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It seems the first action item on many Hollywood moms' agendas after giving birth is dropping that pesky baby weight and hitting the beach in a bikini to show the world their reclaimed physique. But Kristen Bell isn't your typical Hollywood mom.
In a refreshingly candid interview with Redbook, the "Veronica Mars" star reveals that, despite the odds, she's not stressing about her waistline.
"I refused to worry about something I could not change, and I still refuse," she quips. "Look, I'm like any other woman. All this evolved b.s. that I'm telling you is my mantra: It's not something I practice naturally. I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed, because that's just part of the journey of having a baby. I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size."
Still, the pressures of being a working mother in Tinseltown definitely take their toll. Demanding hours on set require the thesp to be away from her daughter, Lincoln, for long stretches at a time — and coping with that seems much harder for Bell than a few extra pounds.
"I can't look at her pictures today, because it hurts my feelings," Bell admits. "I start wondering what she's thinking, like, 'Where's the girl with the blond hair and the boobs?'"
Despite this struggle, however, Bell is resolute in her desire to continue working, and truly believes she can have it all.
"I still want a career. Lincoln will always be number one, but I think if you can cut that cord of obsessiveness, then you can work and be a good mother and wife."
Despite the many hats she juggles, though, Bell clearly is in tune with her woman's intuition. She recalls the day that she had finished shooting "House of Lies," noting her sudden feeling that Dax — who was visiting his terminally ill father in the hospital in Detroit — needed her.
"I got on a plane, without telling him, and walked into the hospital room. And sure enough, it had been a bad day and Dax and his dad had gotten some rough news," she recalls. "Two days later, his dad passed away. I was meant to be there."
Shepard penned a touching ode to that day, and the days before and after his father's departure, sharing appreciation for that intuition.
"He wasn’t going to make it to the birth, but that didn’t get in the way of him meeting the new baby," he wrote. "It was an emotional and triumphant moment. One I will never forget. If I live to be a thousand, I will still be in debt to my wife for giving him that one last thrill."
Only time will tell how Bell navigates shedding those last few inches (or if she bothers to do that at all), but, to be honest, after reading this interview, we really don't care.
Pick up the new issue of Redbook, on newsstands August 13, to read the full interview with Kristen Bell.
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