Even though Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard make their adorable marriage seem effortless, the Good Place actress admits in a new interview that there was a time when she thought she and Dax would never actually get married. Before Dax proposed back in 2009, Kristen revealed she accepted they'd never say 'I do' because her now-husband didn't believe in marriage.
“He has a great argument that the state having a piece of paper doesn’t mean he’s going to be nice to me and by my side for the rest of my life," Kristen told People. "That is going to be evidenced by how we treat each other and the commitment that we make. I had surrendered, like ‘Okay, well, I’m never going to get any sort of traditional marriage out of this, and that’s okay because I trust him.’ I really, really trusted him and believed that we were going to go the long haul.”
As for what changed Dax's mind about marriage? “Ultimately, I was like, ‘Well, I’m doing it because my partner wants that,” the actor said during their joint interview. “Forget the tradition or history of marriage as a concept, you knowing I was doing something that I didn’t want to do because I loved you was a big sign for you.”
At the end of the day, the thing that Kristen and Dax say makes marriage work is a lot of hard work. “All these movies from the ’80s taught us that it’s love at first sight, and it is supposed to be easy and [that] all you have to do is find that person,” Kristen said. “It took me a while to realize, ‘Oh, that was such a lie,’ because things that you work really, really, really hard for always yield the best results.”