“I’m not going to become anybody I don’t want to become”
Kristen Bell is an American actress and entrepreneur. Beginning her career on Broadway after her time at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Bell gained a large following after her first major role as the title character in the teen television series Veronica Mars. She has since played roles in movies and TV shows such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Couple’s Retreat, Heroes, When In Rome, You Again, The Boss, Bad Moms, Frozen, and most recently the hit NBC comedy series The Good Place. In addition to her success in the entertainment industry, Bell is known for her frequent charity work. She is an avid supporter of animal rights and has fostered animals from the Michigan Humane Society, as well as shown support for the San Diego based Helen Woodward Animal Shelter and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Bell has also publically encouraged voter registration, vaccinations, veganism, and has spoken outwardly about her experiences with depression and anxiety. Additionally, Bell and her husband Dax Shepard co-founded the company Hello Bello, a plant-based baby care product line focused on creating environmentally friendly and affordable products.
Q. How do you stay so positive?
A. I love my therapist. When I have an issue that I need to work through, going to therapy gives me a bigger toolbox to do so. Talking with friends helps, too. I can say crazy things to my friends, things I’m embarrassed to admit, like “I feel so ugly or worthless today.” They say, “What? You’re nuts!” Having good, real friends builds your self-esteem exponentially.