Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard welcome their second child, a baby girl named Delta Bell Shepard.
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) December 20, 2014
Shepard appears once again as a guest on Conan to talk about his latest film, This Is Where I Leave You. He describes his lack of a butt and shares how his wife, Kristen Bell helped him shave his butt-crack in preparation for his nude scene.
My fear – my deep, deep fear would look like there was like a werewolf trying to escape my butt-crack.
In this drama directed by David Dobkin, a lawyer, Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.), who returns home for his mother’s funeral finds out his estranged father, Judge Joseph Palmer, is a suspected of murdering a man he sent to prison and was let out on parole. Hank now defends his father in court. Shepard plays C.P. Kennedy, a lawyer who helps represent the Judge. Costarring Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Billy Bob Thornten.
It just was if not the best script I’ve ever read, definitely in the top three, and I’ve been reading them now for 12 years pretty regularly. I just was so blown away with this script.
Shepard and Kimmel discuss his marriage on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
I’m not good with dates, I remember it was nice out of my wedding day.
Shepard talks with Ellen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show about his family. He and his wife, Bell, are expecting their second child.
We’re building a circus. We want to be able to get in a van and tour the country.
Shepard plays Wade Boulanger, a shock jock radio personality, in the comedy-drama film, This Is Where I Leave You, directed by Shawn Levy, based on the book by Jonathan Tropper. The Altman family reunites at their childhood home after their father dies. Co-starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda.
When I got the call to say, “Do you want to do This Is Where I Leave You starting in two days?” my first question was, “When is that naked scene? I’ve been on vacation pretending I was at the Nathan’s hotdog eating contest for six days, there’s no way I’m screen-ready for a naked scene.”
This film adaptation of the mystery-comedy-drama series, directed by Rob Thomas, is based around a lawyer, Veronica Mars, who returns to her hometown to help a former classmate who is accused of murdering his girlfriend Carrie Bishop. Shepard plays an over-confident club boy. Costarring Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring.
The couple wed at the a California court house. They waited three years to get married until same sex marriage was legal in California. They wanted a low-key occasion; family and friends did not attended the ceremony.
I don’t fault anyone who wants a big day – especially girls. [But] we get more than enough attention in our everyday lives. I also wear more than enough party dresses.
Bell and Shepard welcome daughter Lincoln Shepard into the world. On labor:
I want a glass of whiskey, I want the epidural in my back. I want to get hit in the face with a baseball bat and wake me up when it’s over, because I’ve seen the videos and it looks terrifying.
Bell and Shepard marry. On the kind of wedding they wanted:
We will not have a wedding, we will just quietly get married.
Shepard writes about the death of his father from cancer and how he and his father visited the many homes they had lived in when he was a child:
We had a lot of fun together during those four months. We took long car rides through the back roads of rural Michigan. We spent a weekend visiting every single house and apartment the two of us had ever lived in. There were 28 between the two of us. Together we had only shared three of those places: a single-wide mobile home from 0-1 years-old, a small, brick ranch on a few acres in the middle of nowhere from 1-3 years-old, and a modern, middle-class home in a McMansion-ee neighborhood from 15-16 years-old. It was that gap between 3 and 15 years-old that caused most of our issues. He was a selfish asshole, and I lived to hold a grudge, so it was a thoroughly symbiotic pairing. The car rides proved to be shockingly therapeutic. One of the hidden benefits of cancer is that it can erode grudges the way WD-40 dissolves rust. It just finds it’s way into all the nooks and crannies and starts loosening. Before long, the once formidable chip on my shoulder had melded into something the size of a nicotine patch. Apologies were exchanged. Tears were had. Hugs were frequent and lingering. I spent the majority of our time together running my hand lightly over the tiny little hairs peaking out from the back of his soft, bald head. He let me do that for hours. Without any awareness of it at the time, the trips home turned into a proper Alexander Payne Movie. It became one of the more beautiful experiences of my life.
Bell had been shooting in Los Angeles, but flew to Detroit to surprise them.
It was an amazing, incredible, perfectly timed surprise. She lifted her shirt up and he put his hand on her swollen stomach. He left it there for the better part of an hour. He was smiling from ear to ear, sitting contently, unable to put together a sentence, but still capable of connecting to the new family member we were creating. He wasn’t going to make it to the birth, but that didn’t get in the way of him meeting the new baby. It was an emotional and triumphant moment. One I will never forget. If I live to be a thousand, I will still be in debt to my wife for giving him that one last thrill.
Dax and Shepard are expecting their first child together.
They’re so excited — they’re both ecstatic. They can’t wait to become parents. Kristen had a little bit of morning sickness early on but she just started shooting the second season of House of Lies and is feeling great now.
In this comedy directed by Shepard and David Palmer, Shepard plays Charlie Bronson/Yul Perrkins, who is enrolled in the witness protection program. Charlie’s girlfriend needs to get to a job interview in Los Angeles, CA and he swears to get her there, along the way they have a series of problems. Costarring Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, and Tom Arnold.
I don’t think anyone gives a shit about how deeply personal the movie is to me. In general, humans are interested in f-cking, car jumps, and shit that makes us laugh.
Bell talks about starring in the film Hit & Run with Shepard:
You couldn’t find two more extremes. He used to be a drug addict, and I don’t know if I’ve even seen cocaine at a party, let alone done it. When I found out that my Prince Charming has gone on five-day benders where no one could find him, I was like, Wait, what?
Shepard directs (with David Palmer) and writes this satirical mockumentary about Shepard’s transformation from comedian to a silver screen martial arts star. Costarring Ashton Kutcher, Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper, David Koechner and Jon Favreau.
As your comedies come out, you quickly learn that no one sees them overseas. I don’t care about that, but when I became aware of it, this idea arose…I’m not big enough, like the Rock or someone like that is, to just lay people out. So I’d have to have some kind of finesse skills, like a martial art.
In this independent romantic drama by Katie Aselton, a married couple, frustrated by the lack of sex in their relationship, allow each other a one-night stand. Shepard plays Darren, the husband. Cos-tarring Aselton, Frankie Shaw and Sean Nelson.
Well, hm … for me, the thing that I was able to make sense of this. I was able to interpret this and make it seem real to me… I couldn’t relate necessarily to saying, “Oh alright, on this night, you get to do this and I get to do that,” but I could relate to that feeling of being the cool couple in the crowd, and I’m not talking about my public relationship or anything, but I’ve had the experience in my life where I felt like my girlfriend and I were the evolved couple, the one that was really adventurous and good communicators, and didn’t have a lot of hang-ups. For me, I look at what they did as more of a test to this theory they had about themselves. That they were very advanced and evolved and open-minded. That’s why they did what they did
Bell and Shepard get engaged. Shepard proposes, giving Bell what she calls a “real cool piece of jewelry.” The Neil Lane ring features a three-carat emerald cut diamond.
This romantic comedy directed by Mark Steven Johnson follows Beth, an a ambitious New Yorker who is unlucky in love. However, on a whirlwind trip to Rome, she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love, and is then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors. Shepard plays Gale, self-absorbed suitor who falls under the spell of the coins and chases Beth. Costarring Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel and Will Arnett.
I liked the challenge of having to get in that shape. I wanted to prove to myself that I can do that.
Walt Becker directs this comedy where two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of seven-year-old twins. Shepard plays Gary, a child-proofer. Costarring Robin Williams, John Travolta, Seth Green, Kelly Preston, Bernie Mac, and Matt Dillion.
In this mockumentary directed by Brad Martin, on the rise and fall of a Chipendale dancer turned martial arts action star, Shepard plays Bucky, an SFX Coordinator. Costarring David Leitch, Angelina Jolie, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Eric Roberts.
In this comedy directed by Michael McCullers, a successful, single businesswoman who dreams of having a baby discovers she is infertile and hires a working class woman to be her unlikely surrogate. Shepard plays Carl Loomis. Costarring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sigourney Weaver, Greg Kinnear, Romany Malco, and Steve Martin.
I had a great time. My first time in a movie with all women and I really enjoyed it.
In this comedy directed by Bob Odenkirk, when a career criminal’s plan for revenge is thwarted by unlikely circumstances, he puts his intended victim’s son in his place by putting him in prison and then joining him. Shepard plays John. Costaring Will Arnett and Chi McBride.
We didn’t study prisoners that much. There’s not much you can do as an actor in this case, research wise. I mean, you can’t go to prison… I mean, you could go to prison, but I was not willing to go to prison for a comedy.
In this comedy film directed by Greg Coolidge, two employees who compete for the affection of their newest co-worker. Shepard plays Vince Downey, Super Club’s head cashier and the main antagonist. Co-stars are Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson.
The cast is, pound for pound, one of the funniest groups of people ever in a movie. Andy Dick is hysterical, Harland Williams is hysterical, Tim Bagley is unbelievable, Efren, my sidekick, Pedro from Napoleon’s great, Dane’s great. And a free for all of improv that all came together perfectly.
Idiocracy is satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge. It is about two people who take part in a top-secret military hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society wherein advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant and dysgenic pressure has resulted in a uniformly unthinking society devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights. Shepard plays Frito Pendejo. Co-stars are Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, and Terry Crews.
It initially was very heartbreaking, because I think the movie was worthy of a wide release. But I’ll tell you there’s this weird phenomenon happening with the movie, which I’m told is the same thing that happened with Office Space, which is, all the people that I respect, the kind of people’s opinions I value, are seeing the movie despite it trying to get killed. I couldn’t beg my good friends, fellow comedians, to go see Without a Paddle, but all these people who I love are going to see Idiocracy without me even telling them that it’s out. It’s kind of a neat phenomenon.
I try to approach making movies in a way that it’s about the making of them and not the result of them, if that makes sense. Regardless of what happens with Idiocracy, I still have three months in Austin Texas with Mike Judge, which were three of the best months of my life. So for me, on a life level, the result’s still he same. I had a wonderful time and it was really a unique experience and I got to work with someone I idolize, so that remains intact.
In this fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing. Shepard plays Astronaut Walter. Costarring Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Kristen Stewart, and Tim Robbins.
It was a blast. I got to rocket through the ceiling…
Directed by Steven Brill, this comedy is about three reunited childhood friends going on a trip up a remote river in order to search for the loot of a long-lost airplane hijacker. Shepard plays Tom Marshall. Costarring Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Ethan Suplee, Abraham Benrubi, Rachel Blanchard, and Burt Reynolds.
Tons of stuff. He [Matthew Liiard] and Seth both really, y’know, took me under their wing, and showed—I mean I just, I didn’t have the technical knowledge that they had as far as, y’know, camera placement, what do you do in the, y’know, cross—there’s just tons of stuff I didn’t know, and they were both really patient, really. Lillard’s—one of his first pieces of advice was the truest he said, and that was, “Hey Dax, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.” ‘Cause I blew most of my wad during the camera tests to try out whether our outfits worked or not for the studio. I was like, at a hundred and ninety-eight percent for the first week and a half.
Dax Randall Shepard is born in 1975 in Milford, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, to Laura (LaBo), who works at GM. His mother is of French-Canadian and Belgian descent. His father, Dave Robert Shepard, Sr., is a car salesman, and an alcoholic:
He loved to eat. Holy shit could he eat. Of all of his addictions, and there were many (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, sex, cars, houses, shiny things), eating was his number one. He never did get a handle on that vice. He could hunker down in front of the TV for hours, nibbling with comma-inducing ferocity the entire time. Nothing in the pantry was safe. He would come up with the most counter-intuitive combinations of food. Like a true alchemist, he’d put salsa on oatmeal, or smother frozen waffles with a can of black beans. He was like a perpetually stoned, pregnant woman. No permutation of ingredients was out of the question; anything was possible. It was a sight to behold.
He graduates from Walled Lake High School in 1993.