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Katching Up With Kristen Kish at San Francisco's Union Square

Katching Up With Kristen Kish at San Francisco's Union Square

Best known for winning Season 10 of Top Chef, chef Kristen Kish is heating up her culinary career. She was formerly chef de cuisine at Menton in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston (along with other Michelin-rated restaurants as well) and was also a host of a Travel Channel show called 36 Hours. Her mother suggested she go to culinary school; she attended Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, and the rest is history. The Daily Meal had the opportunity to chat with Kish about her love for food and cooking as well as her involvement with the Macy’s Union Square event honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

The Daily Meal: How do you feel about being the second female chef to win Bravo’s Top Chef? That is truly a remarkable accomplishment.

Kristen Kish: Winning Top Chef was such a proud moment, but even more than winning, I learned that I was capable of doing something I never thought I could do. I learned more life lessons than anything. It was a lesson in pushing myself, learning to trust myself, and an honest lesson in who I was as a person. The female aspect never was a focus for me. I am a chef and don't think of my gender especially when cooking, but I’m certainly proud to add another female chef to the Top Chef winners’ circle!

What are you most looking forward to for the Macy’s Union Square event honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?

This is my first time to San Francisco, I can't believe it. I'm proud to meet folks who have supported me through the years, and it's a chance to connect with great people for a great month celebrating APAHM. I've been working hard at going to so many great restaurants in a very short amount of time. I'm just excited to have finally made it to such a wonderful city.

How did you enjoy co-hosting 36 Hours?

I absolutely loved it. The experience blew me away. What's not to love? I got to see and dive head-first into great cities, meet the locals, eat beautiful food — and doing it with Kyle [Martino] made it even better. It really was a dream experience.

What would you like for your readers to ultimately gain out of your book, Kristen Kish Cooking, which will be released this fall (October 31, 2017)?

I want the readers to walk away with knowledge. My goal is to teach you about proper technique, tell my story, share my life through food, and empower the reader to cook and translate my recipes into their own.

What your all-time favorite Asian dish?

So many choices, so many cuisines, but I love great bulgogi and japchae.

How did you know that cooking was your calling?

I didn't at the beginning; I just knew I had an interest. It was my mom and dad who really showed me I could cook for my career.

How do you incorporate your culture into your day-to-day cooking?

Food is such a personal story for me and although I don't cook traditional "Asian food" my experiences and family shape what I cook.

If you could collaborate with any chef, who would it be with and why?

Gabrielle Hamilton I love her.

Who has been your ultimate source of inspiration when it comes to cooking?

My family, experiences, travels, and all those I have met and will continue to meet along the way.

What’s next on your agenda?

There are so many moving pieces, but I'm most excited for my cookbook to come out and share my food with everyone!


Kristen Bell Says It Was &lsquoIrresponsible&rsquo To Hide Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression For So Long

Kristen Bell might be comfortable opening up and even cracking a joke or two about her mental health these days, but the actress recently revealed this wasn’t always the case.

During an intimate conversation with Today show host Willie Geist on Sunday, the 39-year-old reflected on the first time she spoke out about ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression in 2016 and admitted she wished she had been more vocal about it sooner.

The Frozen 2 star explained she got the nudge to publicly open up from husband Dax Shepard:

“He was like ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible.”

We wouldn’t beat yourself up so much, Kristen! Putting that kind of deeply personal information out there isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do.

Still, the Veronica Mars alum said she ultimately felt it was the right decision. She jokingly gave her hubby credit and added:

“Me talking about that actually came from — ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything, it really is.”

It almost goes without saying Bell has an undeniable amount of bubbly charm on and off-camera, and she’s well aware of it, too. However, she noted the fact “everyone thinks there’s shame in it” (referring to mental health issues) is what pushed her to speak up.

“I’m like ‘bubbles, glitter!’ No, it’s not always that way. I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”

What a powerful admission and it’s always refreshing to hear an A-listers like herself be so candid about the need for self-care. We’re definitely taking notes!

Speaking of good suggestions, the momma of two also shared a pro tip for anyone going through the same issues: regular exercise. She noted:

“It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

It sounds like she has experienced quite the turnaround from when her overwhelming anxiety used to run rampant. Back in 2016 during an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones, she said:

“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”

We applaud your continued transparency, and stay strong, girl!

With the highly-anticipated sequel to her hit movie Frozen in theaters now, we hope Bell can continue to find things to smile about!


Kristen Bell Says It Was &lsquoIrresponsible&rsquo To Hide Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression For So Long

Kristen Bell might be comfortable opening up and even cracking a joke or two about her mental health these days, but the actress recently revealed this wasn’t always the case.

During an intimate conversation with Today show host Willie Geist on Sunday, the 39-year-old reflected on the first time she spoke out about ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression in 2016 and admitted she wished she had been more vocal about it sooner.

The Frozen 2 star explained she got the nudge to publicly open up from husband Dax Shepard:

“He was like ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible.”

We wouldn’t beat yourself up so much, Kristen! Putting that kind of deeply personal information out there isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do.

Still, the Veronica Mars alum said she ultimately felt it was the right decision. She jokingly gave her hubby credit and added:

“Me talking about that actually came from — ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything, it really is.”

It almost goes without saying Bell has an undeniable amount of bubbly charm on and off-camera, and she’s well aware of it, too. However, she noted the fact “everyone thinks there’s shame in it” (referring to mental health issues) is what pushed her to speak up.

“I’m like ‘bubbles, glitter!’ No, it’s not always that way. I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”

What a powerful admission and it’s always refreshing to hear an A-listers like herself be so candid about the need for self-care. We’re definitely taking notes!

Speaking of good suggestions, the momma of two also shared a pro tip for anyone going through the same issues: regular exercise. She noted:

“It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

It sounds like she has experienced quite the turnaround from when her overwhelming anxiety used to run rampant. Back in 2016 during an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones, she said:

“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”

We applaud your continued transparency, and stay strong, girl!

With the highly-anticipated sequel to her hit movie Frozen in theaters now, we hope Bell can continue to find things to smile about!


Kristen Bell Says It Was &lsquoIrresponsible&rsquo To Hide Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression For So Long

Kristen Bell might be comfortable opening up and even cracking a joke or two about her mental health these days, but the actress recently revealed this wasn’t always the case.

During an intimate conversation with Today show host Willie Geist on Sunday, the 39-year-old reflected on the first time she spoke out about ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression in 2016 and admitted she wished she had been more vocal about it sooner.

The Frozen 2 star explained she got the nudge to publicly open up from husband Dax Shepard:

“He was like ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible.”

We wouldn’t beat yourself up so much, Kristen! Putting that kind of deeply personal information out there isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do.

Still, the Veronica Mars alum said she ultimately felt it was the right decision. She jokingly gave her hubby credit and added:

“Me talking about that actually came from — ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything, it really is.”

It almost goes without saying Bell has an undeniable amount of bubbly charm on and off-camera, and she’s well aware of it, too. However, she noted the fact “everyone thinks there’s shame in it” (referring to mental health issues) is what pushed her to speak up.

“I’m like ‘bubbles, glitter!’ No, it’s not always that way. I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”

What a powerful admission and it’s always refreshing to hear an A-listers like herself be so candid about the need for self-care. We’re definitely taking notes!

Speaking of good suggestions, the momma of two also shared a pro tip for anyone going through the same issues: regular exercise. She noted:

“It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

It sounds like she has experienced quite the turnaround from when her overwhelming anxiety used to run rampant. Back in 2016 during an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones, she said:

“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”

We applaud your continued transparency, and stay strong, girl!

With the highly-anticipated sequel to her hit movie Frozen in theaters now, we hope Bell can continue to find things to smile about!


Kristen Bell Says It Was &lsquoIrresponsible&rsquo To Hide Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression For So Long

Kristen Bell might be comfortable opening up and even cracking a joke or two about her mental health these days, but the actress recently revealed this wasn’t always the case.

During an intimate conversation with Today show host Willie Geist on Sunday, the 39-year-old reflected on the first time she spoke out about ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression in 2016 and admitted she wished she had been more vocal about it sooner.

The Frozen 2 star explained she got the nudge to publicly open up from husband Dax Shepard:

“He was like ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible.”

We wouldn’t beat yourself up so much, Kristen! Putting that kind of deeply personal information out there isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do.

Still, the Veronica Mars alum said she ultimately felt it was the right decision. She jokingly gave her hubby credit and added:

“Me talking about that actually came from — ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything, it really is.”

It almost goes without saying Bell has an undeniable amount of bubbly charm on and off-camera, and she’s well aware of it, too. However, she noted the fact “everyone thinks there’s shame in it” (referring to mental health issues) is what pushed her to speak up.

“I’m like ‘bubbles, glitter!’ No, it’s not always that way. I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”

What a powerful admission and it’s always refreshing to hear an A-listers like herself be so candid about the need for self-care. We’re definitely taking notes!

Speaking of good suggestions, the momma of two also shared a pro tip for anyone going through the same issues: regular exercise. She noted:

“It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

It sounds like she has experienced quite the turnaround from when her overwhelming anxiety used to run rampant. Back in 2016 during an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones, she said:

“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”

We applaud your continued transparency, and stay strong, girl!

With the highly-anticipated sequel to her hit movie Frozen in theaters now, we hope Bell can continue to find things to smile about!


Kristen Bell Says It Was &lsquoIrresponsible&rsquo To Hide Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression For So Long

Kristen Bell might be comfortable opening up and even cracking a joke or two about her mental health these days, but the actress recently revealed this wasn’t always the case.

During an intimate conversation with Today show host Willie Geist on Sunday, the 39-year-old reflected on the first time she spoke out about ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression in 2016 and admitted she wished she had been more vocal about it sooner.

The Frozen 2 star explained she got the nudge to publicly open up from husband Dax Shepard:

“He was like ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible.”

We wouldn’t beat yourself up so much, Kristen! Putting that kind of deeply personal information out there isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do.

Still, the Veronica Mars alum said she ultimately felt it was the right decision. She jokingly gave her hubby credit and added:

“Me talking about that actually came from — ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything, it really is.”

It almost goes without saying Bell has an undeniable amount of bubbly charm on and off-camera, and she’s well aware of it, too. However, she noted the fact “everyone thinks there’s shame in it” (referring to mental health issues) is what pushed her to speak up.

“I’m like ‘bubbles, glitter!’ No, it’s not always that way. I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”

What a powerful admission and it’s always refreshing to hear an A-listers like herself be so candid about the need for self-care. We’re definitely taking notes!

Speaking of good suggestions, the momma of two also shared a pro tip for anyone going through the same issues: regular exercise. She noted:

“It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

It sounds like she has experienced quite the turnaround from when her overwhelming anxiety used to run rampant. Back in 2016 during an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones, she said:

“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”

We applaud your continued transparency, and stay strong, girl!

With the highly-anticipated sequel to her hit movie Frozen in theaters now, we hope Bell can continue to find things to smile about!


Kristen Bell Says It Was &lsquoIrresponsible&rsquo To Hide Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression For So Long

Kristen Bell might be comfortable opening up and even cracking a joke or two about her mental health these days, but the actress recently revealed this wasn’t always the case.

During an intimate conversation with Today show host Willie Geist on Sunday, the 39-year-old reflected on the first time she spoke out about ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression in 2016 and admitted she wished she had been more vocal about it sooner.

The Frozen 2 star explained she got the nudge to publicly open up from husband Dax Shepard:

“He was like ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible.”

We wouldn’t beat yourself up so much, Kristen! Putting that kind of deeply personal information out there isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do.

Still, the Veronica Mars alum said she ultimately felt it was the right decision. She jokingly gave her hubby credit and added:

“Me talking about that actually came from — ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything, it really is.”

It almost goes without saying Bell has an undeniable amount of bubbly charm on and off-camera, and she’s well aware of it, too. However, she noted the fact “everyone thinks there’s shame in it” (referring to mental health issues) is what pushed her to speak up.

“I’m like ‘bubbles, glitter!’ No, it’s not always that way. I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”

What a powerful admission and it’s always refreshing to hear an A-listers like herself be so candid about the need for self-care. We’re definitely taking notes!

Speaking of good suggestions, the momma of two also shared a pro tip for anyone going through the same issues: regular exercise. She noted:

“It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

It sounds like she has experienced quite the turnaround from when her overwhelming anxiety used to run rampant. Back in 2016 during an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones, she said:

“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”

We applaud your continued transparency, and stay strong, girl!

With the highly-anticipated sequel to her hit movie Frozen in theaters now, we hope Bell can continue to find things to smile about!


Kristen Bell Says It Was &lsquoIrresponsible&rsquo To Hide Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression For So Long

Kristen Bell might be comfortable opening up and even cracking a joke or two about her mental health these days, but the actress recently revealed this wasn’t always the case.

During an intimate conversation with Today show host Willie Geist on Sunday, the 39-year-old reflected on the first time she spoke out about ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression in 2016 and admitted she wished she had been more vocal about it sooner.

The Frozen 2 star explained she got the nudge to publicly open up from husband Dax Shepard:

“He was like ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible.”

We wouldn’t beat yourself up so much, Kristen! Putting that kind of deeply personal information out there isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do.

Still, the Veronica Mars alum said she ultimately felt it was the right decision. She jokingly gave her hubby credit and added:

“Me talking about that actually came from — ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything, it really is.”

It almost goes without saying Bell has an undeniable amount of bubbly charm on and off-camera, and she’s well aware of it, too. However, she noted the fact “everyone thinks there’s shame in it” (referring to mental health issues) is what pushed her to speak up.

“I’m like ‘bubbles, glitter!’ No, it’s not always that way. I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”

What a powerful admission and it’s always refreshing to hear an A-listers like herself be so candid about the need for self-care. We’re definitely taking notes!

Speaking of good suggestions, the momma of two also shared a pro tip for anyone going through the same issues: regular exercise. She noted:

“It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

It sounds like she has experienced quite the turnaround from when her overwhelming anxiety used to run rampant. Back in 2016 during an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones, she said:

“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”

We applaud your continued transparency, and stay strong, girl!

With the highly-anticipated sequel to her hit movie Frozen in theaters now, we hope Bell can continue to find things to smile about!


Kristen Bell Says It Was &lsquoIrresponsible&rsquo To Hide Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression For So Long

Kristen Bell might be comfortable opening up and even cracking a joke or two about her mental health these days, but the actress recently revealed this wasn’t always the case.

During an intimate conversation with Today show host Willie Geist on Sunday, the 39-year-old reflected on the first time she spoke out about ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression in 2016 and admitted she wished she had been more vocal about it sooner.

The Frozen 2 star explained she got the nudge to publicly open up from husband Dax Shepard:

“He was like ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible.”

We wouldn’t beat yourself up so much, Kristen! Putting that kind of deeply personal information out there isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do.

Still, the Veronica Mars alum said she ultimately felt it was the right decision. She jokingly gave her hubby credit and added:

“Me talking about that actually came from — ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything, it really is.”

It almost goes without saying Bell has an undeniable amount of bubbly charm on and off-camera, and she’s well aware of it, too. However, she noted the fact “everyone thinks there’s shame in it” (referring to mental health issues) is what pushed her to speak up.

“I’m like ‘bubbles, glitter!’ No, it’s not always that way. I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”

What a powerful admission and it’s always refreshing to hear an A-listers like herself be so candid about the need for self-care. We’re definitely taking notes!

Speaking of good suggestions, the momma of two also shared a pro tip for anyone going through the same issues: regular exercise. She noted:

“It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

It sounds like she has experienced quite the turnaround from when her overwhelming anxiety used to run rampant. Back in 2016 during an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones, she said:

“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”

We applaud your continued transparency, and stay strong, girl!

With the highly-anticipated sequel to her hit movie Frozen in theaters now, we hope Bell can continue to find things to smile about!


Kristen Bell Says It Was &lsquoIrresponsible&rsquo To Hide Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression For So Long

Kristen Bell might be comfortable opening up and even cracking a joke or two about her mental health these days, but the actress recently revealed this wasn’t always the case.

During an intimate conversation with Today show host Willie Geist on Sunday, the 39-year-old reflected on the first time she spoke out about ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression in 2016 and admitted she wished she had been more vocal about it sooner.

The Frozen 2 star explained she got the nudge to publicly open up from husband Dax Shepard:

“He was like ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible.”

We wouldn’t beat yourself up so much, Kristen! Putting that kind of deeply personal information out there isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do.

Still, the Veronica Mars alum said she ultimately felt it was the right decision. She jokingly gave her hubby credit and added:

“Me talking about that actually came from — ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything, it really is.”

It almost goes without saying Bell has an undeniable amount of bubbly charm on and off-camera, and she’s well aware of it, too. However, she noted the fact “everyone thinks there’s shame in it” (referring to mental health issues) is what pushed her to speak up.

“I’m like ‘bubbles, glitter!’ No, it’s not always that way. I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”

What a powerful admission and it’s always refreshing to hear an A-listers like herself be so candid about the need for self-care. We’re definitely taking notes!

Speaking of good suggestions, the momma of two also shared a pro tip for anyone going through the same issues: regular exercise. She noted:

“It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

It sounds like she has experienced quite the turnaround from when her overwhelming anxiety used to run rampant. Back in 2016 during an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones, she said:

“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”

We applaud your continued transparency, and stay strong, girl!

With the highly-anticipated sequel to her hit movie Frozen in theaters now, we hope Bell can continue to find things to smile about!


Kristen Bell Says It Was &lsquoIrresponsible&rsquo To Hide Her Struggles With Anxiety & Depression For So Long

Kristen Bell might be comfortable opening up and even cracking a joke or two about her mental health these days, but the actress recently revealed this wasn’t always the case.

During an intimate conversation with Today show host Willie Geist on Sunday, the 39-year-old reflected on the first time she spoke out about ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression in 2016 and admitted she wished she had been more vocal about it sooner.

The Frozen 2 star explained she got the nudge to publicly open up from husband Dax Shepard:

“He was like ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible.”

We wouldn’t beat yourself up so much, Kristen! Putting that kind of deeply personal information out there isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do.

Still, the Veronica Mars alum said she ultimately felt it was the right decision. She jokingly gave her hubby credit and added:

“Me talking about that actually came from — ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything, it really is.”

It almost goes without saying Bell has an undeniable amount of bubbly charm on and off-camera, and she’s well aware of it, too. However, she noted the fact “everyone thinks there’s shame in it” (referring to mental health issues) is what pushed her to speak up.

“I’m like ‘bubbles, glitter!’ No, it’s not always that way. I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”

What a powerful admission and it’s always refreshing to hear an A-listers like herself be so candid about the need for self-care. We’re definitely taking notes!

Speaking of good suggestions, the momma of two also shared a pro tip for anyone going through the same issues: regular exercise. She noted:

“It should be the first stop for anyone who experiences depression or anxiety because it encourages serotonin and endorphins. I feel so much more centered, patient, capable. It sets the next 48 hours for me.”

It sounds like she has experienced quite the turnaround from when her overwhelming anxiety used to run rampant. Back in 2016 during an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones, she said:

“I’m extremely co-dependent. I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”

We applaud your continued transparency, and stay strong, girl!

With the highly-anticipated sequel to her hit movie Frozen in theaters now, we hope Bell can continue to find things to smile about!


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