Kristen Bell Gushes About Co-Star Ted Danson From ‘The Good Place’ Every Chance She Gets

Fans of Veronica Mars call themselves marshmallows, but if Kristen Bell were a marshmallow for Ted Danson, she would melt into a s’more. The actors, who are in the midst of making the fourth and final season of The Good Place, have a mutual admiration society going. 

The two have often been interviewed together about the show, and their affection practically boils over to Hallmark card levels — which is ironic if you’re familiar with the very strange twists and turns the show has taken. 

Danson and Bell acted together before ‘The Good Place’

Kristen Bell on the red carpet
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One of the reasons the actors agreed to do the show was that they actually knew each other beforehand, they explained in an interview with The Wrap. Bell was so taken with Danson’s show Damages that she and her husband Dax Shepard used aliases based on Damages – and that as how Bell broke the ice with Danson.

“I  booked this movie called Big Miracle, which Ted was also in. And I met him for the first time in Alaska in this lobby of the hotel. And I said, “Hello, Mr. Danson, my name is Kristen Bell. I don’t want to freak you out, but I do want to let you know that I am checked into this hotel as Holly Frobisher.” And he was like, ‘Oh, OK. Very nice to meet you.’ I realized in retrospect that was maybe not a good opener.”

For his part, Danson was grateful to latch on to a new project that gave him an identity apart from his role as Sam on Cheers. That show lasted 11 seasons, but it took Danson time to get into the role because he wasn’t a bar person before he started the show.

When he got behind the bar for a scene in The Good Place, he was actually uncomfortable because he’d been away from that scene for so long. 

On what it will be like to say goodbye

Danson may be eager to leave bars behind, but the ending of the show will surely be bittersweet. Asked at the Emmys what she’ll miss most, Bell replied, ” I will miss playing someone who can be completely unhinged and selfish because that’s quite fun, but I will also truly miss working with Ted Danson, who  is one of my best friends in the world, and I will miss going to work with him every day.”

Bell told Newsweek that one of the things Danson taught her is that it’s not absolutely necessary to go grow up. That doesn’t mean that you’re willfully immature, but what it does mean is that you can stay excited and enthused when you’re 70, as Danson is.

Bell is eager to keep feeling young, because in a job such as acting, if you’re not having fun, what’s the point?

And this affection isn’t all one-sided either. On his Instagram, Danson posted a picture of Bell and an iguana with the caption: “Two cold blooded bitches: my best friend @kristenanniebell and Nacho the lizard.”

Bell has been so busy, she may take a break

Bell in particular has been the busiest of bees, not only working on The Good Place, but also shooting a new season of Veronica Mars for Hulu. And of course, she’s returning as Anna in Frozen II, trying and often failing to make sure her two daughters will not spill any secrets about the sequel.

She signed an NDA; the kids didn’t. And the kids, more than the breakneck pace, are the reason Bell may take a breather. 

“I have two little kids who are desperate for me to be home more. I’m 39. I’m just sort of like, maybe this is a great series to go out on. It’s not like I won’t work. Do a movie here and there, or guest-star and stuff. But maybe I won’t be number one on the call sheet anymore,” she told Rolling Stone.