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Blake Lively on losing her baby weight: Who cares?

By Natalie Jamieson
Newsbeat entertainment reporter

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Four months on from giving birth to her first child, Blake Lively admits she's "trying to perfect nothing except functioning".

She's also quick to dispel any Hollywood beauty myths, despite being back at work premiering her latest movie, The Age of Adaline.

"We don't have red carpets in our house," Blake tells Newsbeat.

"Or glam squads and people making us look awesome and making it look easy every day."

Yes, we know Blake is married to Ryan Reynolds, but reassuringly even the double whammy of movie stardom doesn't help when you're new parents.

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"What our house is like, it's just in complete chaos," Blake tells Newsbeat on the phone from Manhattan, with her girl, James, close by.

"It's lasting on no sleep and not knowing what to do because you're a parent."

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image captionA pregnant Blake Lively is photographed with Ryan Reynolds in October

She's says she's bemused at how "you have a child and just get to leave the hospital" without being fully educated on how to deal with it.

But she says it's been "a big, fun learning curve and we appreciate every moment because we know how lucky we are to have our family".

Because of her job, Blake's post-baby body was always going to be under more scrutiny than many others.

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image captionBlake Lively plays Adaline Bowman in Age of Adaline

"I'm still 15 pounds heavier so it's nice that people think I lost my baby weight," she tells us, days after being photographed at her film's premiere.

"I still haven't lost a pretty good chunk of it, but it's also the pressure - who cares?

"There's pressure to lose it, or women are like supposed to look like they did when they were 19 right after you give birth to your child, I think it's silly."

Blake says breastfeeding has helped, but she's "not really obsessing" over losing any more weight right now.

As for her latest film choice, The Age of Adaline, Blake says she didn't want to take on the title role at first.

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image captionMichiel Huisman, who plays Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones, is Ellis Jones in Age of Adaline

"I wanted to be able to watch it on rainy Sundays for the next 20 years," Blake admits.

"But then I got over myself and thought, 'No I love this material so much I have to be in it.'"

The fantasy romance tells the story of the challenges Adaline faces after an accident somehow makes her 29 forever.

"It was a magical movie that didn't have that super hero push behind it or that Hogwarts push behind it," Blake says.

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image captionEllen Burstyn is Flemming Prescott in the Age of Adaline, Blake Lively's daughter

"Because you don't really see magic in film these days unless it's a big tent pole movie or unless it's an existing property or novel that fans are already obsessing over before it ever is filmed."

The movie also stars Harrison Ford and Michiel Huisman, who plays Liam McGuinnis in Nashville and Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones.

"I think we made a really special movie that people didn't care about when we were making it," Blake goes on.

"But they do care about it now and that's cool. It makes me proud."

The Age of Adaline is in cinemas from Friday

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