Most mothers would sell their soul to look as good as actress Jennifer Garner does only 23 months after giving birth to her adorable baby girl Violet, and the slim star admits that it was a lot harder than she had at first expected.

“A first I thought it would just happen,” she confessed on The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet, and when the baby weight didn’t magically disappear, Jen said, “eventually, I just hit the treadmill.” And though Jen ultimately realized that “the thing is to aim for balance,” the former Alias star also admitted that her current role in Cyrano De Bergerac on Broadway has her staying  slender. “I’m on a natural diet of being put into a corset every night!” she joked.

However, Jen’s Broadway diet hit a hitch this weekend when the stagehands of the Great White Way decided to go on strike, temporarily shutting down all the major shows in NYC. So what’s an actress to do with her free time? “I get to put my daughter to bed,” Jen said with a smile. “I really just hang out with her.”

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