In 2002, Bell moved to la and started appearing on TV. Movie characters shortly followed. In 2004, Bell got her breakout role, the name character on the TV series Veronica Mars. This led to more parts in movies, including the success comedies Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Couples Retreat and Get Him to the Greek.
By age 13, Bell had procured an agent and started playing in advertisements, appearing in TV areas for OfficeMax and United Way.
Off Broadway, Bell took the lead character of Mary Lane in a version of the infamous 1930s movie Reefer Madness called Reefer Madness: The Musical. Bell’s movie debut came in 1998 in an uncredited place in the indie film Polish Wedding, that was filmed in Detroit.
Shortly after, Bell moved to la and promptly got a guest character on the hard hitting offense show The Shield as the girlfriend of a gang member. With Bell’s career beginning to truly roll, Bell shortly appeared on NBC’s American Dreams as well as the WB Network’s Everwood and in TV movies. In 2004, Bell was in David Mamet’s Spartan and had a recurring character on HBO’s extremely popular play Deadwood. However, for another motive, 2004 could be the year that might alter Bell’s life: She got the lead character on the brand new TV show Veronica Mars, which will run for 64 episodes and bring a rabid cult following.
Within the duration of the show’s four seasons, Bell was nominated for many awards and took home the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television in 2006. The success of Veronica Mars led Bell to movie parts, as well as a year to the show she reprised her character in Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical in a Showtime version, following that with characters in little movies including Deepwater (2005), Fifty Pills (2006) and Pulse (2006). (To boot, in 2006 PETA named Bell the World’s Sexiest Vegetarian and Maxim added her to a plethora of “hottest” lists as well.)
Bell also started a romantic relationship with fellow actor Dax Shepard in 2007. The pair declared in 2012 that films were anticipating a kid together. The coupled welcomed daughter, Lincoln Bell Shepard, in March 2013 and wed in October of the exact same year. In December 2014, the coupled welcomed another daughter, Delta Bell Shepard.
Set on carrying it out all, in 2008 Bell hit movie theaters with her first leading box office success: the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where she played the title role (a role she reprised in a 2010 sequel of forms, Get Him to the Greek). Bell followed Sarah Marshall with Fan Boys (2009), a modest, well-received comedy, and Couples Retreat (2009), another comedy, this one co starring Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Kristin Davis.
Since 2010, Bell has appeared in over a dozen movies and on several TV shows, and has added her voice to the Assassin’s Creed game titles. She’s also the female lead on the Showtime series House of Lies, which started its run in January 2012.