18 July 1980, Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA
Kristen Anne Bell
5' 1" (1.55 m)
Kristen graduated from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied musical theater. She made her Broadway debut in 2001, originating the role of Becky Thatcher in the short-lived "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." In 2002, she was in the revival of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" on Broadway, starring Laura Linney and Liam Neeson.
Attended Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. Had immersed herself in the theater program and began auditioning for film jobs in her sophomore year.
After playing Mary Lane in the "Reefer Madness" stage musical, she was asked to reprise the role in the film version, Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005).
Has two stepsisters from her father's remarriage - Sara and Jody. They were both born in Canada.
Is of Irish and Polish descent.
Has two dogs: Lola and Mr. Shakes.
Plays a 17-year-old on "Veronica Mars" (2004) but is 7 years older than her character.
Was raised in suburban Huntington Woods, Michigan, and attended Burton Elementary School in Huntington Woods, Michigan, the same school actress Jessy Hodges and actor David Geister attended.
Her parents Tom Bell, a television news director, and Lorelei Bell, a registered nurse, divorced when she was two.
Named #68 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2005" list.
Has now played two different characters named "Gracie" - in Fifty Pills (2006) and in Gracie's Choice (2004) (TV).
Is a vegetarian.
Is a big fan of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (1989) and "Extreme Makeover" (2008).
She worked at a TCBY in Royal Oak in 1997-98 while a Senior in High School.
Lived in Huntington Woods, Michigan with other performers such as Ellen Sandweiss, Jessy Hodges, David Geister and Julie Schamanski.
Her favorite episode of "Veronica Mars" (2004) (as of 2006) is "Veronica Mars: The Wrath of Con (#1.4)" (2004).
Was voted PETA's "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" for 2006.
BFA in Drama - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2002).
Named #1 on Maxim's 2006 list of "Fall TV's Criminally Sexy Investigators".
Roots passionately for the Detroit Red Wings.
Was named by Jane magazine in the U.S.A. as one of the "11 People You'd Most Like to See Naked." She posed for the magazine's July 2005 issue.
Says she was a vegan in high school, but had to give it up because of her love of cheese.
Enrico Colantoni, who plays her father on "Veronica Mars" (2004), is only 17 years older than she is.
She loves animals and often volunteers for animal related charities.
She's an investor in bar L'Scorpion.
Was named the Popular Television Actress Most AIM users wanted to Add to Their Buddy Lists, and received the AIM Best TV Buddy award.
She was mentioned in People's Magazine "Most Beautiful 2007" on the Beauty at every age page. She was the beauty at age 26.
Named #24 on the Stuff Magazine "100 Sexiest Women 2007" list.
Named #46 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 women of 2007" list.
Was voted peta2's "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" for 2007.
Was named #11 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 women of 2006" list.
In 1998, the year of her graduation, she appeared in Polish Wedding (1998), a movie that was being filmed locally.
Named the yearbook's "Best Looking Girl" by senior class vote.
Was the Maxim cover feature for March 2006.
Broke both her wrists playing hockey.
Lived with producer Kevin Mann for a number of years.
Has a black Labrador, who is 11 years old and rescued from Hurricane Katrina .
Aspires to be a stand-up comic.
Has dessert after every meal, even breakfast.
When she was 3 years old, announced to her parents that she was changing her name to "Smurfette".
Helped deliver two babies while doing volunteer work in Brazil.
Fan of Amy Poehler and Cher (They appeared together in Burlesque (2010/I)).
Has a "lazy eye" (her right eye) which she demonstrated on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005).
Was #24 on FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008" list.
Ranked #4 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008).
Also attended Berkley High School in Berkley, Michigan.
Has a motorcycle license as told on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003).
Received the Helen Woodward Animal Center's 2009 Humane Award.
Burned her leg on a moped during the filming of When in Rome (2010).
Engaged to Dax Shepard [February 1, 2010].
Loves to cook. Reads food magazines.
Role models were Kathy Bates, Toni Collette and Tilda Swinton.
Is a skee-ball "freak". Had considered installing a machine in her Hollywood home.
Played on an all-boys baseball team for two years.
She has 3 dogs - a rescue Labrador called Sadie, a Corgi/Chow mix called Lola, and a Corgi/Chihuahua mix called Mr.Shakes.
Often ranked as having one of the "Most Beautiful Famous Faces" by "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World". She was ranked #52 in 2010, #10 in 2009, #15 in 2008, #29 in 2007, #32 in 2006, #59 in 2005, and #48 in 2004.
[Why she liked the pilot script for "Veronica Mars" (2004)] "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".
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.
"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!" (on being a vegetarian)
"I pushed myself way too hard during the first year of "Veronica Mars" (2004) 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".
(On the best time to be naked) "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."
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.
Laughing is so good for you. It legitimately burns calories...and just makes you happier.
I hated being "Kristen Anne" growing up. And when I was about four I decided I really wanted to be called "Smurfette." And so I told my whole family, "I will now be known as Smurfette. I'm not gonna answer to anything else." And I was obsessed with the Smurfs. And so for a while, I didn't answer to anything but Smurfette; and I started getting in trouble because you have to come when your parents call you. And they said, "We can't do that. We cannot call you Smurfette." And so then I said, "Okay. Call me Matthew." That was my second choice. I really wanted to be called Matthew, because I had a cousin born Matthew, and I named all my dolls boys' names. But then, finally my parents said, "We're not going to call you Matthew." So I switched to Annie, because the movie was popular, and it was a fun nickname. And I was called Annie until I was sixteen. So, a lot of my friends and family still call me Annie. And then, when I switched school districts when I was sixteen and they called roll call and they said, "Kris" and I didn't raise my hand ('cause I wasn't as familiar). And then, when I realized it was me, obviously with the "Bell," I didn't choose to tell them my nickname was Annie. And so half my friends and family call me Annie, and half call me Kristen. You guys can still call me Smurfette if you want to.