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Interview: Kristen on Motherhood, Frozen 2, and Why She’s Always Fashionably Late

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JUNE 14, 2017 @ 3:15 PM

It’s been a decade since cult fave Veronica Mars went off the air, but Kristen Bell is still taking some style cues from her former alter ego.

The actress, who played the teenage super sleuth from 2004 through 2007, says it was easy to love Mars’s quirky, yet utilitarian way of dressing. And though she eventually outgrew her character’s penchant for military jackets and messenger bags, she still wears one important accessory inspired by her detective days—a classic watch.

“Veronica’s watch was by Fossil and it had a small face, which was very vogue back then, and a brown leather band,” Bell tells InStyle. “It wasn’t worn as consistently as her choker and silver star necklace, but it very much spoke to her ability to stay in control of her day and everything she did. Actually, all of the pieces that she wore in the show had some sort of meaning. Veronica wouldn’t be caught dead in the same purse that the popular girls were wearing, so she had a messenger bag that would hold her camera, her gear, and all of the photos of whatever affair she was exposing that episode. And she wore always wore combat boots, instead of heels or flip flops. I loved that her clothes and accessories, like the watch, were precise and intellectual.”

Now, as a busy mom of two (Lincoln, 4, and Delta, 2) with husband Dax Shepard, Bell says her days aren’t quite as structured. And her beloved Fossil watch? It just got a major upgrade too. In fact, the actress recently became the face of the brand’s latest campaign, spotlighting its new hybrid and touchscreen styles.

“Once I had kids, I realized that I had to constantly reference nap times and pre-school pickups, so I needed something better to help keep myself on track,” says Bell, whose go-to style is the Q Accomplice ($155; fossil.com). “It actually allows me to put my phone down, which is huge for a mom! I stay pretty territorial about separating my work and my home life. I don’t want my kids to see my phone in my hand all the time. And I love that it allows only the notifications I filter to come through. I’ll get a buzz on my wrist when Dax or my mom is texting me, as opposed all of the nonsense that your phone gives you these days.”

So the question remains, is she still as punctual as Mars was? “I am, without question, always running seven minutes late it seems,” she says, laughing. “I’m not ten minutes late, so I never veer into offensive territory, but I’m always a little behind. Now I just set my watch ten minutes ahead and it all works out.“

Read on for more from our chat with the star, including her new fashion fave and the latest on the highly-anticipated sequel to Frozen.

It’s been 10 years since Veronica Mars wrapped! How did that role change your life?

In some ways, it feels like a lifetime ago, but it’s still incredibly close to my heart. It taught me so much. I had to move out of town to film it and I was living by myself except for my dog, Lola. We’d shoot for sixteen hours a day, so I gained a really great work ethic. And because I sort of mind-melded with [Veronica Mars creator] Rob Thomas, it taught me the importance of great writing.

So we already know that you’re a watch girl, thanks to the show, but how would you describe your overall sense of style?

It usually depends on my mood, but I tend to keep it simple. I’m usually in a great pair of jeans. I love the cut of Mother Denim and Re/Done. And then, to be honest, because my kids are still filthy animals, I usually just put on a fun t-shirt or sweater. Lately, I’ve been really into Lingua Franca cashmere sweaters that have embroidered sayings on the front. I have one that says “Equality”, and for Mother’s Day, my kids got me a custom one with lyrics from a song that they made up.

That’s adorable! What’s the song?

My baby will sit at a guitar and sing, “I love you so-o-o-o-o-o much. I love Momma so much. I love Daddy so much.” And so, it says, “I love you so-o-o-o-o-o much” on the front, with music notes on it and everything. It’s the best.

How long does it take you to pick out an outfit in the morning?

However many minutes of mercy my kids are willing to give me! So roughly half a minute, sometime in between brushing their hair and wiping their butts. It’s actually nice because I don’t even have the option to overthink my outfit.

And when you’re not on mommy duty, you’ve been busy filming. What are you working on right now?

I’m shooting my show The Good Place in Los Angeles right now. And I’m also shooting Bad Moms 2 in Atlanta. So how can I be in two states at once, you might ask? I pretty much fly back and forth every other day right now. Or at least every other week.

Can you give us any hints about what we can expect from Eleanor in the second season of The Good Place?

A lot of season two is centered around the big reveal that happened in the finale [spoiler alert: The Good Place has actually been The Bad Place all along]. A lot of people might think we’d just do a reset, but it’s a whole different side of the world because you know now the secret. You will see a lot more of Ted Danson’s character Michael’s perspective. And you’ll see how cunning Eleanor can be when she gets a little bit of information.

A Bad Mom’s Christmas comes out in November. And this time around, we’ll get to meet your character Kiki’s mom, right?

Yes! We’re all still rebellious, overworked moms, but now since it’s the holidays and our parents are coming into town, we’ve basically regressed into rebellious, snotty teenagers. Cheryl Hines plays my mom. I’ve known her for 10 years, so we have a really good rapport. My character Kiki’s mom is a little bit overbearing and annoyingly positive, so it’s been so much fun.

You’ve also got this little-known project called Frozen 2 in the works. Have you seen a script yet?

I certainly wish I had! They say it’s coming soon, but I’m in the same boat as everyone else—just waiting patiently. We never thought a sequel was possible because Walt Disney himself used to say that he only liked to do stand alone films. And under his watch, he said there wouldn’t be sequels to any Disney movies in the theater, so a lot have gone straight-to-DVD. We didn’t know if they’d ever green light Frozen 2 knowing that Walt might roll over in his grave.

Is there anything that you’re secretly hoping happens to Anna in the sequel?

Well, there are certain things I already know are going to happen! But I don’t know how much I can talk about. Let’s just say I think we’re all going get what we want from Anna.

Is it true that your daughters aren’t really into Frozen?

They like the characters, and they like the dress-up part of it, but they’re not super into the movie. They really like the animated movie, Sing. That’s the one that’s on repeat in our house.

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KRISTEN BELL TALKS THE GOOD PLACE AND DELVING INTO ”NON-REALITY” IN HER NEW COMEDY

Kristen Bell’s most recent series, House of Lies, may have just finished its five-season run this summer, but the busy actress is quickly returning to TV screens with the new NBC comedy, The Good Place, debuting this coming Monday. Created by Mike Schur — co-creator of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine — The Good Place finds Schur delving into more metaphysical/supernatural terrain with his comedy, in this story of Eleanor (played by Bell), who has died as the series has begin.

But there’s good news for Eleanor in the form of the Good Place of the title. It seems she’s one of the lucky ones sent to the afterlife you very much hope to go to, rather than the dark alternative. The bad news? Eleanor shouldn’t be there. She’s been mistaken for someone else, someone who lived a much better, kinder life than Eleanor did. And now Eleanor needs to figure out a way not to be found out.

I sat down with Bell to discuss The Good Place, the secrecy behind its concept (which wasn’t revealed until the trailer for the show was released), working alongside her TV royalty costar, Ted Danson (who plays the head of Eleanor’s section of the Good Place), and more – including a bit about the future of Frozen, now that it’s become a true cultural phenomenon.

IGN: For me, I hear Mike Schur, Kristen Bell and Ted Danson working together and instantly think that sounds like a great combination, regardless of what the concept is. But what’s funny is that at first, everyone played things real close to the vest as far as what the actualconcept of the show was, beyond something about a woman trying to atone for her misdeeds. So what were your first conversations like with Mike?

Kristen Bell: I heard everything and I mean everything in the first pitch meeting with Mike. I had an hour and a half of verbal diarrhea from Mike Schur, talking about this thing that he had barely worked out but he was super interested in and I was absolutely on the edge of my seat. Then, when I left the meeting and signed onto the project, he said “Okay, now be quiet, because I told you all that so you would sign on and you have an idea of where we’re going, what the show is… But for real, be quiet!” So Ted had the same experience and he and I for the first ten weeks shooting it had to keep a close eye on what we were saying because there are a lot of really fun reveals.

IGN: I promise I don’t mean this as a slightly backhanded compliment, given Eleanor’s persona, but it feels like this is such a perfect character for you because she’s perceived in one way but has this total other edge to her that people don’t guess at first.

Bell: It interests me more than anything else to find a character that, on the page, seems like the antagonist or whose intentions are misinterpreted and find how the audience can sympathize with that. I discovered that playing Sarah Marshall and I’ve been looking for it ever since. It’s incredibly interesting, the pitch Mike Schur had about this jerk who gets into the Good Place, because it’s my job to make you root for her despite these terrible things that she may be doing. So yeah, I think it plays to what I feel my strengths are. I say that in a very humble way. I’m far from the most talented actress on Earth but I feel like I’ve found a niche. I’m not an onion you can’t get to the bottom of. I’m more like a shallot. I’m like a little pink onion. I do have some layers and I might not be as potent but I add some spice to the dish. You know what I mean?

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Kristen Bell to Produce Animated Kids Series for Gaumont

‘Do, Re & Mi’ will be a musical show aimed at pre-school children, the first project under new Gaumont animation head Nicolas Atlan.

Kristen Bell will produce an animated musical series, Do, Re & Mi, for Gaumont Animation.

Bell will take pre-school aged kids on a “musical adventure,” with original tracks performed by theFrozen star and American Idol finalist Jackie Tohn.

“Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I hope this show will inspire a new generation of kids and expose them to the benefits of music, which can be incredibly inspirational, encouraging and fun all at the same time,” Bell said Monday in a statement.

Bell will share producer duties with Tohn, Michael Scharf and Ivan Askwith. The series was created by Tohn and Scharf.

The show will follow Mi, the musical note, who searches for a song each day with pals Do, an electronic tablet, and Re, a bossy keyboard. The trio find their song by the end of each episode.

It will be aimed at pre-school children and be available across multiple screens with apps, games and music videos as part of the project.

For Bell, Do, Re & Mi is the Bad Moms star’s first foray into animation production, though she has voiced both the beloved Princess Anna in Disney’s Frozen and sloth Priscilla in Zootopia.

The series marks the first under new Gaumont animation head Nicolas Atlan, who was appointed earlier this year.

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Kristen Bell Join Pantelion Comedy ‘How To Be A Latin Lover’

 Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch and Rob Riggle have joinedEugenio Derbez in the comedy How to Be a Latin Lover for Lionsgate’s Pantelion label. Ken Marino is directing the story about an an aging Latin lover who gets dumped by his sugar mama and is forced to to return to live with his estranged sister and her preteen son in their humble home. Sporting a wardrobe consisting mostly of Versace speedos, the man focuses on finding himself another sugar mama to support his expensive tastes.

Other actors who have also joined are Renee Taylor, Rob Huebel, Michaela Watkins and Linda Lavin. Lowe plays a jaded, legendary gigolo who is a “Yoda-like” source of war stories. Written by Chris Spain and Jon Zack, the comedy is said to be in the vein of Bad Teacher.

The film is a joint venture between 3Pas Studios, Pantelion Films, Lionsgate and Televisa Cine. The project not only marks Derbez’s first English-language starring role but is also 3Pas Studio’s first film under its first-look deal with Pantelion.

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Kristen to host the 50th anniversary of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special

December marks the 50th anniversary of the beloved animated tale, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, and this year’s episode is scheduled to be even more special than in years past.
Famed television and movie actress, Kristen Bell will be hosting a unique holiday retrospective of the Peanuts tale on the ABC Television Network. The show will air Monday, November 30 – just in time to get the world in the holiday spirit.
The anniversary special of this classic tale will celebrate 50 years with an unforgettable night, featuring live performances of the Vince Guaraldi’s classic pieces from several musical guests. It will also feature different Hollywood stars talking about their favorite moments of the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
The show, which will air on ABC from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. ET, will feature a digitally remastered version of the Peanuts classic, where Charlie Brown seems to not be able to feel the holiday spirit until he becomes the director of the Christmas Pageant. Through the struggles of this attempt – Charlie not only finds the spirit, but discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
Bell is no stranger to hosting specials. The beautiful star has also hosted the American Country Music Awards several years in row – bringing humor and light to the evening episodes.
The Peanuts comic strip, drawn by the late Charles M. Schultz, debuted in American newspapers in 1950. Now the famed gang has products selling all over the world and has appeared in many television specials.
It is reported that 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios are going to release a much anticipated Peanuts movie later this fall.
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Kristen Bell to Guest Star on Disney Channel’s ‘Liv and Maddie’

For the first time in forever… Kristen Bell is guest starring on Liv and Maddie!

ETonline can exclusively reveal that the Frozen star will appear on an upcoming episode of the hit Disney Channel comedy.

Bell, who will be playing herself, will be sharing scenes with Disney darlingDove Cameron, in a special episode about girl empowerment set to air later this year.

The episode, entitled “Ask Her More-a-Rooney,” centers on Liv (Cameron), the actress of the Rooney family, who will star in a new TV show in season three.

While promoting the new show, Liv notices that her male co-star gets asked about his role and his work, whereas she only gets questions about beauty, fashion and other superficial things.

Bell will be appearing on a red carpet with Liv when they decide to “change the conversation” and prove that girls should be asked about more substantial topics, rather than the typical “Which designer are you wearing?” type of questions.

New episodes of Liv and Maddie air Sundays on Disney Channel.

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Kristen Bell on the Off-Broadway Heathers Musical: ‘It’s Going to Shock People How Good It Is’

Kristen Bell might have been the first to play strip croquet in early workshop versions of the Heathers musical in 2010, but sadly, the stage and screen star won’t be reprising the role of jaded high schooler Veronica Sawyer off-Broadway this spring. “I’m 10 years too old to play that part,” Bell told The Daily Beast. “It’s an age thing. Ultimately I knew going into [the workshop], as the years progressed—this girl is supposed to be 17 and I’m 33—that me playing Veronica on stage wasn’t very likely.”

This isn’t to say the Frozen star isn’t totally bummed to give up the role of the 17-year-old murderess in what she calls a “crazy catchy” musical adaptation of the 1988 cult film. “To me, it’s way funnier than the movie,” she raves. “It’s going to shock people how good it is. I would be there opening day.” We’ll see you there, Kristen!

Heathers begins performances March 17, 2014 at off-Broadway’s New World Stages, with an official opening night set for March 31. Directed by Andy Fickman with choreography by Emmy winner Marguerite Derricks, Heathers includes a book, music and lyrics by Tony nominee Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde) and Emmy winner Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness). The film about the hottest (and cruelest) girls in Ohio originally starred Winona Ryder as Veronica and Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk and Kim Walker as Heather, Heather and Heather.

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‘Veronica Mars’ Cast Heading To Comic Con

Are you ready to see even more of Veronica Mars? Since Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas and the gang launched their record breaking Kickstarter for the new film, it’s all anyone can talk about. Now with just three days left to the campaign, which has raised close to 5 million dollars, it’s been announced that the cast involved with the film will be at Comic Con this summer.
For those not in the know Comic Con is a convention held in San Diego every July, holding panels for the most talked about sci-fi or blockbuster films. Every year celebrities flock to the convention center to spill the details on the most-talked about projects. This year the cast of Veronica Mars will head to Comic Con to talk about their fully funded movie.
It’s a great move to get even more buzz surrounding the film. In addition, the show was staged in the fictional town of Neptune, California, so the show and cast already has that Californian vibe. One rumor that seems to be sprouting up is that the cast will reveal some footage shot from the movie, which seems a bit premature seeing asBell just gave birth. That said the team of “marshmallows” does have two solid months to shoot at least a teaser. We wouldn’t really put it past them when they have come this far.
Via the Kickstarter page, Rob Thomas confirmed that the cast will be there, but that’s the only detail he was giving to the 76 thousand backers of the Veronica Mars project.
The most interesting thing about this announcement is that it invites even more fans to come out and support the film, and of course if Comic Con is known for anything it’s for the costumes. It would be pretty great to see the fans dressed up as Veronica Mars and Logan. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Kristen & Dax to appear on ‘Hollywood Game Night’

More than a dozen actors have signed on to appear on Hollywood Game Night, NBC’s new game show series executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner and hosted by Jane Lynch that features celebrities hanging out and playing games with fun-loving non-celebrity contestants in a cocktail party atmosphere. Set to do the series so far are Amy Poehler, Matthew Perry, Jason Bateman, Kristin Bell and fiance Dax Shephard, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Minnie Driver, Kal Penn, Martin Short, Ellie Kemper, Kristen Chenoweth, Cheryl Hines, Molly Shannon and Max Greenfield, with more expected to join. The series, which has an eight-episode order, is based on Hayes’ real-life “game nights,” featuring A-list celebrities hanging out and living it up in a cocktail party atmosphere. In each episode, two contestants will be treated to a night of fun and celebration where they get to rub shoulders with the celebrity crowd. At the end, one of the contestants will walk away with a cash prize and a night of stories and memories. Hollywood Game Night is produced by Hazy Mills Prods., Mission Control Media and Universal TV. Hayes, Milliner, Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith are the executive producers.

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