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Kristen Bell: What 'Lies' Beneath Her Return to TV

The former ''Veronica Mars'' star joins forces with Don Cheadle in ''House of Lies''

She's been a teenage private eye and one of those superpowered Heroes. Now, after memorable movie turns in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Burlesque, Kristen Bell costars with Don Cheadle as a dirty rotten scoundrel — which is to say, a management consultant — on Showtime's new dark comedy House of Lies. ''I like doing movies,'' says the 31-year-old actress. ''But I love doing TV.''

As you considered coming back to TV, what kind of show were you looking for?
A show on cable. Cable offers a better shooting schedule, and has the ability to be more provocative. Also, I didn't want a show that was on my shoulders. I wanted to work with an actor that was a little bit out of my league. All of these things came together with House of Lies.

Why didn't you want a show that was all on your shoulders?
That's a lot of pressure. And at the moment, I'm not in the mood. Having done it, I don't know if I'll ever do it again.

How would you characterize House of Lies?
Sophisticated-dirty. It's a very glossy, sexy world about the imperfections of the business world, which I think is very relevant right now with Occupy Wall Street. It's bad guy versus bad guy, which is a little more interesting than good guy versus bad guy. We're just as greedy and just as merciless. One real-life management consultant told [House of Lies creator Matthew Carnahan] that his job was to attach himself to the host and bleed them dry, so it's really about how to lie, how to appear necessary at all times. That's a very bold and sexy idea for a show.

Should Veronica Mars fans give up hope of seeing her again, be it on TV or film?
I don't think it's over. I think it's still really possible. I don't want anyone to stop asking.

Originally posted Jan 13, 2012 Published in issue #1190 Jan 20, 2012 Order article reprints