Olivia Wilde: My Bump Is a ‘Badge of Pride’

04/21/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

Olivia Wilde Lucky Magazine Paola Kudacki for Lucky

Olivia Wilde never imagined flaunting her growing baby belly.

But once news broke that the actress was expecting her first child with Jason Sudeikis, the mom-to-be was immediately proud and pregnant — and more than ready to put her best asset front and center.

“I just thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to hide this forever.’ But I ended up getting kind of excited to show the bump as a badge of pride,” Wilde, 30, says in the May issue of Lucky magazine.

“Like, ‘I’m a woman! Look at me making a human! I am a goddess!'”

Not only has her baby on the way softened the expectant actress’s heart, but she says she has been welcomed into a whole new world.

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“Pregnancy does shed away all of the bull—. It gives you more empathy because you look at everyone and you think, ‘You were a baby!'” Wilde explains.

She adds, “Pregnancy brings you into this sort of commune — you feel connected to women in a way that you never have.”

Due with a son on May 4, Wilde is enjoying the special bond she shares with her baby boy. “He’s moving around in there and no one else can tell — it’s a little secret friendship,” she says.

– Anya Leon

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merry on

These sweet donw-to-earth comments make me love Olivia even more. I believe she’s going to be a great mom and wish her nothing but happiness.

sfmom on

Welcome to the Mother ship Olivia. :-) I <3 these quips from her.

Too cute. I hope she has a birth experience that honors her pregnancy and the "secret friendship" she's been cultivating with her baby these last 9 months. And I hope that during her birth and after she can be surrounded by caring, compassion and love.

Juli on

She seems so excited to meet her baby – enjoy these last days, Olivia, they sure fly!

nancy on

Uhh…you are not a woman just because you are ptegnant and God makes humans, not you

Dawn S on

That is so sweet! She is really such a lovely lady. Can’t wait to see her adorable baby! Hope her fiancĂ© sticks around and helps raise the little guy!

HISTORY on

I really like her… she seems so down to earth. She’s going to make a great mom!

@Nancy.. you’re an idiot and your comment makes no sense. She’s a happy pregnant woman.. only a bitter, cynical douche can read this and find anything negative to say. Humans are made by people. Did you not pay attention in 7th grade health class?

HISTORY on

@Nancy- the god remark instantly explains the idiocy of your entire remark and I’m sure she knew she was a woman before she got pregnant. Some woman, when they’re pregnant with their first child, do get a sense of “empowerment” they didn’t feel before. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Anyway, Olivia and Jason are going to make great parents. She seems very sweet and you never see any negative gossip about them. It’s refreshing.

HISTORY on

Olivia and Jason are such a cute couple. They’re going to be great parents! She seems so excited to be having a little boy and I totally know what she means about it being like a “secret friendship” when the baby moves and kicks and you’re the only one that knows. I wish them the best… and I hope they enjoy every minute of their baby.

Kat on

I don’t believe God “makes” babies; I assume that’s left up to sexual intercourse. I also don’t believe that being a “cute couple” equates to automatically becoming great parents or having cute kids. However, those that read these pages might think that. I do wish them the best, however.

lester on

WRONG, Nancy!

Tamara on

I don’t know why but it feels like she’s been pregnant forever now.

American Mom on

It’s interesting how these Hollywood types are nearly all radical feminists and pro-abortionists who support every outrageous legislation such as partial birth abortion and the most radical candidates they can find to pass them, but when THEY get pregnant, they gush about their baby in the womb and how special a time it is, how wonderful and empowering it is to be pregnant, how sacred the experience is to grow a baby in your body- just magical!

Well, ALL babies deserve life, not just yours Olivia & your elite Hollywood millionaire pals.

Binx on

Let her be excited for her pregnancy but women, like myself, who cannot have kids take offense to other women who say pretty much that being pregnant is the only way to feel like a woman. So… I am less of a woman because I cannot carry my own child, thanks.

AMY on

She is in no way saying that if you cannot bear your own children, you are less of a woman. But only women can gestate children so I imagine when you’re pregnant, you feel particularly connected to the sense of being in that role.

I’ll never understand how people can read an article and then turn around and make what a complete strange said all about themselves.

erica2 on

@American Mom STFU! You don’t like abortions don’t get one! That’s your CHOICE now let us all have one!

Catherine on

Nothing about this pregnancy has been a “secret”. She hasn’t stopped talking about it! And I swear she’s been pregnant for over a year!!

Melissa on

Binx- You shouldn’t let how someone feels about a situation they are in affect how you feel about yourself. She said she feels like a woman because she is pregnant. I feel more connected to being a woman when I accomplish a variety of things. I can’t have kids. Does that make me sad sometimes? Sure. Do I rain on happiness parades because of it? No. It’s not always about you.

messiejessy on

@Nancy, I believe you are looking too far in to her comments and misrepresenting what she means. I was raised in the Christian faith and I do give credit to the Almighty for giving us life. However even when I was pregnant with my newborn I felt that same feeling of excitement and accomplishment that she’s feeling. It’s impossible not to when you are that in love with your impending arrival. More or less like “Wow!! I cannot believe I am making a little person in there! And it’s up to me to make sure he/she’s nice and healthy and gets all the love and care I can give them.” It has nothing to do with not recognizing the miracle of life or feeling you are more a woman than anyone else because you are able to bare a child while someone else may not be. Your comment makes you sound callous, cold and bitter.

Stephanie on

American Mom, please seek psychiatric help, before you screw your kids up.

shidley on

@Nancy…. but that baby sure ain’t traveling through God’s vagina. I hardly think he’s owed credit for everything.

Kat on

I usually find her a bit pretentious, but it is wonderful she is having such a happy pregnancy.

However you feel about conceptions, she is the one physically making the child inside her body. Without her, there is no baby.

Angie on

I think it’s great that she feels empowered by her pregnancy! She feels all ‘I am woman, hear me roar!’ I feel like that -because- I’m not pregnant. Every woman choose what makes them feel empowered and womanly. Neither is right or wrong. :]

HISTORY on

Cute couple. Great parents. Two separate thoughts that have no connection to each other. People read too much into something just so they can bitch about it. Get a life already. Also, she is NOT the poster woman for pregnancy. Just because someone is pregnant doesn’t mean they’re mocking your inability to get pregnant. Just because someone agrees with abortion doesn’t mean they NEVER want to have kids. What is wrong with some of you.

Melissa on

I’m due in just a couple of days with my first and I completely agree with what Olivia says about the secret little friendship she has going on with her baby. All those kicks, rolls, & hiccups is what I will miss once I have my girl because those were things that only I felt. Sure, friends and family can put their hand on my belly but she knew when someone else is trying to feel.

As for the whole thing about her feeling like more of a woman because she’s growing a child inside her, I don’t think you should take that as a bad thing. I certainly don’t feel like I’m better than anyone that hasn’t had a child or has been pregnant. Yeah, we’re creating little miracles and growing human beings inside our own bodies but that is no reason to think you’re better than anyone else.

Lily on

@American Mom – great post. I don’t know Olivia’s personal views but I agree that the Hollywood culture tends to think this way.

Tee Tee on

Ach, I think her comments towards impending motherhood are sweet! But I have to admit that I am amused by the fact that Olivia doesn’t even look heavily pregnant in the pictures that accompany an article about her being proud to show off her pregnant belly!

charlotte on

not sure she should be “proud” to have gotten knocked up before marriage, but i wish her all the best.

Vila on

She looks good though the photo don’t look like she is pregnant.

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