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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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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure – #1 Official Trailer!

Kristen will be again the Anna’s voice! The trailer for Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is here!

The all-new featurette will open in US theatres in front of Disney/Pixar’s Coco beginning November 22.

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Everyone’s favorite snowman returns in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Disney’s upcoming animated featurette that is all about, well, Olaf! The trailer debuted today (June 13) that finds the adorable character on a specific holiday quest.

Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) journeys around the world in order to find holiday traditions to share with Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) for their first joyous season together. The animated short only runs for 21 minutes, which makes sense as it was initially meant to be an ABC special before execs felt it was too grand for a small screen.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Disney and Pixar animation, explained to Entertainment Weekly that it’s a setup for the Frozen 2 sequel:

“In Frozen, they dearly loved each other but were separated, and now they’re back together and never going to close the doors again. But now what? What are they going to do with their first birthday? That’s Frozen Fever. Now, they have their first holiday season together. [That’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.] And then what? We go from there, and it fits in perfectly with Frozen 2,” he says. “It’s interesting to have this continuity between Frozen, Frozen Fever, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Frozen on Broadway… all of these projects really lead to Frozen 2 and this new story we’re creating that’s all, in a weird way, connected in the life of Anna and Elsa. You could sit and watch Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and Frozen 2 as one big marathon. And it’s all in [Anna and Elsa’s] learnings. As we learn, they learn.”

Frozen was first released in 2013 with the sequel scheduled for Nov. 27, 2019.

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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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STX Picks Up ‘Bad Moms’ Pic; Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate & Kristen Bell To Star

STX Entertainment has picked up and is running with the film rights to the movie formerly known as Bad Moms, the R-rated comedy written and to be directed by The Hangover duo Jon Lucas and Scott Moore that had been set up at Paramount with Leslie Mann starring and Judd Apatow producing.

Scheduling thwarted the Mann-Apatow plans, though. But now the movie is back in business at STX, with Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell aboard to star. Suzanne Todd and Bill Block are producing. A new title is in the works.

The plot: A mom with a seemingly perfect life joins forces with two other over-stressed moms, leading them on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, going on a wild un-momlike binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence — accidentally landing on a collision course with PTA head Gwendolyn and her blindly devoted clique of “perfect” moms.

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Kristen Bell Joins Melissa McCarthy in ‘Michelle Darnell’

Kristen Bell will star opposite Melissa McCarthy in Universal’s upcoming comedy Michelle Darnell.

McCarthy is toplining the movie, which will shoot in March with Kathy Bates and Peter Dinklagealso in the cast. McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, is in the director’s chair.

The script, written by McCarthy and Falcone alongside their Groundlings collaborator Steve Mallory, centers on a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart with the help of a former assistant, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

Bell will play the former assistant, a mousy single mother who is trying to start a cupcake business.

Bates is already onboard to play McCarthy’s tough, wealthy and eccentric mentor whom McCarthy’s character wants so badly to emulate.

Darnell will be produced by McCarthy and Falcone through their On the Day production company, as well as by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez Productions. Gary Sanchez’s Chris Henchy will also produce, and Kevin Messick will serve as executive producer.

Erik Baiers and Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for Universal.

Bell is currently on Showtime’s House of Lies and returns to voice Princess Anna in Disney’s Frozen short, Frozen Fever. She was also was recently seen reprising the titular role in Warner Bros.’ film Veronica Mars. She’s repped by CAA.

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