Gaz Shirley/Pacific Coast News
08/07/2013 AT 11:45 AM EDT
Helen Hunt made a splash at the beach – and the water had nothing to do with it!
On Monday, the Oscar-winning actress, 50, was photographed wearing a flattering black one-piece swimsuit at Venice Beach in L.A., while shooting scenes for her new surfer movie Ride
, which she not only wrote but is also directing and producing.
In the film, Hunt plays a magazine editor who discovers her son has dropped out of college to become a surfer. Her character follows the boy to California, where she meets a surf instructor played by Luke Wilson.
It's hard to believe she's also a mother
– Makena Lei, her daughter with Matthew Carnahan, is 9.
"I fell in love, I had a daughter," the actress has said
about her step back from the spotlight. "It was hard to find a part that was as interesting as watching her grow up."