HOLLYWOOD star Julia Stiles is counting down the minutes to labour. After nine long months she’s ready to surrender and accept she can’t control everything.
Julia Stiles doesn’t know what motherhood will be like. But after clocking her ninth month of pregnancy, she’s sure of one thing — her baby will be here “very soon”.
“I’m open to the fact I haven’t done this before so I may have to let go of some of my preconceived ideas,” said Stiles, 36, who last week married her fiance-of-one-year, Preston J. Cook, in a “shotgun wedding”.
In fact, by the time Stiles’ new TV show Riviera hits screens on Wednesday, there’s every chance she may have a squawking new bundle in her arms.
“Nine months is a long time so I’ve had a lot of time to think,” said Stiles.
“But I think the whole lesson in pregnancy, and probably it applies to motherhood, too, is that you kinds have to let go and surrender. You can’t control everything, you certainly can’t control your child.”
Pregnancy has been a “very special time” for Stiles.
However, the 10 Things I Hate About You star is well aware she has had an easier ride than others.
“I’ve really enjoyed it. Sometimes I’m reluctant to say that to other women ‘cos they want to punch me,” she joked.
As one of the few 90s stars to remain in the spotlight after her breakout role in Save the Last Dance, Stiles recently starred in American crime-drama Dexter, before taking the lead role in Riviera, a 10-part British thriller from veteran filmmaker Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with a Vampire).
Filmed against the extravagant backdrop of the south of France, and with an equally as covetable costume collection, Stiles plays Georgina Clios — a glamorous widow, intrigued with uncovering the mysterious details surrounding her billionaire husband’s death.
“That time I went camping, nearly eight months pregnant, just to see @nathanielrateliff and the @nightsweatsnc,” Stiles wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of herself cradling her baby bump and toting a maternity pillow, with tents visible in the background.
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Stiles’ rep confirmed to PEOPLE exclusively in June that the 36-year-old star and her fiancé Preston J. Cook are expecting their first child.
The parents-to-be met on the set of 2015’s Blackway, where Cook worked as a camera assistant, and got engaged on Christmas Eve 2015.
Congratulations to Julia and her fiancé Preston J. Cook who will welcome their first child later this year!
“I’m not getting a ton of marital advice,” Stiles, 36, told PEOPLE in 2016. “We’re really slow on the wedding planning so I haven’t really been soliciting advice. Somebody told me about radical empathy, but I’m still trying to figure out what that means. I’m trying to figure out what makes it radical.”
The couple met on the set of 2015’s Go with Me, where Cook worked as a camera assistant.
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After nine years, actress Julia Stiles has returned to the supporting role of Nicky Parsons in the upcoming movie “Jason Bourne.” Stiles says her character cares about Bourne and wants him to know about his past before she exposes the secrets surrounding him. The actress also admits she was surprised when her fiance Preston J. Cook popped the question, because she didn’t want to “ruin a perfectly good vacation” by getting her hopes of an engagement up.
Congratulations Julia and Preston! With a photo posted Monday to Julia Stiles’ Instagram account, the actress revealed that she’s engaged to camera assistant Preston J. Cook.
The couple met on the set of the 2015 film “Go with Me” and “got engaged on Christmas Eve at a private residence in Isla Grande, Colombia.” “Best Christmas Ever!” reads the caption accompanying her related Instagram photo…