It happened on a multi-state road trip.
If you need further proof that Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are the most relatable couple in Hollywood, a recent talk show interview not only confirms it, but also makes us love them even more. The couple isn’t shy about airing out their arguments on social media or during interviews—you’ll remember they had an argument on Instagram over a La-Z-boy chair a few months ago. On Jimmy Kimmel Live recently, the actress recounted one of the first fights that she had with Shepard when they first started dating, which almost led to a breakup.
Bell and Shepard embarked on a motorcycle road trip from New York City to Detroit to visit their families after filming their 2010 film When In Rome. Everything was going well until Bell got tired of the “yacht rock, outlaw country” music that Shepard chose for the first part of their road trip. She changed the music to show tunes at a rest stop and it all went downhill from there. “That fight got bigger and bigger as we’re on the road, which morphed into a fight about helmet laws because Dax Shepard believes that if he’s in a state that does not have a helmet law, he should be observing the local culture and not wear his helmet,” Bell explained. More drama ensued, including a compromise that if Shepard was on the side streets he didn’t have to wear a helmet (he took the side streets for four hours, Bell added).
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“The rest of the road trip, I think through all of Ohio, up to Michigan, we were fighting so bad,” she says. “We both lost our voices because we were screaming at each other on the motorcycle. And I refused to hold onto him, so I held onto the back of the motorcycle like a boss.” When they finally made it to Bell’s mother’s home—it was the first time Shepard met her—they were forced to watch episodes of ALF on VHS tapes with her mother who was oblivious to the fight.
But of course, in retrospect, we all know that this hilarious fight probably made the couple stronger. “We continued dating, Jimmy, and that’s the moral of the story,” she said. “We worked through it. It’s about compromise. It’s about understanding the other person’s wants and needs. We weren’t listening to each other back then, but now we listen.” Truer words have never been spoken.
Take a look at the video below.