'I wasn't put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit': New mother Amy Adams ignores Hollywood pressure to lose her baby weight

With her petite frame and enviably lithe figure, Amy Adams doesn't look like someone who would ever have to worry about their weight.

But ever since giving birth to daughter Aviana in May, the actress has been aware of the pressure Hollywood puts on new mothers to lose the weight gained during pregnancy.

And despite her determination to be healthy and fit, the 36-year-old refuses to obsess too much about her figure, particularly as she doesn't feel her career is based on her looks.

Say cheese! Amy and Melissa can't stop giggling as they head out of Ago restaurant in West Hollywood

Say cheese! Amy and Melissa can't stop giggling as they head out of Ago restaurant in West Hollywood

The Enchanted star claims that being pregnant helped her finally be at ease with herself and what she has to offer.

'Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body - meaning that it wasn't put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit,' she says in the latest issue of Parade magazine.

'I was like, "Look, I can carry a baby! I'm gaining weight right, everything's going well." And I've had that relationship ever since.'

And while Amy freely admits that being in good shape is important, she believes there are far more important things to be focused on.

Body confident and happy: Amy Adams goes out to dinner in Los Angeles on Friday night with Melissa Leo, her co-star in The Fighter

Body confident and happy: Amy Adams goes out to dinner in Los Angeles on Friday night with Melissa Leo, her co-star in The Fighter

The actress took pole dancing lessons as a fun way to get her body back into pre-baby shape.

'Some mum friends said it's a good way to lose the baby weight,' she said. 'And I'll do anything to get off of that treadmill.'

And the Doubt star is determined to just relax about the whole process.

She says: 'I've been working out when I can, and I'm trying to eat in a healthful way, but losing weight is not my number-one priority.

'It's part of my job to return to some semblance of what I was before. But I don't feel I've ever made my career on my rockin' bod.'

Christmas cutie: Amy Adams covers Parade magazine's latest issue

Christmas cutie: Amy Adams covers Parade magazine's latest issue

Luckily for Amy, she didn't have to work too hard to stay in shape for her new role as Mark Wahlberg's girlfriend in The Fighter.

Director David O. Russell told Amy her role required her to wear short shorts and a crop top for the bar scenes and lingerie in the bedroom with Mark, who plays boxer Micky Ward.

And Amy admitted she felt nervous playing such a sexy part.

She says: 'David said, "This is kind of how we see her dressing."

Holding on: Amy and Mark as Micky Ward and Charlene Fleming in The Fighter

Holding on: Amy and Mark as Micky Ward and Charlene Fleming in The Fighter

'And I said, "I'm getting in a gym, 'cause there's no way I'm going to end up not looking my best."'

But David stopped her from working out too much as he felt it would be wrong for the role.

Amy says: 'He said, "I want you to look like a girl who drinks beer".

The Fighter opened in theatres in the U.S. on Dec 17.

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