Jamie Chung revealed that despite wanting children, she was “terrified” that becoming pregnant would completely sideline her career.
In October of last year, the actress and her husband Bryan Greenberg, welcomed twin boys to their family and, now, Chung is opening up about what led to their decision to use a surrogate. In an interview with Today, the Dexter: New Blood star said, “I was terrified of becoming pregnant. I was terrified of putting my life on hold for two-plus years. In my industry, it feels like you’re easily forgotten if you don’t work within the next month of your last job. Things are so quickly paced in what we do. So it’s a compromise that we made together as a couple.”
She added that one of the reasons she kept their pregnancy so private — even though she publicly shared her experience freezing her eggs in 2019 — is that there’s still so much stigma surrounding surrogacy. “I think there’s a little bit of shame,” Chung confessed. “It’s still not a very common thing and we weren’t ready for judgment. We really just did it to protect ourselves. We announced things when we were ready to.”
Chung first made a name for herself in 2004 on MTV’s The Real World: San Diego and since then has been diligently carving out a real acting career for herself, just recently wrapping on a comedy called Reunion in which she co-stars alongside Jillian Bell and Chace Crawford. “People probably think, ‘Oh, she’s so vain. She didn’t want to get pregnant,’ and it’s much more complicated than that,” she explained. “For me, personally, and I will leave it at this, it’s like, I worked my ass off my entire life to get where I am. I don’t want to lose opportunities. I don’t want to be resentful.”
In January, the actress also opened up about experiencing postpartum depression while making the “scary transition” into becoming a first-time mom. She told People, “Therapy really helped me prep mentally for this lifestyle change and to not be afraid to talk about certain issues because it’s not the first thing you want to say when you have kids. You don’t want to start with something negative or challenging, but I do think that these postpartum depression issues are so real.” She continued, “I felt quite guilty feeling certain things that I felt. And just knowing that it’s normal and it’s just because you’re overwhelmed and you’re full of anxiety and it’s a scary transition for some people.”
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