posted on Mar 6 · by Jennifer · No Comments
Motherhood suits Kristen Bell, 33, who’s back on the big screen as Veronica Mars on March 14 in a titular film version of her canceled-too-soon TV series.
“Since having a baby, I think I come across as more maternal,” says Bell, whose daughter Lincoln, with husband Dax Shepard, turns 1 on March 28. “I have a sense of calm because she’s so fulfilling. I don’t want to say I lost my spark, but maybe I’ve lost my chaotic energy.”
Luckily, her onscreen alter ego Veronica is now a lawyer, so Bell, who can also be heard in the worldwide smash animated film Frozen, no longer has to portray a teen.
“Looking younger has worked for me in a few projects,” the House of Lies actress says, “but for the majority of things, it’s worked against me.”
And, she continues to seek out meaty characters with depth and maturity that won’t box her into any particular age.
“When I look for a role, I definitely look for someone who doesn’t necessarily have parents. If you have parents in a movie, it does create a younger dynamic.”
In any case, her diverse upbringing and rise through Hollywood has provided plenty of life experience.
Bell credits her childhood in the Detroit suburb of Huntington Woods with making her open-minded.
“I grew up in a really accepting environment,” she says. “My hometown was one-third white, one-third black and one-third Arabic. My neighborhood was Jewish, but I went to parochial school. The idea that races can’t exist with each other is so stupid. I have very fond memories of growing up there. I’ve already gone back once this year to visit.”