Kristen Bell recalls the secret lengths she went to in order to 'bag Dax Shepard'

These days Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are happily married with two kids, but back in 2007, they had just met and the Like Father star was eager to find ways to impress her new man.

“You know when you’re in the beginning of a relationship, you want to seem way more normal – especially me, I wanted to seem way more normal than I actually was,” Bell admitted on Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. “He loves motorcycles. I really wanted him to think that I also loved motorcycles a lot and so when we first started dating I decided to get my motorcycle license. I was like, ‘I got it. I’m going to show him how cool I am.’”

So, she took a course in secret and graduated after two weeks. She presented Shepard with her license and the accompanying photograph.

“He immediately started giggling, then he watched the flip camera,” the 38-year-old actress said. “He was way more concerned about the fact that both mirrors were torn off the bike, but I said, ‘Look, I rode  hard.’”

Once she’d impressed the 43-year-old Parenthood star, Bell didn’t have any interest in continuing her motorcycle career.

“I’ve never ridden again. Never driven again, no desire,” she said, before holding up her wedding ring and adding, “Look, we’re married. I can tell you. I don’t want to drive those things. They are terrifying.”

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While she's no longer riding herself, Bell did have to get on the back of Shepard’s bike while the two were filming the romantic comedy When in Rome, which hit theaters in January 2010.

At one point, Shepard got off the bike and noticed Bell was crying. She’d been trying to hold in the pain of a serious injury for about four miles.

“I was wearing linen pants and I touched the side of the bike. It burnt a hole through my linen pants and gave me a very serious second-degree burn, the muscle was exposed,” she recalled. “But I was so desperate, because he said to me as we stepped on that bike, ‘Careful ‘bout your legs on the side it gets really hot.’ And I’m like, ‘I know!’ But I didn’t know.”

When Kimmel asked what her goal was in keeping quiet, Bell replied, “My goal was to bag Dax Shepard, Jimmy.”

These days, Bell -- who's been married to Shepard since 2013 -- isn’t afraid to show her true self to her husband, who recently posted a picture of her in the pool wearing gloves.

“I would call it a very serious, undiagnosed and yet to be discovered medical condition that tens of people in America might also suffer from,” she joked, adding she can’t stand the ridges of her finger tips when they are wet.

A friend got her the gloves after she realized the significant problem with her phobia.

“When your children are in the pool, you need to grab them, especially my youngest, like a bulldog, she just sinks,” Bell noted. “The problem is, my very serious medical condition makes me want to step back. And I don’t want to grab my kid. And I’m like, well this can’t happen.”

She went on to proudly declare, “I’m not ashamed because in my lifetime I want to remove the stigma of the maybe 10 people who suffer from this.”

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PROVIDENCIALES, PROVIDENCIALES - JANUARY 30: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell pose as she vacations with her family at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa on January 30, 2018 in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Beaches)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell attend The 2017 Baby2Baby Gala presented by Paul Mitchell on November 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Actor Dax Shepard and actress Kristen Bell attend the premiere of STX Entertainment's 'A Bad Mom's Christmas' at Regency Village Theatre on October 30, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell visit the SiriusXM Studios on March 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'CHiPS' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell fool around at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'CHiPS' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Actors Matt LeBlanc, Kevin Hart, Kristen Bell, and Dax Shepard backstage at the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard attend the fifth annual Baby2Baby gala honoring Jennifer Garner at 3Labs in Culver City, on November 12, 2016. / AFP / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell wear Game of Thrones Shirts at Tattoos on a date night at the premiere of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6 at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: Actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard arrive at the premiere of USA Pictures' 'The Boss' at Regency Village Theatre on March 28, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Dax Shepard and actress Kristen Bell arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actors Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actor Dax Shepard and wife actress Kristen Bell arrive at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Dax Shepard and wife actress Kristen Bell arrive at The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: (L-R) Actress Kristen Bell, actor Dax Shepard and actress Monica Potter attend The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live on January 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 01: Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Judge' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 1, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive at the premiere of 'This Is Where I Leave You' held at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 04: Actors Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell attend 'The Judge' premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 4, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 04: Actors Kristen Bell (L) and Dax Shepard attend 'The Judge' premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 4, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Actor Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell attend the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: (L-R) Nick Loeb, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell and Justin Mikita attend the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2014 WHCA Dinner at Villa Firenze on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/VF14/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Actor Dax Shepard (L) and actress Kristen Bell attend the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert - An Evening Of Music To Benefit Autism Speaks at The Theatre At Ace Hotel on April 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LUTB)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors/husband & wife Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) (L-R) Actors Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Kristen Bell, and Dax Shepard attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF14/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 2: Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell arrive at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
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