‘Bless This Mess’ – Lake Bell takes the helm

Bell a two-way threat

Lake Bell of ‘Bless This Mess’ Tuesday on ABC

Q: Are you going to be directing more episodes this season?

A: Yes. Great question. I will direct the series premiere. … And, yeah, it’s going to be awesome. I love the opportunity to obviously direct, but also given that we’re in the writers’ room and we can really kind of have a lot of fun with what the premiere will be. And I don’t know. I’m just excited. I think more animals, the better is kind of what I’ve instructed. Liz (Meriwether, the series’ co-creator and executive producer) and I both are kind of aligned in that, so buckle up for that business. It’s just a lot of feed. … But Dax (Shepard, Bell’s co-star) is actually directing one, too. So we’re very excited to have a wonderful lineup of directors, including myself and Dax.

Q: Do you and Dax share tips on directing since you’ve both done features?

A: Yeah. I mean, I think we’ll see. … But, yeah, absolutely. I think at this point we have a great camaraderie both professionally and personally, and I’m really excited for him to come in. He’s such a smart actor and contributor to the show that I’m just really keen. He kept being, like, “Just give me some something to blow up.” I was like, “Wait. What? I don’t know if – we’ll work on it. You know, we’ll work on it.”

Q: Liz mentioned that she likes to write about stupid things people do together because of love. Have you and your husband ever done any stupid thing together because of love?

A: We’ve had children, so … . By the way, twice. We also just adopted a puppy. So I think, pretty much, that’s how – that’s like my mantra for life. She has distilled it to perfection.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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