Kristen Bell Talks Dirty About ‘House of Lies’

The former "Veronica Mars" star tells us about making the leap from broadcast to cable on Showtime's new comedy series.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Kristen Bell was at last summer’s Television Critics Association party for Showtime as she was just starting to film "House of Lies." I asked her a few questions then, but now that I’ve seen the show I know how naughty she gets to be. On the TCA panel for the show’s premiere in January, I asked her some more informed questions, and included the two from last summer below as well.


Crave Online: How are you enjoying the naughty talk on the show?

Kristen Bell: Let's just say I'm enjoying it. I'm f***ing enjoying the hell out of it. Sorry. No, it's more provocative than anything I've ever done. And sometimes I have a potty mouth, and it's just nice to not have those limitations.

Crave Online: Is the pace of "House of Lies" even faster than "Veronica Mars"?

Kristen Bell: I would say yes. Keeping up with the three of them and the dialogue that they write, yeah, I would say it's a little bit faster.

Crave Online: Were you looking for another TV show and is cable very different from your network experiences?

Kristen Bell: I think so. I think that they’re not under the same restraints as network. They can go a little further with their subject matter, with what they show, with how provocative they are. So yeah, I think it is a little bit more interesting and I had my eye, I was looking for something to come back to TV.

It’s like a feeling like I’ve been away from home for too long and I love doing movies, but I look at TV like high school and movies like camp. You create these great relationships in movies in movies and then they sort of dissipate and you go on your way. I like knowing the crew that I work with, I like coming to the same job every day so it appeals to my emotional stability a lot more.

I think whatever you do that works, if you have good writers they pick up on it right away and they continue to write that for you.

Crave Online: Has that happened?

Kristen Bell: I think so. I don’t know, I’m not in the writer’s room but I hope that they’ve seen, "Oh, that works for her and that doesn’t." I love where my character is going. I love it. It’s not like anything I’ve ever had before.