Kristen Bell was 'awkward' child

Kristen Bell was an "awkward" child and hated her name so much, she insisted she should be called Smurfette instead.

Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell wanted to be called Matthew when she was a child.

The 'Veronica Mars' actress disliked her name so much when she was younger, she ordered her family to call her something entirely different and only reverted to Kristen when she was 16.

She shared: "I was very a good girl and a goody-goody but I was also entirely awkward. I used to want to eat my food next to the dog but like with my face and that was the only way I was going to eat dinner and my parents just kind of put up with it.

"I hated the name Kristen when I was little. When I was about three and a half, I said, 'No more, you will call me Smurfette or nothing at all.' And my parents were like, 'We'll see.'... And they sat me down and said, 'This isn't gonna fly'. And I said, 'Fair enough, my name is now Matthew.' And they said, 'That's not gonna work.'

"We settled on Annie and I was called Annie by my whole family until I was 16."

The 34-year-old actress - who has 22-month-old Lincoln and eight-week-old Delta with her husband Dax Shepard - is sure her children will inherit some of her "stubbornness".

Speaking about her eldest child on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!', she said: "We're both very bullheaded yet rule followers and that's what I was like as a kid."

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