Kristen Bell Takes “Veronica Mars” to PaleyFest
Today (March 14) is the day that millions of “Veronica Mars” fans have been waiting for, as the Kickstarter-funded flick is now in theaters. And last night (March 13) Kristen Bell attended a Q&A session at PaleyFest to get in some last-minute promotion.
Joined by costars Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Chris Lowell, Ryan Hansen and Enrico Colantoni, the “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” starlet chatted about all things Mars.
Meanwhile, creator Rob Thomas let slip that Kristen and Jason’s characters weren’t originally destined to be together.
“The truth is, we never had any intention at all for Logan to end up with Veronica. He was hired to be the obligatory psychotic jacka**. In the writer’s room, sitting around watching dailies, we would all gather around, and it was like, ‘We want to watch that. We want to watch those two onscreen together.’ And that’s how it built. We were watching the same thing you were and going, ‘Wow. More of that, please!’ And fortunately, we had the ability to make that happen.”
As for how Ms. Bell scored the gig, it turns out Rob had her picked from the beginning. “I saw 100 actresses for the role of Veronica; Kristen was the very first actress I saw. We spent three weeks, four weeks of casting, and I kept thinking, ‘Was that first girl as brilliant as I thought she was?’”
Thomas discovered that he’d chosen wisely right away in the pilot episode. “I’m watching her from the monitor, and tears start streaming down her face, and I’m just like, ‘Holy sh–! We have a star! She is so unbelievable!’ There’s this joke of really top-notch actors, like, ‘How many tears do you want and out of which eye?’ Kristen can deliver that.”
Furthermore, Kristen succinctly explained the reason Veronica and Logan work so well, despite the disparity in their upbringings. “There’s something, an intangible, that we’re lucky enough to have when we work together. But it’s also like wounded birds recognize other wounded birds.”