Kristen Bell urges mums to be their own superhero

Kristen Bell wants mums to stop trying to be perfect.
Kristen Bell wants mums to stop trying to be perfect. Photo: Getty Imgaes

When it comes to motherhood, Kristen Bell is her very own superhero.

Talking to TODAY, the 35-year-old actress said that she didn't lose her baby weight for over a year.

"When I look down, even now, at the extra skin on my belly, it's a reminder that I've done something spectacular. It's a reminder that I'm a superhero. And I'm proud of it," she said.

In her new movie, 'Bad Moms' Bell and co-stars Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate poke fun at the unattainable standards set for modern mothers.

"The goal of the movie is to remind us that there are so many different types of parents out there. And that's great, because there are so many different types of kids," she explains.

"The movie is saying, 'we see you, we hear you, we get you. We're all on the same team here'."

Bell says that all mothers can make an "internal choice" to resist the pressure to be perfect.

"If you walk out of your house worried that people will judge you, you will feel judged," she said.

"You are setting an expectation that will be inevitable. But there are so many mums and so many people out there who are done with that game of picking sides and having stereotypes and feeling like we're at war with each other.


"I choose not to label myself under any circumstance. I'm not a good mum; I'm not a bad mum. I'm the mum I am and I try very hard, and when I fail, that's OK."

She continues: "I often plan to make dinner and find that I'm in way over my head. I should've planned for 20 minutes and I chose a recipe that lasted two hours and I blew it. And that's OK. So, the next night I make a different choice. But I think the labels are part of the problem."

Bell also said that motherhood has allowed her focus to what's really important.

"It has set my priorities straight and allowed me to be a lot happier," she said.

"I don't worry nearly as much because as long as I know my family is happy and healthy and together, nothing else matters."

"It right-sized all of my problems. And it created an unbelievable amount of joy because I watch my kids play like I watch TV."