Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell
Sloths and sex talk! Shepard and Bell show Us why they’re one of Hollywood’s favorite couples
(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.”
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).