Pointers To Kristen Bell’s Success As an Actress And A Look At How She Balance Work With Family

The box office blockbuster Bad Moms grossed $183.9 million and it is one of the many successful projects that have defined Kristen Bell’s career. Being a talented actress, it is hardly a surprise that she has been able to accumulate wealth estimated at $40 million in a career that has spanned over two decades. While that is a good testament to her existence as an accomplished actress, Bell isn’t someone to rest on her laurels. She made her directorial debut with the eighth episode of the fourth season of The Good Place and has pulled off many other remarkable feats as an actress.

How Kristen Bell Became A Popular Actress

Due to her Christian background, Kristen attended Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak after spending one year in a public school. There, she was exposed to drama and music. For her outstanding talent, she was given a role as Dorothy Gale in the school’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Bell also appeared in productions like Fiddler on the Roof, Lady, and Be Good (1996).

The actress was bright enough to relocate to New York City immediately after high school to further hone her theatrical skills at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She started her career in 1992 and made her film debut in Pootie Tang which was not aired. In 2002, she made another move to L.A and appeared in a few successful projects with very high ratings. The year 2004 brought the actress her breakthrough role in the TV series titled Veronica Mars.

The show which had 64 episodes brought her to the spotlight. For that role, in 2006, the actress was bestowed with a prestigious accolade as she won the Saturn Award as Best Actress on Television. It also opened doors to more roles such as the remake of the Japanese horror film Kairo, which raked a whopping US$27.9 million worldwide.

As the years rolled by, Kristen Bell got to be part of numerous projects made for both the big and small screens. Some of her popular works include Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Big Miracle, Bad Moms, Get Him to the Greek, and Couples Retreat. Kristen Bell has over a hundred credits in film, TV, and Video game. She has also done some voicing projects for animations and video games with one remarkable instance being the voice of Anna in Frozen.

Awards That Have Distinguished The Actress From Others

It wouldn’t be wrong to assert that Kristen Bell is the most successful actress out there but there is no doubt that she has had a fulfilling career. The first time she was celebrated for being an exceptional actress was in 2005 when she received the Satellite Award for her performance in Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical. That same year, she received the Gold Derby Award and then the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television the following year; this was for playing Veronica Mars.

She was nominated for a variety of awards in the years that followed, from MTV Movie Award to the Teen Choice Award and others. Nonetheless, she got to win again in 2013 when the Alliance of Women Film Journalists handed her their Best Animated Female award for her role in Frozen. In 2016 and 2017, Kristen Bell bagged People’s Choice Awards respectively for Favorite Premium Cable TV Actress and Favorite Actress in a New TV Series. She received the award again in 2019 as the Comedy TV Star of the Year. That same year, the actress got a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and also received the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

Tracing The Love Story Of Kristen Bell And Dax Shepard

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Kristen Bell left her fiance of five years, Kevin Mann, and found herself another good-looking celebrity, Dax Shephard. She and Dax started dating in 2007 and spent a few years together before they decided to get engaged. As the story goes, Kristen and Dax met at Michael Rosenbaum’s sushi birthday dinner of 2007. A mutual friend of the two, it was Michael that introduced Bell and Shepard. They started dating but a few weeks into the relationship, Dax broke up with her stating that he was still dating other people and wanted to respect her. He came around four days later and they have been together since then.

Even though she is straight, Kristen and Bell decided to wait for the state of Califonia to legalize same-sex marriage before their wedding. As such, when it was announced in 2013 that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act had been struck down, Bell through her Twitter account asked Shepherd to marry her. He accepted and they wedded at Beverly Hills County Clerk’s office on October 17, the same year.

Shepherd Is Also An Entertainer

Like his wife, Dax Shepard has built a successful career as an actor. In addition to that, he has thrived as a podcast host, writer, and director. His popular projects include CHiPs, Let’s Go to Prison, Hit and Run, Without a Paddle, and Idiocracy.

While he has been a part of numerous projects, Dax hasn’t been acknowledged for his efforts as much as his wife. He has only been nominated for two awards thus far. The first was in 2003 when Punk’d earned him a nomination for Teen Choice Award. Over a decade later, Parenthood earned him another nomination for People’s Choice Award under the category of Favorite Dramatic TV Actor.

How Does The Actress Balance Work With Family Life?

Dax and Kristen have two daughters, Lincoln Bell Shepherd and Delta Bell Shepherd born in March 2013 and December 2014, respectively.

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I am raising women who are not afraid to disagree. Not for disagreements sake, but rather to use their voice when they need to. To not be afraid to speak up and be clear when they have something valuable to add. To participate. To lean in. To be insightful and lead with kindness. To use their gut and ethics to make decisions that sometimes fall outside the lines or buck the system. To be, as @adamgrant says "a disagreeable giver who challenges the status quo in order to improve it." A few weeks ago I bought them RBG dissent collars. (Mainly so I could know when they are feeling particularly disagreeable, they'd put it on in the morning so I'd have a heads up). Now they wear them with pride, like strong females who know when they can add their point of view, with confidence. I'm very proud to be a mother to these two. Thank you @daxshepard for being the magic ingredient to their recipe. I'm forever grateful. Happy mothers day to all the moms out their with disagreeable kids. We are gonna be so grateful for their confidence the day they start to run the world.

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Kristen credits her successful relationship to open and honest dialogue but frowns at questions that border around how she finds a balance between her career and her family life.

She once specified that it’s a question her husband has never been asked as she expressed the need for the society to do away with gender biases and the double standards that come with them. The actress believes it is okay to have occasional spat as long as it doesn’t go overboard. In line with that, she disclosed that she and her husband do get into argument but they are “really good fighters”.

Chuck Dez
Chuck is a personal finance and entertainment writer with over 15 years of experience covering famous biographies, personal finance, celebrity net worth, and celebrity lifestyles. He loves the process of researching new information, discovering and learning new things, as well as putting into words, interesting things others might like to read. When he's not talking about the future of media, business or entertainment, you'll find him watching films, reading or spending time with his wife and kids


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