This is how Kristen Bell overcame her inferiority complex, and we've got all the feels
We mere mortals often look to celebrities, and bemoan how much harder we have it. They look glamorous whether they're walking the red carpet or just grabbing a coffee to-go, they live in the most luxurious spaces imaginable, and money is very rarely something that concerns them.
But despite all that, it turns out that they're people too. Celebs, like anyone else, are guilty of presenting only their highlight reel on social media, and the times they are snapped out in public is only a snippet of the otherwise very private lives that they lead. One actress who has opened up about a very normal feeling many of us get, however, is Kristen Bell, who shared that she has always had an inferiority complex.
Hard to believe, right? She's talented, funny, gorgeous and hugely successful. Well, despite all that, the 38-year-old often feels kind of insignificant compared to others in the room.
"I walk into every room feeling inferior," she said at the Women Making History Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday. Her television show, The Good Place, was being honoured there, alongside some other incredible women making waves right now.
Kristen said her inferiority complex probably comes from the fact that she's quite short in stature, with her physical size toying with what she thinks she can accomplish.
The good news? She's learned how to overcome it. Kristen revealed that one way she shuts out negative thoughts is by looking for inspiration from the legendary Eleanor Roosevelt.
Kristen said she looks to the former First Lady all the time: “And by ‘look to,’ I mean I punch 'Eleanor Roosevelt quotes' into Google,” she quipped.
One quote that stuck with her, and helped her to recognise and reject her feelings of low self-worth was the following:
"She said, ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Think about that for a second. No one can make you feel inferior unless you consent. I read that ten years ago, and I think about it every single day."
This helped her stop feeling small, in the physical and emotional sense. “I just stopped consenting," she said, adding that nowadays, she's good at squashing her doubts, "or I at least try."
Kristen has two daughters, Lincoln and Delta, who she's bringing up with the same kind of encouragement. Lincoln, who's five, has "Ruth Bader Ginsburg finger puppets", and she's just another legendary figure the girls know about alongside the likes of Gloria Steinem.
But while there are plenty of famous females to learn from, Kristen reminded us that those near and dear to us can often be the biggest sources of inspiration.
Kristen's sister-in-law Carly, for example, is also a great role model to her kids.
"She’s like a third parent," Kristen said. "They see a woman who has tenderly changed their diaper, and also a woman who can fully re-engineer the septic tank if it gets blocked. And they have all these tactile examples of women in their lives that they know are accomplishing things, and that just do not live inside a box."
Amen to that!