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Lake Bell

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  • Eye ColorGreen Eyes
  • Hair ColorBrunettes
  • Birthdate03/24/79
  • HometownNew York, New York

About Lake Bell

Lake Bell has a passion for cars. Such a passion for cars that she’s the Hollywood Reporter automotive contributing editor and writes a column, “Test Drive,” in which she reviews new cars. “The 2012 Maserati GranTourismo Convertible connotes, in a word, luxury (British accent). That’s what came to mind when I settled into the plush leather bucket seat of this beautifully crafted yet highly unaffordable machine,” Lake wrote in a 2011 review.

How did this mega-actress, who’s appeared in rom-coms and crime dramas galore, get interested in cars? Growing up with a dad, Harvey Seigel, who owns several racetracks would do it.

And although cars and racing are a hobby, Lake has been focused on her main passion, acting, since she was very young. She first appeared in theater performances in college. More recently, she’s had starring roles on the TV shows Boston Legal, Children’s Hospital, and How to Make It in America (she met her husband, tattoo artist Scott Campbell, on the set of the latter) and in the movies: Over Her Dead Body, No Strings Attached, and A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, among others.

“I’m sure there was some sort of validation, where the attention is on me and I can make people laugh; that’s normal kid stuff,” Lake told Esquire about her entry into acting. “But then it started to gestate into something more complicated and exciting and very fulfilling.”

She’s also curiously interested in film and TV voiceovers, a subject she explored in the movie she wrote, directed, and starred in, In a World… The 2013 film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and tells the story of a female voiceover coach who aspires “to take on this world.” “I was always interested in the idea that the omniscient voice was always considered male,” Lake told NPR. “This sound that’s telling you what to buy, what to think, how to feel about what bank to have, or what kind of car, or what movie to see—so I thought it would be an interesting protagonist to have a female vocal coach.”

Lake is a longtime advocate for the ASPCA and owns two rescue dogs, Margaret and Texas.

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