Romper has an exhaustive and exhausting profile of Kristen Bell. (To be fair Bell herself is exhausting.) If you read our site you’ll know 90% of the content in the article. The piece blows a lot of smoke about Bell and I assume the audience is meant to be casual celebrity watchers and industry people. Elaine Lui at Lainey Gossip is quoted along with Jamie Blynn, the editor of E!. Lainey says Kristen is likely to do a talk show and that she would appeal to a certain segment. We’ve already seen Bell on the Ellen Momsplaining segment. We’ve seen celebrities with poor interviewing skills, like Kelly Clarkson and Drew Barrymore, land talkshows. It seems somewhat inevitable that Bell will be next. I’m not going to excerpt any of that as you’ll probably find it annoying too.
The interview is short on new quotes. The best quotes are actually in the video on their site. The author asked Bell about the controversy over her playing a biracial character on Apple TV’s Central Park animated show. She was replaced by The Umbrella Academy’s Emmy Raver-Lampman this July. Bell parsed her answer carefully. She was not asked about her tone deaf Purple People kids’ book, for which she has not apologized or responded to the criticism. Here’s some of her quotes from the article and video.
On shielding her daughter’s identity
“My feeling is that I chose a career in the public eye. I chose to be quoted, I chose to have my picture taken. I don’t know them yet. I don’t know if they will want that. So I really don’t have the right to choose for them.”
On playing a biracial character and being replaced by another actress
“I grew up in Detroit. I didn’t consider myself an ounce of a racist. And when I read How to Be an Antiracist, White Fragility — required reading of a citizen of Earth in 2020 — I realized, ‘Well, I’ve been a part of these systems.’ I was unaware of this whole pot of shit that’s been stirring. I have a lot to learn. And I have a lot of action steps to take, to fulfill what I think my beliefs are,” Bell says.
“When Central Park was shaped as a project… we sold the show before we had a plotline… I ended up being the only character who was playing out of race.”
“The people who say I could play that role aren’t wrong, But I wanted to step down for two reasons. One, if there was one girl who could have a job who wouldn’t otherwise have a job, because there are not a lot of Black or mixed-race characters on cartoons — if one girl could have that job, I would want her to have it. Two, if any little girl who is mixed-race or Black looks up who plays that role, I want them to see someone who looks like them.”
“It’s absolutely the right decision and it went to absolutely the right girl.”
On telling her daughters not to swear [this is where the quotes from the video start]
“What we told them was, look, there are certain things you’re not allowed to do till you’re older. You can’t drive my car, you can’t try alcohol. It’s just the way it is, take it up with society.”
On what her daughters know about covid
“We’ve went through, a real big, long, pinworm stage. So they understand the concept of washing their hands because we had had this pinworm episode. I said, you know what? Everyone in the world is having to participate in this. And we don’t wanna get it, but it’s actually not about us. Grandparents are really vulnerable, people who aren’t as healthy, and it is our job, like superheroes to protect them.”
On telling her daughters they’re “kind girls”
“I also have said to them since they were very young, to give them a sense of identity, ‘we’re kind girls.’ I actually want them to know their category right off the bat. ‘We’re kind girls, that’s our gang and you’re in it.’”
In the video, which I’m not embedding but you can see here, she says one of her daughters has anxiety (she didn’t specify which one) and that she helps her with books for children about it. She also went in depth about telling her daughter that Santa isn’t real, which she’s mentioned before. There were a lot of good quotes there, which makes me wonder why the article wasn’t written like a traditional interview.
The one quote that struck me is the one where she tells her daughters they can’t swear by reasoning that they can’t drink alcohol or drive a car. Remember when she admitted her daughters, aged seven and five, drink O’Douls? That was right before her husband, Dax Shepard, said that he had a relapse. I think she should dial back this oversharing about her family, but it’s her whole brand at this point and Dax is definitely on board.
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"Talking with Bell is like talking to your most introspective and good-natured friend, the one who’s actually read all the Brené Brown books you’ve been meaning to and definitely won’t." Tap the link in bio for @jenniferweinerwrites's interview with @kristenanniebell Photographer: @emmanmontalvan Stylist: @sarahschussheim Art Director: @ehover Set Designer: @kfond Hair: @jennychohair Makeup: @simonesiegl Manicure: @nailsbyemikudo VP of Fashion: @tiffanyreid VP Of Creative: @karen.hibbert Bookings: @specialprojectsmedia Video Producer: @teggyblonde Videographer & Editor: @samrmiron
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"Instead of holding herself up as who you could be if you just tried a little harder and wanted it badly enough, Bell, in a miraculously sincere and un-judgy way, radiates comfort, and the belief that all of us are doing our best." Tap the link in bio for @jenniferweinerwrites's interview with the one and only @kristenanniebell. Photographer: @emmanmontalvan Stylist: @sarahschussheim Art Director: @ehover Set Designer: @kfond Hair: @jennychohair Makeup: @simonesiegl Manicure: @nailsbyemikudo VP of Fashion: @tiffanyreid VP Of Creative: @karen.hibbert Bookings: @specialprojectsmedia Video Producer: @teggyblonde Videographer & Editor: @samrmiron