Franchise Fred News: Kristen Bell on Bad Moms Christmas

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STX just announced the Bad Moms sequel A Bad Moms Christmas over the holidays, and the first chance to talk to one of the stars was at TCA. After a panel on The Good Place last night, I asked Kristen Bell about A Bad Moms Christmas. After the moms quit during the school year, imagine how much bigger it would be for a mom to quit during Christmas!

“It’s not written yet but I don’t necessarily know that it’s about quitting Christmas as much as it’s about what we all go through,” Bell said. “That’s as bad if not 10 times worse than what you deal with in a PTA school system.”

She said creators Jon Lucas and Scott Moore discussed ideas by Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn before agreeing on the premise. “They did,” Bell said. “We’ve been talking about how to do it and when to do it for a while, based on the fact that we had so much fun doing the first one and with he high priority of making the second one as necessary and meritive and as inventive as the first one was. So it wasn’t until they came up with a concept we all felt confident about that they announced it.”

Bad Moms was a landmark hit, being led by three women as well as Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo. A spinoff Bad Dads is in the works, but Bell is proud the fans want to see the bad moms return in A Bad Moms Christmas.

“It was thrilling and I felt very proud [of Bad Moms],” Bell said. “When I read it, I thought it was the funniest script I’d read in a very long time. I was also slack jawed at the fact that this story hadn’t been told before from this perspective. I was thrilled that it gave a voice to a group that deserved it and allowed them to start communicating with each other in a way about their situations with a lot more levity. I think everything is better when we’re all talking and airing our laundry. So I felt very proud.”

Bell’s other franchise, Disney’s Frozen has not yet begun recording her voice for the sequel. “No, I wish,” Bell said. “I wish, but no.”

A Bad Moms Christmas is due in theaters November 3 this year!