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A forkin’ awesome conversation with the cast of ‘The Good Place’

A forkin’ awesome conversation with the cast of ‘The Good Place’

LA Times – “The Good Place” ended its first season with an astonishing, ground-shifting bombshell — Eleanor (Kristen Bell), a human trying to save her soul by becoming a better person after death, figured out that the Good Place was, in fact, the Bad Place, which should have been obvious all along what with those ubiquitous frozen yogurt stores in the neighborhood.

Ted Danson’s afterlife architect, Michael, confirmed this delicious disclosure with a maniacal laugh that became an instant moment of classic television, also revealing himself to be an immortal demon, and the episode itself firmly established the show’s bona fides. If series creator Michael Schur possessed the confidence to play that kind of a long game, what might he do for a follow-up?

The 13-episode, second season answer proved every bit as satisfying. While premises were still made to be broken, Schur and the show’s writers leaned into the idea of community, exploring the idea that people define themselves by the strength of their tribes. For “The Good Place,” that includes four humans striving to avoid eternal damnation, a demon learning to love flawed mortals and an all-knowing Siri-like being named Janet who appears to be turning into a human herself.

The actors playing the members of this makeshift family — Danson, Kristen Bell, D’Arcy Carden, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto and Jameela Jamil — have quickly become one of the most appealing ensembles on television. The day before they were to begin shooting the third season premiere, we sat down with the cast on the Universal Studios backlot to talk about the show’s radical optimism.

I want to get just a taste of the upcoming season, and I have it on good authority that one of you has trouble keeping secrets.

Bell: Loose Lips Danson!

Danson: That’s absolutely true. I’m impossible. So let me guess: You probably want to know about what’s in store for our group of humans, who, last we saw them, were down on Earth pursuing their second chances. And Michael and Janet are monitoring them …

Bell: I think we can reveal that, metaphorically, this next season is about how you can play chess with people who don’t know you’re playing with them and doing so in a way that doesn’t affect the greater universe.

Danson: What she said. [Laughs]

Bell: Because our characters don’t know there’s a greater mission. We’re meandering on Earth. What I loved about that whole last episode from Season 2 was that it summed up everyone’s yearly existence from Jan. 1 to March 1. You make resolutions. You’re going to be a better person. You’re going to work out more. You’re going to eat broccoli. And by March, none of that is happening. You saw it with Eleanor. She vows to change, and then she gets bored.

So now we are all left on Earth separately. And what we learned from the first two seasons is that our strengths come when we’re together. But can Michael and Janet tamper with us without affecting the universe?

Jamil: I will also add that the scripts we’ve read so far are even funnier. And slightly filthier.

Filthier how? Asking for all those fans writing “Good Place” erotic fan fiction.

Danson: Wait a minute. Where do you see this erotic fan fiction?

Jamil: On your blog, Ted. No … there’s volumes of it, mostly about me and Kristen.

Bell: It’s no secret that Eleanor’s very fluid in her sexuality. So people have been stimulated by that thought.

Jamil: The stories always start the same way. We’re just laughing and having a great time. And then one of our fingers touches the other one’s hair and then one thing leads to another.

And a hot-diggity-dog moment ensues …

Carden: You get it!

Jamil: It’s genuinely very sweet. Our fans are so passionate. They’ve made so many amazing paintings and even some statues.

Carden: I’d like to buy some of it. Is that dorky?

Danson: Well, it’d be like going to someone’s house and they have a baby picture of themselves out.

Carden: What if I buy it and make my parents put it up in their house? That’s cool, right?

Harper: No. But I have a framed baby picture of myself, so who am I to say?

Going back to that idea of Michael and Janet tampering with the humans, we saw that in the last episode where Michael shows up as a bartender on Earth, offering Eleanor guidance. Ted, did you enjoy that “Cheers” callback?

Danson: No. I’m literally traumatized if I have to get behind a bar. For some bizarre reason, I break into a sweat.

Bell: You’re so weird. Is it too much pressure?

Danson: No. It’s really like … I don’t know …

Bell: Well, dig deep!

Danson: It blindsides me every time. And if I have to be attractively coming on to a woman in a scene, it just devastatingly paralyzes me. I just hope they can get back to the Good Place without Michael having to do that.

Do you think there is a Good Place?

Jamil: I don’t know. But I do know I think about my motivations a lot more since doing this show.

Danson: Making sure the waitress sees how large a tip you left. Everybody does that.

Bell: Will just whispered that he tries to hide it.

Harper: I don’t want to be that cheesy guy who looks them in the eye and says, “Hey, that’s for you.”

Bell: Mike developed this point system, this little game with himself where if he’s driving and someone cuts him off, it’s minus 20 points. He tallies people all day for a fun game for himself.

And what he figured out for the show was … [Section omitted because it involves a huge spoiler for Season Three.]

Carden: That was a bit that got taken out of Season Two.

Harper: Yeah. But it will come back.

Danson: Who’s “Loose Lips” now? [Laughs]

Will I have points deducted if I put that information in the story?

Bell: You will go straight to the Bad Place.

If you went through life in a Mike Schur way, what kind of behavior loses points?

Bell: I judge everything by: Does it lean toward happiness or does it lean toward suffering? Like cutting someone off in traffic or all the seven sins … because cutting people off in traffic is one of them, right?

Harper: In L.A. Also: Selfies.

Jamil: Selfies definitely. And anyone who designs any sort of G-string. I’m more about minutiae.

Carden: I think about the point system a lot because my husband and I have a different moral compass. He’s a very good person, but he can justify just about anything if it helps his family or people he loves.

Bell: That’s tribal and, to be stereotypical, it’s more male. It’s more female to see the world a little more maternally. But look, if there was a lion in my backyard, my whole family would be dead. I’d be wondering if he needed water or had a thorn in his paw.

Jamil: Manny, what would your bad place things be?

Jacinto: I grew up in a very religious household and was fortunate to be given those principles as a kid. But who knows if they’re right or wrong. I think all I know is that I know nothing.

Danson: He’s just going for being the smartest person in the room. Because it’s true, what he said. I remember watching my mother die. Up until then, I had read this philosophy, that religion, meditating, Zen and felt a kind of spiritual pride about who I was. And watching her die, I was like, “Oh, I know nothing. She may be about to know. But I don’t have a clue.”

Which brings us back to wondering if there’s a Good Place — both on the show and the afterlife.

Bell: Maybe the Good Place is right here, finding those people who challenge you and help you grow. And you do the same for them.

Carden: And no mobile phones. There are no mobile phones in the Good Place.

Jamil: Because we have Janet. But think about it: If the characters had mobile phones, they never would have bonded. Too many distractions — the breaking news alerts, the social media, the apps. Also Chidi would have ghosted the hell out of Eleanor every time she got in his face about his neuroses.

Danson: Now what does “ghosted” mean again?

Carden: It means when you don’t reply to a text. Ted, you should know. You’re a big ghoster!

Harper: I think we see groups of people doing bad things so often in the media that, with our show, it’s heartening to see a bunch of people come together and look out for each other without it being cheesy. In life, I’ve been part of groups of friends with really great people, and I’m a better person because of that. I think it’s a pretty common experience, so it’s nice to reflect that.

Bell: I think this show helps us digest the negative things around us and transcend them. Because if you look at the statistics and start from a place of logic, things have never been better. It’s like Steven Pinker said in a lecture a couple of weeks ago: Every newspaper could have printed for the last 30 years that “Today, 138,000 less people died of starvation.” The world is not getting worse. I mean, the Crusades aren’t going on. Little things like that.

Jamil: Absolutely. You know, there are moral philosophy lecturers discussing this show in their classes.

Danson: [Feigning pomposity] Oh, we’re fabulous. You know the trouble with these conversations is you always walk out and step into a big pile of karmic poop. We’re all going to have to tread carefully the rest of the day.

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Interview│How Kristen Bell Is Accomplishing Her Life Goal To ‘Spread More Joy’

Interview│How Kristen Bell Is Accomplishing Her Life Goal To ‘Spread More Joy’

Kristen Bell was interviewed by Elana Lyn Gross for Forbes. Read below:

Kristen Bell, the award-winning actress and star of NBC’s The Good Place, is well-known for her roles on popular television shows, movies and on Broadway, as well as for her charitable work. Giving back has always been a priority for Bell so, when her friends discovered a simple way to help children with malnutrition recovery, she came on board as a cofounder. They founded This Bar Saves Lives, a granola bar company that donates lifesaving malnutrition treatments to children in need. Along with their giving partners, Edesia Nutrition, Action Against Hunger, Feeding America and Vitamin Angels, the team has provided more than three million nutrition packets to children around the world.

Elana Lyn Gross: What was the inspiration for This Bar Saves Lives?

Kristen Bell: In 2008, my friends Ryan Devlin and Todd Grinnell traveled to Liberia on a humanitarian trip and met children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. While this was disheartening, they also learned how this condition could be effectively treated through a supplement called Plumpy’Nut. Plumpy’Nut is kind of like a supercharged peanut paste with vitamins and minerals. Two to three of these packets a day for approximately eight weeks can bring a malnourished child back to a healthy weight. The main problem is that clinics around the world don’t have access to enough of it. So, when [Delvin] reached out to me with his simple solution to get more Plumpy’Nut packets into the hands of more families, I had to join the team.

Gross: Since launching in 2013, This Bar Saves Lives has provided more than three million nutrient packets to children fighting malnutrition. Do you have a favorite story about the impact This Bar Saves Lives has had on people?

Bell: We captured a time-lapse of a child we were able to help treat at Second Mile Haiti, our giving partner based in Cap-Haitien. What’s incredible is that our customers’ purchases over the past two years have been able to fulfill 100% of Second Mile Haiti’s Plumpy’Nut needs. Kendy arrived at Second Mile Haiti after his mother passed away and weighed only 11 pounds at nine months old. He needed immediate help and was put on a ten-week treatment of Plumpy’Nut. Throughout this period, Kendy gained 50% more weight. His recovery and transformation wasn’t only evident in his physical appearance, but also in his new, lively attitude.

Gross: What are your responsibilities as cofounder of This Bar Saves Lives?

Bell: I have my hand in many different aspects of the business. I joke that my unofficial title is “chief taste officer,” as I love to participate in the flavor and product development process. I also love meeting with retail partners to share our brand’s story and mission. This Bar Saves Lives’ story is a personal one, and it’s best told live. Whenever I can leverage my role as a professional storyteller to spread the word about our brand and mission, I’m there!

Gross: What is a workday like for you? Please walk me through a day!

Bell: My work days are often inconsistent, depending on what job I’m doing at any given time. They always start with a hot cup of matcha! I usually wake up at 7 am with my girls, get them ready, and then I’m off to school which is around 9 am. Then I come home and I’m either off to the recording booth for a voice-over, or off to hair and makeup to shoot, or spend the rest of the day at my computer writing and answering emails at home. I pick the girls up at 4 pm, come home, play with them, make dinner, get them to bed and snuggle with my husband on the couch!

Gross: Has giving back always been important to you? 

Bell: Absolutely. I am incredibly lucky to have always had a great support system and a lot of encouragement to follow my ambition. I want to be that support system for people who don’t have it. My goal in life is to spread more joy and reduce suffering any way I can. It makes me feel good when I lay my head on the pillow at night that I could be of service to someone else because we are all in this together!

Gross: You wrote a beautiful Motto article about your experience with depression and anxiety. What would be your best advice for someone who is silently struggling with depression or anxiety?

Bell: Rip the word “shame” out of your vocabulary. It’s not worth it. Speak openly, be vulnerable and you will find a solution that works for you.

Gross: What is one thing that you wish you had known when you were starting out your career?

Bell: To take time for myself. I’m very ambitious and sometimes have trouble focusing and take too much on. The result is being spread thin and not giving 100% to anything I’ve committed to. Finding time to reflect, meditate, be with family and not think about work helps me pay attention and perform better.

Gross: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Bell: “If it doesn’t matter in five years, it doesn’t matter.” —Cher

Gross: What is your business advice for other young professional women?

Bell: Trust your gut. Don’t underestimate the quiet power of diffusion. To diffuse is a strength, not a weakness. It will lead to resolve. Work hard, and be nice to people.

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Fashion Flashback: Kristen Bell Muses on Top Looks

Fashion Flashback: Kristen Bell Muses on Top Looks

When it comes to style, “The Good Place” star and this year’s inaugural SAG Awards host Kristen Bell is definitely drawn to the “girly.” “But when I see the pictures I feel like I’m dressed up to go to my own christening, so I have to be careful how many ruffles I wear.” The “Frozen” star — who’s walked many a red carpet — believes the older she gets, the simpler she dresses. She now often opts for black and white — “modern looks which make me feel more sophisticated.”

2005
I barely knew any designers other than Mr. TJ Maxx,” says Bell of her first SAG Awards experience. “I wasn’t thinking too much about my look because I was so excited to be there, as this was my first awards show.” She believes her style has drastically evolved since. “Also I don’t ever remember wearing a wig but this picture could convince me otherwise!

2010
Bell served as a presenter her first year at the Golden Globes. “I had always loved girly pinks and frills but this look was the start of me trying to dress more like an adult,” she says. “And I felt very elegant, like I was at the big kids’ table for the first time.”

2013
I was seven months’ pregnant and terrified about the limitations I had fitting into a dress,” recalls Bell of her next Globes year. “My stylist, Nicole Chavez, called around town asking people if they had any empire-waist dresses they could spare. … Thankfully, Jessica Paster pulled this dress from Emily Blunt’s options and it fit perfectly!Bell felt gorgeous — something “somewhat hard to achieve” in her state. “If it hadn’t been for their generosity I probably would have shown up in maternity jeans.”

2014
The year “Frozen” went to the Oscars — and scored two wins -— Bell picked a dress in keeping with theme. “I truly did feel like a princess,” she says, noting she was especially into the Piaget diamond necklace. The whole night felt surreal: “My husband [Dax Shepard] and I did a lot of people watching and giggled the whole way through, wondering how on earth we were allowed in.

2016
Bell’s all-time favorite look is from this Emmy year. “I was able to find a dress that was floral and girly but still came across simple and didn’t swallow me up,” she says of the Zuhair Murad gown. “I loved the pattern of the floral and the huge train on the skirt. And shockingly, it was very comfortable.”

2017
This look was far bolder and sexier than anything I had ever worn, but I was really feeling it,” she says of her Jenny Packham Globes dress. “It was the first thing we tried, and even though we tried about 15 more dresses, we couldn’t get past the fit and class of this one. I love a deep plunging neckline and the whole look made me feel very ‘Old Hollywood.”

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Kristin Bell at The Ellen DeGeneres Show & her new web series called “Momsplaining”

Kristin Bell at The Ellen DeGeneres Show & her new web series called “Momsplaining”

Kristen Bell stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 26 and with Dax Shepard, they Surprised Ellen DeGeneres with presents for her 60th birthday.

During her appearance, Kristen weighed in on the romantic song Dax created for Ellen about why she makes 60 years old so sexy.

Kristen also surprised Ellen with an adorable birthday present of her own: a shirt that reads “It Tooks 60 Years to Look This Good”!

Plus, the two discuss Kristen‘s experience as the first-ever host of SAG Awards and a joke about Nicole Kidman showing up with the flu infecting all of Hollywood.

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Ellen and Kristen are teaming up for Momsplaining With Kristen Bell!

The six-episode original digital series teaches moms how to master motherhood with Kristen‘s help – only, she may not exactly be an expert.

Kristen uses her humor to guide moms through birthing classes, visiting the OB/GYN, throwing Frozen-themed parties and finding out what children are really thinking.

Kathryn HahnKatie Lowes and Ryan Hansen also guest in the series.

Three episodes are available to watch as of Friday (January 26), with the rest coming in February. Watch below:

Kristen Bell at the Jimmy Kimmel Live

Kristen Bell at the Jimmy Kimmel Live

Kristen Bell  visited Jimmy Kimmel Live for an interview on January 16. On the interview, the actress revealed some funny anecdotes about her relationship with hubby Dax Shepard. Dax has melted our hearts numerous times with his relationship advice and candid keys to making their marriage work, but as Kristen elaborately explained on the show, this guy is totally attached to his motorcycle and off-road vehicles.

My one daughter has a lamby, my other daughter has a blanket, my husband has a 1,000-pound off-road vehicle, and I have my vape pen . . . #edgymom,Kristen said. But before they were a compromising family of four with their own vices, Dax and Kristen were stubborn, and nothing epitomizes new relationships more than this lovely story about the couple’s first blowout fight.

After she was finished filming the 2010 movie When In Rome alongside Josh Duhamel, Kristen and Dax decided to take a road trip to meet their families in Detroit. But this wasn’t your average road trip with iPads and souvenir shopping at highway rest stops; these two rode Dax’s motorcycle home, and while the first half was filled with yacht rock, which we know is Dax‘s genre of choice, the other half was filled with screaming.

We were newly in our relationship, and he had chosen the music for the first two states, and when he went into the service station I thought, ‘Well, that’s a wrap for me. I’m up to here with the yacht rock, outlaw country; let’s get some show tunes, right?!’ So I switched the iPod. Well, he was not happy,Kristen recalled. “Because I didn’t ask, we didn’t discuss it, and it was also like we’re both control freaks, [and it was the] beginning of our relationship.

The music was only the start of the fight for Dax and Kristen, who explained that the fight spiraled into an argument about helmet laws. “Because Dax Shepard believes that if he’s in a state that does not have a helmet law, he should be ‘observing the local culture’ and not wear his helmet,” she said. “We ended up compromising that if he was on the highway, he had to wear the helmet. But if he was on side streets, he didn’t have to wear the helmet. I’m not joking — he took side streets for like four hours just to make a point.

For the next few states, their fight massively escalated, culminating in them screaming at each other over the sounds of the motorcycle and completely losing their voices. When they reached Kristen‘s home, having barely survived this horrible fight, they were greeted by her mom, a tower of VHS recordings, and a “medium-length photo shoot.

Kristen‘s final words of wisdom: “But we continued dating, Jimmy. That’s the moral of the story. We worked through it. It’s about compromise. It’s about understanding the other person’s wants and needs. We weren’t listening to each other back then, but now we listen.”

Kristen was wearing a Jonathan Simkhai jumpsuit and Chanel earrings and watch

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