Isla Fisher: I Don’t Want My Daughters Seeing Me Step on a Scale

04/15/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Isla Fisher Fitness May Cover Courtesy Fitness

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, Isla Fisher accepts her body — curves and all!

Showing off her trim and toned figure on the cover of Fitness‘s May issue, the actress admits her reflection serves as a reminder of her greatest gifts rather than an opportunity to focus on her flaws.

“For me, so much about life is acceptance. You can look in the mirror and find a million things wrong with yourself,” Fisher, 37, says.

“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.”

Despite staying in shape — Fisher practices yoga five days a week — The Great Gatsby star is determined to take the attention off of her body. Her motivation to do so stems from being a mother to Olive, 5½, and Elula, 2½, her daughters with husband, actor Sacha Baron Cohen.

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

However, the actress understands that a flattering figure comes with the Hollywood territory, and was up for the challenge when three months after the birth of her first child — and a 65 pound weight gain while pregnant — Fisher was due to begin filming Confessions of a Shopaholic.

“I had severe morning sickness both [pregnancies], so I mostly ate supersize bowls of white pasta with loads of butter and cheese because that was the only thing that took away the nausea,” she recalls. “The producer Jerry Bruckheimer hired a trainer to work with me three times a week. That was both inspirational and terrifying because I didn’t want to let the trainer down.”

Daughters Olive and Elula may inspire their actress mama to embrace herself wholeheartedly, but they’re also the reason behind Fisher’s favorite body part: her tummy.

“Even though it will never be flat again, it’s still my favorite because it reminds me of my greatest achievement: my babies!” the Now You See Me star says.

— Anya Leon

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MJ on

I wonder what she sees when she looks in the mirror. I think she looks fine!

WellBeing on

I love her, she is so real and refreshingly funny. Good for her.

Tara on

Ugh this woman bugs me-Of course you should never put any expectations or predisposed ideas of “perfection” on any child under the age of 15. however There is a difference between obsession with your body and respect. To argue that letting your kids see you step on a scale as something negative is a bit of a stretch.

It all falls under this whole attitude of “everyone is beautiful” mantra. That’s false and sets your child up for some pretty big falls when they become adults and the realities set in. I am all for building kids up but do so within the parameters of the real world.

Tanis on

Is that the “real world” that pushes the idea that a 5’10”, blonde, size 4, with surgically augmented breasts, and hair extensions is the standard of beauty? I do agree that there’s nothing wrong with modeling healthy behaviors to your children, but I choose to do that with a focus on overall health. Obsessing about fitting into a specific size jeans has nothing to do with health, that’s all vanity.

Reesca on

Love her! But how do you pronounce Elula?

Comquat on

Wow. I feel the same way. Nice to hear someone in Hollywood say it. Good for her.

Melisa on

She is so likable….and I think it’s great that she is sending a positive message about acceptance, especially while raising her kids in such a superficial world.

Xan on

I especially like what she said about the tummy. Good for those women who can achieve (due to genetics, working out, or both) flat-post baby abs, but for those who can’t, it’s a nice to look at that part of your body, which may be considered imperfect by others, as a reminder of something sweeter.

Jen on

I would imagine it is much easier to have this outlook when you have personal trainers just provided for you. It comes easy for some and harder for others. Your weight can just melt off (like after my first pregnancy), or through hard work (after my second). Is seeing there mother on a fitness mag any less influential than seeing her step onto a scale?

Kat on

Tara, every person can be beautiful because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No one can perfectly fit the standards of society, over 15 or not, we all fall short somehow. So she is right in teaching her children to be comfortable in their own skin, and that will serve them best in ‘the real world’.

Winter on

I don’t really understand how she says she wants to take the attention of her body yet she flaunts her body on the cover of fitness magazine…?? A bit contradictory no? Typical celebrity comment.

Jocelyn on

I had no idea she was 37. She looks so young. I think she’s gorgeous- she has the best hair!

Natalie on

Winter, I don’t think she is “flaunting” her body on the cover. Usually they are wearing bikinis or other more revealing clothes, she is wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Talking about health in a fitness magazine is far from contradicting her statement.

Tara on

@Kat- I completely agree, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that the majority of the world concurs. A 15 year old hopefully has the ability to decide for themselves what is attractive and what is not- a 4 year old labels beauty by what they see on TV and in books. That’s the real world and its not going to change. Isla is a hypocrite because she is on the cover of a magazine that 1- never PUTS overweight or even moderately weighted woman on 2- the picture is extremely photoshopped (I was an editor for Conde Nast so am well aware of the tricks) 3- she goes on to say she is more than a number on a scale yet she is appearing in a pretty body exposing outfit. No baggy sweats here.

Y on

Lol easy for her to say..she is tiny!

anan on

Isla says a lot of different and contraditory things about her regaining her “post-baby” body. There was a point after the older girl’s birth that Isla was claiming “good genes” as the sole reason she was able to slim down quickly. Then she admitted to having had the trainer. If I had to guess she works a whole harder than she admits to maintain her figure. She may have even had a tummy tuck like the rest of them.

She also looked like she carried a lot of water weight when pregnant, very swollen around the feet, hands and face. Usually, women just pee that away in the first week or so after gving birth.

To the person who asked about how to pronounce Elula: It’s basically a made up name, but there is a Hebrew month called Elul (el-lool). I would assume the child’s name is pronounced el-loo-la.

Steph on

@Reesca, I have a friend with that name and she pronounces it

Just Me on

So she doesn’t want her girls to see her standing on a scale, but it’s normal to see her work out all the time? Same thing!

Hollywoodista on

Just Me,

Stepping on a scale is NOT the same as exercising. Stepping on a scale every single day in front of young children teaches them that there’s an expectation one should have for their weight. Exercising regularly (such as yoga, walking, hiking, swimming, aerobics, etc.) shows them that it’s normal to be active. Two completely different things, two completely different messages.

Anonymous on

anan- Clearly you didn’t read the full article. Loving her belly even though it will never be flat again certainly doesn’t sound like a tummy tuck to me. 😉

Hollywoodista- Agreed. Excercise is a GOOD habit (as long as it isn’t done in an unhealthy way!), and it SHOULD be something parents do in front of their kids! And if the girls ask her why she excercises so much, she can say it’s because it helps her stay healthy and makes her feel good.

Anyway, Isla sounds very “real” to me and I find her comments refreshing!

Anonymous on

Oh, and as far as what impression her daughters may get from seeing her on the cover of a magazine: They’re four and two. Somehow I highly doubt they’re going to be looking at fitness magazines (and if they were to go by it in the check-out line at the grocery store or something, I doubt they’d even notice it! Little kids tend to focus on more important things, such as whether they’ll be lucky enough to get any of the candy at the check-out! :))!

And even if they DO notice it, Isla can say that she’s on the magazine cover because she talked with them about healthy habits.

sandy on

Lucky girls, those daughters of hers. While there were other factors, my mother’s constant negative and self-defeating comments about her body, weight, and eating contributed greatly to my 35-year struggle to anorexia/bulimia. I was put on a weight-loss diet at the age of 2; hoarded candy under my pillow in grade-school years, and developed anorexia at 14. When my mom discovered I was vomiting to purge at 15, her response was: “That’s cheating.” I finally resolved to ban the scale and ignore my mother’s ongoing battle with her body. By the way, she was never fat: 5’3″ and 140 was probably her highest; she is extrraordinarly beautiful, and at 82, she has one of the most toned, proportioned set of gams I have ever seen. So, yay, Isla: Your attitude toward yourself definitely will be absorbed by your daughters.

Lis on

Oh my!…I might just have a new fave celebrity! This totally struck a chord with me… lately I have been picking myself apart when I look in the mirror, and especially upset with my “pooch” (even though I’m on the slimer side, I just can’t get rid of this little belly after having 2 babies!)… What a GREAT outlook she has!!! I am going to print off her quotes for reference whenever I am feeling not-so-hot. 😉

…I also loved her confession about gaining a lot of weight… I gained 40-50 lbs with my boys because, like her, I had terrible nausea and the only thing that seemed to help was eating!! I get so annoyed with people who act like eating anything but fruits and veggies while pregnant is a sin! Sometimes your body (and apparently baby!) wants what it wants! Green veggies LITERALLY made me vomit when I was pregnant with my second son 😦

Annie on

Somehow it is not hard feeling good about yourself when you look like Isla Fisher, but most of us are not so lucky