Kristen Bell is Leslie Knope’s Newest Nemesis on Parks and Rec
1:42 pm, October 2nd | by Colette McIntyre
Like any bold, beautiful woman who refuses to acquiesce to the monolithic patriarchal system and is secretly planning a full-scale feminist takeover replete with Birkins filled with lipstick and katanas, Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope has had her fair share of foils — Councilman Jam, Bobby Newport, whipped cream, her unebbing attraction to Joe Bidden — but with indefatigable optimism and democracy on her side, she has always emerged triumphant. On tomorrow’s episode of Parks and Rec, Leslie will encounter a most formidable foe: Eagleton councilwoman Ingrid de Forest, played by the beloved Kristen Bell.
Ingrid is “Leslie’s equivalent, but richer and better dressed,” Parks and Rec executive producer Michael Shur told EW. She is also blonder and last year’s winner of the Miss Indiana pageant. (Yes, she won while she was in office…and pregnant.) But don’t worry, Leslie; you have a secret weapon: Pawnee citizens’ slothfulness. Ingrid’s ultimate natural weakness is anything that is sloth-like. Seriously — she fucking loves sloths.