Rachel Bilson Says Daughter Briar Is More Like Belle from Beauty and the Beast

10/19/2015 at 02:45 PM ET

Rachel Bilson wrapped her CW show Hart of Dixie earlier this year, but her daughter, Briar Rose, is keeping the actress on her toes.

“She’s very busy,” Bilson told PEOPLE at No Kid Hungry‘s Dinner to End Childhood Hunger at The Four Seasons in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

When asked if her baby girl is active, she doesn’t hesitate to answer. “Literally, she might be an Olympic gymnast next month. She’s crazy,” jokes Bilson of Briar, who celebrates her first birthday on Oct. 29.

When Briar isn’t reveling in her active lifestyle, she enjoys more scholarly pursuits, like reading. “She is very well-read,” says Bilson. “She likes all books. I’m telling you, she’s like Belle from Beauty and the Beast.”

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Aside from Briar’s insatiable desire to read and her on-the-go lifestyle, there’s one more thing that Bilson admires about her first child: her fashion sense. When asked who her living style icon is, Bilson giggles before answering, “My daughter.”

While Bilson and Briar are able to have fun reading and dressing up together, the actress is very aware that not all children have the privileges she’s able to give to her daughter. Bilson was honored at the event as a No Kid Hungry Hero for her support in helping to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food.

“You take on this mother role to all children, but … you don’t think that one out of five children are hungry and you don’t think about it because you don’t really think it’s an issue,” she explains.

“Organizations like this — that are bringing programs to schools and are doing things to help — are so important to get attention because it is fixable.”

“It’s so important to have a full tummy,” she continued in her acceptance speech. “If I’m hungry, I’m very cranky, and I do not listen, learn, talk, walk. [It’s important] for children to have a full tummy, [so] they are able to learn and dream big. They’re going to shape our country and our world.”

— Abby Stern

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Ellie on

Love her! She is consistently an altruistic woman and uses her celebrity status to bring attention to worthy causes. She is also hilarious and does a great job of always keeping things light and fun. She seems like a fantastic mother and I wish her nothing but the best!

Delores Pauldo on

Her and Hayden don’t take the child out to be seen. She haven’t mention the reason she don’t let the baby be seen. Hayden and her never have the baby out together so she is not a good parent when she keep the baby hidden. Why her and Hayden haven’t address the reason why they won’t see the baby? Rachel never helped anyone that didn’t have nothing. This is the only job she can get. See she didn’t mention Hayden doing any parenting with the child. So this isn’t her giving back to help anyone. So are her and Hayden not raising the child together? Rachel get paid for this? Are her and Hayden on the rocks! People magazine should have done the story on someone else. Didn’t ask her why she don’t show her baby.

Delores Pauldo on

Why can’t she say she is a single parent with a baby? Then I would believe her. So Hayden and her are not together?