Surprising reason why Kristen Bell was 'never' able to watch 'Veronica Mars'

Kristen Bell wears many hats: actor, entrepreneur, mother and recently she has added American Express ambassador to that list. AOL's Julia Webb caught up with the 38-year-old to talk about her budgeting tips for her family of four and why "Veronica Mars" coming to a streaming service is a big deal for her.

AOL: You pretty much do it all. You're an actor, you have a line of baby products, Hello Bello, you co-founded a snack company that gives back, you have a family, and now you're helping American Express to launch their refreshed Blue Cash Preferred Card. Why are you excited to add this to your list of projects?

Kristen Bell: I don’t think I’m legally allowed to say that this card was made for me but I will! The cash back rewards on this card were specially designed for, I suppose, an older millennial. When I’m not working, I’m usually at home streaming shows or cooking for my friends, and I was very much excited about the relaunch of the Blue Cash Preferred Card because now they’ve added that you earn six percent cash back on streaming and on groceries and three percent on transit, and those are some of my biggest things I spend on all year, so I thought it was a great partnership.

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Kristen Bell takes her #CleanPledge with Tide purclean ahead of Earth Day.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Actress Kristen Bell is seen walking in Midtown on March 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
THE VIEW - 3/23/17 Guests include Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard; Rep. Adam Schiff (via satellite) on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) KRISTEN BELL
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 506 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Kristen Bell during an interview with host Seth Meyers on March 22, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via 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: Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'CHIPS' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Actress Kristen Bell arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'CHiPS' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Hosts Maria Gabriel, Stylist Ilaria Urbinati, Simon Kinberg, Rachel Bilson, Kristen Bell, Josh Schwartz and Jill Schwartz attend an Evening To Benefit The ACLU Of Southern California on March 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Rachel Bilson and Kristen Bell attend An Evening To Benefit The ACLU Of Southern California on March 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Kristen Bell arrives at People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Kristen Bell (L) and recording artist/TV personality Gwen Stefani attend the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Kristen Bell attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Actress Kristen Bell arrives at The Art of Elysium celebrating the 10th Anniversary at Red Studios on January 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- 'Universal Television TCA Studio Day' -- Pictured: Kristen Bell; The cast and creator of 'The Good Place' gather on the Universal Studios backlot for Universal Television's TCA Studio Day events on Friday, January 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actors Ted Danson (L) and Kristen Bell attend SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations with 'The Good Place' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Kristen Bell attends The Grove Christmas With Seth MacFarlane at The Grove on November 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actors Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell arrive at the 5th Annual Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS on November 12, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actress Kristen Bell attends the 7th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 15, 2016 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/WireImage for Fashion Media )
Kristen Bell arrives for the 68th Emmy Awards on September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. / AFP / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
THE GOOD PLACE -- 'Michael's Gambit' Episode 113 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ted Danson as Michael, Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop -- (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 14: Rashida Jones and Kristen Bell attend the Jen Klein Day of Indulgence 2016 on August 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
THE GOOD PLACE -- 'Mindy St. Claire' Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, D'Arcy Carden as Janet Della-Denunzio -- (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour Portraits, AUGUST 02, 2016: (L-R) Actors William Jackson Harper, Kristen Bell, D'Arcy Carden, Ted Danson, Manny Jacinto, and Jameela Jamil of 'The Good Place' pose for a portrait in the the NBCUniversal Press Tour portrait studio at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 02: Actors Kristen Bell (L) and Ted Danson from NBCUniversal's 'The Good Place' pose for a portrait at the 2016 Summer TCAs Getty Images Portrait Studio at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
THE GOOD PLACE -- 'Chidi's Choice' Episode 110 -- Pictured: Kristen Bell as Eleanor -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Actress Kristen Bell arrives at the premiere of STX Entertainment's 'Bad Moms' at Mann Village Theatre on July 26, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Actors Mila Kunis (L) and Kristen Bell attend the Premiere of STX Entertainment's 'Bad Moms' at Mann Village Theatre on July 26, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Imagesfor Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 19: Kristen Bell is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on July 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 16: Actress Kristen Bell performs at 'United FORlando' presented by The Wallis and the Los Angeles LGBT Center at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on July 16, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
THE GOOD PLACE -- 'What We Owe To Each Other' Episode 105 -- Pictured: Kristen Bell as Eleanor -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: (L-R) Actresses Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn and Mila Kunis arrive at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: (L-R) Actresses Kathryn Hahn, Mila Kunis, and Kristen Bell attend the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Todd Williamson/BBMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Actress Kristen Bell attends the NBCUniversal 2016 Upfront Presentation on May 16, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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This card sounds like it does all of the heavily lifting for you -- you just have to use it. Do you have any other tips or tools you love that help you budget for your life?

I definitely try to look at my finances from big ticket items on down, which isn’t always what I did, but as an adult I trained myself to. Meaning I used to get caught up with seeing what was on sale at the grocery store and then I realized "oh, I might have a bigger ticket item in my life that I’m spending a lot of money on and I would never have to worry about price changes at the grocery store if I cut something larger out."

Finances can feel like a difficult or intimidating subject to talk about with your friends and family. How do you approach those conversations in your life?

Wow, that’s a tricky question. I’ll start that I'm in a very lucky position where I don’t live paycheck to paycheck. So let me start by saying that. I have conversations about money with my friends and family coming from a point that it's not personal and if I’m ever asked for guidance I'm fully transparent about the fact that I don’t know the most about money. I usually pass them off to my husband who’s much better at financial stuff than I am. But if I'm ever loaning people -- friends or family -- money I do it knowing well that it’s going to be a gift and never returned, because money is a tangled topic and it deserves a lot of focus and intense thought behind it.

You mentioned that this refreshed card gives cash back when it comes to streaming subscriptions. What are you currently streaming at home?

Oh, wow what a goober I’d be if I said "Game of Thrones." [Editor's note: This conversation was held the week of the 'Game of Thrones' series finale.] We just finished "Patriot," which is on Amazon, which I absolutely loved.

And I'm very excited because I'm actually going to, for the first time ever, watch "Veronica Mars" on Hulu when it starts streaming this summer. I never watched the original series because the episodes aired while I was shooting the show, but now that it's streaming I'll be able to watch it for the first time as a viewer!

What was it like for you to step back into Veronica's shoes and play that character now, years later?

I was so excited to play Veronica again because I feel like I love playing her in my bones. This show was originally a story about the haves and the have nots and I don’t think any of us realized that 15 years later it would be as topical perhaps even more so. 

This interview has been edited and condensed.

See more of Kristen and husband, Dax Shepard, below:

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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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