Can Moms Really Have It All? Actress Lake Bell Investigates

ByCassie Kreitner
Senior Editor
Published
Feb 2016
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Lake Bell likes to multitask. She leans towards wanting more and isn’t afraid to ask for help or change her mind along the way. And before giving birth to daughter Nova last October with her husband, well-known tattoo artist Scott Campbell, Bell said she couldn’t understand women who gave up their careers to be full-time moms.

“I admit I had judgment toward that way of life, but that judgment has completely left me,” she shares in More magazine’s September issue_._ “I am 1,000 percent empathetic toward women who want to do that.”

Although she’s realized that being a stay-at-home mom “is just not for me,” the self-described “new mom, filmmaker, actor, wife, pretty-good housekeeper and mediocre cook” is still figuring out how to ‘do it all.’

So she turned to the streets of New York City for some advice.

In a five-minute short film called “More Time,” Bell conducts (wo)man-on-the-street interviews with moms across a range of backgrounds and industries about balancing work and being a mom while still “having a life.”

The business professionals, police officers, military workers, corrections officers, postal workers and other moms share their secrets and and advice, while several gratefully admit to sharing the credit.

“I get so much help from my mother. Without my mother, I wouldn’t be able to do it,” one woman acknowledges.

Bell listens as these women offer various perspectives on motherhood, from “This idea of having it all is maybe the wrong point of view” to what often crosses all of our minds: “How do I do this without being angry?”

Watch the video below and share your own thoughts with our community of working moms here.

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