When we last heard from Australian actress Poppy Montgomery, she was agonising over what to name her coming baby.

She shared her thoughts about “the question that causes my chest to tighten in fear — ‘Have you picked out a name yet?’ A name. THE name. The name that my unborn son will carry with him for the rest of his life. What if I mess it up?”

We think she’s made a great decision – she and husband Shawn Sanford welcomed her third child, son Gus Monroe, on Nov. 11 and “Mom and baby are doing well,” her rep said.

Little Gus joins four big siblings – sister Violet, 19 months, and Poppy’s son Jackson, 6, from a previous relationship and Shawn’s kids Hayley and Braydon.

Remarkably for Hollywood, Poppy, 42, managed to keep her pregnancy a secret for six months. “I haven’t told anyone yet, so people just think I have enormous boobs,” she said at the time. “I was like, ‘I wonder if they think I went and got a boob job?’”

But once she revealed it, “I’m hoping to get all of the privileges now of a real pregnant person!” she said. “I want to be respected and given lots of royal treatment.”

When Violet was born, Poppy was asked about how her body had changed, given that she had to go back to work two weeks later, on TV show Unforgettable. “I’m not going to put pressure on myself to make my body look like it never had a baby when it did,” she said. 

“I’m going to treat my body with kindness, because it’s been through a lot. I’m absolutely rebelling against the idea that we as women should look like we never gave birth when we did. Instead, it should be celebrated. What our bodies do is really extraordinary.”

She also wants Violet to know that she has a healthy body image.

“I don’t want her to have that pressure. It becomes a bad thing that our bodies change as we get older and as we give birth,” Montgomery says. “The focus shifts to the wrong thing when we start obsessing about our bodies instead of celebrating our lives.”

Congratulations, Poppy – Gus is a lucky little boy!

How did you decide what you were going to name your little one/s?
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  • We just came across a name we both liked.


  • I love Poppy! I think she is gorgeous!
    I just chose names by what I came across and liked. :)


  • What a sensible and down to earth attitude for someone who works in an industry that seems so far removed from normal.


  • I had twin boys and had not idea what to name them, so one was named Andrew John, as I just liked Andrew and John was his fathers and grandfathers middle name, the other was named David Ian, as my grandfather middle name is David and my Fathers name is Ian, but at the end of the day I named them what I wanted and what I liked, with their sister she was named Bianca Ann, Ann is my mums middle name, but Bianca was chosen by her father whilst I was under anaesthetic, so when I woke up her name was on the crib!!! needless to say the marriage did not last. BTW I got used to it and love my Bianca!!!!


  • good to see some stars are real people


  • She seems amazingly grounded and sensible for a celebrity.


  • Congrats to Poppy and her family! Seems the name Gus is coming back!


  • Lots of little Gus’s being born; this name is so popular at the moment. It is an adorable name!


  • Amazing that she was able to keep the pregnancy a secret for six months!
    Congratulations to Poppy & family.


  • She certainly looks very radiant


  • This pregnancy was kept very quiet. I remember when Poppy had her first baby. Congrats to the entire family. Hubby and I prepared lists and then culled it when we tried to match it with our surname!


  • I hadn’t even realised this beautiful and talented actress was Australian until I seen just now.


  • Very cute name. It’s interesting seeing all these old names come back into fashion.


  • Congrats! And love the name, I have a cousin named Gus


  • Gus is such a cute name!


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