Kristen Bell Has a 'Safe Zone' with Dax Shepard

10/20/2009 at 09:00 AM EDT

Kristen Bell Has a 'Safe Zone' with Dax Shepard
Kristen Bell
Shawna Malcom/Women’s Health
Let the other celebrities have their parties, clubs, and run-ins with the paparazzi. For Kristen Bell, nothing beats a night at home with boyfriend Dax Shepard over a good board game.

"There is almost nothing, barring a natural disaster, that I would let eat into my time at home, playing Scrabble with Dax or talking to my girlfriends," Bell, 29, tells Women's Health in its November issue, hitting newsstands Tuesday. "There's packing your day and then there's jam-packing your day, and I won't do it anymore. I need to decompress. I need to feel like I'm a person – a human being – first."

Of course, the couple, who've been together for years now, got to enjoy some of the comforts of home on the set when they filmed the movie When in Rome together.

"We were trying to one-up each other," she says. "That's what we do at home, too. It's like, 'Wait – watch me do this funny bit.' 'No, watch me do this funny bit!.' "

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Kristen Bell

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The secret to their great relationship both off and on the set?

"I've learned the necessity for healthy communication. How important it is to talk about your deepest, darkest fears and feelings," she says. "Your partner should hear your most embarrassing insecurities, because once you say them out loud, you've created a safe zone."

Oh, and one more thing.

"A snuggle party can fix anything – it's true," she adds.  

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