The supermodel and actress talks about the role of a lifetime
She’s graced the covers of Elle and Glamour magazines. She’s posed for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and Playboy. She’s acted in films such as Last Action Hero and Bare Witness, as well as television series including Celebrity Mole and The Ex-Wives Club. And now, supermodel Angie Everhart is taking on the role of a lifetime: motherhood. We spoke to her by phone during the 39th week of her pregnancy.
Q: Congratulations on your pregnancy! You’re due very soon, aren’t you?
A: I’m due in 7 days!*
Q: How are you feeling?
A: I’ve been feeling great. For the first three months, I had a lot of morning sickness, noon sickness, evening sickness, middle of the night sickness … but, since then I’ve had a breezy pregnancy. I’m very fortunate that I don’t have a 9-to-5 job, so I can work when I work, and have had a lot of free time to enjoy my pregnancy. In the first trimester, I took a lot of naps, and I’ve never been a nap-taker. I couldn’t help it—it was like having narcolepsy.
Q: You’re expecting a boy, right?
A: I am! I’m very happy.
Q: I read that you were developing a reality TV series about your pregnancy called Angie Baby. Can you tell us about that?
A: I actually decided not to do it. I wanted to keep the pregnancy more private. I might do something afterward; but right now, it’s just more about me and my son together.
Q: You’re keeping the father’s identity private, and have said publicly that you’ll be raising the baby on your own. Can you tell us more about that?
A: I’m not really keeping the father’s identity private; it’s just that he’s not in the business, so he’s not anyone you would know. I think the father will be involved as much as he wants to be involved. I will be a single mom—I’m not going to marry him, and we’re not a couple. But, I’ll have a lot of friends and family helping. My friends are really great and my family is just beyond great. I’m lucky. I have outstanding parents who have really come through and are super excited about a new grandson. As they say, it takes a village to raise a kid.
Q: As a model, has being pregnant affected your body image?
A: That has been the hardest thing for me because, even as a model, my image of thin is a lot thinner than the average person’s image of thin. When I think of thin, I think of really thin—we used to have to starve ourselves to get up on the runway. As I got older, I wasn’t as skinny as I used to be, but I definitely have never been overweight. As the months went on and my breasts grew—I mean, you see them, and it’s like ‘Whoa!’—that has been the hardest part. Your body is so enormously different compared to what it is in everyday life. You have to just keep thinking: ‘I’m pregnant, I’m not fat. I’m pregnant, I’m not fat. (Although I feel fat.)’ I tell people I feel like a camel—I try to joke about it. I’m trying to keep it as light as I can.
Q: What’s your fitness routine been like throughout your pregnancy?
A: For the first five or six months, I worked out, but not as much as I normally do, because I’m pretty crazy when it comes to working out. In the last few months, I haven’t worked out at all—I took a vacation. I expected to go crazy without all the endorphins, but it’s not really bothered me. I’ve just been listening to my body. Plus, it’s too hard to move around right now. I can’t even put my own socks on.
Q: How long do you plan to take for maternity leave?
A: I don’t have a 9-to-5 job, so I have all the maternity leave I want. But, I would like to work with my son. I think it would be really cute to work with him—it would be a whole new aspect of my modeling career.
Q: Do you plan to breastfeed?
A: I do. Right now, I have DDs, so this boy is going to have a boob fetish when he grows up. They’re DDs now, so I can’t even imagine what will happen when the milk comes in—do they even make bras that big? Seriously, I really want to breastfeed. I know it’s difficult in the beginning, but I’d like to try.
Q: You’re the fifth of six siblings. Would you like to have more kids some day?
If I’m blessed to have more kids, I will. But, I’m 39 years old, so I don’t know if it’ll happen. Women are having babies older and older, but right now, I’m just concentrating on the one I’ve got. I think if I do have another kid, it would be in more of an ideal situation where I’m in a relationship, rather than doing it on my own.
Q: What else are you working on right now?
A: I just did a commercial, some radio spots and print work for Palmer’s, specifically for their stretch mark product. It’s the first thing I bought when I found out I was pregnant. My mom gave me that advice—be sure you put a lot of moisturizer on your tummy so you don’t get stretch marks. I used the cream morning and night, and I haven’t gotten any stretch marks. It was great in the first trimester because there’s no fragrance in it to make you nauseous.
Q: How are you feeling about the impending labor and delivery?
A: Well, I have a very bad back, and have had back surgery, so my doctor told me that my back wouldn’t be able to handle the labor and pushing. So, I don’t really have the option of natural childbirth—I need to have a C-section. I’m just taking it as it is and going in for my scheduled date. I’m as prepared as I can be for not really knowing what to expect.
Uh oh—I’m actually having a contraction right now.
Q: Oh no, I hope this interview didn’t just send you into labor!
A: [Laughing] No! I’ve been having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions, so I’m sure that’s all it is.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: Right now, I’m concentrating on the birth and getting to know the baby right away. But, I’m hoping I’ll get to work with my son afterward.
*Angie Everhart gave birth to her son, Kayden Bobby Everhart, on Friday, July 25th.