Read Kristen Bell’s Inspiring SAG Awards Opening Monologue

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Before the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards even started it was already fact that the always adorable and utterly charming Kristen Bell would totally knock her hosting duties out of the park. As the first ever host for the show, Bell took the trailblazing honor in stride, choosing to focus on the importance of storytelling and facing challenges and adversity for empathy and kindness.

We are living in a watershed moment, and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let’s make sure we are leading the charge with empathy and diligence because fear and anger never win the race.

The Good Place star brought the perfect fusion of humor and politics to her monologue and ended it by bringing up the highly anticipated Frozen 2, of which she voices Princess Anna because Frozen really is the best medicine.

Most importantly, regardless of our differences, we can all come together and delight in one thing: Frozen 2 is coming to theaters in 2019.

Read Bell’s full monologue below!

When I was young, I used to record Disney movies on my cassette player. I would sing every lyric in the Disney canon, knowing and believing that some day I would be a part of that magic. I’m Kristen Bell and I am a narcissist. Just kidding! I am an actor and tonight I am also your host.

Good evening, friends! Welcome to the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. There has never been a host for this award show before. Yep. First time. First person. First lady. 

I honestly never thought that I would grow up to be the first lady. But you know what? I kind of like it. I think my first initiative, as first lady will be cyberbullying, because I have yet to see any progress on that problem quite yet. I’m looking at you, Tony Hale. You’re a bully! Guys, he is savage on Twitter. I’m serious.

There are so many beautiful faces here tonight. I’m so thrilled to see the cast of GLOWGLOW, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is about a tour de force of powerful, strong, thoughtful ladies who get roped into doing Marc Maron’s podcast.

Elisabeth Moss is here from the documentary The Handmaid’s Tale. That’s a sad one. Hi, Elisabeth. Just doing a quick check in on your serotonin levels. Not the platform? We can talk after the show.

The cast from the film Get Out is here serving as a walking reminder that if you say yes to the Tea Party, you’re immediately on your way to the sunken place. It’s just a fact.

The SAG Awards is a show for actors, by actors, but it is not just for the ones in this room. It is especially for the ones who have just gone on their 20th fruitless commercial audition, who are watching this in a studio apartment in Koreatown with their five roommates downing their nightly dinner of canned tuna. This is a show for you guys and is to entice you to stick around. It’s true! Because it is a true privilege to experience and share the wide scope of humanity through storytelling. You know, the skating queen, the grieving mother, the Lady Bird, even the sea monster — everyone’s story deserves to be told, especially now.

We are living in a watershed moment, and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let’s make sure we are leading the charge with empathy and diligence, because fear and anger never win the race.

Most importantly, regardless of our differences, we can all come together and delight in one thing: Frozen 2 is coming to theaters in 2019. I’m very excited! OK! Let’s get this thing started.

We can’t wait to see what else Bell has in store for the evening! Be sure to check back to Fan Fest News for all of your SAG Award Coverage!

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