Kristen Bell

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January Cover Kristen Bell, Yana Mandeville Healthy Living Magazine, Stars

January Cover Kristen Bell, Yana Mandeville Healthy Living Magazine, Stars

Kristen Bell interview continued
Read Part 1 here.

Healthy Living Magazine: How do you compare working with different lead actors like Liam Neeson, Angela Bettis, Laura Linney, Val Kilmer, Christina Aguilera and Cher? Which actor has taught you the most?
Kristen Bell: I have been lucky to have had great working experiences. I think that’s why I keep coming back for more. I love to work because I’ve met so many lovely people. Every actor has a different process—and it’s always interesting to see when working with someone new. Personally, I’m a technical actor. I like to know where the cameras are, where my light is, where my mark is, and I like to have a dialogue with the camera operators. Some actors are the opposite and pretend like the cameras aren’t there at all.

Healthy Living Magazine: What is a healthy relationship?
Kristen Bell: One where you are honest and forthright, even—and especially—about the topics that scare you.

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Healthy Living Magazine: How different do you think your family and your daily routine are from usual families?
Kristen Bell: My “routine” changes depending on my work schedule, and sometimes I have a few weeks off, and sometimes I’ll work every day for weeks. It all depends. So I guess in that way I’m different than the norm, but honestly my life feels very normal to me. I like to make dinner. I hate to work out. I like to see movies and spend time with the people I love.

Yana Mandeville, January Cover Kristen Bell, Stars, Healthy Living Magazine

Yana Mandeville, January Cover Kristen Bell, Stars, Healthy Living Magazine

Healthy Living Magazine: Did your husband’s troubled past with drugs and alcohol in any way make you more mindful in your decision to have a baby?
Kristen Bell: Not in the slightest. I know exactly who he is now, and who he used to be is irrelevant. Everyone was someone different 10 years ago. Some people change a lot, some only a little, but you can always tell who someone is by watching their feet. It is people’s actions, not their words, that tell you exactly who they are.

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Healthy Living Magazine: You admit to not being able to bond very well with your baby during pregnancy. What kind of bond do you have now?
Kristen Bell: How could I bond with someone I didn’t know? I was honest publicly about how unchartered the waters feel being pregnant for the first time. I didn’t know HOW to feel—there is no manual for making new humans. I understood the logistics but had no experiences with which to compare it, and I wasn’t just going to fake it. I was comforted to hear other mothers felt the same way—I think it’s so important to be honest about what you are feeling even if you feel like it’s “wrong.” Everyone’s journey is different. Within a few hours of having my daughter, my bond with her was like nothing I had ever felt, and now she is my very best friend.

Kristen Bell interview continued - read Part 3 of 3 here.

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