Lake Bell

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Lake Bell
Bell standing on the red carpet
Bell at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Born Lake Siegel Bell
(1979-03-24) March 24, 1979 (age 35)
New York City
United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Scott Campbell (m. 2013)

Lake Bell (born Lake Siegel Bell,[1] March 24, 1979)[2] is an American actress, writer and director. She has starred in the television series Boston Legal (2004–2006), Surface (2005–2006), How to Make It in America (2010–2011) and Childrens Hospital (2008–present) and in the films Over Her Dead Body (2008), What Happens in Vegas (2008), It's Complicated (2009), No Strings Attached (2011) and Million Dollar Arm (2014). She wrote and directed the short film Worst Enemy, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, followed by her feature film directing debut In a World... in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Bell was born in New York City, the daughter of Robin Bell, owner of the design firm Robin Bell Design in New York,[3][4][5] and real estate developer Harvey Siegel, who bought the then-closed Virginia International Raceway and converted it into a racetrack country club, and owned New Jersey Motorsports Park.[6]

Bell's father is Jewish and her mother is Protestant. Bell has stated that she was raised in a "comically dysfunctional family."[7][8]

Bell attended The Chapin School in New York and Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut. For part of her teenage years she lived in Vero Beach, Florida and attended Saint Edwards School. She attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York before transferring to Rose Bruford College in London where she acted in several theatrical productions including The Seagull, The Children's Hour, Six Degrees of Separation, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and Pentecost.[9][10][11]

Career[edit]

Actress[edit]

Bell began her career in 2002 with roles in the film Speakeasy and in 2 episodes of ER. Her first significant roles came in 2003—after appearing in the psychological thriller I Love Your Work, she was cast alongside Jeff Goldblum as the female lead in the NBC television film War Stories and played Alicia Silverstone's wisecracking best friend, Victoria Carlson, in NBC's comedy-drama series Miss Match. In 2004, Bell appeared in the wrestling film Slammed and made her debut as Sally Heep in the final four episodes of The Practice. Her character was carried over into the spinoff Boston Legal, where she was made a regular cast member until she left the series in 2005.

Bell then played the lead role in the science fiction series Surface, which aired between September 2005 and May 2006. 2006 also saw her star in the film Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders about the Hillside Strangler of the late 1970s and return to Boston Legal for two episodes, reprising her role as Sally Heep, opposing counsel to Alan Shore (portrayed by James Spader). In 2008, she played the female lead in the thriller Under Still Waters, for which she won the Newport Beach Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance in Acting,[12] starred alongside Paul Rudd and Eva Longoria in the romantic comedy Over Her Dead Body, played Cameron Diaz's best friend in the romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas and played the wife of Colin Farrell's character in crime drama Pride and Glory.

She was also cast as the lead female role, Dr. Cat Black, in Rob Corddry's satirical comedy Childrens Hospital.[13] The fourth season began airing in August 2012 and featured two episodes that were directed by Bell—the series premiere, "The Boy with the Pancakes Tattoo", a parody of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the ninth episode, "A Kid Walks in to a Hospital".[14]

Bell in June 2009

In 2009, Bell voiced the role of Dana Mercer in the video game Prototype, played Alec Baldwin's wife in the romantic comedy It's Complicated and guest starred in an episode of the fourth season of the series Wainy Days. 2010 saw Bell voice a supporting role in Shrek Forever After, star in the satirical film Burning Palms, guest star in an episode of the second season of the sitcom The League and cast as a lead character in the new HBO television series How to Make It in America, which aired for 2 seasons from February 2010 to November 2011.[15] Bell was to play Deputy Judy Hicks in Scream 4, but dropped out four days before filming due to scheduling conflicts, with the role going to Marley Shelton.[16]

In 2011, Bell starred alongside Josh Lucas and Terrence Howard in the supernatural thriller Little Murder, played Ashton Kutcher's boss in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached, a performance that won her critical praise and was called "scene-stealing,"[17] starred in the ensemble comedy A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and guest starred in an episode of the first season of Zooey Deschanel's sitcom New Girl. Bell has a lead role alongside Kate Bosworth in the upcoming thriller Black Rock.[18]

Writer and Director[edit]

In 2010, Bell made her writing and directing début with the short film Worst Enemy, which starred Michaela Watkins, Matt Walsh and Lindsay Sloane. Her film débuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival[19] and has also played at the Nantucket Film Festival, the Dallas International Film Festival, the Gen Art Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest, winning the Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Short Film from Nantucket and receiving a Shorts Jury Special Mention from Dallas. Her film led to her being named one of the "2012 Inspiring Filmmakers" by LUNAFEST.[20]

Bell made her feature film debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with In A World....[21][22] which she wrote and directed and in which she stars[17] She describes the film as "a comedy about a female voice-over artist and family dysfunction and relationships. I’m obsessed with the voice-over world, so it makes sense for me."[17][23][24] The film was the subject of a bidding war, eventually getting picked up by Roadside Attractions and Sony.[25]

Her next project will be a film she will write and direct, called What's The Point.[26]

Sex symbol[edit]

Bell, who is considered a sex symbol,[27][28][29] came 45th on Femme Fatales' list of the 50 Sexiest Women of 2003; came 6th on British Vogue's list of the 10 Best Dressed Women of 2007, was 32nd on Maxim's Hot 100 of 2008, was 44th on Maxim's Hot 100 of 2012 and 89th on AskMen's 99 Most Desirable Women of 2012. In 2007, Bell appeared in a photo shoot for GQ;[7] in 2008 she appeared in a photo shoot for Marie Claire;[30] in 2009 she modeled for Scott Caan, for his first book, Scott Caan Photographs, Vol. 1;[31] and in 2011 she appeared in photo shoots for Elle,[32] Los Angeles,[33] Maxim[34] and Esquire,[35] the latter in conjunction with the website Me In My Place.[36] In September 2011, Bell modeled at Pirelli's Fashion Week in Milan, Italy.[37][38] For New York Fashion Week 2013, Bell modeled nude with strategic body painting (done by her husband) on the cover of New York shot by Mark Seliger.[39] In April 2014, Bell appeared in Esquire for the second time.[39]

Other activities[edit]

Bell has an automotive column in The Hollywood Reporter called Test Drive and is the magazine's automotive contributing editor.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Bell and Colin Farrell, her co-star in Pride and Glory, dated for a time.[7]

In 2011, Bell began dating Scott Campbell, an artist and tattoo artist. The two met when he played himself in an episode of the second season of How to Make It in America. The couple became engaged on Bell's birthday in March 2012[41] and were married on June 1, 2013 at The Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana.[42] Bell is currently pregnant with their first child.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Bell in July 2011
Films
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Speakeasy Sara Marnikov
2003 War Stories Nora Stone
I Love Your Work Felicia
2004 Fresh out of Tears Leila Short film
Slammed Gina Micelli
2006 Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders Jillian Dunne
2008 Under Still Waters Charlie Newport Beach Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance in Acting
Over Her Dead Body Ashley
What Happens in Vegas Tipper
Pride and Glory Megan Egan
Prop 8: The Musical Scary Catholic School Girls From Hell Short for Funny or Die
2009 It's Complicated Agness Adler National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
2010 Shrek Forever After Patrol Witch / Wagon Witch #2
Burning Palms Mary Jane
The Doctors of Childrens Hospital Answer Your Medical Questions Dr. Cat Black Short for Funny or Die
10 Minutes Herself Short for Funny or Die
Worst Enemy Writer & Director Short film
Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Short Film, Nantucket Film Festival
Shorts Jury Special Mention, Dallas International Film Festival
2011 Little Murder Corey Little
No Strings Attached Lucy
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Alison Cohen
Home for Actresses Lake Short for Funny or Die
2012 Black Rock Lou
2013 In a World... Carol Solomon

Writer, director, and producer.

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, Sundance Film Festival 2013
2014 Million Dollar Arm Brenda Paauwe Bernstein Completed
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Mona Lisa Voice role
The Coup Annie Dwyer Post-production
TBA Man Up Nancy Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 ER Jody Holmes Episode: One Can Only Hope
Episode: Tell Me Where It Hurts
2003 Miss Match Victoria Carlson Series regular
2004 The Practice Sally Heep Episode: The Firm
Episode: Comings And Goings
Episode: New Hoods on the Block
Episode: Adjourned (a.k.a. Cheers)
2004–2006 Boston Legal Sally Heep Series regular; guest star
2005–2006 Surface Laura Daughtery Series regular
2008–present Childrens Hospital Dr. Cat Black Series regular
2009 Wainy Days Blaire Episode: Dance Club
2010 The League Brooke Episode: The White Knuckler
2010–2011 How to Make It in America Rachel Chapman Series regular
2011 New Girl Amanda Episode: Naked
2012 Top Gear U.S. Herself Episode: Rut's show
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Prototype Dana Mercer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "In 'A World,' All Voice-Overs Are Not Created Equal". All Things Considered, NPR. July 25, 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lake Bell". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  3. ^ Pittel, Christine (February 1, 2004). "Star Quality: Robin Bell Designs A Camera-Ready Apartment For Her Actress Daughter In Record Time.". House Beautiful via Academic Search Premier, Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals 146 (2). 
  4. ^ Santo Domingo, Lauren (August 30, 2012). "APT with LSD: Lake Bell". Vogue. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Swanson Frank, Claiborne (August 30, 2012). "APT with LSD: Lake Bell (slideshow)". Vogue. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Ivry, Sara (November 29, 2002). "Driving; Where the Backyard Is Circular, And Loud". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Kirby, Mark (December 2007). "You Can Ring My Bell". GQ. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Hotz, Amy (June 29, 2008). "'Old Fashioned' actress Lake Bell ditches sea monsters for sex parties in return to Port City". Star News (Wilmington, NC). Retrieved 11 February 2014. "I wanted her to be far more Jewish and have the last name of Cohen or Rosenberg because I'm not Jewish and I wanted the opportunity to play Jewish, make the father's side of my family proud." 
  9. ^ "Lake Bell". AskMen. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "American Pastoral". Elle. February 4, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lake Bell: A female filmmaker makes her mark in the male world of the Hollywood voiceover". The Independent. 7 September 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Lake Bell Bio". HBO. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "2011–2012 Premiere Schedule" on BumpWorthy.com
  14. ^ Slattery, Jill (August 15, 2012). "Exclusive Interview: Lake Bell Talks Fast Cars and Making Henry Winkler Fight a 13-Year-Old". Zimbio. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  15. ^ HBO. "Lake Bell in How to Make It in America". Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  16. ^ Reynolds, Simon (June 25, 2010). "Craven's 'Scream 4' loses cast member". Digital Spy (Hachette Filipacchi UK). Archived from the original on July 13, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2010. 
  17. ^ a b c "Lake Bell on Her Scene-Stealing Performance in No Strings Attached". Vulture. January 25, 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  18. ^ Rich, Katy (28 January 2012). "Sundance Video Interview: Black Rock's Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell And Katie Aselton". Cinema Blend. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  19. ^ Donnelly, Matt. "Sundance: Lake Bell explores body work in 'Worst Enemy'". L.A. Times. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  20. ^ HBO. "Lake Bell". Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  21. ^ Gross, Terry (August 8, 2013). "In 'A World,' All Voice-Overs Are Not Created Equal". All Things Considered, NPR. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  22. ^ Silverstein, Melissa and Kerensa Cadenas (May 23, 2013). "Lake Bell On Women Directors: If You Happen to Have a Vagina, That's Okay". Indiewire.com. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  23. ^ Leydon, Joe (August 20, 2013). "Watch: Triple Threat Lake Bell Talks Feminist Comedy 'In a World'" (video Q&A). Indiewire.com. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  24. ^ Lacher, Irene (August 10, 2013). "Lake Bell speaks out on voice-over work". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  25. ^ Silverstein, Melissa and Kerensa Cadenas (February 25, 2013). "Lake Bell's In A World Gets Post-Sundance Pick Up". Indiewire.com. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  26. ^ Schmidlin, Charlie (July 26, 2013). "Exclusive: Lake Bell Reveals Her Next Directorial Effort, The "Unromantic" Romance 'What's The Point'". Indiewire. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "Lake Bell Interview". Askmen.com. c. 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Interview: ‘How To Make It in America’s Lake Bell". Comcast. April 4, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Body of Work: Lake Bell". Comcast. May 15, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  30. ^ "BELL du Jour". Marie Claire. May 29, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  31. ^ Caan, Scott. "Scott Caan Photography". Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  32. ^ Vargas, Whitney (February 4, 2011). "American Pastoral". Elle. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  33. ^ Greenberg, Jill (September 1, 2011). "The Lady in the Lake". Los Angeles. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Lake Bell's "Year of Nudity"". Maxim. July 29, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  35. ^ Mikin, Mark. "Esquire Presents Me in My Place with Lake Bell". Esquire. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Lake Bell". Me In My Place. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  37. ^ Yoon, Joy. "Pretty Pretties at Pirelli's Milan Fashion Week Party". Paper. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  38. ^ "Rendez-vous chez Pirelli". Pure Trend. September 23, 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  39. ^ a b "'New York' Fashion Issue Cover Preview: Lake Bell Wears a Tattoo". New York. August 10, 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  40. ^ THR Staff (September 26, 2011). "Actress Lake Bell Joins The Hollywood Reporter as Automotive Critic". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  41. ^ Chen, Joyce (April 1, 2012). "Lake Bell engaged to Scott Campbell: ‘How to Make It in America’ star is ‘beaming’". Daily News (New York City). Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  42. ^ Rizzo, Monica (June 1, 2013). "Lake Bell Marries Scott Campbell". People. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  43. ^ "Lake Bell Expecting First Child". People.com. April 23, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 

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