Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have started the No Kids Policy movement, an effort to stop paparazzi from harassing and photographing innocent children of celebrities.
The couple stopped by Access Hollywood to explain why they became motivated to get involved.
“There were a bunch of little events that led up to it actually,” Dax told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover.
Added Kristen, “We certainly knew that children had a price on their head for paparazzi before we had a kid. We never felt it as close to home as when we had our baby, and we dealt with the photographers that were on the ground and how aggressive they can get.”
Kristen and Dax welcomed daughter Lincoln last March, and while they weren’t photographed leaving the hospital (thanks to a parking garage), they were informed private information had been made public before they even made it home.
“While we were in the hospital, we got an e-mail saying they just ran the name, weight, time of birth – everything that we hadn’t told anyone,” Dax said. “And so, that was our first kind of like, ‘Oh, this is going to be [bad].’”
For those who argue that celebrities have chosen to be in the spotlight and don’t deserve privacy, Kristen said that while that may be true for adults, children have not made that decision for themselves and should be left out of the crosshairs.
“It’s one thing to choose to be in this business, which we did,” Kristen explained. “I know that I’m probably going to see paparazzi on the street when I go to the grocery store. I know those things. But when it comes to my kid, I become a mama bear and I’ve realized she didn’t choose any of this.
“I don’t know if she’s going to grow up to be shy and I feel in my bones that I need to fiercely defend that and I don’t think under any circumstance a child should have a price on their head,” she continued. “I think it should be a sacred time when you grow up and if you don’t choose to be in this business, like the children don’t, we’ve got to leave them out of it. And I feel like I just wanted to start a conversation with other people who care about the welfare of children and let them know the bad behavior that actually goes into [getting the shots].”
-- Erin O’Sullivan