Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are one couple who want to be honest about their relationship and work for it to make it strong.
While appearing on Sunday Today with Willie Geist, Shepard, 46, opened up about why he and Bell, 40, make a point of talking candidly about their ups and downs.
“We don’t want anyone to think we met and it’s been easy ’cause if that’s someone’s expectation of a relationship and certainly a marriage, it’s a bad expectation to have,” he said. “So it’s interesting. We don’t feel like we have an option.”
Dax Shepard went on to joke that he was going to exaggerate how long his conversation with Willie lasted as a way to get a little extra alone time.
“I have the option to say this went another half-hour longer,” he told Willie.
“I’ll say we went long. Blame it on (me),” Willie answered.
Like many Americans, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell revealed early on in the pandemic that they were having relationship struggles during the quarantine.
During an Instagram Live with former TODAY co-anchor Katie Couric, Shepard was asked how his family was getting along. He replied, “We’re getting along good with the kids, and we’re getting along good with the adults we’re friends with, but this has been stressful for mama and dada.”
That’s when Kristen Bell, 40, chimed in, “We’ve been at each other’s throats real bad, real bad over the last couple, oh yeah.”
Shepard also joked that they stopped fighting just a few minutes before talking to Couric. “This is as physically close as we’ve been in a couple days ‘cause we’ve just found each other revolting,” Bell said, when Shepard quipped, poking fun at Bell saying “America’s sweetheart has some character defects.”
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell may argue when they’re stuck in close quarters, but they support each other when it matters.
The “Frozen” star stayed by her husband’s side when, after 16 years of sobriety, he became addicted to opioids following an August motorcycle accident.
In an interview with People magazine, Kristen Bell also shared how they need some therapy every now and then to keep their marriage strong. “Dax and I, when we started this pandemic, were at a point in our marriage where we definitely needed a little therapy brush-up,” the actress shared.
“Every couple of years, we’re like, ‘We’re being very antagonistic towards each other,’ and we don’t want that,” she added. “We go back to therapy and figure out what I’m not doing that’s best for you and what you’re not doing that’s best for me, and how we can serve this team goal better. It’s been incredibly helpful.”