80 Facts About Kristen Bell


Kristen Bell later appeared in the action thriller film Spartan and received praise for her performance in the television drama film Gracie's Choice.


Kristen Bell reprised the eponymous role in the 2014 film and the 2019 revival.


Kristen Bell starred as Elle Bishop in the superhero drama series Heroes from 2007 to 2008.


Kristen Bell voiced the titular narrator in the teen drama series Gossip Girl, reprising the role in the 2021 sequel.


Kristen Bell starred as Jeannie van der Hooven, the female lead on the Showtime comedy series House of Lies.


Kristen Bell starred in the lead role of Eleanor Shellstrop on the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series The Good Place, receiving a Golden Globe Award nomination for her role.


Kristen Bell has since appeared in a number of comedy films, including Couples Retreat, When in Rome, You Again, The Boss, Bad Moms, and A Bad Moms Christmas.


Kristen Bell garnered further recognition for voicing Princess Anna in the Disney animated films Frozen, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Frozen II.


Kristen Bell was born on July 18,1980, in Huntington Woods, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, where she was raised.


Kristen Bell's mother, Lorelei, is a registered nurse, and her father, Tom Bell, works as a television news director in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Kristen Bell's parents divorced when she was two years old.


Kristen Bell has two stepsisters from her father's second marriage, and three stepsisters and a stepbrother from her mother's second marriage.


Kristen Bell's mother is of Polish descent, and her father has German, Scottish and Irish ancestry.


Kristen Bell stated that she did not like her first name at the age of four.


Kristen Bell's mother convinced her to go by her middle name, Anne, instead; she used the name Annie until high school.


Just before her first year of high school, Kristen Bell's parents decided to remove her from the public school system.


Kristen Bell attended Shrine Catholic High School in nearby Royal Oak, where she took part in the drama and music club.


In 1998, the year she graduated, Kristen Bell was named the yearbook's "Best Looking Girl" by senior class vote.


Shortly after her high school graduation, Kristen Bell moved to New York City to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, studying musical theater.


In 2002, during her senior year, Kristen Bell left a few credits shy of graduating to take a role in the Broadway musical version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.


In 1992, Kristen 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.


Kristen Bell's 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.


In 2001, Kristen Bell left New York University to play a role as Becky Thatcher in the short-lived Broadway musical of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.


Kristen Bell then moved to Los Angeles 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.


Kristen Bell said she "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.


In 2003, Kristen Bell appeared in FX's "The Shield," season 2, episode 1, which aired on January 7,2003.


Kristen Bell co-starred in the film "The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay," playing the role of Alison, a 17-year old girl who travels to Arizona to reconnect with the father that abandoned her family when Alison was only 5 years old.


In 2004, Kristen Bell earned acclaim for her starring role in the Lifetime television film Gracie's Choice, which received one of the network's highest ratings.


Kristen Bell made her debut in a theatrically released film with David Mamet's action thriller Spartan, as Laura Newton, the kidnapped daughter of the US president, acting alongside Val Kilmer.


Kristen Bell guest-starred on the HBO period drama series Deadwood, in a two-episode story arc.


Kristen Bell drew on the parallels between the character of Veronica and her own life, since Kristen Bell's parents had divorced and her best friend had died.


Kristen Bell's performance earned her the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television and a nomination for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, among numerous others.


Kristen Bell appeared in a short independent film called The Receipt and the horror film Roman, which was directed by her Crucible co-star Angela Bettis.


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 Kristen Bell said she would "love to".


Meanwhile, there were discussions about a role on Lost, but Kristen Bell turned down the role of Charlotte Staples Lewis.


Kristen Bell portrayed Elle Bishop on Heroes, a "mysterious young lady" with an "awesome power".


Kristen Bell did not have to audition for the role of Elle, who made her first appearance in an October 2007 episode, and appeared in twelve episodes during the run of the series.


Shortly after the cancelation of Veronica Mars in early 2007, Kristen Bell filmed on location in Hawaii for a starring role as the title character in the Judd Apatow comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.


Kristen Bell regarded the improvisational comedy in the film as "a lovely experience".


Kristen Bell lent her voice and likeness to the video game Assassin's Creed, which was released in November 2007 for consoles and April 2008 for the PC.


Kristen Bell reprised her role of Lucy in Assassin's Creed II, released in November 2009, and again in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, released in November 2010.


Kristen Bell 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.


Kristen Bell provided the voice for Cora in Astro Boy.


On March 31,2008, Kristen Bell began shooting the Mark Steven Johnson-written Disney film When in Rome on location in Rome and New York; the film was released in 2010.


Kristen 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.


Kristen Bell co-starred alongside singers Christina Aguilera and Cher in the backstage musical film Burlesque, which was released in November 2010.


Kristen Bell had a cameo appearance alongside Anna Paquin in the slasher horror film Scream 4, which was released on April 15,2011.


In 2012, Kristen Bell starred in the family drama film Big Miracle.


Kristen Bell has appeared in the music video for "Madder Red" by Brooklyn experimental rock band Yeasayer.


Kristen Bell starred as Jeannie van der Hooven, the female lead on the Showtime comedy series House of Lies, which premiered on January 8,2012.


Kristen Bell appeared in a supporting role in the science-fiction comedy Safety Not Guaranteed.


Kristen Bell 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.


Kristen Bell voiced Anna in Frozen, which was released on November 22,2013.


In 2013, for multiple episodes, Kristen Bell played Ingrid de Forest, an Eagleton City Councilwoman, on Parks and Recreation.


In September 2014, Bell starred with her husband, Dax Shepard, in a commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S It was so popular that they did another for the holiday season.


In 2016, Kristen Bell voiced the sloth Priscilla in the animated comedy film Zootopia, and starred as Claire in the comedy film The Boss.


Kristen Bell starred as Kiki in the 2016 comedy film Bad Moms, a role she reprised in the 2017 sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas.


In 2016, Kristen Bell began starring as Eleanor Shellstrop in the NBC comedy series The Good Place.


Kristen Bell later had the leading role in the Netflix comedy-drama film Like Father.


Kristen Bell made her directorial debut with the eighth episode of the fourth season of The Good Place.


In 2020, Kristen Bell published the children's book The World Needs More Purple People, which she co-wrote with Benjamin Hart.


Also in 2020, Kristen Bell voiced Molly Tillerman in the Apple TV+ animated musical comedy series Central Park, which reunited her with Frozen co-star Josh Gad and Bad Moms co-star Kathryn Hahn.


In June 2020, it was announced that Kristen Bell, who is white, would no longer voice the biracial character of Molly.


The role would be re-cast with a black or mixed race actress, with Kristen Bell voicing a new role.


Kristen Bell starred alongside Kirby Howell-Baptiste as a pair of housewives who created a multi-million dollar coupon scam in the comedy film Queenpins.


Kristen Bell appeared in 2 episode of The Tiny Chef Show and serves as the show's executive producer.


Kristen Bell was a recurring guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, appearing in interviews as well as sketches.


In January 2011, it was announced that Kristen Bell would be the new face of Neutrogena.


In 2007, Kristen Bell ended a five-year relationship with former fiance Kevin Mann.


In late 2007, Kristen Bell began dating actor Dax Shepard, who is from Metro Detroit.


Kristen Bell often attends fundraisers for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting animals.


Kristen Bell has had several dogs, including 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.


Kristen Bell has stated she is non-religious and identifies as a humanist.


Kristen Bell showed support for the Writers Guild of America in the writers' strike, appearing in the picket lines in December 2007, stating, "the writers are just looking for some fairness".


Kristen Bell supported and campaigned for Barack Obama during the 2008 United States presidential election.


In 2014, Kristen Bell launched a Prizeo campaign offering fans a chance to win a date with her in return for donating to Invisible Children, Inc In 2018, Kristen Bell participated in a television advertisement for bone marrow donations, specifically the Gift of Life Marrow Registry.


Kristen Bell's actions resulted in several matches that are documented on the Gift of Life website.


In 2023, Kristen Bell revealed that she had taken up Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was training under Cesalina Gracie in mother-daughter classes alongside her daughter.


In May 2016, Kristen Bell stated that she has received treatment for depression and anxiety.


Kristen Bell stated that she fears the sensation of touching things with water-immersed, wrinkled fingers, otherwise known as "pruney fingers".