Kristen Bell Recalls Playful First Encounter with Husband Dax Shepard

Bell shares a funny story about meeting her husband Dax Shepard for the first time

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, STEVE GRANITZ/WIREIMAGE)
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, STEVE GRANITZ/WIREIMAGE)

Kristen Bell recently took a nostalgic stroll down memory lane, sharing amusing details about her first interactions with her husband, Dax Shepard.

The actress, now 43, opened up during an episode of SiriusXM’s “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” hosted by Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson, recounting how she and Shepard first crossed paths over a decade ago.

Their initial meeting took place at a birthday party for Shauna Robertson, a producer on Bell’s film “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

Bell humorously remembered her first impression of Shepard. “All I remember from that night was, ‘That guy from Jackass talks so much,'” she shared, mistakenly recalling Shepard’s involvement in the show “Jackass” instead of “Punk’d.”

She confessed that neither recognized the other, and there was no noticeable chemistry between them during that encounter.

Their next meeting was at a Los Angeles Kings hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings. Shepard was attending the game with a mutual friend, Michael, who initially caught Bell’s eye.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard in 2014. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY)
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard in 2014. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY)

“But I knew Michael and I was like, ‘All right, we’re, we’re back on the, we’re single. We haven’t been single in years. This is gonna be great. I’m gonna go over and flirt with Michael,’” Bell recounted.

However, fate had different plans. Michael was preoccupied, talking to someone else, which left room for Shepard to step in. “Dax came up to me and I was like, ‘Oh, you were at Shauna’s dinner,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, that’s right. I remember you vaguely,’” Bell remembered.

As they chatted, Shepard made an unusual but memorable move. He asked Bell if she had any gum. “I was chewing gum and he said, ‘Do you have any more gum?’ and I said, ‘No, just this,’ and I kind of coyly took it out of my mouth,” Bell narrated with a laugh. Shepard then boldly took the gum from her hand and put it in his mouth. “I was like, ‘This guy wants to f— me,'” Bell added, eliciting laughter from Danson, her former “The Good Place” co-star.

The actress also reminisced about a turning point in their relationship. After about two years of dating, the couple got engaged, but not before a brief breakup and some nudging from friends, including actor Jason Bateman. “Jason was first to go, ‘stop f—— around and marry Kristen,'” Shepard has recounted in the past.

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell in 2013. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, STEVE GRANITZ/WIREIMAGE)
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell in 2013. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, STEVE GRANITZ/WIREIMAGE)

Despite the rocky start, Bell and Shepard have built a strong, enduring relationship. Back in January, Bell shared a heartfelt tribute to Shepard on Instagram to celebrate his 49th birthday.

Accompanied by a montage of photos set to Bruno Mars’ “Count on Me,” Bell expressed her deep appreciation for her husband. “I will never be able to articulate how happy I am that you were born, and that I found you,” she wrote.

Bell and Shepard’s love story is filled with humorous anecdotes and genuine affection. They’ve become one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, known for their candidness and mutual respect.

Their journey from awkward first meetings to a decade-long marriage serves as a testament to the unpredictability and magic of love.

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