Kristen Bell

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Kristen Bell

Born

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Birth Name

Kristen Anne Bell

Gender

Female

Also Known As

KB, K-Bell, Annie
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This petite actress is, like her Veronica Mars character, is cute as a bug and sharp as a tack. Bell played Veronica in the eponymous series about a teen private investigator for four seasons starting in 2004.
Kristen grew up in Huntington Woods, a suburb of Detroit. She…more

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  • Trivia

    • Kristen has two stepsisters by her father's remarriage - Sara and Jody. They were both born in Canada.

    • Kristen is an investor in bar L'Scorpion.

    • Kristen says she was a vegan in high school, but had to give it up because of her love of cheese.

    • Kristen helped deliver two babies while doing volunteer work in Brazil

    • Kristen was rumored to have been offered a role on Lost, but no offer was ever extended. Kristen joked in an interview with Craig Ferguson on the Late Late Show that she would love to be on Lost so she could move to Hawaii.

    • Kristen uses the internet to go on to YouTube because it makes her laugh and to check her e-mail, nothing else. However. in July 2009, she also signed up for her own Twitter account.

    • Kristen fell off a horse while filming Forgetting Sarah Marshall. As a result she spent a lot of the film walking "with a pirate's limp".

    • Award Nominations:
      2005 - Academy of Science Fiction "Best Actress on Television" for Veronica Mars
      2005 - Satellite Award "Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television" for Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical
      2005 - TCA Awards "Individual Award for Drama" for Veronica Mars
      2005 - Satellite Awards "Outstanding Actress in a Series, Drama" for Veronica Mars
      2005 - Teen Choice Awards "Choice TV Breakout Performance - Female" for Veronica Mars
      2005 - Television Critics Association Awards "Individual Achievement in Drama" for Veronica Mars
      2006 - 8th Annual Family Television Award "Favorite Father and Daughter" with Enrico Colantoni for Veronica Mars (won)
      2006 - Satellite Award "Best Actress in a Drama, Television" for Veronica Mars
      2006 - Academy of Science Fiction "Best Actress on Television" for Veronica Mars (won)
      2006 - Austin Fantastic Fest "Best Supporting Actress" for Roman (won)
      2006 - Teen Choice Awards "TV - Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure" for Veronica Mars
      2007 - Academy of Science Fiction "Best Actress on Television" for Veronica Mars
      2008 - Teen Choice Awards "Choice Movie Actress: Comedy for Forgetting Sarah Marshall
      2008 - Teen Choice Awards "Choice Movie Breakout Female for Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    • Events Appearances:
      2004 - sang at the Los Angeles Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony
      06/2006 - Presenter, Tony Awards
      06/21/2006 - Celebrity guest, Superman Returns premiere
      12/04/2006 - Presenter, Rock Single of the Year, 2006 Billboard Music Awards
      09/14/2007 - 2007 Heroes Pre-Emmy Party hosted by Perry Ellis and Vanity Fair
      09/16/2007 - 2007 Emmy Awards in support of Heroes
      02/22/2008 - WonderCon in San Francisco, with Forgetting Sarah Marshall co-stars Jason Segel and Mila Kunis
      01/08/2009 - Presenter, 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards on VH1 with Jason Segel

    • After living in New York City for five years, Kristen drove cross-country to Los Angeles with her mother.

    • Her mother says that when Kristen was four, she used to drag her bowl to the floor and eat next to the dog dish.

    • Kristen grew up close to the US/Canada border. In fact, both of her sisters were born in Canada. She thought it very funny that they had ID cards that read "Alien."

    • Kristen showed her support for the Writers Guild of America during the writers' strike and walked the picket lines in December 2007.

    • Kristen was the subject of two questions on Jeopardy!.

    • Kristen's parents, Tom and Lorelei Bell, divorced when she was two years old. Her father is a television news director. Her mother is a registered nurse.

    • Kristen appeared in AE Winter Tales - Gifts, a holiday-themed stop-animation short films for American Eagle Outfitters. The digital shorts also featured Lil Jon, Pete Wentz and Adrianne Palicki. It was produced and directed by Milo Ventimiglia, Kristen's co-star from Heroes.

    • Kristen said, during an interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, that she broke both her wrists while playing hockey.

    • Kristen's List Appearances:
      2005 - No.68, Maxim's Hot 100
      2006 - No.11, Maxim's Hot 100
      2006 - PETA's Sexiest Female Vegetarian
      2006 - No.1, Maxim's Fall TV's Criminally Sexy Investigators
      2007 - People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People (Beauty at Every Age: Age 26)
      2007 - No.24, Stuff's 100 Sexiest Women
      2007 - peta2.com's World's Sexiest Vegetarian
      2007 - No.46, Maxim's Hot 100
      2008 - No.55, Maxim's Hot 100
      2008 - No.89, FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World
      2008 - No.89, AskMen's 99 Most Desirable Women
      2008 - No.4, Wizard magazine's Sexiest Women on TV
      2008 - People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People
      2008 - TV Guide's The Hottest Women of Fall TV (Elle Bishop in Heroes)
      2009 - No.9, AskMen's 99 Most Desirable Women
      2009 - No.98, 100 Hottest Blondes of AIM
      2009 - No.18, Premiere's 40 Most Beautiful Hollywood Women
      2009 - No.72, FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World
      2009 - No.29, Empire Online's 50 Sexiest Female Movie Stars
      2010 - No.76, AskMen's 99 Most Desirable Women
      2010 - No.52, Maxim's Hot 100

    • She loves animals and often volunteers for animal related charities, the Rancho Santa Fe Animal Shelter among them. Kristen collects stray animals and sometimes shelters them in her home.

    • Kristen is a vegetarian but loves cheese.

    • Kristen loves nerds.

    • Kristen was offered a recurring role on Lost at the same time that she was offered on Heroes. She chose Heroes in order to stay in Los Angeles.

    • Kristen is an investor in L'Scorpion, a new bar that's turned up the heat on Hollywood Boulevard. Kristen also uses the club for her own private parties.

    • Kristen was named the Popular Television Actress Most AIM users wanted to Add to Their Buddy Lists, and received the AIM Best TV Buddy award.

    • Kristen turned down the lead role in the stage version of the musical Xanadu.

    • Kristen's favourite video-games are Mario Kart and James Bond on the Nintendo 64.

    • Kristen voiced Lucy Stillman in Assassin's Creed, video-game by UbiSoft released November of 2007. Her face and body were scanned in 3D for incorporation into the game.

    • Other Film/TV Movie Credits:
      2002 - Angela's Friend #1 in People Are Dead
      2002 - voice of Hiromi in Neko no ongaeshi (The Cat Returns)
      2003 - Alison in The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay
      2004 - Gracie Thompson in Gracie's Choice
      2005 - Pretty Girl in The Receipt
      2006 - The Girl in Roman
      2007 - Hex in Flatland

    • Kristen's Magazine Appearances:
      May 2005 - cover of Now Playing magazine
      Summer 2005 - Jane magazine, "11 People You Want to See Naked, Right Now-Right Where You Want Them"
      March 2006 - cover of Maxim magazine
      April 2006 - cover of Sci-Fi magazine
      April 30, 2006 - Parade Magazine, "In Step with Kristen Bell"
      June 2006 - Spin magazine
      July 2006 - InStyle magazine
      August 2006 - cover of Shape magazine
      December 2007 - cover of Complex magazine
      April 2008 - LA Direct magazine feature
      May 2008 - cover of Cosmopolitan magazine
      May 2008 - Vanity Fair magazine, "Bell of the Ball"
      May 2008 - Women's Health magazine, "A Conversation with Kristen Bell"
      May 2008 - Interview magazine, "Geek+Glamour = This TV Star"
      June 2008 - FHM UK magazine feature
      October 2008 - cover of FHM Australia magazine
      February 2009 - Vanity Fair, The Vanities Girls

    • Kristen has three dogs: Lola and Mr Shakes, 2 Corgi mutts, and Sadie, a 13 year old Black Labrador rescued from New Orleans post-Katrina.

    • Kristen drives a Saturn hybrid, as did her title-character in the third season of Veronica Mars.

    • Kristen appeared on the CW Network preview show. Her bangs kept getting in her eyes and she said that plot lines for this season are top secret.

    • Kristen became a vegetarian at age 11 because she couldn't disassociate between hamburger and her dog. She was also was traumatized by dry, chewy Detroit pork chops.

    • Kristen's favorite TV shows:

      Extreme Home Makeover, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, League of Gentlemen, Little Britain, America's Funniest Home Videos.

    • Kristen made her film debut in Polish Wedding, though uncredited, in 1998. She was a high school senior and the film was shot in her hometown. Her first credited film appearance was on Pootie Tang three years later.

    • Kristen auditioned for the role of Chloe Sullivan on Smallville, but lost out to Allison Mack.

    • She was voted "Best Looking Girl" by her Royal Oak High School senior class.

    • As a high school senior, Kristen worked at TCBY in Royal Oak, Michigan.

    • Kristen's favorite episode of Veronica Mars is the fourth episode of season one, The Wrath of Con.

    • Kristen has been featured three times in TV Guide, twice being interviewed.

    • Kristen moved to New York at 18 to go to college.

    • Kristen says her sister having a baby is way more important than shooting an episode of Veronica Mars.

    • Kristen is 5'1" tall. She has blue eyes and blond hair.

    • Kristen was on the hit MTV series, Punk'd. She was being accused of stealing a dog when she really found it.

    • Kristen was a guest co-host on The View during Elizabeth Hasselback's maternity leave.

    • Kristen portrayed a 13-year-old in Stephen Sondheim's musical A Little Night Music at Los Angeles' Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Summer 2004 and played the title role in Sneaux!, the SINsational Gothic Figure Skating Musical on the Los Angeles stage in 2003.

    • Kristen competed in the Emmy Idol competition in 2005's Emmy Award Ceremonies. She sang the theme song from "Fame," in which her Veronica Mars co-star Erica Gimpel appeared.

    • Kristen plays the teenage daughter of a private investigator on Veronica Mars, but is seven years older than her character.

    • Kristen attended Burton Elementary School in Huntington Woods, Michigan. There she was known as "Annie Bell", because "Anne" is her middle name.

    • Kristen's picture was on front of a hockey ticket when she was younger. It was of her and the Stanley Cup. It is the most illustrious prize in hockey.

    • If Kristen had to choose between hockey and Brad Pitt, she would choose hockey. The Detroit Red Wings is the hockey team that she loves.

    • When she was younger, she hated being called Kristen, she wanted to be called Smurfette and Matthew. Instead her parents called her by her middle name, Annie.

    • In 2006, Kristen appeared in a TV commercial for Old Navy. As a teen, Kristen appeared in United Way commercials in the greater Detroit area. She reportedly looked much the same at 10 as she does now.

    • Kristen made some of her earliest on-screen appearances in Bar Mitzvah videos during her days at Norup Middle School.

    • In 2005, Kristen bought a house in Los Angeles, which she renovated to Green standards with the help of Veronica Mars co-star Ed Begley Jr. She shared the house with boyfriend Kevin Mann, a high school swim coach and independent film producer.

    • Kristen's dogs, Lola and Mr. Shakes, qualified for an SAG card by appearing in the 19th episode, Hot Dogs, on the first season of Veronica Mars.

  • Quotes

    • Kristen: (On how a girl knows it's true love) She'll know when he starts putting the toilet seat down!

    • Kristen: I'm very used to playing the tomboy or the sarcastic cynic. That's my go-to. Playing the vulnerable of a real girl that's in real womanlike situations, where it's romanticized, I'm a little nervous about it.

    • Kristen: I'm not recognized very often, and if I am, it's a die-hard Veronica Mars fan. Which is usually flattering and an honor. I really try not to think about it.

    • Kristen: (On her return to Heroes) I'm just happy to be electrocuting people again!

    • Kristen: (On Comic-Con) This is not to be cocky, but, I go over real well at Comic-Con. I've done quite a few Comic-Cons, and I enjoy the hell out of them. They are so much fun, and so bizarre. I've done the FX Show in Florida, Wizard-World in Chicago, Comic-Con in San Diego, Wonder-Con in San Francisco, the Comic-Con in New York, and I've done them numerous times.

    • Kristen: (On her departure from Veronica Mars) I miss the character, I miss the people, I miss the consistency of that family. Lots of mass e-mails is how we're all dealing with it. We're all still in touch. Everyone is moving on up and doing great things, but we're all still communicating.

    • Kristen: (about flying a helicopter during the filming of 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall') I drove the helicopter ... I was the co-pilot ... I reached over and grabbed the remote. I leaned over and I jerked it a little.

    • Kristen: I'm empathetic to a fault. I really do - embarrassingly enough - tear up when someone squishes a bug in front of me.

    • Kristen: I've got more junk in the trunk than most 5-foot-1 blonde girls, and I like it.

    • Kristen: Detroit, the heart of the country ... I grew up on 10 Mile, 2 miles better than 8 Mile.

    • Kristen: (On being cast in Heroes) It is all part of my plan for world domination – and by world, I mean Fanboy World.

    • Kristen: (On discussions with Heroes writers about the impending strike) It was like anxiety 24/7. We were all just sad, because we knew it was coming and it was the lesser of two evils. It was nerve-wracking for everyone. Nobody wanted it to happen; nobody wanted it.

    • Kristen: (On the writer's strike) I think people are trying to understand. I mean it's a little confusing to everybody when anybody goes on strike. They always think they're making inappropriate demands, but I think in this case word has gotten out enough that the writers are just looking for some fairness.

    • Kristen: I pushed myself way too hard during the first year of Veronica Mars and I got moody and run-down. Now I'll go to bed early instead of going out with friends. It's not always the most fun option, but I know I need at least eight hours of sleep to feel balanced.

    • Kristen: (On dating) It 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.

    • Kristen: I love nerds. Comic-Con junkies are the tastemakers of tomorrow. Isn't that funny? The tables have turned.

    • Kristen: 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.

    • Kristen: (About playing tomboys) I'm not homely enough to play the nerdy girl and not nearly pretty enough to play the pretty girl.

    • Kristen: (About looking so youthful says that she) Always play[ed roles] and look and act 10 years younger than [she is]. 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.

    • Kristen: (Admitting to Complex magazine that the papparazzi pay no attention to her when she is with her Heroes co-star Hayden Panettiere) 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.

    • Kristen: I have the mouth of a sailor. I have to remember not to drop F-bombs when I'm ordering my lunch. Nothing is supposed to be offensive about it, it's just meant to be real.

    • Kristen: When I see something unjust, I have to intervene--it's hard for me to watch the underdog suffer.

    • Kristen: (on Veronica Mars fans) I think that a lot of our fans have gone to unbelievable lengths to show their appreciation for the show. And they are smart; there's no one that's dumb that watches Veronica Mars. You have to pay attention.

    • Kristen: (on living away from her LA home and working in San Diego) I don't like staying in hotels. I like to be in my own bed. San Diego as a city is really awesome. The only hard part of it for me is that I'm away from my family and my house. But as far as shooting down there, we get amazing locations, and the crew is really, really stellar down there. They are really fun.

    • Kristen: (on how Veronica Mars has made her more astute) I read The DaVinci Code, loved it, but by page 200 you knew who it was. You know why? . . . There were not enough characters in that book. And I only use that example because I was thinking like Veronica thinks. I thought, okay, how many characters are there? And there were only like four or five characters they had introduced, and I went through all of them and I figured it out by page 200.

    • Kristen: (On if she is as gutsy Veronica Mars) I don't think I have the stomach Veronica has. I think I have the determination and the stubbornness and a little bit of the go-get-em. But I think I'm about 20 percent more girl than Veronica is. There's a lot of Veronica that hits home with me, the sort of feisty area. But I think that I have a little bit more girl. I'd scream my head off if I saw a body in the freezer.

    • Kristen: I'm not in the business of becoming famous. And that's the advice I give to younger aspiring actors. Work onstage and do the little roles. In the end it's not important to be seen. It's important to do. There's a lot of disappointment in this business, but my family keeps me grounded.

    • Kristen: (on the differences between the first and second seasons of Veronica Mars) I don't know if I can judge because I don't really watch them; I just have the experience of shooting them. Reading the scripts every week, I thought [Season 2] was just as good. They did a great job of keeping it fresh and not repeating everything we did. Rob added a couple of new dynamics, and I thought that was great.

    • Kristen: (on being nominated for an Emmy) I'm not really into judging my merits or the merits of the show in contests like that. I know we're doing a great job.

    • Kristen: I'm really good at driving that car backward, backing up into places. The Teamster guys are always going, "You're really a good backward driver!" But driving it forward, man... I'm totally out of control!

    • Kristen: I'd do pretty much anything to get back on stage. I'd like to develop a new musical. I nearly had a heart attack when I heard that they're developing John Waters' Cry-Baby because that is so amazing and super and wonderful and I wish that I could be involved. But it's not the right time and I understand that. But I hear things like that and I get that little tingle in my stomach.

    • Kristen: (On being a vegetarian) 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.

    • Kristen: You hate those shows that you hear about, ones that are so good but if you don't get them from the beginning, you can't be part of them.

    • Kristen: (On karaoke) I can rock out anything. I mean, I can rock out a little Time After Time. I can do a little Grease Lightning. It depends on the mood, but we do go karaoke, my friends and I in Los Angeles, and it's a lot of fun.

    • Kristen: I love Teddy (Dunn) and he's a very dear friend. Everybody was sad to see him go.

    • Kristen: (On why she liked the pilot script for 'Veronica Mars') I loved Veronica right off the bat. She was so strong and I think it is so important because there are so few shows that portray women, especially young women, as being strong and being able to stand up for themselves.

    • Kristen: (On being a few units short of completing her degree in drama at NYU) The weird thing is they gave me credit for bringing people coffee (as an intern), but they wouldn't give me credit for being on a Broadway stage every night!

    • Kristen: (On her appearance in 'Pootie Tang.') People recognize me for that more than anything else. And I'm like, You know, I just did this David Mamet movie...oh, whatever. I'm the girl from 'Pootie Tang', fine.

    • Kristen: (On losing her best friend at 18) When you have a loss at such a young age, you become bitter and jaded and your whole perspective changes.

    • Kristen: I rarely wear clothes when I'm home by myself. I love making breakfast naked. But you've got to make sure the gardener's not coming that day.

    • Kristen: I'm an awful driver. I'm not going to lie about it. I'm not a good driver. I tried for a long time to pretend that I was. There's a lot of road rage and a lot of times it's directed at something I've done on the road.

    • Kristen: I've been very lucky in the characters I've chosen. Up until last year I was a nobody. I did jobs I booked because I needed to put food in my mouth.

    • Kristen: I'm not a risk taker. I don't do plunging necklines or really short skirts. I try to stay as classy as possible and provide a little mystery.

    • Kristen: I'm carded for R-rated movies. And I get talked down to a lot. When I try to go rent a car or buy an airplane ticket or other stuff adults do, I get 'Okaaaaaay, honey.' I remember when I was 18, getting crayons in a restaurant.

    • Kristen: I'm not in the business of becoming famous. And that's the advice I give to younger aspiring actors. Work onstage and do the little roles. In the end it's not important to be seen. It's important to do. There's a lot of disappointment in this business, but my family keeps me grounded.

    • Kristen: I loved Catholic school. I didn't like being beeped at by old pervs at the gas station because I was wearing a plaid skirt, though. It's like, do you think I'm going to stop and give you my phone number?

    • Kristen: There are so few strong roles for women, especially young women. And Veronica (Mars) is very serious but also very likable. She's a lone wolf, and it appeals to people that she isn't rich and doesn't have a lot of friends. No posse. She's just like you, like most of us.

    • Kristen: All girls hit that phase where they like the bad boy. I grew out of that really young and I have a wonderful guy in my life who's not a bad boy at all. I like the satiric, consistent nice guy.

    • Kristen: As an actor and as a woman willing to step outside of her comfort zone, I admire actresses that do that, like Cameron Diaz in Being John Malkovich. Any woman who's willing to not look beautiful. A lot of this business is based on looks.

    • Kristen: (On Enrico Colantoni) He is one of the most generous individuals I've ever met and has taken on the role of father in my life. He's super-concerned for me about things and he's always asking how I am and if I'm okay. I feel like someone has that watchful eye on me; comfort and security – he really has that. We also get along really well. Our sense of humor is the same so we just laugh all day. He's a wonderful, wonderful man.

    • Kristen: (On the mysteries on 'Veronica Mars') When I see a mystery, like a movie or a TV show, I want to know the details. So I figured when I got cast that I would be able to have all the inside info and know what's going on, but I really don't. They don't tell me anything. It's just as frustrating as being a viewer being on the show because I really only know details two weeks in advance – I don't know who killed Lilly. But I do like mysteries a lot, and what I think is cool is that it's fun to see the intelligence behind it, in a script, to see, 'Oh my gosh, THAT'S how she pieced it together.'

    • Kristen: (On her fellow 'Veronica Mars' cast members) The boys – they're all fun. Percy [Daggs III] is hysterical and Teddy's the same way. Teddy [Dunn] is so sweet, and I love watching Jason [Dohring] act because he's such a good actor and there's so much coming up for him in the series and as an actor, I've learned a lot from him because I've just been able to watch him and he's so intense. Francis [Capra] is awesome and hysterical. I think we're lucky because there's not a bad egg.

    • Kristen: (On publicity from 'Veronica Mars') In the beginning, [the press work] was centered a lot around me and the ensemble didn't do much at all. Now, once a month, we do a mall tour where we go to a different city and do a big signing and the whole cast is there. That has a much more ensemble feeling and that takes a lot of the pressure off because you're going as one.

    • Kristen: (On horror movies) I get really scared. Like when the lights are out, I am kind of a wuss. (After watching Kairo) I didn't wanna pick up my phone!

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