Olivia Wilde graces the cover of Glamour magazine and is featured in a photo spread in which she breastfeeds her son, Otis. The pictures have drawn much attention as has her interview with the magazine in which she voices her views on motherhood and talks about her fiance Jason Sudeikis and her former husband Tao Ruspoli.
Even in this day and age, breastfeeding is a polarizing topic eliciting strong reactions. A celebrity of the stature of Olivia Wilde sharing such intimate — and completely natural it should be added — pictures is thus still daring. While the photos are beautiful, we can only hope that the day comes that such photos are not a newsworthy topic but rather a part of our societal norm.
The actress told Glamour magazine how she felt about the photos with Otis, her young son to whom she gave birth in April of this year with her fiancé Jason Sudeikis. She said, “Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that.”
She went on to add, “Breast-feeding is the most natural thing. I don’t know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast.”
She also addressed the perennial topic of women’s multiple roles as wives and mothers as well as professionals, and the juggling it so often requires. She said of it, “You can be someone who is at once maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed.” Sh continued, saying “[But] I mean, I certainly don’t really look like that when I’m [typically] breast-feeding. And there’s usually a diaper involved.”
She expressed confidence in having it all, as she spoke of her mother, the journalist Leslie Cockburn. She said of her, “My mom is such a badass working mother. That inspired me when I was pregnant. I wasn’t going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother.”
Olivia Wilde revealed that she and her fiance Jason Sudeikis have “no specific plans yet” as to when they will get married. As she explained, it, “We just have to find the time to put it together. In many ways, a child is more of a commitment. We are fully committed and really happy as a family.”
She weighed in on the larger topic of families and the changing society norms saying, “There’s no definition of the ‘normal family’ anymore. Kids today are growing up with so many different definitions of family. I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t feel any pressure to do it. But I think it will be really fun.”
Wilde was previously married to Tao Ruspoli and the couple got divorced in 2011 and she said of him, “I really grew up with my first husband. Now I’m in a much wiser, more centered place in life. I think if we can see people in our lives as chapters, we have a much healthier perspective about the whole thing.”
She went on to add, “It’s like it had to happen the way it happened. Jason and I lived two blocks away from each other for years and never met.”
You can see Olivia Wilde’s breastfeeding photos and more of the interview here.