Kristen Bell actually has a good reason for wearing gloves in the swimming pool

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Thanks to her husband Dax Shepard’s Instagram, one of Kristen Bell’s stranger household quirks was virally exposed: She wears gloves in the pool.

For the record, “The Good Place” and “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” actress knew what was going on. “He said, ‘Look over here,’ and had his camera out,” she tells USA TODAY. But she’s also glad the truth is out because there’s a method to her waterlogged madness.

“I don’t know if you’d call it a tick, but when pruney fingers touch other skin, I have a gag reflex,” Bell explains. “And when I’m in the pool with my children, it’s troubling because they reach for me when they’re having trouble swimming, and I have to respond maternally, I have to reach for them. But it’s difficult.

“My best friend Amy said, ‘Try these gloves. That way you can save your children if they’re drowning in a pool and you don’t have to have this crazy gag reflex.’ It works for me. I’m not ashamed.”

Who knows what else will be revealed when Bell and Shepard hit the road this fall on a live tour for his popular “Armchair Expert” podcast.

“It’s so funny because when he told me he was starting a podcast in the garage, I touched his hand and like a condescending wife, I said, ‘Oh, sweetie, that’s so cute. You’re going to have a garage podcast like everyone else,’ ” Bell says, laughing. “I didn’t think anything of it, and he and our friend Monica (Padman) started a podcast in January. In February, I looked at their numbers and I was like, ‘I’m sorry, you have 1 million listeners a week? Who are you? What is happening?’ ”

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