“This is very much up to the State of California,” Bell told Celebuzz when asked about her wedding plans.
“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.”
A union of another kind came early for Bell and Shepard as the two star in Hit & Run their first movie together since 2010’s When in Rome. Directed by Shepard and starring his good friends Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper and his Parenthood costar, Joy Bryant, the new movie fulfills one of the actor’s lifelong ambitions.
“Seeing the man I love really accomplish one of his dreams, which is directing a real car chase movie, I wanted to give him the best performance,” said Bell. “I wanted to be able to do what he wanted to see. So there wasn’t ego involved when he was directing me.”
Not this time, but there might have been. Working with a loved one can be bliss or it can be hell. Chemistry in the home can turn into chaos on the set, especially when budgets are as short as the shooting schedule.
“We disagree on almost everything,” said Bell.
“But not work,” added Shepard. “We typically like the exact same movies. We have the same opinion on scripts and on television shows. In that respect, we’ve very, very aligned.”
In the movie, Bell and Shepard play a young couple on their way to Los Angeles for a job interview. What she doesn’t know is that he’s in the witness protection program and killers await him in the big city.
“It’s us in our first year of our relationship,” confessed Bell about their characters. “The year where you really suss out whether you actually want to spend a lot of time with this person. As every couple did we dealt with a lot of that primarily because we have just very different pasts. So in a way they do mirror a portion of us.”
Which is to say there were spats and disagreements on set including lover’s slaps and hair pulling, but the couple eagerly looks forward to working together again soon.
“We work really well together and I think we each want to see the other succeed,” said Bell. “It’s fun to be able to actually be together and doing what we love.”