Pregnancy on TV
How many times have you watched a television show (not a reality show) where an actress is playing a pregnant woman and you think to yourself, “that’s not what real women look like pregnant”? The actress looks perfectly thin with the addition of a perfectly round belly. There is no full-face, no thighs rubbing together, no butt sticking out a bit further. But, hey, it’s TV right?
So, imagine my surprise when I turned on the season premiere of The Office on NBC and saw a very pregnant Pam (Jenna Fischer)! My husband looks and me and exclaims, “is she REALLY pregnant?” Wow, sure looked like it. She doesn’t look fat but she looks pregnant. A full face with a beautiful pregnancy glow. Of course, I immediately Googled it and found the following article. I thought the real moms out there would appreciate it. Click through to the actual article to see clips from the The Office.
One thing that is kind of deflating for “fake pregnant” actresses and their fans, is when a real pregnancy rolls around. During that “pretend pregnancy” all they have is a perfect basketball belly,they don’t gain a pound anywhere else, no sweating or blotchy skin and from behind you’d never know they were 9 months along. It’s almost offensive for a true pregnant woman. But hey, it’s fiction so we move past it. (see episode clip above)
But then, it happens. They become pregnant in real life. This time that perfect little basketball belly is a dream of the past. Now the fans see it all, the puffy face, the glisteny sweat and the weight gain that happens everywhere. The real pregnancy just isn’t the same as that perfect faux pregnancy they feigned in the past and the fans notice. (see episode below)
A similar situation is currently being played out by Jenna Fischer who plays Pam Halpert on The Office. Not to say Jenna Fischer isn’t beyond beautiful pregnant, but this time she is rocking her baby belly for real and it’s great, it’s real and not the same as it was last time. Fischer and her husband Lee Kirk will welcome their first child, a boy, in September! Congrats to the happy couple. I promise your life will never be the same, in a good way of course.
*Another star who had a perfect faux pregnancy followed up by a realistic actual pregnancy was Holly Marie Combs who played Piper Halliwell on Charmed.