Keri Russell's 'Austenland' pregnancy bonus: breasts
05:00 AM, Aug 16, 2013
Keri Russell found that being pregnant while filming helped her Austenland character because it gave her a voluptuous body appropriate for the Regency-era outfits in the comedy.
“It was great to be pregnant since the boobs were just getting bigger and bigger which was just fine for the part,” says Russell. “It’s the only time in my life. And there were some scenes where they were dominant.”
“I absolutely loved being voluptuous. That’s not a word that I have ever had anyone describe me as — voluptuous,” she adds. “And I will never be voluptuous except when I’m pregnant. It was amazing.”
Russell had broken the news to Austenland’s producers that she was pregnant just before filming started. The filmmakers went to great lengths to hide the belly. But they were happy to promote the other byproducts as Russell’s character heads off to a Jane Austen theme park where she dresses in Regency-era costumes and engages in bosom-heaving romances.
“It’s all part of the outfit,” says Russell. “That’s what you offered back then.”
The filmmakers had a special corset made that allowed Russell’s growing stomach to expand. And Russell was not allowed to take one step on her horse when on set. She had to sit still for the horse scenes.
“I said ‘You guys, I am fine,’” says Russell. “But they were like ‘No, not even a step.’ ”
Now that Austenland is in theaters Russell (whose daughter, Willa Lou Deary is now 19 months old), can only dream of times, and heaving bosoms, past.
“It was amazing. I don’t want the belly again, but I want those back,” says Russell.