Actress Kristen Bell is a mom who knows the workplace-feeding struggle all too well.
With credits in Veronica Mars and Frozen, Bell is one of the hardest-working moms in Hollywood. On top of making big-budget productions, she’s also the proud mom of two little girls, Lincoln and Delta. Along with her Bad Moms co-star Mila Kunis, she recently appeared on Ellen and regaled the delighted crowd with her own hilarious story of breastfeeding in the workplace.
When you gotta do it, you gotta do it.
In the interview with Ellen, what starts as a simple question about the the duo’s friendship soon turns into Kunis and Bell going back and forth about Bell’s workplace predicament. Because Bell had just given birth to her daughter, she had to Skype into rehearsals for Bad Moms. This also meant that she had to sneak in her baby duties during the online meetings.
This led to some "technical" difficulties.
The urge to pump waits for no one, so while she was on Skype, Bell went ahead and hooked herself up to her breast pump and did what she needed to do. But, apparently, the noises the pump was making threw everyone on the call off. Only being able to see her face, no one knew what Bell was doing off camera. And because of the strange sounds, some of the guys on the call even thought Skype was malfunctioning.
But even when you try to use subtlety, it doesn't mean it'll work out.
Bell did her absolute best to multitask and keep her feeding discrete, but, little did she know, the entire ordeal was being broadcast. While the actress thought she was simply communicating with her colleagues on a tiny laptop screen, things were actually showing up larger than life on the other end of the call.
“I didn’t realize I was on a 200-inch screen, on speakers in a conference room. I thought it was someone’s computer,” she says.
Good friends can help save the day.
When Bell’s friends and co-stars finally figured out what was going on, they were quick to try and gloss over the situation as best they could. Moms generally have other moms’ backs, especially when it comes to wacky breast pump situations, and these ladies were no exception.
Bell says, “Mila and Kathryn [Hahn] were like, ‘It’s fine! She’s fine! Let’s just keep rehearsing!’ They were covering for me.”
Good friends, on and off the screen, are priceless.