Kristen Bell Says Motherhood Is ‘Pretty Wonderful,’ Better Than Expected

New mom Kristen Bell says that motherhood is actually a lot better than she thought it would be.

The 32-year-old Veronica Mars actress gave birth to a daughter, Lincoln, in March of this year. Lincoln is Bell’s first child, as well as the first child of longtime partner Dax Shepard. Bell made her first post-baby appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (set to air June 3), and admitted that being a new mom is “a lot of fun.”

“It’s actually better than I expected,” Bell said of becoming a mother. “It’s pretty wonderful.”

The quirky actress also gushed that Shepard is “the best” dad.

“It’s like he’s just made a new best friend,” she continued. “He just talks to her all the time. And sings to her all day. It’s wonderful.”

As is the habit of many other celebrity couples from Beyonce and Jay-Z on down, Bell refused to show a picture of baby Lincoln on TV, joking that she’s “not quite positive that [Lincoln] wants to be a public figure yet.”

“We’re going to leave that up to her,” Bell said. “If she wants to, she can do a bunch of selfies. Who cares? But we’re just not going to make that decision for her.”

As for the baby’s name, Bell said that it was actually Shepard’s idea, because Lincoln has “always been Dax’s favorite name.” The 38-year-old actor and comedian owns a 1967 Lincoln Continental, with the implication being that his daughter’s name was no coincidence.

So did Bell have any say in the matter? She joked that not only did Shepard choose the name Lincoln, but that “he is substantially bigger than I am, so I lost.”

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