Busy Philipps first captured our hearts as the tough Kim Kelly on Judd Apatow’s cult-favorite Freaks & Geeks. Twelve years and one kid later, and we’re still swooning over her role as Courtney Cox’s best friend on Cougar Town. But behind the glittering, ultra-talented exterior is a whip-smart and wickedly funny mom, one who looks just as chic reading bedtime stories as she does walking the red carpet. Who can forget her stunning turn in Dolce & Gabbana at this year’s Oscars, hand-in-hand with real-life BFF Michelle Williams? (Philipps is also godmother to Williams’s six-year-old Matilda). At home with daughter Birdie and husband Marc Silverstein, a screenwriter, Philipps’s life is filled with arts and crafts, make believe games in the outdoor fairy house, and silly portrait sessions in a full-size photo booth, all punctuated by an almost-constant flow of laughter. But for Birdie, humor is just the start—the super smart three-year-old shows off her dance moves, high-heel-tromping skills, and impeccable manners.

Birdie, three, April 2012