Anne Hathaway on Fitting Back Into Pre-Pregnancy Jeans: ‘I’m Not Gonna Lie, That Felt Pretty Good’

09/13/2016 at 02:30 PM ET

Anne Hathaway Body After Baby
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Anne Hathaway has proven herself not only an amazing actress, but also a fantastic proponent of not beating yourself up after giving birth to get back to your pre-baby body right away.

But the first-time mom — son Jonathan Rosebanks, with husband Adam Shulman, is 5 months old — still can’t help admitting that getting in shape has its emotional merits on top of the physical ones.

“I’ve started to work out — I love that feeling, I love feeling strong,” the actress told PEOPLE exclusively at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she was in attendance to support her monster movie Colossal, which also stars Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens.

“I find that my workouts are really different now because I gave birth,” continues Hathaway, 33. “I had been trying to fit into my jeans and it just wasn’t happening, then I stopped trying — and the other day, they fit. I’m not gonna lie, that felt pretty good.”

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Hathaway calls her return to the red carpet a “funny, weird experience to have in life,” but something she’s really excited about.

“I think shape is an ongoing thing in everybody’s life,” the Oscar-winning star says. “I’m not trying to recapture something that was. I’m going with what it is now.”

The Princess Diaries alum has no qualms about her body changing — and in fact, embraces it as a symbol of how her life has shifted for the better since welcoming her son.

“Some things I guess are the same as they were, and other things are a little bit different. I’m just so proud of what the changes signify,” she says. “So, there’s no rush to do anything. I’m so happy being here.”

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Steph on

Good for her, she’s awesome. So many are jealous she didn’t eat like a Kow during her pregnancy

Jenny on

Who asks all those silly questions? Who cares?? NI means, not because it’s Anne or anybody, just who cares about other people’s weight or figures in the first place? Just forget about it allready, there is so much more interesting to ask and talk about dammit.😮

guest on

jenny, I agree. Why is this a topic to discuss. who cares? why do we have to focus on the mothers body after she has a baby.

Red on

Sounds like Anne is trying to convince herself. You’re growing a life inside of your body of course it’s going to change your figure! Why even have children if you’re going to be obsessed with getting back into the clothes you wore before pregnancy? You aren’t that same person, why not buy new clothes. Working out is great and very healthy but these new age celebs come off very insecure when they have children. Why even have them?

Meena on

@Red-Before a woman is a mother, she’s a woman. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. It doesn’t mean you aren’t a good mother or you shouldn’t have had kids because you are having issues dealing with your new body. I think a lot of women have issues adjusting. I know I did. Sure, I could have bought bigger clothes, but that wouldn’t have solved the issue because the issue was how I felt, not how I looked. I needed to catch up mentally. Sounds like that is what Anne is trying to do.