Laura Linney, husband Marc Schauer welcome secret son Bennet Armistead

laura-linney-baby-son-gi.jpgSurprise: Laura Linney is a new mom.

The "Big C" actress and her husband, Marc Schauer, secretly welcomed a baby boy into their lives on Jan. 8 after managing to keep the pregnancy a secret the entire time, her rep confirms with E! News.

"They are very happy," the rep says of the new parents. Bennett Armistead Schauer is the first child for the couple, who tied the knot in 2009.

Linney hadn't been seen out since attending the Women in Film's 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards back in June, when she would have been just a few months pregnant.  She even avoided the Emmys back in September, where she was awarded best lead actress in a miniseries or movie for "The Big C: Hereafter."

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