Kristen Bell Went to This Great Length to Win Over Dax Shepard
It involved a motorcycle and a pretty serious injury, but it worked.
When Kristen Bell met Dax Shepard in 2007, she wanted to make an impression. To catch his eye (and snag a date!), she decided to make one of his passions her passion-which is exactly why the The Good Place actress decided to enroll in an accelerated motorcycle license program, reports Entertainment Tonight.
The star confessed on Jimmy Kimmel Live that her initial attempts at securing Shepard's attention might have been a little over the top. "You know when you're in the beginning of a relationship, you want to seem way more normal-especially me, I wanted to seem way more normal than I actually was," she explained. "He loves motorcycles. I really wanted him to think that I also loved motorcycles a lot and so when we first started dating I decided to get my motorcycle license. I was like, 'I got it. I'm going to show him how cool I am.'"
She enrolled in two weeks of private lessons, passed the test, framed her license, and gave it to him as a Christmas present. Shepard was both impressed, amused, and a little uneasy, especially when he saw the state of her bike post-ride. "He was way more concerned about the fact that both mirrors were torn off the bike, but I said, 'Look, I rode hard.'" The grand gesture might have been successful, but Bell thought her motorcycle career would be short ("I don't want to drive those things. They are terrifying!"). Just three years later she was back on the bike again for her and Shepard's 2010 film, When In Rome.
This time, Bell wasn't driving-she was on the back of her future husband's motorcycle-and somehow managed to sustain a pretty serious burn to her calf. Embarrassed (her co-star had given her fair warning about the potential danger!), she kept quiet about her injury. When Kimmel asked why she'd refrained from speaking up, the actress said she wasn't about to compromise her main objective: "My goal was to bag Dax Shepard, Jimmy." Their five-year-long marriage and two children are proof that her mission was certainly accomplished.