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How Kristen Bell Changed Dax Shepard's Life for the Better

The actor says that committing to Bell meant becoming a new, improved person.

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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are one of Hollywood's most candid couples—they aren't afraid to show the world the work they put into their marriage. Though both Shepard and Bell cite their union as one of the most meaningful, rewarding things in their lives, the actor recently revealed that their relationship almost didn't take off. The reason? Being with Bell meant choosing to be a better person all-around—something that gave Shepard pause during the beginning of their courtship. 

 

During an interview with Off Camera with Sam Jones, the actor explained that, although he always struggled with low self-esteem, he was always "very confident" in relationships. Shepard was never fearful of losing Bell—he was more concerned that he wouldn't want to live his life in the same, positive way that she does. "I was going, 'Do I want to be with a Christian, who has eight people living in her house for free? Who has to get out of a car when there's a dog that doesn't have a leash and ruin her whole day to rescue this dog?" he explained. "That's great and she's good, but that's not what I wanna do, I'm not that good, I don't want to spend my day finding the owner of a dog."

 

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So, how did their relationship become so successful? Shepard explained that Bell, "never, ever said to [him], 'You could be a little better of a person.' She never, ever suggested I should do that." In fact, Shepard claims that after spending time observing Bell's "endlessly generous and loving" demeanor, he wanted to be more like her—and that's how he knew she was the one.

 

"I just slowly through time watched what fruit she bore out of the way she moved through life. I looked at the results of how she lived. And they're pretty undeniable," Shepard explained. "You can't deny what the outcome is and it's so drastically better for her." In the end, Shepard was moved by the impact Bell made on the people around her, himself included. "More people care about her, more people will be there for her. It's just a better life—and I wanted that. And so I chose to move more in her direction."