Fame & Fortune: Kristen Bell

Bankrate: You're in such demand with your career, but being in this tenuous business, are you saving for that possible rainy day that may be looming around the corner?

Kristen Bell: Oh my gosh, a possible economic crisis? Yeah, absolutely. I've always been really smart with my money, and I can thank my father for that. I don't really spend that much, believe it or not. The first season I was on "Veronica Mars," I saved every single penny and put a down payment on my house. That was my first big purchase. I'm a saver by nature and it's hard. It's not like I'm not tempted. So many beautiful things, but I try to keep a perspective and look at what I have, which is so much. I try not to get swept away in the disposables.

Bankrate: Was there a financial lesson you had to learn the hard way?

Kristen Bell: Not really. I think my parents just gave me a really good idea about money and how difficult it is to make it, and how important it is to save. In college, I did open a credit card from one of the stores down the street from school and I spent $500 once. I got the bill and when I looked at it, I said, "Oh, crap!" and never did that again.

Bankrate: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Kristen Bell: I wanted to be a veterinarian, but then I realized they had to cut animals open and I didn't think I could deal with that.

Bankrate: Do you have a favorite item of clothing you'd never give up?

Kristen Bell: Oh, wow. I have my grandmother's wedding ring on a chain I wear around my neck. I also still have a pair of jeans I've owned since high school from Abercrombie & Fitch. I don't think I'll ever part with those. They are so ripped up, ... they barely constitute as pants at this point, but they are so comfortable. ... It's like the one item that I've had for the longest. They kind of hold memories and have been with me for a while, and those things are important to me.

Bankrate: Amongst your upcoming releases, you play Cora in "Astro Boy." What's special about her?

Kristen Bell: She's very sassy, just like me, and she has a very tough exterior. But she's really a softie on the inside. Kind of like Veronica Mars, so she's kind of a mesh of a bunch of different characters I've played. I love cartoons. They make me happy, and it was amazing to be involved in such an intricate process as this 3-D cartoon.

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