As Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard approach their 10th wedding anniversary, the ‘Frozen’ star said their secret to a happy marriage can be summed up in just two words.
“Stay vulnerable,” Bell told ET in an article published Wednesday. “You have to be vulnerable.”
She and Shepard have learned that they have to be “vulnerable if we don’t want to,” she said.
“That’s what works for us,” she added.
The two are also big advocates of therapy and are open and honest with fans about using a third party to help them negotiate relationship lows.
“Every few years we say, ‘We’re very hostile to each other,’ and we don’t want that,” Bell told People in 2021. “We’re going back to therapy and figuring out what I’m not doing that’s best for you and what you’re not doing is best for me, and how we can better serve this team goal.”
Shepard and Bell arrive at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 8, 2017.
While some have complained that they don’t like it when the entertainers share uglier aspects of their relationship, the ‘Veronica Mars’ star said she just wants to be honest.
“We’re just trying to be honest about how hard marriage, or companionship in any form, can be sometimes,” Bell wrote in an Instagram comment last year in response to a defamer. “You can’t always be in control, or be right, and it’s important to us that we lead with the honesty of your ‘perfect match’ as a myth.”
Shepard and Bell began dating in 2007 and tied the knot in October 2013.
The two have two children: daughters Lincoln, 9, and Delta, 7.