Fresh from the hit romantic comedy When in Rome, endearing actress Kristen Bell now stars in Touchstone Pictures' new outrageous comedy You Again. She plays successful PR girl Marni who heads home for her older brotherâs wedding and discovers that heâs marrying her high school arch nemesis.
âThis is a story about people who find their way to a place of forgiveness and acceptance,â says Bell. âThereâs a sweetness and heart to this movie that will appeal to many different demographics, and itâs an escapist kind of comedy with some really funny things happening based in reality.â
Bell and âYou Againâ director Andy Fickman have had a long-standing friendship since 2001. He is the one responsible for nicknaming her K-Bell, a moniker that she happily responds to. Fickman reveals, âI first met K-Bell when she was a student at NYU, and I cast her as the lead in âReefer Madness: The Musical.â We went through the highs and lows of rehearsing and opening during the tragic events of 9/11, since our theater, Variety Arts, was located behind the red zone. Because we were in the heart of the incident, it bonded all of us further.â
Reflecting on their friendship that has inspired both of their creative sides, he continues, âWhen K-Bell moved to Los Angeles, we did a very successful musical called âSneaux,â and then for Showtime, we filmed âReefer Madness: The Musical Movieâ which premiered at Sundance as well as winning an EmmyÂ® and the Premiere Jury Award at the Deauville Film Festival. We reunited again for a wonderful Breast Cancer Benefit called âLes Girls,â and then she has been tremendously supportive of âHeathers: The Musical,â a project Iâve been developing, by playing the lead in multiple readings.â
Why so much work together? Director Fickman smiles, âK-Bell and I just simply click when it comes to our sense of humor; she is a wonderful muse for me.â
As for teaming on âYou Again,â Fickman admits, âK-Bell and I had been looking for something to work on, so when this script came to me, I saw K-Bell in the lead. That was a major enticement.â
Regarding her relationship with Andy Fickman, Kristen Bell, whose popularity is rising thanks to her roles in such comedies as âCouples Retreatâ and âWhen in Rome,â acknowledges, âAndy was the one who convinced me to move to Los Angeles. I donât think I wouldâve done it if I had not known him.â
As for collaborating on this comedy, Bell confesses, âI owe Andy, but man, he put me through the ringer on this movie! Marni had a variety of injuriesâant bites, falls, trips, you name it!â
With a hint of a smile, Bell wonders, âIt seems like Andy enjoyed every single minute of it!â
Opening soon across the Philippines, âYou Againâ is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.