Kristen Bell Wants More Family-Friendly Workplaces — Outside Hollywood Too
Actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard manage to juggle family life and two careers — but Bell is the first to admit it ain't easy. Bell spoke to E! News on the red carpet on Saturday, March 17 at the premiere of her new adventure documentary, Pandas. Bell is the narrator. Shepard is currently working on a new podcast, Armchair Expert — including an episode in which he and Bell talk about love, marriage and what it means to be vulnerable. (Damn, we love these two.)
Bell and Shepard have two daughters: Lincoln, 4, and Delta, 3. So, how does the power couple manage it all? "It's choreographed, I guess," said Bell, "to make sure someone is always there and present for our kids." She added, "It's a very particular family schedule when we're both working. Although I'm not working right now so he is taking on a larger work load."
Bell said that she and Shepard feel incredibly fortunate to have the jobs they do in Hollywood, a "family-friendly" industry. "You can bring your children to work, or I could nurse the baby when I was working early on," Bell said. "I hope to see more businesses — not just the acting world — allow that kind of stuff."
Bell also spoke with Us Weekly at the premiere, saying she's come to terms with the fact that her daughters are growing up — fast. “I was really hoping when I had kids, I got the two that wouldn’t grow up. But I didn’t,” she quipped. “You can either look at it like you’re losing something, like she’s never going to be a baby again, or you can change your glasses and look at it positively. It is [bittersweet]...”
Bell continued, “Like I now get to know this human being. I’m allowed to get to know this person who will have her own opinions and ideas. That’s something I’m really looking forward to.”
We can't wait to see Pandas — and more family-friendly workplaces like the ones Bell and Shepard enjoy. And we're also hoping someone hires Bell to narrate a film on sloth life next — if she can do it without happy-crying. Oh, hell, we'd probably love it even more if she happy-cried as she narrated.