On this episode, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad — stars and co-creators of the new Apple+ animated series 'Central Park' — join us. People. Princess Anna and Olaff are ON THE PODCAST. Plus, we bring on Carlos Whittaker to join us for a very real, and very powerful, conversation around the George Floyd killing. And yes, don't worry there are Slices and the usual funniness. This is literally the entire spectrum of our podcast — A-list guests, substance and nonsense.
Some musings on getting older (3:44) and then ‘The Great,’ a show you may have skipped over because it looks just fine, but is worth your time (16:07). Plus, Kristen Bell joins the show to talk about her new show ‘Central Park,’ as well as her iconic roles in ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Frozen’ (32:44).
A holographic motivational speaker (Kristen Bell) encourages the Story Pirates to the extreme. Featuring two new stories: “Rosie the Rose,” a synth pop tune about a flying rose who finds a new home, written by Avery, a 6 year old from California, and “The Soup,” a story about a family of chefs who must compete in the kitchen against a scheming foe, written by an 8 year old from Maryland named Elijah.
Listeners have randomly sent Bobby money over the past year and so he donated all $500 of it to a person in town who is creating face masks! We talk to actress Kristen Bell about Frozen, The Good Place and her company Hello Bello. Plus, Eddie is currently teaching his kids how to speak Spanish and today he taught us another word!
Host Liz Tenety kicks off Season 3 of the podcast with an interview with Kristen Bell—actress, singer, soon-to-be children’s author, mother of two, and Hello Bello founder. Kristen discusses co-parenting, self-care, and how there’s no such thing as other people’s kids. Kristen also talks about one of her most famous characters: Anna, from Frozen and Frozen II. Additionally, this season, we’ve invited our Motherly community to share their own stories—and following Liz’s discussion with Kristen, you’ll hear from a listener about how she co-parents with her partner.
The Motherly Podcast is hosted by Liz Tenety and produced by Jennifer Bassett with support from Jordan Gass-Poore and Renata Sellitti. Music by The Blue Dot Sessions.
Viral London Tube Singer Charlotte Awbery Performs ‘Shallow,’ Mark Wahlberg Invites Andy to an Intense Workout, Kristen Bell Tells Us How Dax Accidentally Flirted with Her Mom and Andy Zenor Tries to Find Talent on the Los Angeles Metro.
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In Part 3: Monica and Jess Love Motherly Advice with Kristen Bell, M and J invite their mom to the attic. Using her mother's intuition, Kristen warns Jess on the falsity of butterflies, they discuss the prevalence of blocking people on apps and Kristen asks Jess about the rigidity of tops and bottoms in the gay dating community. She encourages Monica to externalize her sexuality, she tells a story of a friend who leaves her underwear at bars and Monica reveals a recent fantasy slip. Kristen talks about her own dating patterns - testing her partners and dealing with jealousy. The three discuss fidelity, knowing one's value and Kristen assigns the most extreme challenges yet.
While Kristen Bell is renowned for her lead acting roles in critically-acclaimed series including Veronica Mars and The Good Place and box office hits like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the Frozen franchise, she has a passion beyond the film screen. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Kristen Bell has established not one, but two companies devoted to giving back.
If souls or psyches can be compared to houses, Kristen Bell’s would be one with few dark corners. It would probably also be lavender scented, with a nice breeze blowing through. Delightfully real and candid, she’s become one of the most relatable and loved personalities on TV, that personality often being herself: Her Samsung commercials and goofy personal videos with husband Dax Shepard are some of YouTube’s most popular. No word on how many high-tech home appliances they’ve sold, but the Toto cover video they shot in Africa has garnered well over five million views. The soft heart and strong values that Shepard both teases and loves her for are ones she supports in both words and example—marriage equality, animal rights, and voter registration, for starters.
Not surprisingly, then, the sunny, perky blond wasn’t the first actor that came to mind for Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. “I had Christina Ricci in my head when I wrote it. I wanted someone who had a caustic delivery for lines that had weight and dryness.” As it turned out, Bell was also damn funny, with a gift for injecting just the right amount of dark, wry wit into what became her breakout role, turning her into a geek goddess of sorts. Her excellent turn as Elle Bishop in Heroes only settled that crown more firmly on her head.
Maybe the fanboy hall-of-fame was a pre-destined landing place for someone who always felt (and early on, was often told) she wasn’t homely enough to play the nerdy girl and not nearly pretty enough to play the pretty girl. If that was a struggle at the outset, it seems to have made her a guileless and non-judgmental career plotter. That approach doesn’t work for everyone, but in Bell’s case, it’s allowed for angst-free role choices that ultimately did justice to her surprising range. (Check out Hit & Run for an early example of her abilities—and her director and then-fiancée’s knowing exactly how to push her buttons.)
Post-Veronica Mars, her big screen break arrived with a part in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a potentially intimidating career leap that landed well. In its review, Rolling Stone gave “Cheers to Bell for finding nuance in a diva written as a stone-cold bitch.” More recent evidence of her range turned up in a role in which she technically never appeared. For thousands of unsuspecting fans, Disney’s unstoppable snowball of a hit Frozen unmasked her extraordinary talent as a singer, a gift she honed in years of early musical theater training but modestly underplays.
These days, Bell finds herself increasingly in demand, and increasingly in the company of bar-raising colleagues, a challenge she deliberately seeks out. She’s playing the ambitious partner and foil to Don Cheadle in Showtime’s not-so-sunny House of Lies. In the upcoming film The Boss, Bell plays a mousey would-be brownie maven alongside Melissa McCarthy, one of her comedic idols. She’s also somehow managed to start work on a new NBC show called Good Place from the executive producer of Parks and Recreation and co-starring Ted Danson. The series allows Bell an interesting opportunity to explore the character of Eleanor, a not-so-good person trying to figure out how to become a good person—if she can figure out what actually defines “a good person.” Our advice to Eleanor? As examples go, your friend Kristen Bell wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Frozen) tells Justin about the incredible fight she and her husband recently had, and how they moved on (hint: sometimes it just takes a dog). Kristen also talks about her viral “sloth” video.