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She sported a mem­o­rably scary tat­too to play the wife of Alec Bald­win’s char­ac­ter in It’s Com­pli­cated, and she’ll ap­pear with Reese Wither­spoon in the up­com­ing Home Again. But first, Bell, 38, por­trays Alice in I Do . . . Un­til I Don’t, in the­aters Sept. pt. 1, a com­edy about a trio of cou­ples who seek an­swers to the mean­ing of mat­ri­mony while doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ers ex­am­ine their lives.

WhatW mes­sage about mar­riage do you want the moviem to im­part? I hope, in a time where there’s so much neg­a­tiv­ity, anx­i­ety and worry, it’s a mes­sage of love that is good-na­tured, kind­spir­ited, ro­man­tic and pro-mar­riage.

Why did you want to play Alice as op­posed to her more over-the-top sis­ter, Fanny? Alice is deeply con­ser­va­tive and sort of neo-old-fash­ioned, which I find unique and in­ter­est­ing and some­thing I wanted to try.

You’ve been com­pared to Meryl Streep when it comes to ac­cents. Tak­ing on a new di­alect is one of my fa­vorite things to do. I’ve been col­lect­ing di­alects since I was a kid. I re­ally sponge that stuff up. I think it’s my true love of the voicee and what it’s ca­pa­ble of.

You also have Home Again com­ing out Sept. 8. What’s your char­ac­ter like? ?

I play a pre­ten­tious, ornery and mean boss to Reese Wither­spoon’s char­ac­ter. Itt was fun be­cause I never get to just swoop in and play a bitch.

Where did her love of cars come from? Go to Pa­ to find out.

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