I now realize that I’ve been wrong about Dax Shepard this whole time. I think that ever since 2006′s Employee of the Month – yes, Jessica Simpson‘s film debut — I wrote him off as a goofy, subpar actor and never sought out his movies. Case in point, it was our intern who saw his most recent film Hit and Run. Even after she raved about how the movie actually dramatized certain hurdles in their relationship, I still wasn’t quite motivated to see it.
Then I read Playboy‘s “20 Questions” interview with Dax… and wow! Suddenly I have so much more respect for this guy, who’s more candid and complex than most celebrities. In Hollywood you often have these preternaturally beautiful, over-sanitized creatures who spout out the same shallow sound bites. That’s why I love interviews where Chris Evans drinks a beer and flips off the reporter. Or, you know, where Dax talks about how his cocaine addiction freaked out fiance Kristen Bell.
Dax has a lot to say about his lady love, especially how people’s reactions are often “She’s dating him?” It’s rare that it happens, but you hear about it every once in a while. And like that time Justin Long called out the movie reviewer who mocked him in Going the Distance, Dax too has a healthy perspective on his situation. In fact, he says, his haters should actually consider his happy engagement a good omen for their love lives:
“But here’s the funny thing about the response I’ve been aware of to my dating famous people: It’s been very negative. I’m either not good-looking enough, not a good enough actor or not successful enough for these people. It’s ironic, really. Guys should be excited that I got Kristen Bell. If Brad Pitt gets Kristen Bell, it’s like, ‘Well, of course he did.’ With me, it should be, ‘Oh good, a normal-looking guy got her. Maybe I’ll get me a Kristen Bell.’ But guys hate my guts for always dating women I have no right to be with.”
Speaking of Brad, Dax admits that he too gets caught up in the celebrity and gossip intrigue—but only if he doesn’t know the people, like Brangelina. When it’s folks like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore breaking up, he’s legitimately sad because “these are people I eat dinner with.” (Fun fact: One of Dax’s pre-fame jobs was making Justin Timberlake cry on Punk’d!)
With these quote, as well as his candor about keeping his various “isms” at bay, Dax reveals that he’s that rare Normal Guy who lucked into Hollywood. Sure, he’s living this dream life, but unlike starlets like Lindsay Lohan who burn out and then ignore their downfall, Dax recognizes where his limits are, and how he could easily backtrack. But he doesn’t, because he disciplines himself. And look, he still found the love of his life!