1. In 2001, she made her Broadway debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
2. She gained critical acclaim playing the title character in the television series Veronica Mars from September 2004 to May 2007.
3. She reprised the eponymous role in the 2014 film continuation of the series.
4. Since 2012, Bell has starred as Jeannie van der Hooven in the Showtime series House of Lies.
5. During her time on Veronica Mars, Bell appeared as Mary Lane in the 2005 film Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, a reprise of the role she had played in the New York theatrical production of the musical upon which the film was based.
6. She also portrayed the lead role in the 2006 horror film Pulse.
7. In 2007, Bell joined the cast of the sci-fi television series Heroes, playing the character Elle Bishop, and the drama series Gossip Girl, as the off-screen titular narrator.
8. In 2008, she played Sarah Marshall in the comedy film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which garnered her further recognition.
9. She has since appeared in a number of comedy films, such as Couples Retreat .
10. Bell was born and raised in Huntington Woods, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.
11. Bell is of Polish and Scottish descent. Bell has strabismus, which affects her right eye.
12. She inherited it from her mother, who had it corrected as a child.
13. Bell claims that if she does not get enough sleep, it aggravates the ailment.
14. Bell stated that she did not like her first name at the age of four.
15. Shortly after her high school graduation, Bell moved to New York City to attend the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, to take a role in the Broadway musical version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
16. In 1992, Bell went to her first audition and won a dual role as a banana and a tree Her 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.
17. She also began private acting lessons. In 1998, she appeared with an uncredited role in the locally filmed film Polish Wedding.
18. In 2001, Bell left New York University to play a role as Becky Thatcher in the short-lived Broadway musical of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.