10 Minutes with Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell has long-topped our list of favorite celebs. Aside from refining the marvelously feisty character of Veronica Mars, the petite actress has gone on to sparkle as a comedienne (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, anyone?) and action star (Heroesbefore it jumped the shark).
But acting only fills a fraction of this NYU grad's time. Bell, a Detroit native, is truly committed to her causes (they span from animals to Africa), and we had the pleasure of talking charityand vanitieswith her yesterday at an NYC party for The Nature Conservancy.
Real Beauty: So, how did you get involved with The Nature Conservancy?
Kristen Bell: For a long time, I was unable to accept the fact that clean water was a domestic issue. Then, as part of my role as brand ambassador for Neutrogena Naturals, I got to go to the Colorado River with Alexandra Cousteau [Editor's Note: Jacques's granddaughter]. I saw where rivers were running dry. I learned how only 1% of the world's water is available to us to consume. And I decided that I'd feel guilty if my generation was the one that depleted others of this resource."
RB: So, how do you recommend making a change?
KB: Well, that's the thing. This issue is actually very easy to fix, because it's so solvable. Knowledge is power. You can learn what's going on, and then implement tiny changes into your daily life, like not warming up the shower for five minutes before you get in and turning off the water when you brush your teeth. Some of these things seem awkward or inconvenient at first, but they become second nature within a couple of weeks.
RB: And what about eco-savvy products?
KB: A big turning point for me was when I started voting with my dollars and supporting companies with nature-friendly initiatives. I love Method and Mrs. Meyer's soaps for around the housewho wants that stinky chemical smell in their kitchen? And I honestly love the Neutrogena Naturals products, because the packaging is made with recycled materials and the formulas are paraben-free.
RB: They do make mean pore scrub.
KB: (Laughing) Hello? Right?! It just feels better to buy better. It makes me feel more responsible about my role in the world when I put my head on my pillow at night.
RB: And, speaking of roles, you have a lot of projects in the works. Any drastic beauty changes to look forward to?
KB: Well, shooting House of Lies with Don Cheadle was one of the best experiences of my life. I can't wait for the series to premiere in January so I can share it with everyone. But no big beauty changes there. I did shoot a movie in Alaska called Big Miracle that's coming out next year. The film's set in the late 1980s, so I had a pretty aggressive routine. All I'll say, is that if I had the ability to use hot rollers on my hair every morning, I would. We poo-poo it as being a granny thing, but you look fabulous!
RB: We love hot rollers, too! Any other on-set makeup tricks?
KB: Well, it was lots of contouring. And lots of lip liner. Essentially lots of everything I saw my mom doing when I was growing up. But the big deal for me were the nails. I really wanted the chacter to have long, round baby pink false nails. So I applied a new set every morning. I even went so far as to try to show them off in shots. After a couple of dailies, my director even complimented me on them. It actually became an on-going joke in the editing room."
RB: What type of nails were they?
KB: Lee Press-On Nails. In fact, that was the first monologue I memorized to recite for friends and family when I was little. I still remember the commercial, '(Repeats whole monologue)...No glue. No mess!' I still know it!"
RB: Ha! Well, it definitely stuck. No pun intended.
KB: (Laughing.) No pun intended.