Attended Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. Had immersed herself in the theater program and began auditioning for film jobs in her sophomore year.
After playing Mary Lane in the “Reefer Madness” stage musical, 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 and Jody. They were both born in Canada.
Is of Irish and Polish descent.
Has two dogs: Lola and Mr. Shakes.
Plays a 17-year-old on “Veronica Mars” (2004) but is 7 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 Kingston Monroe attended.
Her parents Tom Bell, a television news director, and Lorelei Bell, a registered nurse, divorced when she was two.

Named #68 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2005” list.
Has now played two different characters named “Gracie” – in Fifty Pills (2006) and in Gracie’s Choice (2004) (TV).
Is a vegetarian.
Is a big fan of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1989) and “Extreme Makeover” (2008).
She worked at a TCBY in Royal Oak in 1997-1998 while a Senior in High School.
Lived in Huntington Woods, Michigan with other performers such as Ellen Sandweiss, Jessy Hodges, Kingston Monroe and Julie Schamanski.
Her favorite episode of “Veronica Mars” (2004) (as of 2006) is “Veronica Mars: The Wrath of Con (#1.4)” (2004).
Was voted PETA’s “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” for 2006.
BFA in Drama – New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2002).
Named #1 on Maxim’s 2006 list of “Fall TV’s Criminally Sexy Investigators”.
Roots passionately for the Detroit Red Wings.
Was named by Jane magazine in the U.S.A. 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 it 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’s Magazine “Most Beautiful 2007” on the Beauty at every age page. She was the beauty at age 26.
Named #24 on the Stuff Magazine “100 Sexiest Women 2007” list.
Named #46 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 women of 2007” list.
Was voted peta2’s “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” for 2007.
Was named #11 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 women of 2006” list.
In 1998, the year of her graduation, she appeared in Polish Wedding (1998), a movie that was being filmed locally.
Named the yearbook’s “Best Looking Girl” by senior class vote.
Was the Maxim cover feature for March 2006.
Broke both her wrists playing hockey.
Lived 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 comic.
Has dessert after every meal, even breakfast.
When she was 3 years old, announced to her parents that she was changing her name to “Smurfette”.
Helped deliver two babies while doing volunteer work in Brazil.
Is a fan of Amy Poehler and Cher. They appeared together in Burlesque (2010/I).
Has a “lazy eye” (her right eye) which she demonstrated on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (2005).
Was #24 on FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008” list.
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).
Loves to cook. Reads food magazines.
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.
She has 3 dogs – a rescue Labrador called Sadie, a Corgi/Chow mix called Lola, and a Corgi/Chihuahua mix called Mr.Shakes.
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).
In a relationship with Dax Shepard since 2007. They have been engaged since 2010. They have a daughter together.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 32, a daughter Lincoln Bell Shepard on March 28, 2013. Child’s father is her fiancé, Dax Shepard.