14 Reasons We Have a Mom-Crush on Olivia Wilde
Ever since her days on House, we've had a girl crush on Olivia Wilde. But when the actress gave birth to son Otis two years ago, our adoration for her increased ten-fold. Wilde's take on parenting is funny, frank, and refreshingly irreverent. A few months ago, Wilde and husband Jason Sudeikis welcomed their second child, daughter Daisy—and, not surprisingly, Wilde's wit and commentary on life with little ones is as spot-on as ever.
From her hilarious take on breast pumps to her "mom bod" confessions, here are 14 reasons we're crushing hard on Olivia Wilde.
1. She's helping to normalize breastfeeding.
In addition to nursing her son in the pages of Glamour magazine, Wilde isn't shy about posting a "brelfie"—a breastfeeding selfie. The activist recently shared a sweet shot of Daisy eating, along with the hilarious caption, "My drinking buddy." Yasss.
2. But she also doesn't judge.
While breastfeeding works for Wilde, she knows that's not the case for every mom. "It should be a choice for everyone," Wilde said, shortly after giving birth to Daisy. "I don't like the idea of breastfeeding being forced on anyone or anyone feeling guilty. Nursing is not easy — it's messy. Like 90 percent of the time you are soaked in milk. It is a difficult thing. But it is, personally for me, a great experience." Clearly, the Rush actress knows that normalizing being nonjudgmental is just as important as normalizing breastfeeding.
3. She (hilariously) calls it like it is.
You know that awkward moment when you see a super unrealistic advertisement geared towards moms? One where a "brand-new mom" is a size zero and looks as well rested as the day is long? Yeah, Wilde calls it out.
4. She wants everyone to know the truth about her "mom bod."
After Wilde graced the pages of Shape magazine, looking stunning as ever after she gave birth to Otis, she let fans know that glossy pictures aren't real life. "The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles, and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced," she wrote in the magazine. "The truth is, I'm a mother, and I look like one." Bless this woman.
And during her second pregnancy with Daisy, the mama showed she had a sense of humor about gaining weight:
5. This is her (awesome) version of a postpartum selfie:
Because we are all "slowly but surely recovering from popping out a ten pound kiwi."
6. She keeps it real about what it's like "down there" after giving birth.
"First of all, you haven't seen your vagina in months, even though it's all her fault you're in this situation," she told Shape. "Now that you can finally confirm that she is, in fact, still there, she isn't the gal that you remember, and would rather you back off and give her some space (and an ice diaper) for the time being, thank you very much." Few people could have said it better—or funnier. And shout out to celeb moms who are willing to share all the gory details of what post-birth life is like. Pregnant women need to know these things!
7. She's unapologetic about still having fun.
Despite the fact that the mommy-shaming game can be strong for women who choose to go out or have fun shortly after giving birth, Wilde doesn't care. She loves her children to pieces, but that doesn't mean she's going to stop having a life. "The great thing about being a modern mother is that you can balance having fun and being a great mom," Wilde said at a party in 2014. "I had a great example of that in my own mom. She went to a lot of good parties so here I am following in her footsteps." Good for her. Being a mom is hard work—everyone deserves a break.
And when she brings her toddler out, she's not too uptight to break the rules. Because sometimes when you're cheering on your favorite team together, there's just no time to fuss about things like a balanced meal.
8. She's not afraid to share the good, bad, and just plain gross about raising small children.
"I call this hairstyle, 'keep the kid alive,'" she wrote on Instagram last year. "Products you'll need: sweat, string cheese, diaper rash cream, chewed up crayon, snot, and an enthusiastic spritz of panic." It may not paint the most idyllic visual, but there isn't a mom alive who can't relate.
And then there was this hilarious tweet:
9. She can babywear like a boss.
Every mom is a master of multitasking, but this sweet photo of Wilde wearing little Daisy while working on her computer just might take the cake.
10. She knows how to #MomHack like the best of them.
When Wilde left her breastmilk bags at home on a recent trip, she got creative — she pumped into Mason jars. "Ultimate cliché status reached: Pumping milk into mason jars," she shared on Instagram. "Ran out of storage bags. Rookie move. Big thanks to the plant for really perking up for this photo. Also thanks to the Airbnb owner for the use of said mason jars #pumped." Yep, when you become a parent, it's time to improvise.
10. She can admit she's not always on her parenting A game.
In a simple and to-the-point tweet a few months ago, Wilde just wrote: "Anyone else suck at parenting today?" to her million-plus followers. And to that, we say: On some days, yes, Olivia. Yes, we (all) do.
11. She doesn't cave to mommy-shamers.
When Wilde posted a (ridiculously cute) pic of her son Otis wearing a cowboy hat in his bare baby buns, the Internet mommy-shamers came out of the woodworks. Instead of taking the photo down, though, Wilde simply added this to the photo's caption: "(Apparently unsuitable for those unaware that humans have butts)."
14. Her relationship with Jason Sudeikis is #Goals.
The pair are super supportive of one another and are so clearly in love.
I mean, just look at these faces: