The Good Place star Kristen Bell and actor Dax Shepard have been married since October 2013. They are the parents of two young daughters, Lincoln, who was born in 2013, and Delta, who was born in 2014.
Here’s a look at Shepard’s life, career and relationship with Bell.
1. Shepard Celebrated 12 Years of Sobriety in September 2016 & Has Been Open About His Past Substance Abuse
On September 1, 2016, Shepard marked 12 years of sobriety with a message to Bell and his daughters on Twitter. “12 years ago today I came out of my last toxic, life threatening stupor,” he wrote. “I now have a wife & babies & some self-esteem #gratitude #promises.”
Shepard has been open about his substance abuse. In a 2012 interview with Playboy, Shepard said that the things he had done in his past were “terrifying to” Bell. Shepard explained:
It’s so weird when you turn 18 and are released into the world and then just start piling on terrible habits. From 18 to 29 I was a heavy smoker, heavy drinker, drug addict, terrible eater and philanderer. The past eight years, since I got sober, have honestly been about trying to peel back each of those habits, to get back to the 12-year-old kid inside who was tremendously excited about life.
Shepard went on to explain that he “just loved to get f**ked up – drinking, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything.”
“I was famous for going out on Thursday night to have a couple of beers, and that just led all the way to Saturday night,” Shepard said, adding that he was lucky he didn’t go to jail.
2. Shepard’s Decision Not to Take the Lead Role in ‘When In Rome’ With Bell Might Have Saved Their Relationship
“We went to couples therapy right out of the gates,” Shepard told Jones. “We both got offered this movie, When in Rome, [and] the studio said, ‘We don’t want to hire two people that are dating.’ The producer, who’s a friend of mine, [said that to me] and I said, ‘You have my word, I’ve never lied to you, I will not break up with her no matter what happens on this movie.’”
Shepard said that if he hadn’t made that promise, “I think I would have broken up with her for sure.”
Shepard still took the role of Gale in When In Rome, but the male lead part went to Transformers star Josh Duhamel instead.
Bell and Shepard don’t have anything against working together, it’s just that they rarely do so. In 2012, they made Hit & Run together and Shepard had a cameo in the 2014 Veronica Mars movie. Bell will also be in Shepard’s next film, 2017’s CHiPs.
3. Shepard Will Co-Direct the Animated ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movie & Just Finished Directing ‘CHiPs’
Shepard might be best known as an actor thanks to NBC’s Parenthood, but he’s also been behind the camera a few times. In 2010, he directed and co-wrote Brother’s Justice, which he followed with 2012’s Hit & Run. In 2013, he directed an episode of Parenthood and in 2014, he helmed an episode of About a Boy.
Shepard has two directing projects in the pipeline. His adaptation of the TV series CHiPs will hit theaters on August 11, 2017 and co-stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Brody and Michael Pena.
On September 9, 2016, Variety confirmed that Shepard will co-write and co-direct Warner Bros.’ long-gestating Scooby-Doo animated movie. Shepard is co-writing with Matt Lieberman and directing with Tony Cervone (Space Jam).
4. They Waited to Get Married Until Same-Sex Marriage Was Legal in California
In August 2012, Bell told Celebuzz that they weren’t going to get married until same-sex marriage was made legal in California.
This is very much up to the State of California. We’ve been very vocal about not wanting to be married in a state that doesn’t allow that right to all of its citizens. We’ll wait until California gets on the right side of history.
The couple had been engaged since January 2010. They fiinally tied the knot in October 2013, a few months after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
The two had a very quick ceremony, getting married at the Beverly Hills County Clerk Office, TMZ reported at the time. A witness told the site that they had only intended on getting the marriage license, but a court employee offered to marry them that minute. So, they got married in a courtroom.
5. Shepard Is an Avid Car Enthusiast & Did His Own Stunt Driving in ‘Hit & Run’
Shepard loves cars, particularly his 1967 Lincoln Continental. He used the car in Hit & Run and refused to let anyone else drive it, so he did his own stunt driving in the film, which co-starred Bradley Cooper.
“I would have sooner let Bradley [Cooper] make out with Kristen, probably,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in August 2012. “If given the choice, this is 100 percent true, of [being forced] to write a scene between Bradley and I making love, or Bradley driving Lady Lincoln, it is incomparable that he would choose the former.”
Before the Idiocracy star could drive a car, he was doing his best to find a way to drive anything.
“I started with a Honda Spree, rode the shit out of that, then I got a Honda Elite 80,” he told Jalponik. “Even though you had to be 16 to drive that, I put stickers from the Spree on it and drove that from when I was 13 years old up to when I got my license. I probably put like 8,000 miles on that thing, then got a Suzuki Katana 600, which was a total piece of shit, but I could afford it.”