The beautiful new mom Kristen Bell lands the December cover of Flare Magazine. I think she looks great. I’ve always loved her. I love that she’s married to Dax Shephard, I think they make the CUTEST couple ever.
Kristen gave Flare a rather long and interesting interview. She opened up about life with Dax and her new baby girl. She opened up about not connecting with her daughter while she was pregnant, and feared that she wouldn’t love her child as much as she loved her dogs.
On being pregnant: “I kept saying to Dax in all sincerity during my pregnancy, ‘I just don’t know how I’m going to like her as much as I like the dogs. I was being serious. Because I f*king love my dogs; they are my children. I love people the more i know them, and I didn’t know her. It could’ve been a water bottle in my belly, that’s about how connected I felt to her during my pregnancy. But within about 24 hours after she came out, my hormones reset, and they reprogrammed my feelings about her.”
Her birth plan: “I found it very important when making my birth plan to research both sides of the argument. I tend to lean toward a more crunchy-granola, organic-type lifestyle, so I thought, I’ll bring the yoga ball, I’ll have a playlist. And we got there, and none of it applied.”
Their daughter and the paparazzi: “Dax and I realize it might make someone smile when we have sassy Twitter fights, or when I tweet something that he says to me. I’m fully aware that it’s a tiny taste of our relationship. But the real day-to-day, we are extremely territorial of. I would really not like to see the aftermath of the first person who tries to take a picture of Lincoln. There are going to be a lot of stitches.”
They both came from Michigan – but didn’t have the same youth: “Dax and I would not have been friends in high school. He was a drug addict and he was wild, and i was very much a good girl who went to Catholic school. He is also five years older than I am, and he lived in Milford, which is a bit more drive-your-tractor-to-the-7-eleven-type Michigan, and I was closer to downtown Detroit.”
The secret to a happy marriage: “Our main rule is: Check your ego at the door, and be aware of when the other person is spinning out. As artists, everything is vanity- and narcissism- driven: my career, the strategy behind it, the next level I want to hit, my photo shoot, how I was in my acting scene, my premiere. So we try to do a really good job of being human beings in the rest of our life.”
On their social lives: “Dax and I prefer to stay in. It’s not my first choice to put on a pair of heels and a dress and go out on a Saturday night.”
I thought the interview was really interesting. I can appreciate when women say that their plans didn’t work, as in birth plan. You have the Gisele’s of the world how basically had an orgasm as their baby came out… and then there are the women who struggled with it – and their plans didn’t work. I can appreciate that. Childbirth is nothing if not unpredictable.
Lots of pictures of Kristen after the jump!