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Kristen Bell on Veronica Mars' Dirty Mullet, Bad Makeup

A classic Veronica Mars look. Image <a href="">via</a>.
A classic Veronica Mars look. Image via.

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In anticipation of the release of the Veronica Mars movie, out this week, Kristen Bell sat down with Allure to discuss Veronica's beauty look. During their talk, Bell touches on the decidedly dated look of her Veronica Mars hair and clothing. When asked if she ever watches the original series and cringes, Bell said, "[There's something in] every episode. I mean, I wish everybody was still super into little corduroy jean jackets. But they're not. So you will forever be able to look back at the show and know when it was on because of what I'm wearing. But that's okay."

The actress also reveals that she started the first season of the series with a bad haircut thanks to a recent film, Spartan, and that she, like many other children of the 90s, went through a regrettable love affair with foundation.

"When I started filming the first season of Veronica Mars, I had just come off of a David Mamet movie called Spartan, and the character I was playing had mangled hair. A tortured haircut. It was a dirty little mullet, which I was happy to do. When David Mamet asks you to trim your hair, the answer is always yes. So when I started the show I had this grown-out mullet. I was also very into foundation—regrettably so. I don't think the camera picked it up because the technology we were using wasn't that good yet. But I do believe that for the entire run of the series I was wearing way too much foundation for a high-schooler. Way too much for a grandmother. Just really way too much in general."

What fans can expect from a grown-up Veronica? Bell put plenty of thought into the look, including the detective's hair:

I made a specific decision to cut my hair to a middle length for the film. I wanted Veronica to look like she had gotten a bob but let it grow out to echo her attempt to be someone else, and her wavering commitment to that new, simplified person. Can you believe that I put that much thought into it? I'm nauseated even listening to myself talk about it! At the beginning of the film Veronica has pin-straight New York hair, but when she returns to Neptune, she's back to looking more like Veronica from the show, with the old bag, a leather jacket, and tousled hair.
Read the full interview here and watch an eight-minute preview of the movie, out Friday, here.
· Kristen Bell on the Veronica Mars Movie, Her "Tortured" Haircut, and Early-2000s Fashion [Allure]
· Veronica Mars All Grown Up [Racked]