Kristen Bell began her acting career starring in stage productions and attended the Tisch School of Arts in New York. In 2001, she made her Broadway debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and starred in the Broadway revival of The Crucible the following year. In 2004, she had a role in the film Spartan and received praise for her performance in Gracie’s Choice.
Born Name Kristen Anne Bell
Nick Name K-Bell, Annie, KB
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1992–present
Born: July 18, 1980, 38 years and 9 months, Huntington Woods, Michigan, U.S.
Sun Sign Cancer
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Measurements 34-24-34 in or 86-61-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Genre Pop, folk
Labels Walt Disney
She is comparatively shorter in height than her husband, Dax Shepard. The height difference is more than 1 feet.
She is of Irish, Polish and Scottish descent.
Kristen went to some public school until 8th grade. For her freshman year, she attended Shrine Catholic High School nearby Royal Oak.
In 2002, she completed her graduation from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University by majoring in musical theater.
Father – Tom Bell (Works as the TV news director for CBS Television)
Mother – Lorelei (née Frygier) (Registered Nurse)
Siblings – Sara Bell (Younger Half-Sister), Jody Bell (Younger Half-Sister)
She is signed to the talent agency Bailey Brand Management, Inc.
She has endorsed Neutrogena.
She has appeared in commercials of Target, Geico, Neutrogena, Kotex, Gap, Garnier, Old Navy and others.
Best Known For
Playing the title role in the television series Veronica Mars from 2004 to 2007. She also reprised her role in the 2014 film of the same name.
She is also known for her role as Elle Bishop in the science fiction television drama series Heroes from 2007 to 2008, as Gossip Girl in the TV series of the same name from 2007 to 2012.
Early life and family
Bell was born on July 18, 1980 in Huntington Woods, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, where she was raised. Her mother, Lorelei (née Frygier), is a registered nurse, and her father, Tom Bell, works as the television news director for CBS Television in Sacramento, and is also an actor. Her parents divorced when she was two years old, and she has two stepsisters from her father’s second marriage. She also has two half-sisters and two half-brothers from her mother’s second marriage. Her mother is of Polish descent and her father has German, Scottish and Irish ancestry.
Bell stated that she did not like her first name at the age of four. Bell’s mother convinced her to go by her middle name of Anne instead; she used the name Annie until high school. Bell once broke both her wrists at the same time playing street hockey with friends.
Just before her freshman year of high school, Bell’s parents decided to pull her from the public school system. She then attended Shrine Catholic High School in nearby Royal Oak, where she took part in the drama and music club. During her time at the school, she won the starring role in the school’s 1997 production of The Wizard of Oz, as Dorothy Gale and also appeared in productions of Fiddler on the Roof (1995), Lady Be Good (1996), and Li’l Abner (1998). In 1998, the year she graduated, Bell was named the yearbook’s “Best Looking Girl” by senior class vote.
Shortly after her high school graduation, Bell moved to New York City to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in musical theater. In 2001, during her senior year, Bell left a few credits shy of graduating to take a role in the Broadway musical version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Bell gained critical acclaim for her first major role as the title character in the teen noir drama television series Veronica Mars (2004–07). For her performance she was awarded a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television. She reprised the eponymous role in the 2014 film continuation of the series. During her time on Veronica Mars, Bell appeared as Mary Lane in the film Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005), a reprise of the role she had played in the New York musical upon which the film was based. From 2007 to 2008, Bell starred as Elle Bishop in the sci-fi drama series Heroes.
In 2008, she had her breakout film role as the title character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She has since appeared in a number of comedy films, including Couples Retreat (2009), When in Rome (2010), You Again (2010),The Boss (2016), Bad Moms (2016) and A Bad Moms Christmas (2017). Bell garnered further recognition for voicing Princess Anna in the Disney animated fantasy film Frozen (2013), the short films Frozen Fever (2015) and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017), and the upcoming Frozen 2 (2019). From 2012 to 2016, she starred as Jeannie van der Hooven, the female lead on the Showtime series House of Lies. Since 2016, she has starred in the main role of Eleanor Shellstrop on the NBC comedy series The Good Place.
1992–2003: Early work
In 1992, Bell went to her first audition and won a dual role as a banana and a tree in a suburban Detroit theater’s production of Raggedy Ann and Andy. Her mother had established her with an agent before Bell was 13, which allowed her to appear in newspaper advertisements for several Detroit retailers and television commercials. She also began private acting lessons. In 1998, she appeared with an uncredited role in the locally filmed movie Polish Wedding.
In 2001, Bell left New York University to play a role as Becky Thatcher in the short-lived Broadway musical of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. That same year, she made her credited film debut in Pootie Tang. Her one line in the film was cut and her appearance exists only as a scene shown during the credit sequence. Additionally, she auditioned for the television series Smallville for the role of Chloe Sullivan, which was eventually won by Allison Mack. In 2002, she appeared in the Broadway revival of The Crucible with Liam Neeson, Angela Bettis and Laura Linney. Bell then moved to Los Angeles, California in 2002 because of her friendship with writers Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, and appeared in a handful of television shows as a special guest, finding trouble gaining a recurring role in a television series. Bell had “tested like eight times and booked nothing and every show she tested for got picked up,” including auditions for Skin and a Norm Macdonald series.
2004–06: Veronica Mars and other roles
In 2004, Bell appeared in the Lifetime television film Gracie’s Choice, which received one of the network’s highest ratings. She made her debut in a theatrically released film, with David Mamet’s Spartan, as Laura Newton, the kidnapped daughter of the U.S. President, acting alongside Val Kilmer. Bell also guest-starred on the HBO drama Deadwood in a two-episode story arc (“Bullock Returns to the Camp” and “Suffer the Little Children”).
At 24, she won the role of the title character in UPN’s drama Veronica Mars, which was launched in the fall of 2004. Created by Rob Thomas, the series starred Bell as the seventeen-year-old anti-establishment high school student/detective. Bell drew on the parallels between the character of Veronica and her own life, since Bell’s parents had divorced and her best friend had also died. The series earned acclaim from television critics, as did Bell’s performance. Some critics asserted that her performance was overlooked, and deserved consideration for an Emmy Award.
Aside from working on Veronica Mars, Bell starred in Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, reprising the role she played in the short-lived 2001 off-broadway musical. The musical was a spoof of the 1936 exploitation film of the same name. Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical debuted on the Showtime network on April 16, 2005. Also in April, Bell starred as Gracie in Fifty Pills, an entry for the Tribeca Film Festival. She appeared in a short independent film called The Receipt and the horror film Roman, which was directed by her The Crucible co-star Angela Bettis. Released on August 11, 2006, Pulse starred Bell as the lead Mattie. A remake of the Japanese horror film Kairo, the film grossed US$27.9 million worldwide, however it garnered negative response from critics. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter commented, “despite the starring presence of Kristen Bell, [the] young actress has far less interesting material to work with here than she does as the character `Veronica Mars.'”
2007–2011: Film breakthrough
Veronica Mars continued on UPN for a second season; for the third season, the show was renewed and appeared on the newly created The CW. On January 19, 2007, CW Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff announced that while she was pleased with the gradual improvement of Veronica Mars’s ratings, the series would be put on hiatus after February sweeps to air a new reality series, Pussycat Dolls Present. On May 17, 2007 Ostroff announced the cancellation of the series. A two-hour series finale aired in the United States on May 22, 2007, and on June 11, 2007 Thomas officially announced in an email to TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello that Veronica Mars had been canceled by the CW. A Veronica Mars feature film and comic book series continuation had been discussed, and for a short time there was talk of another collaboration between Bell and creator Thomas that would be unrelated to the Veronica Mars series.
Following the cancellation of Veronica Mars, Bell voiced interest in appearing on Heroes because she was a fan. On July 29, 2007, during a train ride back to Los Angeles from the San Diego Comic-Con with Heroes actors Zachary Quinto and Masi Oka, and writers from the series, the writers had mentioned that if she “ever want[ed] to come on Heroes, give us writers a call,” to which Bell said she would “love to.” Meanwhile, there were discussions about a role on Lost, but Bell turned down the role of Charlotte Staples Lewis. Bell portrayed Elle Bishop on Heroes, a “mysterious young lady” with an “awesome power”. She did not have to audition for the role of Elle, who made her first appearance in an October 2007 episode, and appeared in at least thirteen episodes during the run of the series. The casting of Bell, Heroes creator Tim Kring explained, “was not easy to pull off”, but because of the large ensemble cast of the series and multiple story arcs, “we found a way to jump into a small window in Bell’s schedule.” Bell lent her voice to the CW series Gossip Girl: she voiced the title character in every episode of the series, appearing in person only for a surprise cameo in the final episode, portraying herself.
Shortly after the cancellation of Veronica Mars in early 2007, Bell filmed on location in Hawaii for a starring role as the title character in the Judd Apatow comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She regarded the improvisational comedy in the film as “a lovely experience”. The film, written by and also starring Jason Segel, was released theatrically on April 18, 2008, and is considered to be Bell’s star-making role. Bell lent her voice and likeness to the video game Assassin’s Creed, which was released on November 13, 2007, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and April 8, 2008 for the PC. Bell reprised her role of Lucy in Assassin’s Creed II released on November 17, 2009, and again in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, released on November 16, 2010. In the spring of 2006, she finished filming the Star Wars-themed comedy Fanboys. Director Kyle Newman received additional funding to shoot new scenes, but the busy schedules of the actors only allowed for filming in September 2007. As a result the release was delayed until January 14, 2008. Bell also starred in the 2009 comedies Serious Moonlight, alongside Meg Ryan, and Couples Retreat, which chronicles four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort. Jason Bateman played her husband. She also provided the voice for Cora in Astro Boy. On March 31, 2008, Bell began shooting the Mark Steven Johnson-written Disney film When in Rome in locations in Rome and New York; the film was released in 2010. Bell reprised her role as Sarah Marshall for a cameo appearance in the film Get Him to the Greek, a spin-off sequel from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, released June 4, 2010.
She co-starred with singers Christina Aguilera and Cher in the musical film Burlesque, which was released on Thanksgiving in 2010. Bell had a cameo in the slasher horror film Scream 4, which was released on April 15, 2011.
2012–present: Frozen and future projects
In 2012, Bell starred in the family drama film Big Miracle. She has also appeared in the music video for “Madder Red” by Brooklyn experimental rock band Yeasayer. Bell portrayed Mary Magdalene in The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour, celebrity-voiced, dramatized audio adaptation of the New Testament that uses the RSV-CE translation.
Bell starred as Jeannie van der Hooven, the female lead on the Showtime series House of Lies, which premiered on January 8, 2012. The series ended on June 12, 2016. Bell appeared in a supporting role in the science-fiction comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (2012). She starred in the drama film The Lifeguard, written and directed by Liz W. Garcia, which began filming in July 2012, and was released in August 2013. She also voiced Anna in Frozen, which was released on November 22, 2013. In 2013, for multiple episodes, Bell played Ingrid de Forest, an Eagleton City Councilwoman, on Parks and Recreation.
On March 13, 2013, it was confirmed that a Veronica Mars film would finally be coming to fruition. Bell and series creator Rob Thomas, launched a fundraising campaign to produce the film through Kickstarter and attained the $2 million goal in less than ten hours. The main cast members of the series all reprised their roles in the feature film. Production of the film took place during summer 2013, and it was released theatrically and on video-on-demand on March 14, 2014.
In September 2014, Bell starred with her husband, Dax Shepard, in a commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It was so popular (with over 20 million YouTube views) that they did another for the holiday season. The ad agency McKinney was behind both. In 2016, Bell voiced the sloth Priscilla in the animated comedy film Zootopia, and starred as Claire in the comedy film The Boss. Bell starred as Kiki in the 2016 comedy film Bad Moms, a role she reprised in the 2017 sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas. In late 2016, Bell began starring as Eleanor Shellstrop in the NBC comedy series The Good Place.
Also in 2017, she appeared in the biographical comedy-drama The Disaster Artist, the action comedy CHiPs and the comedy How to Be a Latin Lover. In March 2017, Bell starred in an episode of the Houzz series My Houzz, in which she surprised her sister with a major basement renovation. In November 2017, she played a housewife (with Dax Shepard as her husband), preparing for a Christmas party in Sia’s music video for “Santa’s Coming For Us”.
In 2018, she began hosting the web series Momsplaining with Kristen Bell, with episodes airing on the Ellen DeGeneres video platform Ellentube. In the series, Bell gives new and expecting mothers tips about motherhood. The title of the series is a pun on the commonly used term “mansplaining”.
In the media
In 2006 and again in 2013, Bell was selected “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” on PETA’s yearly poll. She was placed No. 68 on Maxim’s 2005 “Hot 100” list, No. 11 in Maxim’s 2006 “Hot 100” list, and No. 46 in Maxim’s 2007 “Hot 100” list in which she was stated to have “single-handedly saved The CW from becoming the worst network ever.” In 2006, Maxim also placed Bell at the top of the “Fall TV’s Criminally Sexy Investigators” List. In 2008, she was featured at No. 59 on Ask Men’s Top 99 Women of 2008 List. Reflecting on her admitted popularity with “geeks”, Bell was voted the fourth sexiest woman on TV by the staff at Wizard magazine.
Bell stated she never thought of herself as womanly because “I always play and look and act 10 years younger than I am,” however, she said, “Something magical happened when I turned 25—I looked in the mirror and was like, You might not get carded for an R-rated movie anymore. Like I didn’t have a little stick figure anymore.” Bell has said that many of her characters are tomboys because she was “not homely enough to play the nerdy girl and not nearly pretty enough to play the pretty girl”.
Bell has been associated with the idea that “nerdy is the new cool”, and she explained, “what was previously perceived as nerdy is now viewed as original. What I like about nerdiness, geekiness, is it doesn’t really matter what you’re into—it just means you’re not a follower.” She has also said, “I love nerds. Comic-Con junkies are the tastemakers of tomorrow. Isn’t that funny? The tables have turned.” Vanessa Juarez of Entertainment Weekly commented that Bell’s roles on Veronica Mars, Heroes and as a Star Wars fanatic in Fanboys have “solidified her placement at the center of the geek universe”, while Rodney Rothman stated, “I guess she’s cornered the market on losers.” Bell’s work is often compared to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s portrayal of the title character on the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter stated that Bell was “arguably the television successor to Gellar’s portrayal of Buffy when it comes to fighting bad guys.” Bell is sometimes confused with Lauren Conrad from the show The Hills. “Yeah, sometimes fans yell, ‘Hey, Lauren’ to me, but usually from a distance,” said Kristen.
Despite “new celebrity” status, Bell claimed that she was not concerned because “no one ever recognizes me anyway”. As Bell explained, “I hang out with Hayden quite a bit—they never take pictures of me. I just step to the side, and I push myself in front of her when she wants to get out of it, or put her in the car.”
Bell was a recurring guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, appearing in interviews as well as sketches. On The Late Late Show, she shows a humorous hostility towards Craig’s robot skeleton sidekick Geoff Peterson, claiming that she had wanted to be Craig’s sidekick on his show and taking it upon herself to cut Geoff down every chance she gets. Both Bell and Geoff Peterson appeared with Ferguson during the five Late Late Show episodes filmed in France.
In January 2011, it was announced that Bell would be the new face of Neutrogena.
Relationships and family
In 2007, Bell ended a five-year relationship with former fiancé Kevin Mann. She later told Complex magazine that dating “makes me want to vomit. And not out of grossness—OK, a little bit out of grossness, but just nerves… I’ve always been a serial monogamist.”
In late 2007, Bell began dating actor Dax Shepard, who is also from Detroit. The couple announced their engagement in January 2010. They decided to delay marriage until the state of California passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. They co-starred in the 2010 film When In Rome, the 2012 film Hit and Run, and the 2017 film CHiPs. After section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act fell on June 26, 2013, Bell asked Shepard to marry her through Twitter, which he accepted. They were married at the Beverly Hills County Clerk’s Office on October 17, 2013. They have two daughters: Lincoln Bell Shepard (born March, 2013) and Delta Bell Shepard (born December, 2014).
Beliefs, interests and charity work
At age 11, Bell became a vegetarian. In an interview with PETA, Bell stated, “I have always been an animal lover. I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with—dogs and cats, for example—from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat. I always loved my Brussels sprouts!” By 2012 Bell became vegan with her husband after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives. During her time in Michigan, Bell fostered animals from Michigan Humane Society and she now supports the San Diego-based Helen Woodward Animal Center. Bell often attends fund raisers for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting animals. She has a Welsh Corgi-Chow Chow mix named Lola, a Welsh Corgi-Chihuahua mix named Shakey, and a black Labrador Retriever named Sadie, who was 11 years old when she was rescued from Hurricane Katrina and adopted by Bell in 2005.
She and many of those who worked on Veronica Mars, including personal friend Ryan Hansen, are involved with the charity organization Invisible Children, Inc. The goal of the organization is to create awareness regarding the plight of Northern Ugandans who are caught in the midst of a civil war between the government and Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Bell has also done a public service announcement for Do Something’s Healthy Living Campaign. In 2014, Bell launched a Prizeo campaign offering fans a chance to win a date with her in return for donating to Invisible Children, Inc.
Bell supported and campaigned for Barack Obama during the 2008 United States presidential election. Along with Rashida Jones, she visited college campuses in Missouri to discuss the candidates and encourage voter registration. Bell showed support for the Writers Guild of America in the writer’s strike, appearing in the picket lines in December 2007 stating, “the writers are just looking for some fairness”.
In May 2016, Bell revealed that she has struggled with and received treatment for depression and anxiety. She said, “It’s important for me to be candid about this so people in a similar situation can realize that they are not worthless and that they do have something to offer.”
In 2013, she contributed to the animated film Frozen‘s soundtrack in three tracks.
In 1998, Kristen appeared in a comedy drama film Polish Wedding for her minor role as teenage girl. Her role was uncredited.
First TV Show
In 2003, Bell appeared in FX’s drama television series The Shield for her role as Jessica Hintel in an episode titled “The Quick Fix”.
Kristen takes good care of her health by doing exercises regularly. She goes to SoulCycle gym. She still remembers her first day at the gym. The workout was really hard, but her stubbornness let her continue and now she is able to go there on a regular basis.
Apart from cardio, she does lots of hiking, strength training, and Pilates.
Being a vegan she replaces cheese with Daiya. Her diet plan changes depending upon the season due to availability of vegetables as she grows her own veggies in her home garden.
Kristen Bell Favorite Things
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Kristen Bell Facts
Her parents divorced, when she was two years old.
She has an eye problem called strabismus, which she inherited from her mom. It affects her right eye, and it gets more worse, if she does not take enough sleep.
She used to be known by the name “Annie Bell” until her high school. This is because she did not liked her first name at the age of four.
She can also be seen in various video games in different roles. She has voiced the character named, Lucy Stillman in one of the most popular games, Assassin’s Creed. The character has appeared recurringly in the upcoming parts in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Kristen likes to cook foods and reads various food magazines.
Kathy Bates, Toni Collette and Tilda Swinton are her role models.
In 2012, Kristen played the role as Mandy in web based series Burning Love in 4 episodes.
She is a big fan of Detroit Red Wings hockey team.
Bell loves sloths.
She likes to visit chefchloe.com or sporkfoods.com to get vegan food recipes.
She was non-veg and at 11, she became vegetarian. Later, she turned to vegan.
She was voted PETA’s World’s Sexiest Vegetarian in 2006 and 2013.