A native of New York City, Bell graduated in 2002 from London's esteemed conservatory Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, where her extensive training included dance and stage combat. Among her London theatre credits are The Seagull, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, The Children's Hour and The Pentecost.…more
Lake was ranked #32 in Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2008.
Lake has a brother named Luke.
Lake became close friends with her stunt double on the set of the tv series Surface.
She loves to study foreign languages and dialects.
She admitted that she was afraid of the ocean in an interview even though she is a oceanographer on the tv show Surface.
She loves to travel all around the world when she isn't working.
Her London theatre credits include The Seagull, Six Degrees of Separation, The Children's Hour and The Pentecost.
She received certification from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat.
As a teen she lived in Vero Beach, Florida.
She is 5' 8" (1.73 m) tall.
Lake is an animal-rights activist.
She enjoys to paint and draw.
She has a blue-nosed Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog named Margaret.
She graduated from the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, England in 2002.
Lake: (on feminism and her movie In The World..., and how those two things are related) I don't want to get on the soapbox about it, but I certainly wrote a film that depicted that in a comedic way, to ease the conversation into more of a discussion. I'm a woman, obviously. Feminist issues are interesting to me. I'm a lady and I feel it sometimes, and I'm in a world where there's definitely an opportunity for me to express those conversations.
Lake: (on what attracted her to the movie Million Dollar Arm and her character relation with Jon Hamm's main character) The fact that she gives this man a proverbial kick in the gut and calls him out on his crap is refreshing. Usually, the woman is doting, on the sidelines and a pretty thing the man conquers. In this, the romantic connection is very much on her terms.
Lake: (on her movie, the Million Dollar Arm) I think that because this story is a true story, it adds another level of goosebumps that you get in the theatre. We met the actual baseball players that the story was based upon, and it was a joy. They're very kind, nice, generous, spirited people. They competed in professional baseball with other people who had been doing it since they were five years old, and they had picked up a baseball for the first time when they were 17. That's a remarkable physical feat, and a mental feat, to do that.
Lake: (on sports movies) The sports element is an umbrella to tell the story. What makes it great is that you're latching onto the human experience that's involved, and the interpersonal relationships and the journey that has to be made.
Lake: (on her baseball preferred team) I have to be a Yankee fan, just given my family structure. I would get into trouble with a lot of family members if I said otherwise. But I don't know the players like I should. I'm not into live sports, but I'm a huge fan of sports films.
Lake: (on throwing like a girl) I try not to. I hate to think that I would, but I am a girl. And it's not a bad thing if I do throw like a girl. Some girls are very badass.
Lake: (on her being athelic) I do have a background of being athletic, but in my adult life I have rare times to express it. It's a muscle that can atrophy.
Lake: (on Ben Affleck) I look up to Affleck. He's talented and accomplished, and sometimes he takes his shirt off. Listen, I feel very powerful in those photos. It's actually kind of fun to be described in those terms and then be able to express that kind of visual.
Lake: (on her recognition as a writer and director, as well as an actress, in the movie In a World …) I didn't know that was going to be the headline, but my mom and dad were excited about it. At the end of the day, though, I'm just going to do what I'm going to do. I consider myself lucky that I'm able to have such a good time doing it.
Lake: (on doing her movie In a World, where she was the director, writer and actress) Being willing to outsource all of your creative decisions, especially to a first-timer like me, is very ballsy. I had no other choice than to make it the way I made it. And I felt very supported in that. When you write and direct your own film you basically know exactly what you want. Or you hope to. For the studio, it actually can make life a little easier, because if you have a bunch of questions they only need to call one person.
Lake: (on her doing enjoying do accents) I did accents and funny voices for the family when I was growing up. I'm passionate about the sexy-baby vocal virus affecting a generation of women. The two things that hit you when you meet someone are, first, how they're visually put together and then, what they tell you with the tone of their voice - whether or not they're to be taken seriously.
Lake: (on her family) My dad's a Jew and my mom's a WASP, so that should pretty much say it all. It was a comically dysfunctional family.
Lake: (on her Million Dollar Arm co-star Jon Hamm) We are both, Jon and I, comedy players and comedy fans. We share that as well. So when there's back and forth, you do have some harmony in the comedic musicality of scenes.
Lake: (on her movie Million Dollar Arm) This movie is so sweet and so earnest. I just think it's nice to have something that you're proud of that any family member can see. There's no, 'I hope my uncle doesn't see that' or 'My dad might not like that' ... This is a film that really does span every demographic on my Rolodex
Lake: (on her role in the movie Million Dollar Arm) I was very attracted to how direct and comfortable she was with dishing out tough love when necessary and admitting she wasn't interested in him — which I think in itself is a refreshing concept coming from a female character in any movie, but especially a sports film,
Lake: (on being part of a Disney movie in the Million Dollar Arm) It's interesting to think about it that way. Because it's Disney, it's a very universally acceptable film for a lot of different demographics. This is the first time I am in a film I can say to any family member to go and check it out, and I am not embarrassed by some weird boob scene or something. It's safe. It is incredibly sweet, and it's relatable for young relatives, older relatives and everything in between. That, for me, is a big deal.
Lake: (on the type of roles she enjoys playing) I really enjoy playing characters who are realistically put together. I don't walk around in stilettos and fancy dress all the time. That's just not my life, and I don't feel comfortable that way. I enjoy playing characters I can relate to personally who aren't "glam squad" all the time.
Lake: (on her Million Dollar Arm co-star Jon Hamm) Jon and I are good friends. We have known each other for a long time. He comes on [satirical TV series] Children's Hospital occasionally, so he is very playful and fun. He is really goofy and hilarious, and people probably know that somewhat from his SNL career … But he really is a comedy fan and great comedy player. In this film, he plays the straight man to a lot of fish-out-of-water elements, which I think is incredibly difficult and takes a comedic brain to know how to play the straight man with perfection.
Lake: (on her role in the movie Million Dollar Arm) I enjoy Brenda's utter steadfast truth and her ability to express herself via tough love, which is something I relate to deeply in my own life.
Lake: I love fashion. I always have. When I was a kid, I was in almost full-on costumes when I went to school, and I've retained a bit of that in my adulthood.
Lake: I am lactose intolerant, and I always thought it was really funny how people who are lactose intolerant continue to eat dairy, because they like it so much. And I find it not acceptable.
Lake: There are a lot of funny people and a lot of unfunny people. Some of them are women and some of them are dudes.
Film-making is a huge privilege; it's not brain surgery. It's art, and art is supposed to be an enjoyable process, and it is an enjoyable experience for me.
Lake: I like my body, I like to have fun with what I put on, but I also want to remain classic. So I guess my signature is sexy and eclectic but classic.
Lake: Actually, in my own life I think I probably feign neuroses to be more interesting than I am.
Lake: I'm vegan on home base, but when I travel to other countries, I throw it all into the garbage.
Lake: But I'd say 'How to Make It in America' is the most accurate depiction of the New York hipster community on television for sure.
Lake: I think coming to work and being absurd and neurotic and thoughtful at the same time is far more interesting.
Lake: I have this necklace I always wear. I collect pendants from people I love; my best friends and members of my family have all given me one, and I put them on this chain so no matter where I am they're always with me.
Lake: I find the female tragedy of insecurity to be hilarious. We get obsessed over issues like the tiny skin tags on our backs or that we're fat. You read one line in a magazine and it sends you into a tailspin.
Lake: (on her creative role as writer-producer-director in the movie In a World...) Being willing to outsource all of your creative decisions, especially to a first-timer like me, is very ballsy. I had no other choice than to make it the way I made it. And I felt very supported in that. When you write and direct your own film you basically know exactly what you want. Or you hope to. For the studio, it actually can make life a little easier, because if you have a bunch of questions they only need to call one person.
Lake: I did accents and funny voices for the family when I was growing up. I'm passionate about the sexy-baby vocal virus affecting a generation of women. The two things that hit you when you meet someone are, first, how they're visually put together and then, what they tell you with the tone of their voice - whether or not they're to be taken seriously.
Lake: My dad's a Jew and my mom's a WASP, so that should pretty much say it all. It was a comically dysfunctional family.
Lake: (on her audition for Boston Legal) I completely bombed the audition...I was insecure, stopping and starting. I went to the bathroom and cried.
Lake: You have to keep hobbies in L.A. Otherwise, it's sad.