The actress is weathering the storm with a smile.
Kristen Bell is singing and smiling her way through Hurricane Irma. The actress is among the estimated millions of evacuees hunkered down during this natural disaster. And while there has been great havoc and tragedy, Bell is encouraging everyone to try and focus on coming together.
While filming in the area, Bell and the 86-person crew were told they could not leave. As of Sunday, they were staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort with other evacuees, including a couple thousand seniors from southern Florida. Bell has been documenting her experience on social media, all to show how she, her crew, and their new friends have made the most of the unfortunate situation.
“We’re not gonna change this hurricane and we’re hearing a lot of gloom and doom, and rightfully so,” Bell told CBS Sacramento on Sunday morning. “But if you’ve got a family in Florida, don’t hit ‘em with the gloom and doom. We’re doing okay. We’re making the most of it.”
For Bell, that means using her voice. The Frozen star shared a photo of herself performing at a local middle school, and used her new signature hashtag, #singinginahurricane.
On Saturday, she also made a run to the store for “holdover prep” as they prepared for the storm to pass.
“Just doing our best and trying to stay positive but cautious, and trying to help those who need help prepping,” she captioned a selfie showing her with countless Target bags. “Every person I passed today was assisting someone else- #neighborshelpingneighbors - it was beautiful to see. Sad that a hurricane has to bring out the best in everyone- but happy that the community will be holding hands through this.”
In the CBS interview, Bell also shared that she and her crew had made more space available for other evacuees to join them at the resort. Among them was her Frozen costar Josh Gad’s parents.
But the mother of two truly hit her stride entertaining the thousands of senior residents spending time with her at the hotel. She called BINGO! games, ate dinner, found a singing partner, and shared a sweet hug with some of the people she met this weekend. Sunday night, she even participated in a wheelchair race, captioning a video, “LEMONADE BABY….and Midnight wheelchair races. Here is dimly lit footage of my narrow miss to the more talented @paulwdowns. #hurricaneirma #besthurricaneever.”
And while she’s been spreading cheer all weekend, Bell has also provided much-needed information about the hurricane via Twitter. Over the past few days, she has retweeted advice about ice and water storage and volunteering opportunities, to name a few. If there’s one thing she’s avoided, it’s staying still.
“We just told the front desk we have an able-bodied crew and if we need to deliver toilet paper or water to people’s room, we’re ready to be on staff,” she told CBS Sacramento.