'Bones' Star Emily Deschanel Talks About Her Real Pregnancy and Fake Baby Belly

A new mother on camera and off, the star of the recently renewed Fox series tells THR about trying on famous pregnancy suits, how parenthood has informed her acting and what's next for Season 7.
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Bones returns for the rest of its seventh season on Monday night. And while star Emily Deschanel and her alter ego Temperance Brennan were pregnant during the first half of the season, the only episode taped after the September birth of Deschanel's son Henry was the fictional baby's arrival.

Accustomed to playing pregnant while actually pregnant, Monday's episode required Deschanel to put on a fake belly for the first time.

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"It's very sweaty in there, so thank god it was just for one episode and we could move on," Deschanel tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I had to try on a bunch of bellies that were marked for different celebrities when they were pregnant in different movies. I know I tried on Nicole Kidman's, but I can't remember who we ended up with."

Going through both pregnancies simultaneously, Deschanel also notes that the upcoming batch of episodes with Brennan and Booth (David Boreanaz) as new parents have mirrored what's happening at home.

"I'll experience something in an episode, and I'm shocked because it's exactly what I'm going through," she says of storylines involving hormones, weight loss and sleep deprivation. "Brennan has a different take on things always. It's been fun to see how that unfolds."

And for fans who may still be feeling cheated by the series' decision to make Brennan and Booth leap from platonic partners to parents, Deschanel promises that more romantic payoff is ahead.

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"Let's just say that we're dealing with things that are not so sexy and romantic, like spit-up, burping and waking up in the middle of the night," she says, "but there are also some make-out sessions thrown in there. And some lingerie."

As for Bones' Season 8 renewal, THR caught up with Deschanel just before the official word came through, but she did express her continued surprise at the successful series' longevity.

"I never thought I'd be doing this long enough that I'd be having a child while all of this was happening," she says, "or that they'd write that in."