Written on May 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm , by Samantha Shelton
You know her as the teenage private eye from Veronica Mars, the coy narrator of Gossip Girl, Jason Segel’s hilarious ex in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and oh yeah, the adorable Anna in the mega-successful Disney hit, Frozen (seriously, the animated film is now the best-selling Blu-ray…and I can’t stop singing “Love Is An Open Door”). It’s safe to say Kristen Bell is one of America’s beloved actresses, and she’s just bursting with talent. Instead of keeping it all in front of the camera, though, she took a few steps to land behind it in her first shot at creative director. Partnering with Lipton for a three-video series of short films, Bell has launched the Win an Extra SUNday campaign, and let me tell you—the prize for us busy, over-worked women is suh-weet.
But before we dive into those deets, we figured it was best to know more about the blonde beauty calling the shots of these funny vids. When she’s not working with the camera, Bell can be found taking care of her family—adorable baby Lincoln and hubby Dax Shepard. On her schedule for Mother’s Day? “Definitely watching Game of Thrones,” she says. “Otherwise, I have no idea.” But now that she’s had about a year to get her grasp on motherhood, she’s realized it’s taught her to let go of the little things. Take household chores, for instance. “I used to get very frustrated if my house wasn’t tidy and would always be cleaning it,” she confesses. “And [now] when faced with the decision of sitting with her and making more of a mess because it makes her smile, or cleaning up, I will always choose the former. I’m like, ‘There are blocks all over. Yeah, so what? She likes to throw blocks. Big deal.’”
Now you may be wondering if little Lincoln had any influence on Bell’s decision to be the voice of Anna. The answer: not even a little bit. Frozen was a three-and-a-half year endeavor (Fun fact: Bell says at one point Anna and Elsa were mother and daughter, rather than sisters), so obviously she got started well before she was pregnant. So what got her on board? Good ole’ Disney. A longtime fan who named Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmations as just a few of her faves, getting invited to play a Disney character was, well, a dream come true. “Knowing that I would have a fingerprint on something that would affect children the way those [films] affected me was really exciting and I said yes immediately.”
Written on May 11, 2012 at 11:12 am , by Samantha Shelton
Although softball was dropped from the participating sports in this year’s summer Olympics, Jessica Mendoza knows her way around the Olympic podium. The 31-year-old softball pro is a four-time First Team All-American and two-time Olympic medalist: capturing the gold and silver in Athens and Beijing, respectively.
Despite her many accomplishments on the field, her proudest moment has nothing to do with being an outfield pro, and everything to do with being a mom. Mother to Caleb, 2, Mendoza shared her secrets for balancing hectic schedules and how it feels to look in the stands and see her family cheering.
Between your athletic career, working for ESPN as an analyst and participating in multiple charities, you are one busy woman! What’s it like to juggle so many things with being a full-time mom?
It is crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s about giving your all to the moment you are in and not worrying about what you’re missing or how much time you have until the next thing you have to do. Being present is a very important skill to have.
How do you fit it all in and still keep your sanity?
Honestly, most days you don’t fit it all in, and I have to be okay with that. This week I am in Rwanda with The Girl Effect, trying to make a difference in girls’ lives, but I am missing my family and training. When I get home, I’ll be with my family but away from my ESPN career for a bit. It’s more about giving everything you have for the time you are doing it. I know that every day I wake up is a chance to do something special, whether that be with my family, career or the world.
What do you think your status as an athlete and your experience as an Olympian means to your son?
I think he is learning more about it all the time. I love that he will grow up respecting how strong and amazing women are, and what his mom does. My favorite moments as an athlete now are looking over at him in the stands with his two-year-old Mendoza jersey on his back, smiling up at me.