Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Kristen Bell in Ambassador

I was flipping through this month's issue of Ambassador. I saw their headline Kristen Bell: Hometown Girl to Hero and, well, let's face it - any time a magazine puts the words "Kristen" and "Bell" on their cover, it's pretty much guaranteed to grab my attention.

For the benefit of anyone who didn't already know this, Kristen Bell grew up in one of Detroit's suburbs, Huntington Woods to be specific. She graduated from Shrine Catholic High School before heading off to New York for college and her career.

The folks at Ambassador asked her a series of questions about growing up in the Detroit area. I couldn't help notice something peculiar in her answers though. She didn't say that she was from Detroit. Instead, she said that she was from the Midwest.

Let me recap this for everyone. Kristen Bell is from Huntington Woods, but when asked about growing up she did not say she's from Huntington Woods.

Kristen Bell did not say that she's from Detroit or the Detroit area.

Kristen Bell did not say that she's from southeastern Michigan or even that she's from Michigan.

Kristen Bell said that she's from the Midwest.

I can't really say that I blame her, in the grand scheme of things. The Midwest, as a generic entity, has a fantastic reputation in Hollywood. Midwesterners are known for having a strong work ethic, without a lot of personal drama. It's a positive thing in Hollywood to be from the Midwest.

However, Michigan in general - and Detroit, in particular - don't really have the greatest reputation on the national stage at the moment. It starts with the troubles that the Big 3 have been battling from the past few years and got a whole worse with Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's text messaging scandal.

I can't blame Kristen Bell for wanting to associate herself with a positive instead with something that's perceived as a negative. If I were in her position, there's a decent chance that I'd do the same thing.

It's just sad that Detroit's perception on the national stage is what it is.

3 comments:

Charles K said...

While I haven't read the Ambassador piece, I have read many of Kristen's interviews, and she has never shied away from mentioning she is from Detroit. She seemed very proud to talk about her hometown, especially her love of the Red Wings.

Mariana said...

you're all wrong! I've read so many interviews with her saying that she is from Detroit!!

FrankNemecek said...

I can't comment about the other interviews that she did. I haven't read all of them.

Besides, my post was about her interview with AMBASSADOR and how it's essentially a commentary on Detroit's declining reputation more than anything else.