Kristen Bell addresses the unfortunate coincidence of her youngest daughter Delta’s name in a new podcast episode, saying it’s a “big bummer” that the 6-year-old now shares her nickname with the latest coronavirus strain.
While I’m talking to her We are supported by…co-host Monica Padman on Wednesday’s episode, a discussion about the ongoing pandemic emerged when the two revealed they had recently tested negative for COVID after falling ill.
“I have a bit of a cold,” Bell said. “We did get tested because, you know, they say you should be tested with this variant if you have a sore throat, the symptoms are different. So I thought, ‘Yeah, let’s get tested.’ And of course I was nervous waiting 24 hours, but it’s not.”
The growing conversation around the Delta variant – which is reportedly more transferable than the original species — has caused fear to people all over the world. When it comes to its current relevance, Bell said it’s a “big, big bummer” that the variant shares a name with her and Dax Shepard’s daughter.
However, Delta seems excited about the coincidence.
“Every time she sees a Delta Airlines ad or something else, she’s in awe. She’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, my name!'” Bell explained of her daughter’s reaction. “So every time she hears someone talk about the variant, she says, ‘My name!’ She’s still excited about it.”
Bell went on to joke, “She’s privileged and she has a lot of charisma… her life is too easy so maybe she needs this to follow her forever.”
In the long run, the actress is counting on the negative connotation that currently lingers around the name. “I really hope that the Delta variant will not be as strong as the original COVID,” she said, “and that people will still say ‘corona’.”