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Kristen Bell on 'Veronica Mars,' the 'pederazzi' and the Oscars

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Film and television star Kristen Bell, at KPCC's Mohn Broadcast Center on February 27, 2014. The movie version of "Veronica Mars" opens March 14.
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Film and television star Kristen Bell, at KPCC's Mohn Broadcast Center on February 27, 2014. The movie version of "Veronica Mars" opens March 14.

John Rabe talks with the "Veronica Mars" star about making the movie version of her hit show, seven years later, and the scourge of paparazzi who target celebs' kids.

Yes, it was a #KPCClove-fest when "Veronica Mars" and "Frozen" star Kristen Bell visited the Mohn Broadcast Center today for her Off-Ramp interview.

Bell is not just a KPCC listener. Bell asked her husband, Dax Shepard, for a KPCC membership for Christmas. (SPOILER ALERT for the upcoming "Veronica Mars" movie, opening March 14.)

Bell also considers Ira Glass' brief appearance in the "Veronica Mars" movie its biggest cameo. "Light years" bigger than James Franco, she said.

A screencap from the trailer for "Veronica Mars."

And the whole staff of "This American Life" loves the late lamented "Veronica Mars" TV show so much that Glass, Bell says ... well, we'll be saving that for next week.

The public radio connection is important here because, when you think about it, the new "Veronica Mars" movie — with Bell reprising her TV role as the now adult former private detective who is called back to Neptune — was produced using the public radio model. Sort of. When the thing they loved was taken away, almost 100,000 people gave to the Kickstarter campaign to make the movie.

Bell told me that when it came to giving the Kickstarter campaign backers their rewards, "It's funny, I was initially a little hesitant and scared. I thought, 'I'm going to meet so many randoms.' It's nerve-wracking when you're tasked with meeting 700 people over the course of a month or so. But, I gotta say, I was so happy with the people that I met."

Lunch on the set with regular people was much more interesting, she says: It got her out of the Hollywood bubble. "I've had people stop me on the street and say, 'I'm a backer. I'm so excited!'"

You can hear much more about the movie in our first interview segment, including what Veronica's wardrobe says about her character: "She's wearing armor."

But speaking of people on the street, Bell is also leading a campaign against what she calls the pederazzi: members of the paparazzi who are, she says, increasingly targeting the children of celebrities. And not just photographing them from a discreet distance, but "running red lights around pre-schools, screaming at other children, pushing them."

She's asking media outlets to agree to not use photographs of celebrity children that weren't authorized by the parents. And many outlets have signed on, including People Magazine and NBC's "Today" show. The issue became a hot-button for her after the birth of her daughter, Lincoln, last March:

"I like being an actor, but I love being a mother. I'm supposed to be her protector. I don't know if she's going to be really shy, and if she is, it will kill me to have not protected her anonymity."

This weekend on Off-Ramp, we talk much more with Kristen Bell about the pederazzi issue, the "Veronica Mars" the movie ... and the Oscars.

What will she wear? "I'm not sure yet. It's such a big decision for a girl. Some clothes, I think, probably."

Next weekend, we'll talk with the actor about sloths, Ellen, working with David Mamet, and coughing into someone's mouth. And we'll also unveil a video we shot with Bell at KPCC modeled on the Ira Glass scene in "Veronica Mars," but with a couple cast upgrades.

Veronica Mars trailer - KPCC's Mohn Broadcast Center at :33

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