Smollett-Bell, who gave birth to Hunter in November, has been flawless balancing motherhood with her career (even filming stunts on Underground at 7 months pregnant) --
but told ET on Tuesday that it's not always so easy.
"I admire so many women who say, 'You know what? You don't have to choose. You can live your truth in both areas of your life and be a whole person,'" she said. "I've grown up and seen so many women who have. Alfre Woodard is an example of someone. Look at Zoe Saldana, how she's rocking the twins, you know, bringing them on the set."
"I think if in your life you want to do it, you shouldn't have to choose one over the other," Smollett-Bell added. "We live in 2017 and, as women, we should be able to do what we love and create what we love."