On the poster for the movie “The favorite”, this Monday, December 12, 2022 on France 3, Olivia Colman is an emblematic British figure. Oscar-winning actress who played Queen Elizabeth II in the series “The Crown”, she is also a woman involved in many affairs. Including the mental health of young parents by bringing up his own postpartum depression.
Olivia Colman is one of those actresses who has made a name for herself lately but has had a meteoric rise. She made her big debut in the late 2000s, after working as a cleaner for a long time, and when she had just turned 30, which is considered extremely late for an actress. And it is thanks to the series “Broadchurch” that in 2013 she appeared on the screen together with David Tennant. After that, she will play multiple roles in the cinema (most notably winning an Oscar for her performance in “The favorite”) , without forgetting the series . And after a minor role in “Fleabag,” she won the grail: embodying Queen Elizabeth II in two seasons of “The Crown.”
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A very discreet actress about her private life
Is it because she came out late, or because she’s part of a generation that didn’t grow up on social networks? Or simply because she embodied the roles of women facing tabloid violence? Still, Olivia Colman has never given many interviews discussing her private life. The rare times she takes the floor to talk about anything other than her roles, it’s to talk about the causes that are close to her heart.
The one nicknamed the “British Meryl Streep”, and to whom film specialists promise a career similar to that of Dame Judy Dench, admits that she often preferred to hide her problems, as she confided in Big Issue: ” As a teenager I was very good at hiding the fact that I was privately worried about a lot of things.” Among the things she hid: eating disorders and a lack of confidence in her appearance, which almost returned when she had a baby.
Her very honest secrets about her postpartum depression
Postpartum depression affects 15 to 20% of new mothers of all nationalities. In addition, studies have shown that people who suffered from eating disorders in childhood often have more difficulty accepting the changes in their bodies during pregnancy, no doubt because of the pressure placed on women not to eat. weight, that they lose their pregnancy kilograms very quickly, that they regain their silhouette.
Olivia Colman has three children and she suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her oldest son. But the actress confided in this subject with the discretion that characterizes her: “I had dark clouds in my youth and I still have them. But now I know that if I am in a difficult situation, it will get better. I had a postpartum depression after the birth of my first child. But I knew I loved my baby, I was always able to see what was good in my life.” Besides, she admits it: “I’d like to go back in time and tell the teen I was that she’ll get better. That it will pass. And that she will be loved.” An essential discourse on mental health that should appeal to many people.
How motherhood has changed her
In the letter published in Big Issue, Olivia Colman says, “I’ve always really wanted to be a mother. I was always very emotional, but when I had my kids it destroyed my armor.” As a result, filming the series “Broadchurch”, in which she plays a policewoman who has to investigate the death of her best friend’s son, was an ordeal for her. “I kept crying. It’s horrible, the idea of your kids leaving before you. Before shooting scenes, I was often told, ‘You’re not crying in this scene.’ I said, ‘Yeah, yeah, that’s the .”
Fortunately, she has always been able to count on the support of her husband, Ed Sinclair, the man of her life. “I wish I could relive the moment I saw him for the first time. It was during a play rehearsal. I knew right away that he was the person I was going to marry, and I threw myself into temptation, even though he was didn’t notice anything at first.” And today, the one who became a writer, her husband of 21 years, is always the first to support her.
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