It’s been 12 years since the end of Veronica Mars, but for Kristen Bell, there hasn’t been a more relevant time in her life for a revival. The noir mystery series, which ran from 2004 to 2007, will be revived for an eight-episode run in July on Hulu, and with the current political landscape, Bell can’t think of a better time for the crime-fighting heroine’s return.
“It’s not just about a superhero without a cape. It’s about the haves and have-nots,” Bell tells StyleCaster at American Express’ “Perfect Night In” event, celebrating brand’s Blue Cash Preferred card. “I don’t think there’s been a time in my lifetime where that’s more relevant. We are seeing a diminishing middle class. Veronica’s right and wrong sides of the tracks in her town epitomize what we see everyday.”
The show shot for six months in the night and kept Bell away from her young daughters, Delta and Lincoln, who were 3 and 5 at the time. It was a difficult decision to sign on for it, but in the end, Bell knew what Veronica Mars represented to viewers who grew up with the character and saw her as a role model. “I ultimately decided: Do I want to live in a world where this girl exists for them in the way that Mary Tyler Moore existed for the first working woman? And the answer was yes,” Bell says. “The world is bigger and darker. Veronica is a woman. She’s a woman who has a healthy sex drive. She’s a woman that swears. She’s a woman that carries a gun. She’s a woman that fights for all the things you want her to fight for.”
And though she was unsure of the show at first, there’s no doubt in Bell’s mind now that she would be down if the revival was renewed for another season. “I will play her until it’s Murder She Wrote, and everyone in Neptune is dead,” she says. As for how the show is different now that it’s on Hulu instead of network TV, Bell says it plainly: “They let us swear.”
It’s important and imperative that we stay responsible in communicating how hard we work to have what we have,
Off-screen, Bell isn’t so much as solving crimes but solving issues in her relationship. The mom of two has long been open about her relationship with Dax Shepard and how the two have used couples therapy as a way to work on their marriage and stay in tune. “With this label we’ve [been] given of being a #relationshipgoal, it’s important and imperative that we stay responsible in communicating how hard we work to have what we have,” Bell says. “We went to a therapist really early—not necessarily because we hated each other, but because we wanted to better handle what we were feeling.”
Bell isn’t afraid of oversharing about her relationship with Shepard either. (“My husband started a podcast last year where he says literally everything but the size tampon I’m wearing that day,” she says.) She wants people to know that she and her relationship are flawed like anyone else, which is why she makes an active decision to post at least half of her Instagrams makeup-free. “I wear makeup a lot for work, and truth be told, my lashes always look great because they’re individual lashes that are glued onto my face. Of course my eyelashes are going to look good. Someone spent an hour doing that in the morning,” she says. “That’s not real. I like things to be candid and honest and real because I like people to feel good.”
Self-care is not about getting a massage. It’s about installing areas in your life that are true support systems.
Another myth she wants to debunk is self-care, which Bell believes doesn’t exist in the form of manicures of massages, as often marketed, but in a solid support system. “I don’t need a manicure. I need someone to depend on. I need my husband to do 50 percent of the work. I need to be able to say, ‘I can’t accomplish that at work and be respected for it,’” Bell says, referencing a post from Black Mom Life about why self-care is “not the answer.”
She continues, “It’s not about getting a massage. It’s about installing areas in your life that are true support systems.”