Grouplove’s Hannah Hooper Opens Up About Her Pregnancy
Hey, guess what? Grouplove’s Hannah Hooper, aka Lady Grouplove, is pregnant! We had to take a moment to talk to her about her pregnancy joys, craziest cravings, her new clothing collection Lady Grouplove for Volcom, her husband, band support and even… BABY NAMES. One thing is clear, this baby is already destined for great things at the ripe old age of 0. Checkout all of Hannah’s deets, below.
Interview By Alexandra Mandelkorn.
Tell us the story of how you found out you were pregnant!
Nothing crazy…I felt ill and just kinda knew.
What have been some of the joys of pregnancy so far?
Being pregnant is a crazy, primitive experience. Regardless of how far medicine and machines have come, pregnancy hasn’t changed at all and I find this process fundamentally beautiful.
Kimono – Second Glance Vintage, Bralett – Cynthia Rowley, Pants – American Apparel, Earrings – Isharya
And the lows? Give us the real deets on what no one ever really talks about when it comes to being pregnant!
Haha the lows – I never really thought about it, but nine months is a long mother fudgin time to share your body with someone else and now that I am well into the third trimester I am very uncomfortable. Our baby is super active and very strong, so there is a lot of kicking and moving whenever I am trying to chill. It’s so exciting, but also so insane. At this point I am just a vessel for our baby.
Have you picked out any names yet? Have you gotten any crazy suggestions for names from fans?
Yes we have picked a name…. Actually the name sort of found us, but I will leave it at that. I made the mistake of sharing it with my mom and her response was, “Well, that’s a mouth full.” Not exactly what I was hoping for, but I have always been a fan of an opinion.
Dress – Isabel Marant, Earrings – Melody Esahni
What has it been like being a pregnant woman in the music industry, especially the rock world, so far?
We have been off tour writing our third album for the entirety of this pregnancy, so I’ve had the ability to choose what I want to share and what I want to keep private – which is rare in this time of total transparency. Christian and I have been cooped up writing songs as this baby grows. It has been a natural and intimate process that is hard to explain but has been endlessly inspiring. I mean, we have been touring for so long that stopping, staying put, and letting everything sink in can be a lot to digest and eventually there is that inevitable pressure to create something. You question yourself and if you still have it in you to make something at all. We somehow skipped that meltdown. Christian and I are off-the-grid – writing, painting and reconnecting to a simpler life as artists. It’s awesome.
Are you planning on getting right back into the groove of things after your kid is born? When it comes time, are you going to bring your child on tour with you?
Pretty much! Once we finish this album and some paintings we are going to jump back on the road with our newest little member. Ryan [Grouplove drummer] is unbelievably good with kids – he’s like the dog whisperer, but for babies. Andrew [Grouplove guitarist] and Dan [Grouplove bassist] are just pumped to be uncles. I cannot wait for all the personalities we tour with to help shape our baby. Our band and crew are really a family, so our little girl is only going to enhance that. Also, quietly, I am stoked for all the helping hands!
Along with being an amazing musician, you are such an incredible painter! Have you been painting a lot throughout your pregnancy?
I have been painting these big, drippy, colorful pieces. When I am painting I am a better songwriter and when I’m writing songs, I am a better painter. In a certain way, one takes the pressure off the other and when I’m in the zone there is a fluidity between both mediums that is seamless.
Do you feel like being pregnant and going through this process has affected your creative process at all?
I’m normally quite a stoner and am very pro marijuana in my day to day. But since I found out I was pregnant, I have swapped out Marijuana for transcendental meditation. The combination between being pregnant and meditation has really slowed me down to finding a flow rather than an unpredictable burst of creativity. I will definitely keep meditating after I give birth. It has grounded me in a way I never thought was possible.
What are some of the most important lessons you are going to teach your little girl to become a strong, fearless woman like yourself?
Oh man, I’m so excited to see the world through her eyes that I haven’t really thought too hard on it. I guess to be kind, be fair and be true are a good starting point.
What have been some of your weirdest cravings?
I seriously lived on Triscuits the first trimester of this pregnancy. I couldn’t eat anything else it was insane. I didn’t even know they made them anymore, but when I spotted them in the cracker aisle – it was on. Also, a few weeks ago I was laying in the grass and had this urge to eat dirt. Not gonna lie, I ate a little bit.
What are you most excited to do again, once the pregnancy is over?
Sleep on my stomach.
Photography By Angelo Kritikos
Styling By Alexandra Mandelkorn
Nars Hair & Makeup by Brook Hill