Anna Chlumsky is starting to find her body again after having a baby.
“I’m just getting to a place where I kind of recognize myself again, and exercise has made me feel physically good about myself — not just image-wise, but it makes me feel stronger,” adds the actress, 36. “I feel certainly less insecure than I probably did three months postpartum.”
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“I’ve lived long enough at this point to know that it passes. And to know that it’s not exactly real,” she says. “I’m going to get a little metaphysical on you — I was looking in a mirror, and it was a particularly good mirror, and it’s because of the way it’s built.”
“And it dawned on me that there’s no actual way to know exactly what you look like. Because when we see ourselves, it’s just the way the light is reflecting that day.”
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But Chlumsky certainly didn’t feel that way when she was entering her teenage years in the spotlight, all while dealing with bad acne. She had producers sending her to a different dermatologist each week for her blemishes, and the experience made her pull away from acting.
“My genetics are such that I had a good four to five years of blemish life. It was not a good feeling,” she says. “Not only was I embarrassed about the skin, but when I was a kid and all of that stuff started to happen, I was still working, and it became a very heavy burden.”
She continues, “It was always front and center an issue. But then again, that’s normal.”
Chlumsky hopes that her daughters — Clara and Penelope Joan, 3½ — won’t be interested in going into show business from a young age like she did, and dealing with these issues.
“I certainly don’t want them to be professional before they’re grown,” she says. “My plan is just to present them with any activity that they want, but they certainly don’t need the pressure of earning money with that skill until they’re adults and can make that decision on their own. So at 18, enjoy.”
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