Kristen Bell on Snark, Style and Sloths (Seriously)
When we sat down with Kristen Bell, we were blown away. Sarcastic, refreshingly down-to-earth, fun and fashionable, Bell has all of the qualities we’d want in a best friend. So we couldn’t help it when the conversation about Bell’s new comedy Hit and Run (about a former getaway driver, played by real-life fiancé Dax Shepard, who jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan status in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles to interview for her dream job) turned to style, wedding plans and, of course, sloths.
What was it like to work so closely with your fiancé Dax, who wrote, directed and starred in Hit and Run with you?
It was spectacular. We’re always in a situation where I’m getting up early in the morning going to work on House of Lies and he’s going to Parenthood so we don’t get to spend the day together and with the shooting schedules we’re each gone for like 15-16 hours. Getting to go to work together and spend the entire shoot together was a real treat—it could have been a disaster but, thankfully, it wasn’t. When you have a common goal I think it makes things easier.
Starring in an action-filled comedy is a bit different for you. What appealed to you about it?
There’s a really weird female undercurrent. It was great. He didn’t realize it was such a romantic movie. He thought that it was such a testosterone-driven movie, which it is, but in test screenings, this weird little love story that tracks between the two of us had women coming up to him saying, "I was so touched. I loved it so much." He didn’t realize how romantic a writer he is!
What’s your favorite type of role to play?
I don’t know that I have a favorite. I definitely favor snarky roles, like dialogue snark. I really enjoy watching people deliver wit and snark and intellectual zings and I was able to have so much of that on Veronica Mars it just left this huge hole in my heart just searching for it everywhere else. So I think that would probably be my favorite although honestly, I don’t know. I haven’t disliked a job I’ve had yet.
Let’s talk fashion. How would describe your personal style?
I would say somewhere between all-American with a little bit of boho; more all-American. I definitely gravitate towards a sort-of clean Audrey Hepburn, Mad Men look. But I also like stripes and I like equestrian; I like navy blue with brown leather, very typically American things. I’m experimental to a degree, but I’m like 70 percent safe, 30 percent experimental.
Where do you like to shop?
I love Rebecca Taylor because she just applies the right amount of flirt and girliness, and when you can balance it with something masculine, it’s perfection. I love Jenni Kayne because no one does modern and simple like Jenni Kayne, I mean she cuts a piece of cloth and it’s like the greatest shaped dress ever. I really like ALC; I feel like they have a really good modern, all-American vibe. I also really like Acne, it's great for casual.
Who do you look to for fashion inspiration?
I love Audrey Hepburn. And I love the chances that Sarah Jessica Parker takes because she always makes it look complete. It never looks like a risk. It really looks like she contemplated if she could pull it off, and I don’t know if that’s just because she can pull off anything, or if she just really has that intangible thing that people who are truly fashionistas seem to have. I love my friend Rachel Bilson’s style. She has great style and she pulls off everything for her petite body size. I really like Ginnifer Goodwin, she’s fantastic. She can pull off an outfit.
You’re engaged. Have you thought about wedding dresses at all?
Ugh, no. We’re waiting until Prop 8 passes in California. I mean get it together California. Well, it’s less about trying to make a statement and more about like I just think it’s rude to like 40 percent of my friends are homosexuals so like why on earth am I going to invite a bunch of people who can’t. So, no I haven’t honestly. Do you know how embarrassed we’re going to be in like 10 years? It’s going to be like 1975 where like "Remember when we separated humans by color? Like what were we thinking?"
We saw the sloth video and nearly died. What is it about sloths that you love so much?
They just make me happy. They’re like so stupid, they’re like so dumb. They look like they have one brain cell. They’re cuddle machines. They were put on the earth to snuggle, which is fascinating, and they’re like the perfect combination of a pig and a monkey but with the brain of an earth-worm and the reflexes of your grandmother. And I don’t know when it started but I’ve always YouTubed videos if I was ever in a sour mood or just in the evenings to make me smile. I just love them.
Click through to see some of Kristen’s favorite things, and catch Hit and Run on August 22.
"I love juxtaposition in fashion. It interests me when you put on extremely lady-like dress and daggers for earrings or a really dark, edgy outfit and super super ladylike shoes. And I like balancing it with hair and makeup as well."
"Capes in-and-of themselves excite me because they're such a unique version of the coat, and just different enough, but you also don’t look like a freak. I don’t like freaky chances in clothing, but I love capes."
"I love that big bags are coming back because I like to dump the kitchen sink in there because I never know when I’m going to need. Take Bananagrams, which I carry around in my purse because it’s the greatest game on earth, I really can’t carry it in a little dinky ladylike bag."
"I love Rebecca Taylor, Jenni Kayne, A.L.C. and ACNE."
"I’m obsessed with Jao hand sanitizer, it’s like a lavender smelling hand sanitizer. It is so so so so so so yummy. I really like the Neutragena Naturals face wash, I love it because there’s like nothing chemical in it. And they have a brush called the Wave, which is kind of like the Clairsonic one, it’s awesome. It’s just the right amount of exfoliation."
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