Zooey Deschanel On Being A Mom: ‘I’ve Never Really Felt Like An Adult’

Zooey Deschanel graces the cover of Redbook magazine’s May 2016 issue.

Sporting a polka dot dress and bright red lipstick, the “New Girl”; star gets candid about becoming a new mother, slowing down her career to raise a family and her post-baby bod.

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When it comes to being a mother to her daughter, Elsie Otter, the 36-year-old actress says, “I’ve never really felt like an adult. But I think it’s a huge accomplishment to have a child, so maybe I feel like an adult for that reason!”;

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Following her mat leave from “New Girl”;, Deschanel is certain that family takes priority in her life. Speaking about her career, she says, “I’ve slowed things down a bit. I think it’s good for your whole self – your creative self, your professional self, and just your soul – to take a little time for yourself and your family. You can spend your whole life going after things, but I think you risk missing out on some really powerful self-reflection.”;

The actress also goes into detail about women’s post-baby bodies and says it’s unfair that many women are expected to instantly look amazing after giving birth. She says, “To expect someone to look like her pre-baby self immediately is odd. Because you just grew a human and then birthed that human – there’s a lot that needs to go back to where it was. All your organs move around, for Chri**akes!”;

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