Dax Shepard, ever the jokester, sat down to chat with Conan O’Brien on Monday night’s episode of Conan, and when talk turned to his relationship with wife Kristen Bell, the actor certainly didn’t hold back.
“When we first started dating, I had more money than her and I owned the house that I lived in,” he explained. The pair first started dating in 2007 after meeting at a mutual friend’s birthday dinner. “She said to me at one point, ‘Would you like a prenup?’ because we were getting married. And I said, ‘No, I don’t want a prenup.’”
“But I really wanted a prenup, really bad,” Shepard, 43, revealed. At the time, he told Bell that he was fine to forgo a prenup “just because something good came over me for once and I made the right decision.”
So much can change in 10 years. “The joke is now on her because she’s become much more successful than me and has much more money than me,” he said with a straight face. Bell, 37, currently stars on NBC’s The Good Place and is set to voice Anna in the sequel to Disney’s highly successful animated film, Frozen. Meanwhile, Shepard’s focus has shifted a bit to center around his podcast, Armchair Expert.
There was, however, one upside to declining to sign a prenup for Shepard and Bell: The A-listers avoided one of the five most common mistakes couples make when signing a prenup, which is letting emotions get in the way of proper negotiation. Despite the difficulty of the conversation, The Knot ultimately recommends couples consider signing a prenup before marriage.
Shepard and Bell married in a simple City Hall wedding ceremony back in 2013. Since then, the spouses have been refreshingly realistic about the ups and downs of their relationship, even if the cause of tension is a trip to Michael’s. Shepard explained to O’Brien that when he had the idea to have Bell as his first guest on the podcast, he thought it would be a “slam dunk.” The reality of the situation proved otherwise.
“It was a disaster, right out of the gates,” he said. “I think she thought I was trying to unveil some big secret which I was not. And she also had plans to go to Michael’s to buy crafting stuff at the same time. She was annoyed that was the day she was supposed to be buying yarn or something and that really set her off.”
Though he initially contemplated keeping the recorded exchange under wraps, he decided it would be more forthcoming to air it in the spirit of honesty. “Sometimes we’re in Samsung commercials, canoodling at Christmastime and sometimes we’re screaming at each other about Michael’s,” he said.
The pair are parents to daughters Lincoln, 5, and Delta, 3.