda’s husband, screenwriter David Benioff, however.  While shooting a scene with co-star John Cusack for their film Martian Child, Amanda took a tumble — and tears ensued.   

I got really scared because I’d literally been pregnant for two minutes. The baby was probably the size of a little piece of grain and I started crying, ‘John I’m pregnant! Could the baby be hurt?’  He was like, ‘Jesus, call your husband!’ I was such a drama queen.

Amanda, 35, also said that even her food cravings managed to provoke some internal conflict.  Although she initially was pleased by her newfound "big boobs" and "big bum" — which made the actress feel "delicious" — reality eventually set in. 

I ate peas about five nights a week with 10 pounds of butter and 10 pounds of salt. I was so excited that my craving was so healthy until I realized it was the butter and the salt I was craving.

Martian Child opens this Friday nationwide.


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