Kristen Bell Interview - Forgetting Sarah Marshall Movie
Why does Kristen think being in an R-rated comedy is fun?
Most times when you see an ex in a movie, she's the bad person, she's the villain, but she's not in this, right?
Kristen Bell: "She's not. I think Jason (Segel) wrote a very three-dimensional script where no one is really the bad guy. You get to see everyone's faults, which I think has been sort of a consistent theme in the movies that Judd (Apatow) has been making and sort of who he collaborates with."
They're real people.
Kristen Bell: "Yeah, they're real people and that the real story is told because nobody is completely the protagonist or completely the antagonist. I think that that's the sort of suspended reality where everyone likes to go see movies where there's a good guy and a bad guy. This is a little less that and more reality. I mean, there's certainly a lot of fun things about her, that she's a little bit bitchy and she's a little bit entitled. But that's also that she's been an actress for a really long time, so I was able to play into slightly those stereotypes, you know, which are less truthful and more just funny. But at the root of it I think there's a very sincere story just about two people who grew apart."
How much fun was it to do two characters in this, because you're doing her as an actress and you're doing her as the ex? Which was more fun?
Kristen Bell: "Oh wow. You know, I was trying to link them together as much as I could, but definitely when they had Sarah Marshall doing stuff like this, I found myself doing almost what I do. Like right now I'm talking with my hands and I'm trying to be as engaging as possible. And I think from a very sincere place that's what all actors want to do. We want to give a good interview because why wouldn't you, you know? But we did a lot of red carpet stuff where I was just able to ham it up, like sometimes when I turn magazine photos and I'm like, 'Oh my goodness gracious.' But then the more intimate scenes were really about a girl who's striving for what everybody is striving for, which is just acceptance and a relationship she can have fun in, but also is a little bit broken and there's a lot more real aspects to what she's looking for."
How much fun is it to be a part of an R-rated comedy where you are just allowed to go off?
Kristen Bell: "It feels kind of dirty, but it's really fun. I mean, it does because you can swear. You can just bleeping swear."
Kristen Bell: "Thank you very much. I almost did it and then I thought maybe you don't have the bleeping ability and then you would have to cut this part of the interview out. That's where my mind went."
That's very good.
Kristen Bell: "Thanks. My father's a journalist so I'm like, 'What sound bites would she want? That's what I should say.' Well, I think that it was fun because there's a very free feeling on set and you could sort of just say anything and introduce anything that you wanted. And like Jason's naked twice in the film so there's that. It's a real raunchy kind of thing, but not in a gross or disgusting way."
There's a lot of improv. How easy is it for you and do you lose it a lot?
Kristen Bell: "I lose it with the giggles because working with especially Jason and Russell, too, because Russell has a vocabulary that is off the charts."
Kristen Bell: "He is crazy. Doesn't he look like Edward Scissorhands, right? He's one of the most wonderful individuals ever, like so kind."
He was comparing you to a snake.
Kristen Bell: "He was? That..."
I have a whole interview with him saying you were a snake and spitting venom on him, and he had to go to the hospital nine times. That's our interview.
Kristen Bell: "He did. That's truthful. That's the truth. I bite. I bite. Everybody knows it now."
Do you want to take back he's a nice guy?
Kristen Bell: "No, I won't take it back because I'll tell you something about Russell. He's always the antithesis of whatever he says, whatever he's talking about. He's extremely affectionate, very loving. Very like 'nature boy', which you don't get from him at all."
And he said you're a creature from hell.
Kristen Bell: "Right. Well, but see that's because he loves me and that's how I'm going to take it. He does that all the time with everybody. He sends me into a fit of giggles constantly. And sometimes even in improv scenes, he would say the most outrageous stuff. I'm looking at him and I'm like, 'Russell, it's my coverage. You're making me laugh and the camera's not even on you. So can you just knock it off?' But he's so kind-hearted that you can't be mad at him."
How long does it take you to recover?
Kristen Bell: "From the giggles? Well I can usually just sort of bite my tongue or curl my toes and just get a grip a little bit. But it's really hard because they say a lot of funny stuff. I mean, you watch Judd (Apatow's) movies and they're funny. They're funny for a reason. I tried to hang as best I could and hopefully did a good job."
And Heroes, are you back at it?
Kristen Bell: "I think they said we're going to come back in about two months. I'm going to finish my storyline on there and hopefully be able to "
Wait, wait, wait. Finish as in not be on next season?
Kristen Bell: "We don't know. We don't know. It's up in the air right now. Well, we don't know. We're working it out. Both parties really want to sort of continue the relationship so I think we'll definitely stay in business together."