Lake Bell Debuts Post-Baby Body Four Months After Welcoming Daughter

02/21/2015 at 02:00 PM ET

Looking at Million Dollar Arm star Lake Bell, you’d have no idea that she gave birth to a baby girl in October.

The actress attended the 8th Annual Women in Film pre-Oscar party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Hollywood on Friday and revealed her post-baby body in a stylish Max Mara dress.

“I think that when you have a little one, you spend a lot of energy just being a mother,” Bell, 35, told PEOPLE when asked how she got her figure back. “All the jobs that come with being a mom like breastfeeding, it’s been what’s going on the last couple months.”

Lake Bell Women in Film Pre-Oscar Party Los Angeles
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Though Bell and husband Scott Campbell have yet to release the name of their daughter, Bell couldn’t be happier about being a new mom. “I can’t complain,” she said. “I miss her every second. I miss her right now.”

On top of raising a newborn, Bell has been busy at work, acting in the new Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer and preparing for her second outing as director with The Emperor’s Children, set to star Jeff Bridges.

On balancing work and motherhood, “It’s a whole thing,” said Bell. “But I’m excited that my daughter can look up to me as a working mom. I want her to grow up feeling empowered and self-reliant.”

— Matthew Cole Weiss

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Kate on

People magazine- Just stop this nonsense of glorifying celebrities’ post-baby bodies! It is so shallow and really sends across the wrong message. Can’t you find other stories to write!? WTH. SMH.

Amy on

People magazine, stop with this post-baby body madness.

Sarah on

Can you please stop with the disgusting and offensive use of “post baby body?”

Yes, these woman had babies. Appearing at events and reintegrating into their normal lives is not an invitation to critique their bodies. This is not worthy of an article.

Kristin on

Um I’m pretty sure she is attending an event. Not “debuting” her body.

Kat on

The way you treat pregnant women and new moms is truly gross, PEOPLE. You don’t seem to know that they are human beings (These women cannot go out in public without you claiming that they are “revealing their bodies”, or “debuting their baby bumps”).

christine on

Oh look, yet another article about post-baby bodies to make the rest of us feel like crap about ourselves. Thanks, People magazine.

Lynne on

People magazine – you have to stop this insane focus on women’s bodies after they’ve had a baby. Your magazine supports the dysfunctional body issues rampant in today’s society. From now on, I’m boycotting your publication. Shame on you for putting horrible pressure and unrealistic expectations on women who have just created a human being. Awful awful awful. You should be called out on this in every single way possible until the noise is deafening and you stop it.

Erin on

People magazine, STOP!!!! Listen carefully: you need to stop all the “post-baby body”, “bounced back” “you’d never know she had a baby” nonsense. Stop focusing so much on it- it is insulting, harmful and your readers want it to stop. So STOP!

CGB on

I thought I had heard her baby’s name is Nova.

Pam on

She is talking about post baby figure, yes her post baby body looks so good in the picture.

Anonymous on

To everyone complaining about PEOPLE featuring “post-baby bodies”….You DO realize that we’re all contributing to the problem, don’t you? If we really want PEOPLE to stop with these stories, then WE need to stop commenting on them and paying attention to them. And for those that subscribe and feel very strongly about taking a stand against these stories, there’s always the option of hitting PEOPLE where it really hurts- their pocketbooks (i.e, cancel your subscription!)!

Anonymous on

I also want to point out that, like it or not, PEOPLE is technically correct when they say a celeb (or the non-celeb wife/girlfriend of a male celeb) is “debuting’ their belly.

Per Merriam Webster:

2 debut /ˈdeɪˌbjuː/ verb
debuts; debuted; debuting

[no object] : to appear in public for the first time : to make a debut

Dogman69 on

She has that crazy freaky look!