Dax Shepard almost turned down his role on 'Parenthood' because he didn't think a long-distance relationship with Kristen Bell would work

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic via Getty ImagesDax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been together since 2007.
  • During his podcast “Armchair Expert,”Dax Shepard had a conversation with comedian Chris D’Elia and revealed that he turned down the role of Crosby Braverman on “Parenthood” because of his relationship with Kristen Bell.
  • Shepard and Bell, who have been married since 2013, were dating at the time and Shepard thought that their relationship would suffer if he relocated to Philadelphia to film the NBC drama.
  • “I said, ‘There’s no way I can be in this relationship and move to Philadelphia,'” he recalled.
  • Things worked out for Shepard because the show ended up filming in California and he was able to be part of “Parenthood” and maintain his relationship.

Dax Shepard says that he almost turned down his role on “Parenthood” because he didn’t think a long-distance relationship with Kristen Bell would work.

Shepard, who starred as Crosby Braverman on the NBC series that lasted from 2010 to 2015, revealed the surprising career decision during his podcast “Armchair Expert.” While speaking to actor and comedian Chris D’Elia, Shepard explained that he was dating Bell at the time and was concerned about how moving to Philadelphia to film the drama would affect their relationship.

“I chose her, which blew my mind,” Shepard said.

“I got offered ‘Parenthood’ – I hadn’t acted in a long time, no one was offering me anything – and they said, ‘This show shoots in Philadelphia,’ and I said, ‘There’s no way I can be in this relationship and move to Philadelphia,'” the actor recalled.

Shepard continued: “I turned that show down, which by the way is certainly the first time in my life that I would have ever done that.”

Dax shepard parenhood crosbyNBCDax Shepard as Crosby Braverman on ‘Parenthood.’

The 44-year-old actor said that being part of the show “was very appealing” as was having a life outside of Los Angeles, but he valued his relationship with Bell more.

“I very much wanted to be on that show and I very much liked the idea of having a weird separate life in Philadelphia with some weird apartment where I was anonymous,” Shepard said.

“It was very appealing, and I couldn’t believe I was doing it [turning it down],” he added.

Despite declining the role, things worked out for Shepard because “Parenthood” ended up being filmed in California.

“What’s ironic is, you make a decision like that and then weirdly, you’re rewarded,” he said.


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Shepard and Bell have two daughters together, Lincoln Bell Shepard (born in March 2013) and Delta Bell Shepard (born in December 2014). In October 2013, they tied the knot during a low-key ceremony that took place at a courthouse.

“We went to the Beverly Hills Courthouse,” Shepard said during an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “And all in, with fuel to get there, $US142 out the door.”

Kristen bell and dax shepardFrazer Harrison/Getty ImagesDax Shepard and Kristen Bell got married in 2013.

Throughout their relationship, the couple has been outspoken about the challenges they have faced. During an appearance on Harry Connick Jr. show, called “Harry,” the actress explained that months into dating, Shepard called her out on her “toxic” habit of storming off during fights.

“We’d get in a fight, because we would fight a lot, and I’d, like, yell something then slam the bedroom door, then I’d slam the front door, then I’d get in my car and then I’d skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car and it felt so good,” the “Good Place” star explained.

“I realised how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out,” Bell said.

Listen to the podcast below (Shepard talks about “Parenthood” at 1:12:00).

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