Actress Kristen Bell is making a voice cameo in this week’s “iZombie,” but the role caused a bit of a mix-up between her and husband Dax Shepard.
On a recent conference call, Bell explained how it all came about.
Bell said showrunner Rob Thomas, who also helmed her hit show “Veronica Mars,” invited her to provide the voice of an erotic novelist.
Kristen said, “He called and said ‘We have an episode where we are investigating a woman who has written an erotic novel. Are you interested in playing the voice of a woman who has written erotic novels?’ Before he finished the sentence I screamed, ‘Yes!’”
She continued, “He sent me the voice-over which Liv will hear and use to solve [the crime] in the episode, and the funny thing that came about was that he, Rob, was making it very easy for me to accomplish this. He said, ‘Just record it on your phone and send it to me.'”
The mix-up occurred when she sat down to record it. “I was sitting in the trailer, my husband’s trailer, while he was shooting ‘CHiPS’ on a weekend while both my kids were sleeping in the bedroom of the trailer. I said, ‘Oh, I have a moment away from them, I’ll get it done.' So I wrote out my lines, which was a paragraph or two of erotica, recorded it on my phone and sent it to Rob.
When I get home later that night, Dax starts to tell me that the weirdest thing happened to him at work. Somebody slipped him a piece of erotica into his trailer and he was confused as to who did it. He was trying to find out who wanted him to read their stuff… he was attempting to solve who submitted a piece of erotica into his trailer and he was utterly confused!”
She said Dax “went all Veronica Mars” trying to figure out who wrote the “really sexy” piece of writing.
“Thank goodness he told me about it, because otherwise he would have thought someone on the set of ‘CHiPS’ was writing erotica and slipping it into his trailer… in hopes that, I don’t know, he would enjoy it or give notes or become his protégé. I don’t know!”
To hear Bell’s cameo as an erotic writer, tune in to “iZombie” at 9 p.m. on February 2 on The CW.