Attended Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. Had immersed herself in the theatre program and began auditioning for film jobs in her sophomore year.
After playing Mary Lane in the stage musical "Reefer Madness", 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 Bell and Jody Bell. They were both born in Canada.
Her father has German, as well as English, Irish and Scottish ancestry. Her maternal grandparents, Bernard Frygier and Anne Agnes Pruchnicki, were both from Polish immigrant families.
Has three dogs: a rescued Labrador called Sadie, a Corgi/Chow mix called Lola, and a Corgi/Chihuahua called Mr. Shakes.
Plays a 17-year-old on Veronica Mars (2004) but is seven 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 Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2005 list.
Has played two different characters named "Gracie": in Gracie's Choice (2004) and in Fifty Pills (2006).
Is a huge fan of America's Funniest Home Videos (1989) and Extreme Makeover (2008).
She worked at TCBY in Royal Oak, Michigan while a high school senior (1997-1998).
Resided 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 (2004).
Was voted PETA's "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" for 2006.
Attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Named #1 on Maxim magazine's 2006 list of "Fall TV's Criminally Sexy Investigators".
Roots passionately for the Detroit Red Wings.
Was named by Jane magazine in the United States 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 that 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 magazine's Most Beautiful People of 2007 on the Beauty at every age page. She was the beauty at age 26.
Named #24 on Stuff magazine's 100 Sexiest Women of 2007 list.
Named #46 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2007 list.
Was voted peta2's "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" for 2007.
Named #11 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2006 list.
In 1998, the year of her high school graduation, she appeared in Polish Wedding (1998), a movie that was being filmed locally. While none of the film's famous lead actors (Claire Danes, Gabriel Byrne, Lena Olin) are of Polish origin, Kristen is of half-Polish descent.
Named the yearbook's "Best Looking Girl" by senior class vote.
Was the Maxim magazine cover feature for March 2006.
Broke both her wrists at once playing hockey when she was age 12.
Resided with producer Kevin Mann for a number of years.
Has a black Labrador, who is 11 years old and rescued from Hurricane Katrina (2008).
Aspires to be a stand-up comedian.
Has dessert after every meal, even breakfast.
When she was 3 years old, she announced to her parents that she was changing her name to "Smurfette".
Helped deliver two babies while doing volunteer work in Brazil.
Is a huge fan of Amy Poehler and Cher. They appeared together in Burlesque (2010).
Has a "lazy eye" (her right eye) which she demonstrated on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005).
Ranked #24 on the 2008 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
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).
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.
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.
Became a vegan after seeing the documentary Forks Over Knives (2011).
Gave birth to her first child at age 32, a daughter Lincoln Bell Shepard on March 28, 2013. Child's father is her fiancé (now husband), Dax Shepard. "Lincoln" is included as a "Production Baby" in the Frozen (2013) ending credits.
Was 6 months pregnant while filming the second season of House of Lies (2012)'s and had a body double for a great deal of the scenes that showed her belly.
(October 17, 2013) Married her boyfriend of 6 years and father of her 6-month-old daughter Lincoln, Dax Shepard, following a 3-year-long engagement.
Gave birth to her second child at age 34, a daughter Delta Bell Shepard on December 19, 2014. Child's father is her husband, Dax Shepard.
Gave birth to her daughter Lincoln with the use of the epidural after 15 hours of labor, but gave birth to her daughter Delta via Caesarean section after 33 hours of labor.
Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Delta to begin filming The Boss (2016).
When asked by Empire magazine if she considers herself a gamer, she replied: "You know, I used to be so much. When systems first came out I was all over regular Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega, N64. My N64 was the only thing I couldn't live without in college." She cited her favorite N64 games as GoldenEye 007 (1997) and Mario Kart 64 (1996). [May 2014]
Played a character named Sarah Marshall and looks much like the English actress named Sarah Marshall.
Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Lincoln to begin filming Veronica Mars (2014).
In May 2016, she revealed her struggles with mental illness and promoted mental health awareness. She has anxiety, depression and ADHD. She has been taking medication for her ADHD ever since she was a kid.
Shops almost exclusively with coupons, "Bed, Bath & Beyond" being one of her favorite destinations.
Met her husband, Dax Shepard, at the birthday party of a mutual friend.
As shown on Ellen DeGeneres's show, Kristen is completely obsessed with sloths.
First person ever to host the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards (21 January 2018 / Los Angeles).
Friends with Maya Rudolph.
In September 2018 Bell confirmed on Instagram that the series, Veronica Mars (2004), was being revived. An entire season of eight episodes will air in 2019. The season will centre on a serial killer who is threatening Neptune's tourism industry by targeting spring breakers.
Nominated for the 2019 Golden Globe Award in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy category for her role as Eleanor Shellstrop in The Good Place (2016), but lost to Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017).