Kristen Bell stars alongside Don Cheadle in the new Showtime series "House of Lies" and says the series takes a deep look at big business and the current economic climate.
"You see law shows, you see medical shows but you don't often -- I've never seen a show that was so relevant in the current zeitgeist with, you know, Wall Street tumbling and all the Occupy movements, and I feel like dirty business is unraveling," she told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the show's premiere recently.
"Every 'Frontline,' every '60 Minutes' is about who is screwing who at the top of the food chain and I feel like it's about time that someone showed that underbelly in a sort of sophisticated, sleek way," Bell added. "Don Cheadle's attachment didn't hurt as far as being attracted to the project because I think he's so spectacular."
In the series, Cheadle plays Marty Kaan a member of the management consultant team that includes Bell as Jeannie van der Hooven. The two work for the No. 2 ranked consulting company with an office in Los Angeles but travel to projects around the world. The show also stars "Parks and Recreation" actor Ben Schwartz as Clyde Oberholt and Josh Lawson as Doug Guggenheim.
"I just think it's about time someone did a show that pulled the curtain up from big business," Bell said.
Actor Don Cheadle, who starred in films like "Hotel Rwanda" and the "Oceans" franchise, said he loved working with the cast. "It's a great ensemble in another way and we're just having a lot of fun and tearing through this work. We look forward to coming to work every day," Cheadle told OnTheRedCarpet.com.
"I think the cheap job of the show is to entertain and hopefully people have a great time just watching it. If it sparks interest in other areas and they really want to investigate what it is that we're talking about that's good too," he added. "But you know, we're taking advantage of the fact that this is happening in our country at this time and really trying to take a tweak view on it and turn all this stuff on its ear and still be entertaining and fun."
"House of Lies" premieres on Showtime on January 8 at 10 p.m. Check out a preview of the series below.
Reporting by Macklen Makhloghi, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).