Did Alex Rodriguez Use His Dogs to Flirt With Kristen Bell?

Celebrity News Feb. 6, 2012 AT 4:47PM
Did Alex Rodriguez Use His Dogs to Flirt With Kristen Bell? Credit: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images; Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

With a little black book as star-studded as A-Rod's, can anyone blame Kristen Bell for thinking he might be flirting with her on a redeye from L.A. to New York?

The 31-year-old actress was on the same flight as Yankees player Alex Rodriguez, 36, two weeks ago -- but Bell didn't realize he was a fellow passenger until his pet Chihuahuas escaped from their cages.

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Around 1:45 a.m., "Everyone else on the plane was dead asleep and the lights were down. I crawled up and I opened my eyes and I saw a dog running down the aisle of the plane, like a free range dog," Bell said on Chelsea Lately Thursday.

"So then I'm playing with this dog," Bell continued, "and five seconds later, another dog! I look at this guy, Daniel, who I've been sitting next to and talking to for the past two hours, and I'm like, 'Are we in the Twilight Zone? Why do I have two dogs in my hands?'"

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The House of Lies actress "spent the next 20 minutes cuddling" with the two canines. "They couldn't make an announcement because everyone on the plane was asleep, so the stewardess and I were trying to Veronica Mars our way out of this, and I realized I did clock two dog carriers. I definitely saw these two Chihuahuas coming out of A-Rod's dog carrier."

"I wanted desperately to walk over and shake him and say, 'Excuse me, Mr. Rod? I think I found your dogs,'" Bell told host Chelsea Handler, 36. "But the stewardess wouldn't let me do it, so I had to shove them back in his case."

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Upon further reflection, Bell -- currently engaged to her When in Rome costar Dax Shepard -- realized Rodriguez might be using his dogs to bait her into having a conversation.

"I thought, 'Is this Svengalian Don Juan actually planting these dogs for us to have an interaction?' Cause you know he's got a way with the ladies," Bell reasoned. "Did he just curl up and open the dog case and be like, 'See ya later, KB?' Was I being tricked into having an interaction? That's what you think of when you see somebody like that."

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Her theory about Rodriguez aside, Bell admitted it's not the first time she's encountered lost puppies: "I'm a dog magnet -- that's kind of how I'm known in my friend circle," the Big Miracle actress said. "I keep a leash and treats in my car because I'm always running into stray dogs."

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