Hilary Duff Is Feeling ‘Strong As Hell and Fierce’

09/16/2014 at 04:00 PM ET

Hilary Duff Trident and Oral Smiles Across America Michael Simon/Startraks

For Hilary Duff, it’s all about him: her 2½-year-old son Luca Cruz.

But while the “All About You” singer is back to shining in the spotlight with her new single, Duff admits her toddler is showing signs he’ll have a future on the field.

“I don’t know if he’s so musically inclined. He’s a little more like his dad like that,” Duff, 26, told PEOPLE in New York Monday, when Trident and Oral Health America celebrated Smiles Across America‘s 10-year anniversary.

She adds of her son with Mike Comrie, “He plays soccer. Can you believe I’m a soccer mom?!”

But in between kicking a ball around, Luca loves listening to music — and he’s already Duff’s biggest fan.

“He knows all my music. That was a sweet thing that happened this weekend,” she says. “I’m like, ‘Do you want me to put your music on?’ We were in the car, and he’s like, ‘Mama’s music!'”

But could the little charmer be a future heartbreaker? Duff jokes her son is already “really into girls.”

“It’s kind of scary. He likes girls in dresses,” she shares, adding Luca is growing up “too fast, which scares me.”

But there won’t be any formal introductions just yet. “He thinks Elsa from Frozen is his girlfriend. I’m like, ‘Great, your first love’s an ice queen,'” she jokes.

Aside from the day-to-day changes, Duff says becoming a mother has affected her both — personally and professionally — in more ways than she ever could have imagined.

“One of the coolest things about being a mom is this newfound confidence in every aspect of my life,” Duff, who is set to star in the sitcom Younger, explains.

“I was a little uncomfortable with [my body] in the beginning because it goes through a lot of changes, but now I’m more grateful than ever for what it can do for me.”

She continues, “I feel strong as hell and fierce! It took me a while to totally get back in shape, but I’m proud of my body.”

— Jeff Nelson

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Abby on

Love her

Karen on

I’m sorry. But this girl perceives herself as a goody goody. Another example of Hollywood trash who couldn’t keep her marriage intact bc she let the fame go to her head.

Gunny on

She’s great. I love her music and how she presents herself as sweet and funny.

Christine on

Karen, are you ____ing kidding me?Do you personally know her to make these assumptions? What have you seen her do to be Hollywood trash? I don’t see her in tabloids for partying, doing drugs, and grinding men. And how do you know that “fame” caused the break in her marriage? There could be literally hundreds of reasons as to why her marriage didn’t work out, but she does not seem arrogant about her fame/wealth at all! Take a look in the mirror and get your own ____ together!

Jessica on

I really like her. She’s so pretty & she seems like a good mom.

Madeline on

She looks different to me in a few recent photos. Anyone else picking up on some possible plastic surgery?

jesse on

She is a beauty. I don’t know why she married at that age. And also a child. SMH. And a divorce so quickly.

me on

She trashed the amazing actress Faye Dunaway, and I’m glad she didn’t get the part. She’s an annoying twit, but at least she fixed those horse teeth!

Judy on

She seems like a very nice person. I read that her and her husband are trying to work it out.

Tanya on

Liked her music, glad she is back on her music.

hockeylady89 on

For the record as a hockey fan of a team Mike used to play for. I know about all kinds of rumours of him cheating on past girlfriends who are we to say it was her fault for the marraige troubles. They also did not officially divorce and she said very recently a few days ago actually that she is “still married”. She has a lot of success and seems to be a very level headed person. I’m glad she is so in love with being a mother more young moms should be like that.