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Laura Linney on 2-Year-Old Son’s Penchant for Asking Everyone if They’re Happy: It Can ‘Take Your Breath Away’

06/06/2016 at 02:00 PM ET

Even though the general public never caught wind of her pregnancy, Laura Linney has a 2-year-old son named Bennett Armistead.

And the three-time Oscar- and Tony-nominated actress couldn’t be more overjoyed about motherhood — especially considering her transition back to work was relatively easy.

“Yes, I had just had the baby,” Linney told PEOPLE at the Sunday premiere of her new film Genius at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, explaining that Bennett was with her while she worked on two recent films.

“I had done Mr. Holmes and then I did [Genius] right after that. Both movies were in London,” she says.

“But the [sizes] of those parts were perfect for someone who [had] just had a child. I was able to get my feet back into work and still have time with my infant. It was a wonderful time.”

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Why Laura Linney Kept Pregnancy at 49 Under Wraps: ‘I Wanted to Make Sure That My Child Actually Arrived’

06/03/2016 at 12:30 PM ET

It’s been almost two and a half years since Laura Linney gave birth to son Bennett Armistead, and now she’s opening up as to why she kept her pregnancy under wraps.

“You were on our show and pregnant, and we didn’t even know!” Kelly Ripa told the actress on Friday’s episode of Live with Kelly.

“Well, I was an older mother-to-be, and it had taken me a very long time to have a child,” replies the Love Actually star, who is now 52. “I wanted to make sure that my child actually arrived, and was safe and healthy.

“I just was very quiet about it — I didn’t hide it intentionally, I just didn’t advertise it,” she adds. “So it was the right thing for me and my family.”

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Laura Linney Welcomes Son Bennett Armistead

01/17/2014 at 05:00 PM ET

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Laura Linney sure knows how to keep a secret!

The actress, 49, recently became a mom after giving birth to a baby boy on Wednesday, Jan. 8, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Son Bennett Armistead Schauer is the first child for Linney and her husband Marc Schauer.

“Mother and baby are happy and healthy,” the rep tells PEOPLE.

The couple became engaged in 2007 and were married in May 2009.

“They are very happy,” her rep said at the time of the engagement.
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