Dax Shep­ard and Kris­ten Bell

Sloths and sex talk! Shep­ard and Bell show Us why they’re one of Hol­ly­wood’s fa­vorite cou­ples

US Weekly - - INSIDE - With re­port­ing by An­to­nia Blyth, Tay­lor Fer­ber, Marc Lupo & Emily Mar­cus

(in Prov­i­den­ciales, Turks and Caicos, in Jan­uary) show Us why they’re one of Hol­ly­wood’s fa­vorite cou­ples.

Don’t ask Kris­ten Bell and Dax Shep­ard the date of their an­niver­sary. “We don’t off the top of our heads re­mem­ber ex­actly when it is,” Bell, 38, tells Us. “I think it’s in Oc­to­ber. I’m pretty sure it’s in Oc­to­ber.” (Psst: It’s Oct. 17.) The play­ful pair, who wed in 2013 and are par­ents to daugh­ters Lin­coln, 5, and Delta, 3, say they de­pend on an early-morn­ing text from her mom, Lorelei, as a re­minder of the spe­cial day: “Then we roll over and we go, ‘Happy an­niver­sary!’”

But don’t let their for­get­ful­ness fool you: The Good Place star and her 43-year-old hus­band are pretty much the Hol­ly­wood stan­dard-bear­ers of #re­la­tion­ship goals. (“You two make my heart smile,” reads a typ­i­cal com­ment on her In­sta­gram.) Though they freely ad­mit to chal­lenges — Shep­ard cel­e­brated 14 years of so­bri­ety on Sept. 1 — the two face life as one.

Says Bell, “We like work­ing to­gether be­cause we feel like we’re on a team. We have the same goal. Hav­ing a mu­tual goal is weirdly one of the ways we keep it hot!”

CEL­E­BRAT­ING EACH OTHER

The Detroit na­tives are known for their over-the-top ges­tures. A 2012 clip of Bell weep­ing when Shep­ard pre­sented the an­i­mal lover with a visit from a sloth for her birth­day went vi­ral. And his sober an­niver­sary was no dif­fer­ent: She took her elated hus­band on an ex­clu­sive tour of the King’s Hawai­ian bak­ery. (“Best sober birth­day present ever,” he posted on In­sta­gram.) A mem­ber of Al-Anon, she takes his so­bri­ety se­ri­ously. “If I don’t,” she tells Us, “I don’t get him. I get some­one who’s lay­ing in the gut­ter — and I want him home.”

At their $4.3 mil­lion Los Feliz pad, the cou­ple love noth­ing more than binge-watch­ing TV af­ter putting the kids to bed. “Oh, my Lord, we’ve prob­a­bly seen al­most ev­ery Date­line out there,” says Bell. The two, who once showed up at a Game of Thrones event in match­ing GoT tat­toos, say they now pre­fer the British gang drama Peaky Blin­ders to the HBO drama. “That’s prob­a­bly the most con­tro­ver­sial thing I’ve ever said,” jokes Bell.

She faced con­tro­versy of a dif­fer­ent sort when she re­cently ad­mit­ted to lov­ing weed and oc­ca­sion­ally smok­ing it in front of Shep­ard. “First of all, mar­i­juana’s le­gal in Cal­i­for­nia,” she tells Us. “And to re­it­er­ate for the peo­ple who it makes ner­vous, I have never in my life, nor would I ever, en­gage in smok­ing weed around my chil­dren.”

KID­DING AROUND

In­deed, she’s the Head of Health in the house, Shep­ard tells Us. “Thanks to her, our kids eat tons and tons of veg­eta­bles,” says the Par­ent­hood alum. “And then when she’s gone, we’re on our way to Shake Shack.” His job: “I taught them to ride bi­cy­cles and all of that fun stuff. So, it’s pretty com­part­men­tal­ized.”

But when it comes to deal­ing with tricky ques­tions from the girls, they are united. “We de­cided to be very, very hon­est,” shares Bell. So far, so good. “When they asked about sex, we an­swered them,” she says. “We said, ‘Well, Mom has a vagina. Dad has a pe­nis, and there’s sperm and an ovum, and they con­nect, and it makes a baby.’ Truly, by the sec­ond sen­tence, they had walked out­side!”

As for any more baby-mak­ing, “No way!” says Bell. “I’m ab­so­lutely capped.” Yet, she ad­mits, par­ent­hood might be the hottest part of her mar­riage. “When you do be­come par­ents,” she says, “it is sexy to see your part­ner care about your fam­ily unit.”

“Nerd alert!!!”Bell cap­tioned an Aug. 22 back-to-school pic with Lin­coln (left); Shep­ard jammed with the girls on Fa­ther’s Day 2017 (above).

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