In the film Bell plays Leigh, a 29-year-old journalist who flees from New York back to her small-town Connecticut home after her career and love life both hit major setbacks. Picking up right where she left off, she moves in to her old room, hangs out with her friends who never left town, and reclaims her old high school job as a condo-complex lifeguard where she begins an illicit affair with the boss's son.
"She had an idea in her head about what 30 would be like. She's not there, her life isn't completely satisfactory," Kristen says of her character. "It's really difficult to go back when you're 30 and become a lifeguard again and it doesn't make you feel like you think it does."
The character is a far cry from the beloved teen detective Bell is best known for playing and she hopes audiences will come away feeling less anxious about their thirties.
"It's about lines being blurred and it's about accepting wherever you are," she says of the film's universal message. "And if you're 30 and you still don't have things figured out it's ok."
Watch the rest of the interview above to hear what life experience she and co-star Mamie Gummer would retreat back to if they could and to find out what made Kristen nervous while filming Veronica Mars which wrapped production earlier this month.