The actress discusses how becoming a mother to Nova, 10 months, has impacted her life

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Updated December 03, 2020 02:58 AM
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Lake Bell daughter Nova


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Lake Bell is still fairly new to motherhood, but her maternal instincts have already kicked in.

“Before you have kids, you’re like, ‘I hope I don’t die on this plane or I hope I don’t die crossing the street,’ ” she told PEOPLE during a press junket for her upcoming thriller No Escape.

“It’s all me, me, me. ‘What do I want to eat? What do I want to do?’ But when you have a baby and you would just happily stand in front of a bus to save her, it’s a ferocious commitment to protecting your charge.”

The 36 year old and her husband, tattoo artist Scott Campbell, welcomed their first child, daughter Nova, in October. Bell, who plays a mom in No Escape, says motherhood will change how she’ll view the movie, which was filmed in Thailand.

“I don’t think I would have acted the movie differently, but I’ll watch it differently,” she explains. “It’s hard for me to watch because I have a daughter now.”

Bell also has a better understanding of what it feels like to be responsible for another life.

“Having children is not for everyone, but I think it’s a beautiful lesson in it not being all about me anymore,” she shares. “It’s a relief in a way. It’s like, this is her story now and I’m her mom. It’s a nice shift. And especially with what we do, I welcome it.”

No Escape tells the story of a newly relocated American businessman (Owen Wilson) and his family, who must look for a safe haven during a violent political uprising in their new South Asian country.

Bell is also excited about another project — one she can show Nova. The actress voices a cat in an upcoming animated movie, The Secret Life of Pets, and plans to eventually watch it with her daughter.

“I can’t wait. I’m so excited for that part of it. Finally,” she told reporters. “And my God, kids are so excited. Then I’ve won.”

— Lindsay Kimble with reporting by Jeff Nelson