The following is a Q&A with actress Kristen Bell. Kristen recently wrapped filming the true story feature film Big Miracle opposite Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski which comes out in February 2012. Prior to that, Kristen will be seen opposite Don Cheadle in the Showtime series House of Lies premiering in early January 2012. She was recently seen in Burlesque. Bell starred in the highly successful comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Her other film credits include: Couples Retreat, When in Rome, You Again, Pulse, Serious Moonlight and David Mamet’s Spartan. Kristen’s television credits include: Veronica Mars, Deadwood, Heroes and Party Down. Her Broadway credits include: Tom Sawyer and The Crucible opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, and her Off-Broadway credits include: Reefer Madness and A Little Night Music both at The Kennedy Center in New York and Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Kristen is also involved with Invisible Children, The Humane Society, The Art of Elysium, and dedicated her 30th Birthday by raising awareness and funds for Charity: Water. Kristen is a Brand Ambassador for Neutrogena Naturals which has partnered with The Nature Conservancy around domestic water conservation
Q: Why have you taken up the cause of clean water?
KRISTEN BELL: I think it’s often thought of as a problem within the rest of the world that there isn’t clean water, but people don’t realize how close to home it hits until you really investigate our resources and how they are diminishing. I really want to make people aware of that which is why I am thrilled that Neutrogena Naturals has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to bring awareness to domestic water issues in order to educate people on how they can make a difference.
Clean water and water in general is not an endless resource and I want future generations to not suffer from these developments – which is why I think that raising the awareness about how we can help conserve for future generations has become so important to me.
Q: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned (or encountered) since getting involved with clean water issues?
KRISTEN BELL: Last year for my 30th birthday, instead of receiving gifts I encouraged donations be made to an organization called Charity: Water, which resulted in being able to raise a lot of money to build wells in Ethiopia. I had visited Ethiopia and seen the water crisis there first hand, and it really inspired me to take a look at where my own water came from. Clean water is so much bigger of an issue domestically than anyone realizes. America is amazing and wonderful but everything is celebrated in such excess that people don’t often realize that conservation actually benefits all, not just in the immediate but ongoing.
This is an empowering issue as, unlike a lot of problems in the world that are truly daunting and don’t seem to have a solution, this particular issue is solvable and easily overcome with the right steps. Making changes to your lifestyle to achieve a greater goal of conservation doesn’t have to be a huge sacrifice. There are teeny tiny things in your daily life that you can alter in order to make a huge impact.
Q: Is there a place in nature that’s special to you?
KRISTEN BELL: My film Big Miracle is set in the Arctic Circle so we spent a lot of time in Alaska filming where I experienced some of the most beautiful scenery I had ever seen in my life. I realized when we were up there how much good can come out of taking pause. Los Angeles is such a fast pace lifestyle and I run at such a speed, but I think that when I was up there, on the top of the Chugach Mountains and Mount Alyeska, I quickly realized that there is such a good balance that comes from taking a moment to be one with nature.
That experience of taking a step back for reflection made me want to preserve those environments and moments so that other generations can be given the opportunity to find the same value in our parks and open spaces. All of the beauty that those moments provide on both a personal and community level in order to cherish and find value in the simple things around us. These types of experiences have really opened my eyes and have driven me to get involved.
Q: What would you encourage people to do about this issue?
KRISTEN BELL: It’s actually really simple as there are solutions around every corner. The tiny choices we make on a daily basis really do add up! You can save so many gallons just by taking one to five minutes off of your shower or by shutting the faucet off while you are shaving or while brushing your teeth. This has a huge impact on a yearly basis when you consider thousands of households doing the same thing when it comes to basic every day activities. All we have as human beings is our collective intelligence so once you are aware, you can capitalize on the power of banding together to make a difference, and begin to see a big dynamic shift.