Hollywood power couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are at the top of our list of celebrity couples we love. They’re a couple that is always candid about the level of work they put into making their partnership work, celebrating the highs and spotlighting the lows for their fans to learn from. But these two almost didn’t make it to the altar because, in a recent interview with People magazine, Bell revealed that she never expected Shepard would want marriage.
Speaking jointly to People, Bell and Shepard discussed the kinds of work they’ve both poured into their marriage — a marriage that Shepard wasn’t initially so sure about and that Bell reveals she was ready to accept would never happen despite wanting it to.
“[Dax] has a great argument that the state having a piece of paper doesn’t mean he’s going to be nice to me and by my side for the rest of my life. [Rather], that is going to be evidenced by how we treat each other and the commitment that we make,” Bell said to People. “I had surrendered, like ‘Okay, well, I’m never going to get any sort of traditional marriage out of this, and that’s okay because I trust him.’ I really, really trusted him and believed that we were going to go the long haul.”
But Shepard knew that marriage meant a great deal to Bell.
“Ultimately, I was like, ‘Well, I’m doing it because my partner wants that,'” he said about his 2009 proposal to Bell. “Forget the tradition or history of marriage as a concept, you knowing I was doing something that I didn’t want to do because I loved you was a big sign for you.”
“[Marriage] felt like we weren’t trying to buck the system like we are always doing,” Bell added, laughing. The two married in an intimate courthouse wedding in 2013.
“It just felt more normal. We do a lot of things differently, but there’s a couple things where I’m just like, ‘God, can we not just fall inside the lines once in a while? I want to wear a pretty piece of jewelry. It’s fun!'” explains Bell. “It felt nice afterwards.”
The pair will have been together for 12 years this fall and they’ve managed to navigate careers, Shepard’s addictions and subsequent sobriety, and life with two young daughters, Delta and Lincoln. Bell is currently working on her hit show The Good Place and Shepard is the host of a popular podcast, Armchair Expert. Together, they’ve also recently launched a new baby-care product line for Walmart, Hello Bello.
“All these movies from the ’80s taught us that it’s love at first sight, and it is supposed to be easy and [that] all you have to do is find that person,” Bell concluded. “It took me a while to realize, ‘Oh, that was such a lie,’ because things that you work really, really, really hard for always yield the best results.”