Olivia Wilde: ‘People go to such great lengths to not mention’ my pregnancy

Olivia Wilde

This is a photo of Olivia Wilde outside The Tonight Show after she realized her white t-shirt was far too sheer for the flashbulbs. Oops. Olivia visited Jay Leno to promote her role in Her. I keep forgetting that she’s even in the movie since all of the talk has been about Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Rightfully so, since they’re the main characters, but I’m glad Olivia is finally in a movie that looks really good. She’s been in so many critical stinkers and box-office duds, and it’s not really her fault.

Olivia is still barely showing the pregnancy that she announced over a month ago. She talked with Leno about her mom, who was a producer for 60 Minutes and went into all sorts of crazy scenarios while pregnant with Olivia and her siblings. Olivia also says that people are super afraid to ask when she’s due because — I guess — they’re worried about insulting her. I’ve had that fear too. You never, ever should ask a woman about being pregnant unless she mentions it first. Bad things can happen. Here’s some highlights from Livvy’s Leno appearance:

On confusing people as a pregnant lady: “That’s the worst thing in the world — when you congratulate a non-pregnant woman on her pregnancy. I find that people will go to such great lengths to not mention it. Even when you are clearly — like, I feel like I’m clearly pregnant — people will be like, ‘Hey, would you like a glass of whiskey? Would you like to get on this roller coaster?’ And I go, ‘Oh, well, I’m actually pregnant.’ And they go, ‘What?!’ Unless someone’s watching you give birth, I don’t think they want to make the wrong call.”

A girl or a boy? “It’s human. We feel good about that.”

Her mom’s example: “I have a great mom. She’s a good example of how to be a strong badass pregnant lady. But she sets the standards pretty high. She went all over the world for 60 Minutes, for ABC News, for Frontline, for years. So, when I’m worrying about like, ‘Am I allowed to get on the treadmill?,’ my mom is like, ‘I was in war zones with you guys.’ The way most moms tell a cute story about something that happened at, like, a ballet recital, my mom likes to tell the story of when she was eight months pregnant with me, and we were on a plane that had a bomb somewhere in the Middle East. And she’s like, ‘Remember, you almost didn’t arrive because of the bomb?’ And then, you know, they landed, they evacuated the plane, there was no bombing. But I’m like, ‘That’s a terrifying story. Don’t share that with our new friends.'”

[From The Tonight Show with Jay Leno]

Olivia is so cool and laid back during television interviews. I’ve come to realize that her words often come off as smug during a transcript, but watching and listening to her in motion usually yields a different impression. She’s going to be a super fun mom, I think.

Here are some pictures of Olivia out for lunch on Monday. No idea who her “friend” (as our photo agency describes him) is. I couldn’t tell if it was Jason Sudeikis or not, but Kaiser doesn’t think it’s him. Maybe it’s a relative of Jason. Or you know, just a buddy.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet & WENN

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  1. bowers says:

    I don’t follow her and didn’t know she was pregnant.

  2. T.Fanty says:

    But she isn’t obviously pregnant yet. There’s about a month, before the obvious pop happens, that one absolutely walks the is she preggo or just overweight line, and it isn’t fun.

    • Diana says:

      So true. I think you always feel bigger than you actually are, as well. I’m basically 9 months pregnant right now, but it wasn’t really obvious (to where strangers commented on it) until I was almost 8 months. I remember feeling like a whale and feeling like I was “obviously pregnant” since month 4, but looking back on pictures, I didn’t look that pregnant at all for a long time.

    • Seagulls says:

      Tom and Lorenzo have pictures of her in a form-fitting blue dress and her pregnancy is pretty obvious there. You’re right; here she does not look pregnant at all.

    • Holly says:

      Totally hated that stage. I would mention how I was pregnant and any given opportunity so that people wouldn’t think I had a beer belly ;-).

  3. mark says:

    She’s like the female Ryan Reynolds put them in anything and it will bomb badly

    • QQ says:

      Exactly… Is like a shitty movie luck amulet…but sexy I guess?

    • mercy says:

      Mm, no, he’s had at least a couple big box office successes, and some modest budget films that made money. He’s also a better actor and more genuinely witty and funny, imo.

      Never warmed up to Olivia as an actress or a personality, but I wish her the best with her pregnancy. She doesn’t look pregnant at all to me. Had she not announced it, I wouldn’t have known.

      • Mark says:

        I guess i think he’s being pressured into being the Hugh Jackman because he’s seems alright but he needs a hit

        Also Wilde should have stuck with House she dropped out to soon but at least she didn’t turn her back on the show

  4. blue marie says:

    No, that’s not Jason. And she still annoys me.

  5. Tessa says:

    I can’t stand her. Never could. She’s worse now, which I didn’t think was possible. Pregnancy makes aggravating women more aggravating.

  6. Louise says:

    Why does she insist on wearing those things on her feet

  7. mojoman says:

    Good grief..it’s a pregnancy for god sake. Why celebrities make such a big deal about it doesn’t make sense to me

    • Patricia says:

      It’s her first pregnancy, she’s being interviewed, it’s a huge and major thing for her. I don’t think she’s making it a big deal, I think it is a rather big deal. Maybe I’m saying this because I’m pregnant. I’m no Stepford wife but my pregnancy is on my my 90% of the day! It’s a wonderful time, why not celebrate it?

      • carol says:

        because 80 percent of women get pregnant in their lifetime. It’s a pretty normal thing. We’ve been procreating since ….. forever.

      • Lemon says:

        I’m pregnant too, but I think pregnant women who talk about their pregnancy all the time are tedious. (Not saying Olivia is doing this – I don’t know enough about her to know). I am a physician and have a 2 year old, so I have plenty of other things to occupy my mind. 🙂

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    When I was trying to get pregnant, I gained weight from fertility drugs and probably stress, and several people congratulated me on being pregnant. It was awful, and they were as embarrassed as I was. As a result, I never, ever, I mean ever mention anything about a woman’s pregnancy unless she does first. It’s just not worth it.

    • blue marie says:

      There has never been so evil an eye as when you ask a woman how far along she is and she says that she’s not pregnant.

    • Brittaki says:

      Agreed. As a general rule, never ever EVER mention a woman’s pregnancy before she does. IMO it’s one of the worst social faux pas of all time. If a woman isn’t pregnant and someone comments as though she is, it hurts. It really does. And besides that, pregnancy is a highly personal experience, and it’s the woman’s place to decide when and if she wants to talk about it, not anyone else’s.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Looking at those photos, I don’t think anyone would ever guess she was pregnant yet, so I don’t know why she’s so surprised. Unless because she’s famous and announced it, she thinks everyone knows?
    Her mom sounds kind of awesome.

  10. Hannah says:

    Her breasts have gotten a lot larger but her bump is still tiny.

    I don’t think she sounds smug. I just feel she tries way too hard to be cool and funny.

    • Maureen says:

      “I just feel she tries way too hard to be cool and funny.”

      Bingo! I have’t been able to put my finger on what it is about her that grates on my nerves like chalk on a board. You’ve captured it in one sentence.

      • Hannah says:

        Happy to help. 😉

      • Sullivan says:

        Yep, she tries way too hard to be funny and cool. It seems like this started when she got together with Sudekis. I think she should leave the *funny* to her boyfriend, the professional.

  11. Anna says:

    You can’t really tell she’s pregnant by her stomach, but you can tell she’s gained weight in her legs (especially her thighs). I’m not trying to throw any shade though, because I really like her legs now, they look great in jeans. I wish mine looked like that

    • Singtress says:

      Random: Where did this term “shade” come from?
      I read this page all the time, and I feel like…suddenly, like three days ago…out of nowhere, everyone secretly got together and decided to use the word “shade.”

      • Bell says:

        It is a popular term that has been around forever in drag culture that has now become more mainstream lingo. Watch Paris is Burning and it will explain everything.

  12. Feebee says:

    Nobody mentions it because nobody………

    I saw her in a film with Chris Pine (? New capt Kirk guy) and I thought she was fine to good.

  13. Marianne says:

    She was wearing a tight dress the other day and you could tell then.

  14. Maureen says:

    “Remember when you almost didn’t arrive because of that bomb?”

    God. I can’t even. I want to say something …. but … sheesh, I don’t know how to make it sound “nice”.

  15. GeeMoney says:

    I just don’t like her. I have no idea why.

  16. Kaila says:

    Maybe they don’t bring it up because then awkward January Jones questions would also be brought up.

  17. m says:

    The part about it being human is a great response to the inevitable “is it a boy or a girl?” question!

  18. mkyarwood says:

    What pregnancy ? o.o People didn’t really know I was pregnant ’til about the 6th month. I carried all in my butt, like Kim, haha.

  19. carol says:

    her and her guy seem nice but….naive

  20. Meg says:

    since 90% of us don’t have washboard abs like olivia, i find it polite that people don’t ask about the state of your body, that would lead to ‘well you’ve put on some weight’ ‘you’re really starting to go bald’ that’s just rude. we’ve all met people who are like that, but I’m glad most see it as just that -rude

  21. fruitloops says:

    Happy for her, but regarding her mom… I don’t think she is badass, just hugely irresponsible.
    I mean every pregnancy is different and I dislike the smartypants who go around telling women what they should do while they’re pregnant just as much as anyone else, but I kind of always imagined that there were some standard two or three rules that are so common for every pregnant woman to follow. Like maybe not willingly putting your unborn baby in danger?
    Obviously women shouldn’t lock themselves in the house the minute they get pregnancy test results, but seriously what her mother did is selfish and plain stupid and not at all different than women drinking heavily during pregnancy or doing any such stupidity.
    This type of behaviour shouldn’t be advocated.

  22. Amanda_M87 says:

    the only picture where she actually looks pregnant is the one where she is wearing the little black dress.