Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard don’t play when it comes to games. “When we met, she was like, ‘I have a game of standing charades every Saturday,'” Shepherd recalls. People go to the hospital after that. Just so you know, this is part of my life.” “It was complete contact,” Bell, 41, explains. “So, we had a broken nose, we had a sprained wrist.” Shepherd, 46, adds: “Some of the retraction has cleared up.” “The Good Place,” he recalls, “I was watching her tell everyone the rules of charades in her house, and she went from America’s sweetheart to just a training sergeant.” Like the worst Platoon movies, or any of those war movies. Suddenly she was just screaming… and I said, ‘What is this 5-foot-1 tornado? Who is her character? It was interesting.’ Now the couple, who married in 2013, are taking their love of gaming to the small screen for NBC’s “Family Game Fight” (Wednesday, 9 EST/PST). Kristen Bell reveals she and Dax Shepard go on therapy separately to complain about each other ‘I’m a big boy and I love it’: Dax Shepard takes advantage of ‘heavy testosterone injections’ in their first TV collaboration, the duo hosts and pits against each other as members of the quartet compete for a chance to win the $100,000. The competition can get messy: ice falls on players’ backs as a punishment for a wrong answer in a game called “Brain Freeze”. Contestants can also be met in the face with sweet fun in “Pie Rollers”. The show is inspired by their highly entertaining 2019 look on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where the pair were blindfolded on a tour of “Taste Buds” to select food based on taste, and feed clues about that ingredient to each other. “It turned out to be the biggest frustrating couple brawl ever captured on TV,” Days Shepard. However, they saw an opportunity, Bell says, “We realized pretty quickly—as storytellers—that this was terrible for us, but this was really good content.” As executive producers of “Family Game Fight!” alongside DeGeneres, Shepard reveals and Bell’s what it’s like to compete against a pair, their daughters’ mild reaction to their new husbands, and why they’re so candid about their relationship. (Edited for length and clarity.) Dax Shepard reflects on ‘lowest point’ of addiction, realizing fame won’t save him ‘In my opinion, I was still in control’: Kelly Osbourne and Dax Shepard discuss relapse, sobriety, and more Question: How do you think That being together for a long time benefits you as a host and contestant? Dax Shepherd: We’re good at reading each other. When Mama is a little tired or Papa is a little tired, and the other one can really pick up on that in those moments – I don’t know (that) you’d have that in a normal hostess situation. Kristen Bell: And then you leave, “You saw I was tired and I picked up all the slack during that last episode.” Then you leave work with your head on his shoulder, and he feels really cool. Q: What kind of competitor are you? Bell: condenser. Shepherd: It’s like a hurricane. The weather becomes hot and humid. The light increases it’s yellow for a minute, then it ends. Then it’s the most beautiful summer day I’ve ever seen. So I think in light of these fights, we’re very supportive. It’s a strange thing. I want to win, and then the second time I win, I freak out and vice versa. Q: Did you learn anything about your wife during this experience? Shepherd: I reaffirm, when I work with Kristen, what a professional she is. Bill: I’d say the same thing. It’s definitely something I knew – that Dax is the biggest safety net that can be right next to you on any stage or in front of any camera. Q: Did you learn anything about yourselves? Shepherd: As it turns out, I don’t like throwing ice water over my head 18 times. After three times you will say, “This is a bad game. Let’s not play it again.” Bill: A lot of them are really bad games. They are torture games. It’s not pretty games, but we’re past it. The cast of Gossip Girl, Then and Now: Kristen Bell, Blake Lively, Ben Badgley and more Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard forget their wedding anniversary again Q: What stands out as the most challenging? Shepherd: Kristen and I have been in this for a minute – 20 years each. After the first day of filming, we came home and I said, “I don’t want to be so reckless with that statement, but I think this is the hardest day in show business ever.” And she was like, “Oh my God, me too!” Bill: Between the emotional stress of wanting to root families, there’s a lot of money at stake for them, (so) you want to do well. There is your partner (to whom) you have to keep that you will marry after the show. Then there is the endurance factor. Then there’s also -Shepard: baby care, because it goes on longer than expected. Q: Have your kids (Lincoln, 8, and Delta, 6) watched the show? Is this something you will watch as a family? Shepherd: We had a rehearsal day, (and) got them thinking, “Oh, they’re going to love this.” It’s messy, there are pies. But I think because we were engaged, they were like, “Okay. Is there another stage at this point that we can look at something that’s going to be more of our interest?” Bill: Anything with your parents isn’t quite as nice, as it is in your DNA. You’re not supposed to like anything your parents do. We thought there’s a spinning stage and there’s costumes and big lights and fun props, and they were like, “Uh-huh.” Shepherd: “Let’s get something to eat.” Bill: “Where are the snacks?” Dax Shepard shares how he told his young daughters ‘everything’ about his ‘He saved my life’ relapse: Dax Shepard thanks Kristen Bell for support during recent relapse Q: When you give clues to each other on the show, you sometimes share with her anecdotes about your life, like how popular nachos are. Made with biscuits at home. I recently posted on Instagram about a toilet paper accident. You are also open to more serious topics, such as sobriety and couples therapy. Tell me about your decision to be very honest with the audience. Shepherd: I don’t think it was something that was motivated by a mission for us, (but rather) because of our fear that people were seeing us in commercials and putting up “couples goals” hashtags. And morally, we thought, ‘Well, we’re misleading all these people if they think we’ve met each other, and it’s just as convenient and easy as in a movie. Because it didn’t really happen, and (yet) I want everyone to marry me. But also “I want to be honest about the fact that you have to work as a job. You must think that it is important that everything else is taken care of. I put in an hour a day to work in order to stay fit. I need to devote that much attention to marriage, or it just doesn’t work.” Bill: I really got out of the idea that we felt unoriginal, and authenticity is really important to both of us.. So, I think there are people who look at us and they go, “Oh, I just have to find my Dax,” (meaning we) have to set things up Right here and to be like, ‘No, these two are really hard on their own. together? Gosh! “But it’s worth it. It’s like working out or making a really big meal. It takes five hours, but it’s going to be delicious. Everything in life takes hard work, and so we thought, ‘Why don’t we pull the curtain back a bit and start talking about hard work?'” Kristen Bell over the years, including her best style moments with Levar Burton about the pressure to guest host ‘Jeopardy!’ And why did he think he did the rehearsal?