Ever since Veronica Mars, we’ve had a soft spot for Kristen Bell, to the point where we even forgive her when she makes crap like When In Rome. She just seems like a fun person to hang out with, and in a recent interview, she proves she’s pretty down-to-earth too. Bell is engaged to Dax Shepard and says that when it comes time for their big day, their plan is to keep it low-key and private.
Bell has no plans to have a huge, lavish wedding and explained “I get enough attention as it is on a daily basis from being in this business. I’m not craving that idea of, ‘I want to be a princess for the day’. I think I get enough of that. I see enough pictures of myself.” It’s nice to hear that once in a while, especially in the age where so often, people sell their wedding photos for millions. Speaking of selling out , she has said in the past “We’re not interested in making a spectacle out of something we think is lovely…[We] keep a very low profile. We’re all the more private because people are interested and we really don’t think they should be.” After starring in Burlesque with Cher and Christina Aguilera, it’s possible Bell has become very familiar with the word “spectacle” and is just trying to compensate for that experience.
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
Dax Shepard squeezed his adorable fiancée, Kristen Bell, while out to coffee with their friend Justin Long in Studio City, CA, yesterday. She has been on location with John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore filming Everybody Loves Whales in Alaska, which may account for Kristen’s afternoon of PDA with Dax. She’ll be commuting home more in the coming month to promote Burlesque alongside that star-studded cast ahead of its Thanksgiving release. Dax, meanwhile, is more and more endearing every week on Parenthood and is trying to find a distributor for his directorial debut, Brother’s Justice. Kristen fans would love to see her back on the small screen as well and are trying to land her a role in the upcoming reboot of The Munsters, though the first tongue-in-cheek scary role on her docket is her cameo in Scream 4.
How A-Listers Spend Their Nights In
Inside of going out to party, the You Again star brings the party to her house. “Our idea of an exciting night is cooking dinner for friends and playing board games. It may sound nerdy, but it’s fun,” she says of life with fiancé Dax Shepard.
Dax Shepard Opens Up About Kristen Bell
Posted by Chad Webb on 10.20.2010
Dax dishes on his relationship with Kristen Bell…
Dax Shepard recently talked a bit about his relationship with fiancee Kristen Bell. Check out the highlights:
Settling down with Kristen: “I’m not 21-years-old in college. I’m 35. If I’m not ready now, then I have to give up on the whole concept. I’ve had plenty of good times and have settled peacefully into quite a boring existence that I love. I had enough fireworks and chaos. It is a blissful boring life, believe me. We’re just both homebodies and we are having as much fun in our house as I ever had outside on the town.”
On what’s important for him in their relationship: “Being truthful is a necessity because when I’m not being truthful it takes a toll on me. I don’t have any room for it in my life. I don’t have an across-the-board opinion on honesty in relationships. But for me, personally, it’s paramount.”
Measuring Kristen’s love: “My gauge is how present the other person is. I think for me, that’s the number one thing. Kristen is incredibly present with me in a very hectic life. I’m always flattered by that.”
Birth Name: Kristen Anne Bell
Date of Birth: 18 July 1980
Birth Place: Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA
Height: 5′ 1″ (1.55 m)
Kristen graduated from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied musical theater. She made her Broadway debut in 2001, originating the role of Becky Thatcher in the short-lived “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” In 2002, she was in the revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” on Broadway, starring Laura Linney and Liam Neeson.
Why she liked the pilot script for “Veronica Mars” (2004)
“I loved Veronica right off the bat. She was so strong and I think it is so important because there are so few shows that portray women, especially young women as being strong and being able to stand up for themselves”.
On the best time to be naked
“I rarely wear clothes when I’m home by myself. I love making breakfast naked. But you’ve got to make sure the gardener’s not coming that day.”
“I have always been an animal lover. I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with – dogs and cats, for example – from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat. I always loved my Brussels sprouts!”
“Laughing is so good for you. It legitimately burns calories…and just makes you happier.”
Attended Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, Michigan.
After playing Mary Lane in the “Reefer Madness” stage musical, she was asked to reprise the role in the film version, Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005).
Has two stepsisters by her father’s remarriage – Sara and Jody. They were both born in Canada.
Is of Irish and Polish descent.
Has two dogs: Lola and Mr. Shakes.
Plays a 17-year-old on “Veronica Mars” (2004) but is 7 years older than her character.
Was raised in suburban Huntington Woods, Michigan, and attended Burton Elementary School in Huntington Woods, Michigan, the same school actress Jessy Hodges and actor David Geister attended.
Her parents Tom Bell, a television news director, and Lorelei Bell, a registered nurse, divorced when she was two.
Named #68 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2005″ list.
Has now played two different characters named “Gracie” – in Fifty Pills (2006) and in Gracie’s Choice (2004) (TV).
Is a vegetarian.
Is a big fan of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1990).
She worked at a TCBY in Royal Oak in 1997-98 while a Senior in High School.
Lived in Huntington Woods, Michigan with other performers such as Ellen Sandweiss, Jessy Hodges, David Geister and Julie Schamanski.
Her favorite episode of “Veronica Mars” (2004) (as of 2006) is “The Wrath of Con” (Episode 1.4).
Named #11 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2006″ list.
Was voted PETA’s “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” for 2006.
BFA in Drama – New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2002).
Named #1 on Maxim’s 2006 list of “Fall TV’s Criminally Sexy Investigators”.
Roots passionately for the Detroit Red Wings.
Was named by Jane magazine in the U.S.A. as one of the “11 People You’d Most Like to See Naked.” She posed for the magazine’s July 2005 issue.
Says she was a vegan in high school, but had to give it up because of her love of cheese.
Enrico Colantoni, who plays her father on “Veronica Mars” (2004), is only 17 years older than she is.
She loves animals and often volunteers for animal related charities.
She’s an investor in bar L’Scorpion.
Was named the Popular Television Actress Most AIM users wanted to Add to Their Buddy Lists, and received the AIM Best TV Buddy award.
She was mentioned in People’s Magazine “Most Beautiful 2007″ on the Beauty at every age page. She was the beauty at age 26.
Named #24 on the Stuff Magazine “100 Sexiest Women 2007″ list.
Named #46 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2007″ list.
Was voted peta2′s “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” for 2007.
Was named #11 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2006″ list.
In 1998, the year of her graduation, she appeared in Polish Wedding (1998), a movie that was being filmed locally.
Named the yearbook’s “Best Looking Girl” by senior class vote.
Was the Maxim cover feature for March 2006.
Broke both her wrists playing hockey.
Lived with producer Kevin Mann for a number of years.
Has a black Labrador, who is 11 years old and rescued from Hurricane Katrina .
Aspires to be a stand-up comic.
Has dessert after every meal, even breakfast.
When she was 3 years old, announced to her parents that she was changing her name to “Smurfette”.
Helped deliver two babies while doing volunteer work in Brazil.
Fan of Amy Poehler.
Has a “lazy eye” (her right eye) which she demonstrated on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (2005).
Was #24 on FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008″ list.
Ranked #55 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Ranked #4 on Wizard magazine’s “Sexiest Women of TV” list (March 2008).
Also attended Berkley High School in Berkley, Michigan.
Has a motorcycle license as told on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (2003).
Received the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 2009 Humane Award.
Burned her leg on a moped during the filming of When in Rome (2010).
Engaged to Dax Shepard [February 1, 2010].