Be still, our hearts
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1. WHEN KRISTEN TEARED UP WHILE TALKING ABOUT DAX
“He’s a wonderful father,” the actress told CBS’s Sunday Morning of her husband, whom she wed in 2013. “He knows the value of things. He was an addict for many, many years and he pulled himself out of it, and he’s been sober for 11, 12 years now. … And he knows how many times he’s messed up and how many times he’s been really close to losing everything.”
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2. WHEN DAX SURPRISED KRISTEN WITH A BOUQUET OF ROSES ON ELLEN
While promoting their new film, Bad Moms, Bell and costar Mila Kunis were surprised by their husbands – Dax Shepard and Ashton Kutcher, respectively – who were carrying bouquets of roses for their leading ladies. Can you say relationship goals?
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3. WHEN DAX REVEALED WHAT MADE KRISTEN FALL FOR HIM
“She’s way out of my league,” Shepard told Queen Latifah on her talk show. “Learn to dance, young men, learn to dance. Make jokes and learn to dance, and you can land a Kristen Bell.”
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4. WHEN DAX WISHED KRISTEN A HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON TWITTER
And boy, was it steamy! “The world’s most generous, thoughtful, nurturing, talented, determined woman turns thirty sex today! #AutocorrectMistakeOrNot,” wrote Shepard on Twitter, only to have Bell promptly respond with an equally flirtatious tweet: “You’re gonna get thirty sex tonight ya stud!!!”
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5. WHEN THEY OPENLY SPOKE ABOUT GOING TO COUPLES THERAPY
Self-proclaimed opposites Bell and Shepard credit going to couples therapy early in their relationship for helping them work through initial trust issues and the occasional disagreement. “We have a very healthy marriage and we got there by doing therapy when we needed it, and constantly doing fierce moral inventories,” she told PEOPLE. “We both take responsibility when we are wrong, and I think it is easy to work with him because I married him, because I enjoy spending time with him and I trust him. That is exactly what I want in someone that I work with.”
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6. WHEN KRISTEN REMINDED US HOW RELATABLE SHE & DAX REALLY ARE
“We’re pretty decent about staying on top of it,” Bell said of the couple’s sex life in the August issue of Redbook. “We’ll be like, ‘Okay, it’s been how many days?’ We find a night when nobody is coming over and we don’t have to work super-early in the morning, and then we slot it in.”
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7. WHEN DAX GOT KRISTEN THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT, EVER
You know you’ve found your soulmate when he surprises you with a sloth on your 31st birthday – which is exactly what Shepard did for Bell. (Bonus points for the tears of joy.) “I immediately was overcome and thought, ‘There’s a sloth near,’” she told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. “And I didn’t know how to process that because my entire life had been waiting for this moment, where I would get to interact with a sloth.”
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8. WHEN THEY FILMED A MUSIC VIDEO TOGETHER
Bell and Shepard enjoyed their final vacation before becoming parents with a trip to Africa, which was made exponentially cooler with a homemade music video of the pair lip-syncing along to Toto’s “Africa.” BRB, adding “film an adorable music video with bae” to our relationship bucket list.
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9. WHEN THEY WORE MATCHING GAME OF THRONES SHIRTS
“Dax and I went to the premiere of #GOT last night. Everyone was in suits and dresses. People were sipping cocktails,” Bell wrote on Instagram. “We were in tank tops that said ‘Stark in the streets, Wildling in the sheets.’ We sported temporary tattoos that said ‘Ours Is The Fury and Winter Is Coming.’ “
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10. WHEN KRISTEN’S FIRST-EVER INSTAGRAM ALMOST BROKE THE INTERNET
So much cuteness in one picture – how is that even possible? “I don’t know how to use Instagram but I do like this picture,” Bell wrote, captioning a pic of herself sharing a kiss with her hubs.
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11. WHEN DAX PLAYED MATCHMAKER FOR KRISTEN
During an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Shepard and Bell spoke about finally meeting their mutual celebrity crush, The Night Of‘s Riz Ahmed, at the 2017 Golden Globes. “I saw him first, and I thought she might be too shy to go up to him so I’m going to break the ice,” he recalled to DeGeneres. “I said to him: ‘Hey, my wife has a crush on you. I would love to introduce you to her.’ “
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12. WHEN DAX MADE US LAUGH WITH HIS SWEET TRIBUTE TO KRISTEN
“This was nearly 10 years ago. I often wonder if I chose correctly,” the CHiPs star wrote on Instagram, honoring his wife in this throwback snapshot. “The dolphin’s not on Facebook, so it’s hard to know for sure.”
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13. WHEN DAX SURPRISED KRISTEN ON A FLIGHT
While stopping by PEOPLE Now, Shepard recalled the most romantic thing he’s ever done for his wife — and it rivals the sweetest of stories.
“We got into this really crazy one-upmanship of — so she was doing a movie in Alaska and I was shooting Parenthood and I couldn’t go and she was going away for a long time,” he explained. “But then my schedule changed and I didn’t tell her, so I got the seat next to her on the airplane and then I sweet-talked the gate representative to let me on the plane early. So when she went to sit down, I was in her seat reading a newspaper and she kept going, ‘Excuse me, sir. Excuse me, sir. I think you’re in my seat.’ ”
“And then she noticed those hands look familiar and then she started bawling when she saw that I was on the flight,” he said. “And then so she did it to me on the way back.”
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14. WHEN KRISTEN REVEALED HOW THEY KEEP THEIR RELATIONSHIP SEXY
“Sometimes, we’ll look at each other and we’re like, ‘We need some intimacy and sex, like, right now,’” she told InStyle. “We’re just very honest about it.”
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15. WHEN KRISTEN SHARED HOW THEIR RELATIONSHIP HAS EVOLVED
Despite being together for over a decade and sharing two kids, Bell and Shepard are still “building [their] house” a.k.a. their relationship.
“It gets deeper and more solid, and starts to contribute to other areas of my life. It’s like building a house,” Bell told InStyle. “It takes a lot of work but once you have the house, you can now do work inside of it because it’s stable and supportive. The depth of our love has produced so many wonderful aspects and security.”
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16. WHEN KRISTEN CELEBRATED DAX’S 14TH YEAR OF SOBRIETY
The actress shared a touching Instagram tribute filled with sweet family moments to celebrate Shepard’s sobriety achievement.
“To the man [who] mocked me when in our wedding photos because I cried too many tears of joy, who wore a baby Bjorn for 2 straight years to show his girls how to be as adventurous as possible…I will forever be in awe of your dedication,” Bell wrote. “I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you.”
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17. WHEN KRISTEN SAID SHE ‘CHOSE THE RIGHT PERSON’
In PEOPLE’s 2018 Sexiest Man Alive issue, Bell opened up about why she admires Shepard — and what makes him so sexy to her.
“[I’m] decidedly confident I chose the right person,” she said. “He does almost everything in a ‘manly’ way. He can put a pony tail on our 5-year-old’s hair as manly as he can change his brake pads in the driveway.”
And, of course “nothing is sexier than him being a good human,” she added.
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18. WHEN DAX TALKED ABOUT REALIZING KRISTEN WAS THE ONE FOR HIM
During a sit-down with Off Camera with Sam Jones, Shepard got very honest about his early days with Bell, wondering if her generous spirit was the right fit for him. After being around her for a while, he realized — obviously — it was.
“I just slowly through time watched what fruit she bore out of the way she moved through life. I looked at the results of how she lived,” he said. “And they’re pretty undeniable. So here’s me who thinks she lets people take advantage of her and live for free off of her and maybe she pays this manager too much or whatever the cynical, protective part of my brain was saying. I could also acknowledge: She’s bringing in a lot more money than you. She’s getting ahead. For all these people that are making a fool of her, she’s doing a lot better than you are.
“I just couldn’t deny the reality of how her life unfolds,” he continued. “There’s something charmed about it. I think it’s charmed because it starts with her being just endlessly generous and loving and giving people the benefit of the doubt and believing in people and believing the world’s a wonderful place and all these things. And then down river it proves to be all those things to her … It’s just a better life — and I wanted that. And so I chose to move more in her direction.”
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19. WHEN KRISTEN DISHED ON HOW THEIR HARD WORK YIELDS ‘THE BEST RESULTS’
Opening up to PEOPLE in 2019 about the challenges of marriage, Bell said, “All these movies from the ’80s taught us that it’s love at first sight, and it is supposed to be easy and [that] all you have to do is find that person. It took me a while to realize, ‘Oh, that was such a lie,’ because things that you work really, really, really hard for always yield the best results.”
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