Kristen Bell Exclusive Video Interview – FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL

     April 13, 2008

This is the second of Collider’s video interviews from the Hawaiian junket of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Click here to watch the Bill Hader interview.

While you may not have noticed (I was updating the entire time) a little over a week ago I flew to Hawaii to attend Universal’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” TV junket. While it was a very short 48 hours, I have to say… if you can ever can get to the Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, it’s well worth it. Not only do they sometimes film “Lost” near the resort, but it’s far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the normal tourists. You can wander around by yourself to take in the beautiful surroundings; it was a hell of a place to hold a movie junket.

So about “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”….

By now a lot of you know about the film (which opens this Friday) as Universal has been promoting it like crazy. All over Los Angeles -and cities around the country -are those billboards that say you suck Sarah Marshall. Or you do look fat in those jeans. It’s a ballsy move but Universal knows they have a hit movie on their hands.

But if you’re one of those people that doesn’t know anything about it…

Struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel, Knocked Up, How I Met Your Mother) has spent six years idolizing his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars). He’s the guy left holding her purse in paparazzi photos and accidentally omitted from acceptance award speeches. But his world is rocked when she dumps him and Peter finds himself alone. After an unsuccessful bout of womanizing and an on-the-job nervous breakdown, he sees that not having Sarah may just ruin his life.

To clear his head, Peter takes an impulsive trip to Oahu, where he is confronted by his worst nightmare: his ex and her tragically hip new British-rocker boyfriend, Aldous (Russell Brand), are sharing his hotel. But as he torments himself with the reality of Sarah’s new life, he finds relief in a flirtation with Rachel (Mila Kunis), a beautiful resort employee whose laid-back approach tempts him to rejoin the world. He also finds relief in several hundred embarrassing, fruity cocktails.

For anyone who has ever had their heart ripped out and cut into a billion pieces comes a hilarious, heartfelt look at relationships—featuring Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader and Jack McBrayer. Part romantic comedy, part disaster film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the world’s first romantic disaster comedy.

So to help promote the film, Universal brought four of the stars to Hawaii and I got to interview all of them. Over the next few days I’ll be posting the videos with Russell Brand and Jason Segel…but today is Kirsten Bell.

As the title character of the TV show “Veronica Mars,” Kristen developed a very loyal following on cyberspace. And now that she’s on NBC’s “Heroes” and the voice of “Gossip Girl” on the CW Network, she shows no signs of slowing down. But with the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” she’s taking the leap to becoming a movie star.

During our time talking we discussed all the usual questions and I even got her to laugh at an unexpected question or two. If you’re a fan of Kristen’s, I’m sure you’ll love the interview.

And one last thing…first, here’s a link to the movie clips from “Sarah Marshall” and finally, I want to say a big thank you to Universal for inviting Collider to the junket. I had a great time and it was a lot of fun.

Kristen Bell

  • Eva (the contest winner) asked if Kristen was scared of doing the improv on the movie
  • We talk about making the movie versus all her TV work and I ask her if it’s hard to come to Hawaii to do all the extra press
  • Working with Jason
  • I ask if it’s true that when they weren’t filming Jason made her watch How I Met Your Mother
  • Working with Russell Brand
  • Gossip Girl talk
  • What else does she have coming up – When in Rome talk

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