Kristin hinted: “You never know, because if your part gets cut down or not, so I don’t know – we’ll see when it comes out…”
But she added: “It was really really fun. We shot it in my home state of Michigan so that was nice to be back.”
Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette all reprise their roles in the new installment of the horror franchise.
The film sees Sidney Prescott, played by Neve, return to her small town of Woodsboro to promote a book she has written about the murders of the first three films.
Writer Gale Weathers Riley (Courteney) and husband Sheriff Dewey (David) begin investigating when murders start happening as soon as Sidney comes back.
Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere also star in the film as Sidney’s cousin and friend.
You Again, Film Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, California. – Russ Einhorn / Splash News
But Bell admitted she wasn’t comfortable playing a sexy role.
She told UK newspaper the Daily Record: ‘At first I wasn’t comfortable with it at all. I think I can work the cute card realistically but I’ve never really worked the sexy card.
‘But I was surrounded by these beautiful women who had embraced their own sensuality and were like, ‘Push your boobs up and have some fun, because it’s empowering’.
‘So I loosened up. But it was scary. It’s not who I walk around as. I’m not that way in real life.’
By Ben Lyons, E! Entertainment Television
Kristen Bell sits down with Ben Lyons of E! Entertainment Television
This has been a pretty darn good year for Kristen Bell. We’ve seen her share the silver screen with her fiancé, actor Dax Shepard, in When In Rome; the legendary Betty White in You Again; and this month with none other than Cher in Burlesque. Not a bad year for the self-described “late bloomer” from Michigan, who graduated from NYU and went on to become a Hollywood star who manages to fuse sex symbol with funny girl next door.
Bell’s Board Game and Garden Time
Despite all of her success—including making the difficult transition from the small screen to top billing on the big one—all this girl wants to do is play Scrabble and garden. Seriously.
BEN LYONS: You’ve worked with some pretty amazing women this year, including Betty White and Cher. Tell us about that.
KRISTEN BELL: In 2010, my motto is “Icons only.” And great résumés. 2010 is also about “Show me your résumé.”
BL: Then how did I get this interview because I haven’t updated my résumé in a while! Seriously, how did working with those two legendary women happen?
KB: Honestly, dumb luck. I was signed on to You Again before anybody else—even before our director, Andy Fickman. As they started assembling the cast, I was getting more and more frightened I was going to get bumped, that they would kick me out. It’s so great to work with some really awesome women. It’s a nice change because the previous few years I had been working with mostly all men on Veronica Mars, Heroes, Forgetting Sarah Marshall—I feel like now my life is filled with estrogen, and I love it!
BL: Christina Aguilera plays the lead in Burlesque. Were you a big fan growing up?
KB: I was a huge fan. I didn’t have posters on my wall or anything—but, actually, the posters on my wall were really weird growing up. I had an Antonio Banderas poster, a Simon Rex poster and a JTT [Jonathan Taylor Thomas] poster. I mean, what a spectrum.
BL: Banderas? Really?
KB: Let me tell you what I realized later in life: I didn’t really have a thing for Antonio Banderas or his movies, and I’m sure he’s wonderful, but I was hitting a time in puberty when girls were putting posters up, and I felt really left out. I was a late bloomer, so I ripped out the first couple posters I could find, and it happened to be those three. Years later my friends called me out on it, and I had to admit I just wanted to be part of the club of girls with posters on their walls.
BL: Now, with Burlesque, you’re part of the musical club. Are you a fan of musical theater?
KB: Yes! I went to musical-theater school. Glee is my dream come true. I was trained operatically as a soprano when I was 12. I love music and like the fact that musicals are coming back.
BL: Would you consider doing Broadway?
KB: Absolutely! I’ve thought about it and even investigated it, and for me it’s always been about timing. Broadway shows require—even if you’re the biggest actor of all time—a 12-month commitment, and I’m not loving the idea of moving back to the East Coast right now. I’m settled here, but if the right show comes about—maybe in a limited run—I’d consider it. I’d actually love to bring more musical theater to LA.
BL: How do you pick and choose which projects to be a part of?
KB: To be totally honest with you, I’ve been in the right place at the right time. I’m no stranger to desperation. I have that actor thing where I feel like every role will be my last, and I can’t believe people actually hire me. It’s very romantic to have the notion that actors construct their careers and have all the options in the world, and they are cutting and pasting the perfect strategic résumé, but it’s not really the case. A lot of it is, “This movie is being made right now—do you want to try out?” So I’ve been lucky there have been things I fit into.
BL: Let’s get to the serious stuff—Scrabble. I know you’re a big player; what are your strengths and weaknesses?
KB: I’m great with the two-letter words. I know X-I; I know Z-A; I know Q-I. But once you memorize all the two-letter words, expand your horizons. Go for the three-letter Qs—Q-A-T, for example. Know what I’m saying? If I could memorize [all the three-letter words], I’d be unbeatable.
BL: Besides Scrabble and your career, what keeps you rooted in Los Angeles?
KB: LA is what you make of it. I crave a more suburban lifestyle, which is what I’ve made LA for me. I hike a lot, and I really like being outdoors. I like how eclectic the culture is here. The older you get, the more settled you feel. We live out of suitcases enough as actors; I don’t want to move to a new city every 12 months. I like to cook a lot and garden.
BL: I’ve heard about your famous garden.
KB: You did? Who told you about my garden? Well, my garden rules, so it doesn’t surprise me it’s being talked about on the streets.
BL: What’s in season right now?
KB: I planted Black Monukka grapes. I planted a blueberry bush that is not thriving right now. I planted peppers that are doing OK—green, lilac, red, yellow and Thai peppers, which are the spicy ones. I planted basil that has basically taken over my garden. I can’t give basil away. I show up places with bags of basil for people, and I still have too much of it.
At just 5ft 2in tall, Kristen Bell knows all too well the pluses and minuses of being petite. “It’s easy to fit into a Prius,” she says. “It’s also easy to fit on a plane, I don’t have knee problems and people are generally nicer to you.”
But on the other hand, her height poses problems when she’s out with her boyfriend, the 6ft actor Dax Shepard.
“It’s tough having pictures taken with him because he’s so tall,” Kristen, 30, smiles. “It’s difficult to get both our heads in!”
Kristen, who has a starring role in this week’s big release You Again, has been engaged to Dax for nearly a year but, she says, they have no plans to marry.
“I come from a very traditional household,” says Michigan-born Kristen. “For a while I thought a marriage certificate was important, but the older I get the more I see how little it means.”
She began dating Dax three years ago after a fiveyear romance with producer Kevin Mann ended, and she has firm ideas about the man in her life.
“I think one of the most important things you can do in your life is pair up with someone else,” Kristen says. “I think living alongside someone and sharing everything with them is just beautiful.”
In You Again, she plays Marni, a successful public relations executive who heads home for her older brother’s wedding only to discover he is marrying the mean girl who made her life hell at school.
Unlike Marni, Kristen has happy memories of those days.
“I really had a good time,” she recalls. “I went to a very small parochial school in Michigan where there wasn’t any bullying and it was just fun.
The pair starred together in the 2008 film ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ and during the shoot in Hawaii, Brand, still in his pre-Katy Perry days and thinking he might be in with a chance with Bell, sent his other female companion home and tried to work his magic.
However, none of it worked on the gorgeous Kirsten Bell.
“I made it really clear from the beginning that I would sock him in the b***s if he tried anything. So he was intimidated, truth be told,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
“Actually, I loved working with Russell. I may be the only woman in the world who would shout that from the rooftops, but I did. There’s a secret Russell that he doesn’t show many people – one that’s really kind and considerate.
“True, he did say he found me repulsive and grotesque, but he realized saying stuff like that just got my funny bone. He’s a really sweet boy. Underneath that wig,” added Bell.
Kristen also admitted that had Brand once played a prank on her grandfather – making him a series of calls and explicitly outlining his liaison with Bell.
“I would have hibernated and then gone and beaten Russell up. Sometimes he goes too far and when you push the limit, there are consequences,’ she says, ‘Do I wish I could rip out the duct tape and just cover Russell’s mouth with it? Of course I do,” she concluded. (ANI)
HOLLYWOOD — Remember high school? Kristen Bell does. In the late 1990s, she attended a small Catholic high school in Royal Oak, Michigan, just outside Detroit, before becoming a TV and movie star (Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall).
“I was a very normal kid,” the blond, brown-eyed actress, recalls. “I wasn’t really picked on. I was very outgoing and pretty balanced, but I certainly had insecurities.”
Petite and afflicted with a minor lazy eye condition, she could have been the target of mean girls, but she was focused on drama and music, so she didn’t have time to allow people to intimidate her. Plus, she had a friend who was bigger and could defend her from those who dared pick on her.
“There certainly was the hierarchy that exists everywhere,” she recalls of her close-knit school. “There wasn’t the stereotypical bully or mean girl though, because the consequences were too great. You couldn’t push someone in the hallway and not expect to see them again.”
Still, she knows how people’s high school experience — whether they were the bully, the victim, the popular kid or the nerd — can affect them well into adulthood. So when she read Moe Jelline’s script for the comedy You Again, a comedy about a young woman who discovers the girl who bullied her throughout high school is engaged to marry her brother, she could completely relate, and believed audiences would relate too.
“It’s a story that translates to everybody,” Bell says. “Everybody’s known a mean girl. What this movie points out is that sometimes even mean girls have mean girls.”
As Marni, Bell starts to revert back to her nerdy teenaged self when Joanna, the pretty, popular high school classmate shows up on the arm of her brother years later, and the couple announces their engagement. As told in flashbacks, Joanna (Odette Yustman) was merciless toward bespectacled, acne-scarred Marni back in the day, teasing and humiliating her endlessly. Years later, Joanna appears to have completely forgotten her past transgressions — or has she?
Bell also liked that You Again offered an opportunity to work again with Andy Fickman, who convinced her to move to Hollywood after he directed her in the offbeat musical satire, Reefer Madness. (He later directed her in the Emmy winning Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, which aired on Showtime in 2005.)
“I usually won’t question anything if Andy is involved because I know how much fun I’ll have on the set,” she says in her perky way. “I don’t care if he’s directing PSAs for a theme park in the Midwest, I would be involved in it.”
She describes Fickman as a “ball of positive energy” whose directing style is “actor-friendly” and collaborative.
“Even if he thinks it’s not going to work, he’ll still let you try something,” she says.
One suggestion he nixed was Bell’s idea to give her character, Marni, even more pimples as a high schooler than she ended up having in the film.
“I wanted white on the end of the pimples,” she says, almost conspiratorially. “I had some killer whiteheads in high school so I wanted Marni to look even worse than she does, but he said ‘no.’”
You Again also afforded Bell an opportunity to work with a couple of Hollywood legends: Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and octogenarian “It” girl Betty White.
Curtis plays Bell’s mom, who as it turns out was intimidated by Joanna’s aunt (played by Weaver) when they were in high school, and their old rivalry heats up as the wedding plans get under way. White plays Bell’s sweet but goofy grandmother, Bunny. Getting to work with multiple generations of female actresses with well-honed comedic chops was a welcome reward for Bell.
“It’s so few and far between that you read a really good female-driven comedy that has so many feisty and sassy women,” she says. “When I heard that Sigourney and Jamie Lee were going to be in this, I didn’t know what to do. I was off my rocker. I was like, ‘I can’t believe this.’
They’re awesome women and it was just really interesting to work with them as peers. And what can I say about Betty? She’s just always the funniest person in the room.”
Bell has been on a streak of headlining successful feature comedies since her popular TV series, Veronica Mars, ended in 2007 after three seasons, first on UPN and then the WB. In addition to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, she also starred in Couples Retreat and most recently, When in Rome. (She reprised her Sarah Marshall character for a cameo in Get Him to the Greek.) Though it may seem she’s been working nonstop, she says she feels she has sufficient down time.
“I’ve had spans of two or three months where I didn’t have any work and I thought no one’s going to ever hire me again. Start digging my grave,” she says. “There’s that weird insecurity that swirls around in your mind that never goes away.”
Bell isn’t sitting around with nothing to do now. She wrapped Burlesque, in which she co-stars with Cher and Christina Aguilera. The music-filled drama hits theaters Nov. 24.
Bell, who stays fit by running daily, says learning to dance for Burlesque was a challenge.
“Dancers work harder than anyone — fact,” she says. “I can look at a script, read a scene two or three times and memorize it because that muscle is trained. Dancing is a muscle of not just using the tools in your body but memorizing the choreography. But they were really supportive and I had a lot of rehearsal time. And the women I worked with — I keep working with really good groups of women.”
She also has a supporting role in Wes Craven’s upcoming Scream 4, and she has resumed her recurring role as the unseen narrator on the hit series, Gossip Girl.
She next stars opposite Drew Barrymore in the adventure drama Everybody Loves Whales, which is shooting in Alaska.
She also is engaged to actor Dax Shepard, who stars on the hit TV series Parenthood. Though they co-starred in When in Rome, Bell says she doesn’t expect to work with him anytime soon. They haven’t yet set a wedding date.
“We’re just enjoying being engaged,” she says, smiling. — Nielsen Entertainment News Wire