Ali Larter: Leaving Theodore For The First Time Was “Absolutely Traumatic”

Heroes alum Ali Larter may enjoy a number of perks as an actress, but just like millions of other new moms around the world, leaving her 4-month-old son, Theodore Hayes MacArthur, to return to work for the first time was “absolutely traumatic in every way.”

“I feel like all the working moms out there know how difficult it is and I think it’s the great equalizer in life once you have a child,” Larter tells Access Hollywood at Reebok’s RealFlex footwear launch in New York City on Thursday (April 14).

Though she loves her career and thinks it’s important for her to work, Ali, 34, admits that “at the same time, I just want to be home!”

And like most mothers, Larter is working just as hard to get back to her pre-baby weight, and reaping the other benefits of exercise as well.

I’m doing pilates a couple days a week, and I’m trying to hike or run a couple days a week,” says Ali. “The pressures of life can be a lot for everyone, and instead of going, ‘Oh, I don’t want to work out,’ I try to flip that switch in my brain, and go, ‘This is your time to get rid of the problems, let your stress go.”

The actress also offers a workout tip for new moms: “If you don’t have someone to watch the baby, just put him in a stroller and walk for a couple of hours. It just really gives you the positive endorphins, ” says Larter.

Filed under: Ali Larter,Celebrity Moms

Photo credit: Bauer Griffin

  • Anon

    If it is that traumatic, why the hell do it? I can understand if you have to work to pay your bills, but she obviously is fine in that regard. Can’t you at least wait a year?..I hate these celebs who act like they are FORCED to make these decisions the average woman does.

    • Anonymous

      Anon, I know where you’re coming from, but not all celebrities are in the same boat. This woman is not an A-lister like Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock etc. with worldwide name recognition — these women can afford to take a break if they want without falling into oblivion. Therefore, I can understand her need to work continuously and put herself out there without taking an extended leave from the business.

      Granted, she probably won’t end up in the poorhouse, but to keep working in the business she is in, lesser known celebs have to keep hammering away.

      • Tara

        I agree with both of you. Although I tend to be more with anon in the sense that this time is so short you never get it back. If as a mom you are not affected by leaving your children then go for it. I really like Ali to be honest, but she did just say in an interview that she planned on staying home with her son for at least the first “9 months”. So either she got an amazing offer she could not pass up or she merely changed her mind.

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