“The Good Place” star Kristen Bell covers the November 2019 issue of Women’s Health magazine photographed by Dennis Leupold.
On finally finding a consistent workout routine with Pilates: “I’ve always felt mentally strong because I’m adept and can banter and hold my own in a good conversation. But I’ve never felt physically strong. I felt waifish…or pregnant. And I’m loving the fact that if we ever get attacked by ninjas, I would be a valuable asset.”
On how it’s helped her bounce back post-pregnancy: “It’s about the muscle in my body. Having children obliterated my abdominal wall. Good night. That’s a wrap. And I thought, Well, it’s never going to come back. What do I need it for? Spanx exist. You don’t get everything all the time.”
On exercise being as important to mental health as to physical health: “I feel so much stronger, and it’s a physical feeling, but it’s also a mental one. It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”
On only working on projects that shoot in L.A.: “It’s too disruptive to my family [otherwise], and that’s what gives me the fuel to even be creative at all. If I had to choose, I’d choose them.”
On her daily mid-morning bagel snack: “I have to eat carbs because I have to memorize 11 pages of dialogue, and I can’t do that eating spinach and chicken.”
On her vegetarian diet: “I’m not super restrictive. If they make au gratin potatoes, I’m going to have some, but I am mindful of the portion I take. I find that through conscious eating, I’m able to have all the rewards and also maintain a healthy, steady diet.”
On alcohol (she didn’t drink for 10 years, but after “discovering rosé” this summer, had a glass every day on vacation): “When I do drink, it’s like I have the flu the next day.”
On her initial hesitation to go public with her depression – a condition she’s struggled with since age 18: “I realized that this is the shame that prevents people from talking about it. I immediately felt irresponsible, because I do care about depression not being taboo, yet I present this bubbly, outgoing girl who seemingly gets through life with a smile on her face, and I’d never discussed that some days, I don’t.”
On helpful tips she picked up from Dax’s AA meetings that she uses when feeling bleak: “You just have to do the next right thing. You just stand up. That’s the next right thing. Then you brush your teeth. That’s the next right thing. I’ve very one-step-at-a-time.”
[Photo Credit: Dennis Leupold/Women’s Health Magazine]
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