Is there anything that Kristen Bell can't do? Not only does the 24-year-old Veronica Mars star toss off the sharpest one-liners since Buffy on her UPN cult hit (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET), but in Showtime's recent musical Reefer Madness, she hit such beautiful high notes that actress-"vocalists" like Lindsay Lohan should've been shamed into unplugging their mics.
Unfortunately, the winsome ingenue tells TVGuide.com that she has no burning desire to fire up the pop charts. "If I released an album, it would be a lot different from the choices most girls my age have made," she says. "At this point, I don't have any desire to write my own pop music, so I think I'd probably redo a bunch of Judy Garland songs. I'd be much more of a Michael Bublé kind of a singer, doing classics."
Furthermore, Bell prefers analyzing characters to interpreting songs. "It's the storytelling that I like about acting and musical theater, and I don't get the same satisfaction when I'm just singing any old song," she explains. "I think when I'm in character singing a song, that's what I enjoy."
Well, most of the time, anyway. Working on Madness clued Bell in to the insanity of doing a musical for the screen as opposed to the stage. So it may be a long while before she feels ready to make like Nicole Kidman or Renee Zellweger again.
"I've learned that it's very, very hard to do a movie musical," she says with incredulity. "The music is just another factor added to the pot." On second thought, maybe doing a cover of "Oops... I Did It Again" isn't such a bad idea.