Lake Bell

OF ‘BLESS THIS MESS’ ON ABC

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tap -

Are you go­ing to be di­rect­ing more episodes this sea­son?

Yes. Great ques­tion. I will di­rect the se­ries pre­miere . ... And, yeah, it’s go­ing to be awe­some. I love the op­por­tu­nity to ob­vi­ously di­rect, but also given that we’re in the writ­ers’ room and we can re­ally kind of have a lot of fun with what the pre­miere will be. And I don’t know. I’m just ex­cited. I think more an­i­mals, the bet­ter is kind of what I’ve in­structed. Liz (Meri­wether, the se­ries’ co-cre­ator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) and I both are kind of aligned in that, so buckle up for that busi­ness. It’s just a lot of feed . ... But Dax (Shep­ard, Bell’s co-star) is ac­tu­ally di­rect­ing one, too. So we’re very ex­cited to have a won­der­ful lineup of di­rec­tors, in­clud­ing my­self and Dax.

Do you and Dax share tips on di­rect­ing since you’ve both done fea­tures?

Yeah. I mean, I think we’ll see . ... But, yeah, ab­so­lutely. I think at this point we have a great ca­ma­raderie both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally, and I’m re­ally ex­cited for him to come in. He’s such a smart ac­tor and con­trib­u­tor to the show that I’m just re­ally keen. He kept be­ing, like, “Just give me some some­thing to blow up.” I was like, “Wait. What? I don’t know if – we’ll work on it. You know, we’ll work on it.”

Liz men­tioned that she likes to write about stupid things peo­ple do to­gether be­cause of love. Have you and your hus­band ever done any stupid thing to­gether be­cause of love?

We’ve had children, so ... . By the way, twice. We also just adopted a puppy. So I think, pretty much, that’s how – that’s like my mantra for life. She has dis­tilled it to per­fec­tion.

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