Zoe Saldana has had a blast exploring motherhood over the past year since she and husband Marco Perego welcomed twin boys Cy and Bowie, describing the experience as “fun.” She also admitted that with twins, “you get overwhelmed quite easily and really quickly.”
“I guess I was surrounded by way too many mums who are always like, ‘Oh, I got it so hard.’ And my sister was always like, ‘It’s a piece of cake. It’s super awesome,’" Zoe told HELLO! Online at Verizon’s Go90 launch party in Beverly Hills. "So I stuck with her, and it’s fun.”
What isn’t fun is losing the baby weight. Luckily for the 37-year-old, who has spent the last three months away with her small brood filming Star Trek 3 in Vancouver, she hasn’t felt the pressure to quickly get back in shape like so many women do, especially in Hollywood.
“I feel bad for those women that get super desperate and want to bounce back three months after having a baby,” she shared. “And it’s more like breastfeed, stay home, sleep. Your kid is only three months old. Like what are you going to the gym for?
“I definitely took a break, and I trusted that my body was going to bounce back when it was ready,” she stressed. “I never wanted to push myself.”
She continued: “I’ve witnessed, throughout the years that I’ve been in this business, women that hide in a cave and they don’t come out until they’re a size zero. And that is a very misleading message to send out to women, especially when women here in Los Angeles are the skinniest women out there.”
The Avatar star looked flawless walking the carpet in Maiyet, a white sweater worn over a gorgeous dress with strappy gold heels. However, getting dressed up these days is not what it used to be. “It hurts to be in heels still,” she admitted. “There’s something that happens to your body hormonally, and it’s not just the weight you acquire, but it’s also your nerves, your muscles. So everything hurts and feels uncomfortable.”
Luckily, Zoe can count on her friends and family, including her two sisters Cisely and Mariel, for support when juggling motherhood with her busy career.
“We have a tribe,” Zoe said. “Whenever we’re overwhelmed – and when you have twins, you get overwhelmed quite easily and really quickly – you send out an SOS, man. And they will cancel. They will find a nanny for their kids.”