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 Parade.com/bell to find out.