Kristen Bell recently spoke to Vanity Fair about her new movie The Lifeguard, and applauded her teenage co-star’s professionalism during their steamy love scene.
Bell plays Leigh London, a former AP reporter who moves back to her childhood home and gets a job as a lifeguard. As she approaches 30, she begins a relationship with Jason, a troubled 16-year-old, played by David Lambert, who was only 19 during filming.
“We really shook hands and said, ‘Let’s make this graphic and real.’ Even prior to rolling, I think I just grabbed his hands and put them all over my chest and said, ‘This is it. Don’t be shy. Do what you do. I won’t be uncomfortable. I trust you,'” she said. “He was extremely professional. Going into a scene that intimate as a female, you couldn’t ask for a better partner.”
Bell said she asked fiancé Dax Shephard if he wanted to read through the script because it was a “really graphic love scene.” Shepard, who stars on Parenthood, declined.
“And he said, ‘You know what, I don’t care. I trust you. As long as you don’t come back pregnant, I don’t care,'” she said. “And I came back pregnant, which we always joke about.”
Bell gave birth to daughter Lincoln Bell in March.
The 33-year-old also talked about how comfortable she was wearing a Baywatch red Speedo.
“I did not look as much like Pamela Anderson as I had hoped I would. When you have more of a boyish figure, it’s slightly disappointing because you’re used to seeing that swimming suit with such gorgeous curves. But it was great,” she said.
Bell added, “I felt like I was in good shape, so I wasn’t insecure—or, I had regular insecurities, I guess—but I was already pregnant when I started that movie. So when I peed on that stick halfway through the movie, needless to say, the next day that I put the suit on, I was sweating that someone would notice.”
The Lifeguard will received a limited release in theaters August 30. Kristen Bell also just finished filming the Veronica Mars movie, and said that she was “so happy” to do the film. She said she and her co-stars had “as much fun, if not more fun, than the series.”