Michaela Coel Gets Candid About Her Decision To Freeze Her Eggs

Ash Percival
·Entertainment Editor, HuffPost UK
·3-min read

Michaela Coel has said she is planning to have her eggs frozen in case she wants to have children in later life.

The I May Destroy You writer and star told GQ magazine that she sometimes worries she does not think about having children “as much as I should”.

In conversation with US actor and musician Donald Glover for the British edition of the magazine’s upcoming Heroes issue, Michaela also said she had considered adoption.

Michaela Coel (Photo: Mike Marsland via Getty Images)
Michaela Coel (Photo: Mike Marsland via Getty Images)

She said: “Sometimes I worry that I don’t (think about having children) as much as I should, which is why, just in case I ever think about this more, I’m freezing my eggs, just in case.

“I’ve never been too thinky about bearing my own children through my vagina. I have thought about adopting. That I’ve thought of more than vaginal children.

“But in case I changed my mind, because I don’t know, they say it happens… Like, you reach this point where suddenly you really want babies and all you can think about is you want a baby and the clock’s ticking.

“I don’t ever have that. I’ve never felt it. I’ve never even said, ‘I want to have a baby,’ ever in my life. So I’m freezing them in case that hits me later.”

During the interview, Michaela also spoke about how she is taking time out from work, following the huge success of I May Destroy You earlier this year, but that hasn’t stopped her from thinking of her next project.

She added: “I’m asked this question and I have an answer that I give, which is, ‘I’m taking a break.’ However, it’s been a while now.

“And even though I’m still technically working, because, hey, we’re doing press, there is, like, there’s a tiny seed far away. I’m just on the edges. I don’t know. I have something in my womb.

“I sometimes equate my show with children. So the inception might be beginning. There’s something, but for now, I’m trying to just live for a minute. I think I’ve given myself September to just live.”

Read the full interview with Michaela in the November issue of GQ, available from Friday 2 October.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.