Lake Bell: ‘I want my son to think that women are badass as they get older’

Lake Bell is only 38, which is surprising to me as I always thought she was around my age, I’m 44. So I take her comments about aging as relative. (She’s not that old since anyone younger than me is not old.) She has this kind of wise look about her that gives the impression she’s older. Plus she wears minimal makeup, that may have something to do with it, and it seems like she’s been around for a long time. We don’t see her in a lot of starring roles but she’s a character actress and we see her at events from time to time.

Anyway she has a feature in Good Housekeeping, where she’s promoting the new film she wrote, directed and stars in, I Do Until I Don’t. They dressed her in fashion-forward preppy outfits which are suitable for moms of a certain age. It’s cute, it’s just not my style. Lake gave some standard and solid quotes about aging, about self care and about whether she says “no” enough.

Her go-to mom wisdom:
My friend’s mother told me, “Try really hard to say yes.” It sounds like you’re going to create a monster, but the idea is that we’re constantly saying no, and if you turn things into a positive, everything will be a little kinder.

On aging with confidence:
Women like my mom have shown me you can be comfortable and confident with aging, and I hope to pass that gift on to my daughter. I also want my son to think women are badass as they get older.

Power outfit:
I have collected some amazing jumpsuits I’ll wear when I’m directing. I can have pockets for my walkietalkie, headset, lip balm and phone and still be chic. My favorite one looks like a flight suit.

Finding “me” time:
My husband is always reminding me to take care of myself. It’s allegedly doable to do what I do, raise two kids and be a good wife, but it takes patience, and you have to be easy on yourself. I’m on a learning curve right now.

[From Good Housekeeping]

She said she always tries to say “yes,” but I think she means just frame your “no” answer positively so it’s a win-win and you get out of it anyway. As for aging, she’s six years younger than me, what does she know? Really though, she gets it and she sounds like she’s a good mom who struggles with taking time for herself. Plus I like that she goes so undercover. We have never covered an interview with her before. I get that she’s not very famous but she could work some pap strolls and endorsement deals like so many of her peers but she just hasn’t gone that route. So I wanted to cover Lake, if only because she’s not a shameless self promoter.

Here’s the trailer for I Do… Until I Don’t. I laughed a few times, I would watch this.




photos credit: WENN and We Are the Rhoads for Good Housekeeping

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  1. GiBee says:

    I always forget she exists until I see her, and it forget her again five minutes after I’ve read anything about her. I like her, she just doesn’t spark for me.

    • Adrien says:

      I am having a hard time remembering her because she has a lot of lookalike celebs. Allison Williams, Amanda Peet, Karla Souza, Stephanie Seymour, etc. And everytime I read her name, Jamie Bell pops in my mind.

  2. BeamMeUpScottie says:

    Words to live by. I like her.

  3. Shelley says:

    I think she comes from lots of money and deals are optional.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Her and her husband come from serious money. They don’t have to hustle.

  5. JackieJormpJomp says:

    I’m just here to tell people to watch the movie “In A World…”

    It’s SUCH a well written movie, and she is the sh*t in it.

    • Lizzie says:

      yes! she wrote and directed it! very very good!

    • Esmom says:

      Hearing an interview with her around that film is when I really started to like her. She seems smart and kinda quirky, very charming.

      Her new movie looks funny, although I was bummed to see Amber Heard get billing over Wyatt Cenac! And Ed Helms is hilarious…and about the least sexy guy in HW, imo.

      • JackieJormpJomp says:

        Yes, there is just something about Ed Helms that makes my vulva wither.

      • Sadezilla says:

        I really liked it too. I wasn’t sure I liked her before but she won me over with In a World.

        You guys are cracking me up re: Ed Helms.. I kind of think he’s cute?

    • Rosey says:

      Thanks for the tip. I will look for it, as I love her.

  6. Truthful says:

    Lake Bell IS around your age…. she is around amanda Peet’s age…Except Amanda doesn’t fudge her age …sight

  7. Lucy says:

    She’s so criminally underrated, in my opinion. The woman has TALENT, I’m telling you.

    • tracking says:

      I’ve loved her in everything I’ve seen her in (“Man Up” is great), and will check out her directing.

  8. Electric Tuba says:

    Well then start karate chopping everything in sight now when he is a baby and he will definitely know older ladies can kick ass at all points in time. Also invest in t shirts that day badass in them and just go busting through the walls like Kool aide man and yelling “ohhhh yeah! I’m your mooooooom!”
    Subtle hints like that will stick with children as they grow.

  9. DesertReal says:

    I’ve always liked her. I remember reading an article about her, when she covered page six magazine (back when I lived in NY) and I’ve been a fan ever since. Talented, smart, and never too over exposed (or heavily over done which ages the hell outta people).
    It’s a balance that many can’t walk lol

  10. paranormalgirl says:

    I can’t for the life of me think of anything she’s been in. But I like her attitude.

  11. StormsMama says:

    I liked her in Its complicated
    And in the Owen Wilson movie (they get stuck in hotel during a coup; it’s a scary and fast paced movie but I love Owen)

    She’s got talent and she’s gorgeous.

    I do think she is actually in her 40s
    There is NO WAY she is YOUNGER THAN I AM. and I’m 40 almost 41 lol.
    But in that industry it’s standard to cheat your age and I don’t hate her for it.

  12. Betsy says:

    I like her. And her rare name.