Celebrities choose stupid names. No really, they do. Gwyneth Paltrow‘s daughter is named Apple. My ex lived underneath Shannyn Sossamon‘s child’s father in LA, which is how I found out she named her kid Audio Science. And a bunch of non-celebrities are naming their kids “Puppy” and I want to name my future kid after a dessert, so really, we’re all idiots. Recently, Kate Winslet joined the silly baby name gang and called her kid Bear Blaze–a name I initially found so, so ridiculous.
However, Kate appeared on Ellen this morning to promote her upcoming film Divergent (which apparently just has all the rad stars!) and to explain some stuff. Namely, names. Her baby’s name was not, as I had suspected, chosen at Burning Man by a 37-year-old stock broker who suddenly started calling himself Shaman Dan. In fact, Kate’s reasoning for naming her son Bear Blaze was actually pretty great.
With her first two children, Mia (13) and Joe (10), Kate
and her husband Ned Rocknroll chose their names after the kids were born. In this baby’s case, however, the name was picked early.
“We settled on Bear quite early on. A friend of mine when I was younger was nicknamed Bear, and I just had always really loved it. He was very much a bear. He was everyone’s shoulder to cry on, he was a big bear hug, he was just this great figure in my life, and I just always remembered him.”
Adorable. So, why the “Blaze” second name?
“My husband and I met in a house fire, basically. … The house burned down and we survived. But we wanted something of the fire, and so Blaze was the name that we came up with.”
Whoa. Beat that for adorable weird name reasoning, Gwyneth.
When asked by Ellen why her child doesn’t have Ned Rocknroll’s last name, Kate had the perfect response that didn’t tiptoe around what we could have assumed: “Why do you think, Ellen?”
Kate also spoke about pumping during the earthquake in Los Angeles yesterday while doing an adorable California accent (both my best friend and my boyfriend are English, too, and I’m beginning to think all British people can only imitate California’s American accents), which was yet another reminder that she’s awesome. Given that there’s still a totally uncalled-for stigma regarding breast milk, pumping, and breastfeeding, it’s always great to hear a celebrity speaking so candidly and casually about those topics.
Tuesday’s moral: Kate Winslet is still the best. And in honor of her kid’s justifiably great name, I give you the perfect Tuesday GIF: