Alyson Hannigan's Pregnancy Rumor Comeback Is Awesome

You may know Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother. Or maybe you're the geekier type who remembers her role as Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you're like me, though, you'll always have a fond place in your heart for Hannigan's infamous NSFW line in American Pie. Oh, that tiny yet memorable bit of dialogue that launched a thousand band camp jokes ... is there anyone who could have delivered it better than her?

As if she wasn't likable enough, what with her great characters and adorably expressive face, Hannigan endeared me to her even more over the weekend when she shot down some recent pregnancy speculation. Her response to the rumors that a photographer had caught her sporting a baby bump? Even better than a confession about using a flute as a dildo.

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The photo in question shows Hannigan at a carnival with her husband Alexis Denisof and Satyana, their 2-year-old daughter. In the image, Hannigan's shirt is clinging a bit to her rounded midsection, which sparked about a thousand blogs to run the photo along with the requisite "ALYSON HANNIGAN EXPECTING BABY NO.2!" headlines.

Hannigan's Twitter response was priceless:



OMFG, I love it. Four completely human excuses in one 140-character public announcement. How great is that?


I suppose some people might say that she shouldn't have even bothered addressing the rumors, or that she should have issued some lofty statement about how the press should stop obsessing over actresses' every weight fluctuation, but I kind of prefer the "I was bloated and farty, GIVE ME A BREAK" vibe she had going on.


Maybe if you spend your every waking hour avoiding carbs and sweating over a Pilates Reformer, you never have a puff-belly day, but god knows I've looked just like that in many a photo. Hello, one Diet Coke and I instantly inflate like a parade balloon, never mind the devastating effects of an entire bag of pizza-flavored Combos. If I had to send out a tweet every time my waistline expanded by a few inches, I'd never get off the Internet. ("No, I'm not pregnant! I just haven't pooped this morning, have bad posture, have decimated abdominal muscles caused by pregnancy and c-sections, ate half the dough when I was making cookies last night, ate the rest of the cookies today, am more of an 'apple' shape than a 'pear,' made the horrible decision to consume an entire bag of dried apricots oh my god BAD IDEA, am kind of gassy, and haven't worn an actual waistband since I started working from home.")


I can also identify with her follow-up tweet—"I'm NEVER gonna wear that shirt again!!!"—since I recently retired an unflattering empire waist shirt after a random guy at Home Depot offered to lift something for me because he thought I was pregnant.


What's even cooler about Hannigan is that she wasn't even pissed about the rumors. "I do LOOK pregnant in that photo!" she wrote.


Aw, we love you either way. Keep on being awesome, Alyson.


What do you think about Hannigan's Twitter response? Can you identify with having an unflattering photo day?


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