"I completely bombed the audition. I was insecure, stopping and starting. I went to the bathroom and cried." Lake Bell (on her experience auditioning for “Boston Legal” (2004)
First playing a regular as the know-how, no-nonsense Victoria, opposite Alicia Silverstone, on NBC's seven-episode sitcom "Miss Match" (2003), Lake Bell gathered more fans as Sally Heep (2004-2006), the inexperienced, free-spirited, sassy lawyer on ABC's acclaimed legal drama "Boston Legal." TV audiences also remembered her as marine biologist Dr. Laura Daughtery on the NBC popular sci-fi aquatic adventure series “Surface” (2005-2006).
On the big screen, the 5' 8'' tall, raven-haired beauty from New York could be seen in Slammed (2001), Speakeasy (2002) and I Love Your Work (2003). She will star in the upcoming films Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders, Pride and Glory, Still Waters, and How I Met My Boyfriend's Dead Fiancée.
Childhood and Family:
In New York City, New York, Lake Bell was born on March 24, 1979, to Robin Bell and Harvey Siegel. Daughter of a mother who was involved in animal rescue, Lake spent her childhood with four Dachshunds: Schnitzel, Thumper, Tip and Ginger. As a teen, she lived in Vero Beach, Florida, where she played beach volley ball. Her older brother, Luke Siegel, runs his own sliding wall and door company called Raydoor in New York City. In 2005, Lake and Luke were featured together in InStyle magazine. Lake also has two half-sisters named Courtney and Mackenzie.
Lake attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and later transferred to the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, England, where she graduated in 2002. An animal-rights activist, Lake currently lives in Los Angeles with her Blue-Nosed Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Margaret. When she is not working, Lake enjoys writing, painting and studying foreign languages and dialects. She also loves to travel around the world.
During her studies at Rose Bruford College in London, where she was trained in stage combat using swords, daggers and rapiers, Lake Bell performed in a number of theatrical productions, including "The Seagull" and "The Pentecost." One year after graduation, she flew to Los Angeles, California, and immediately landed her feature debut in director Brian Thomas Jones' little-known comedy Slammed (2001; starring Zachery Ty Bryan, Fabiana Udenio and Sasha Mitchell).
Lake followed it up with a role in the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck-produced film Speakeasy (2002; starring David Strathairn, Stacy Edwards and Nicky Katt), a gentle drama written and directed by Brendan Murphy. That same year, she also appeared in two November episodes of NBC’s popular medical drama “ER.”
Next, Lake co-starred as the know-how, no-nonsense Victoria, opposite Alicia Silverstone and Ryan O'Neal, on NBC's seven-episode drama/comedy "Miss Match" (2003), based on the real-life story of lawyer and high-end matchmaker Samantha Daniels. Also in that year, Lake appeared as a cameo in Adam Goldberg's psychological drama I Love Your Work, starring Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente and Christina Ricci, and picked up the lead in NBC's television movie War Stories, opposite Jeff Goldblum.
The subsequent year, Lake made recurring guest appearances as Sally Heep in the final four episodes of ABC’s Emmy-winning, long-running legal drama “The Practice.” When the show ended and morphed into “Boston Legal” in 2004, Lake continued to portray the role of the inexperienced, free-spirited and sassy lawyer. Her character was axed after the first season, but later returned in the third season in the episodes "Whose God Is It Anyway" and "The Verdict."
Meanwhile, from 2005 to 2006, Lake starred as marine biologist Dr. Laura Daughtery on the NBC popular sci-fi aquatic adventure series “Surface.” Unfortunately, after airing its full first season, NBC cancelled the show despite average ratings.
As for her big screen projects, Lake has completed Chris Fisher's horror/thriller film based on the events surrounding serial killers Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders, and Gavin O’ Connor's gangster drama Pride and Glory, starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Nick Nolte. She will soon wrap up writer-director Carolyn Miller's thriller Carolyn Miller (alongside Jason Clarke and Clifton Collins Jr.) and Jeff Lowell's sci-fi romantic comedy How I Met My Boyfriend's Dead Fiancée (opposite Paul Rudd, Eva Longoria and Jason Biggs).
"You have to keep hobbies in L.A. Otherwise, it's sad." Lake Bell