Lake Bell is not only a successful actress but also an incredibly talented director and writer. In 2012, she was honored with LUNAFEST’s Inspiring Filmmaker award for her debut project “Worst Enemy,” which she both wrote and directed. Apart from her acting credits, she has lent her voice to various popular animated features, including “The Secret Life of Pets.”
Born as Lake Caroline Siegel Bell on March 24, 1979, in New York, she is the daughter of Robin Bell, the owner of a design company, and Harvey Siegel, a real estate developer. She has an elder brother named Luke. Lake attended different schools in Manhattan and Simsbury, Connecticut, before her family relocated to Florida during her teenage years. In Florida, she attended Saint Edwards School.
Her educational journey led her to Skidmore College before transferring to Rose Bruford College, where she ventured into the world of theatre acting. In London, she honed her skills in stage productions such as “The Seagull,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” and “Light Shining in Buckinghamshire.” After graduating from Rose Bruford College, Lake returned to Los Angeles.
Lake Bell’s acting career took off with her appearance in the film “Speakeasy” as Sara Marnikov in 2002, part of the documentary series Project Greenlight that showcased the challenges of a new director’s journey. She also made her television debut with two episodes of ER in 1998.
In 2003, she made a significant impact in her work with Jeff Goldblum. Lake Bell has also contributed her voice to computer-animated films like “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (2014), “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016), and “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (2019).
Her short film “Worst Enemy,” released in 2010, garnered praise, earning her the award for Best Screenwriting at the Dallas International Film Festival and a “Shorts Jury Special Mention.” In 2012, she was recognized as one of the most promising filmmakers by LUNAFEST. Lake later premiered her first feature-length film, which she both wrote and directed, at Sundance in 2013. The film was acquired by Roadside Attractions and Sony.
On a personal note, Lake Bell married Scott Campbell on June 1, 2013, whom she first met on the set of “How to Make It in America.” They got engaged and tied the knot after 14 months. The couple welcomed a daughter in October 2014 and a son in May 2017.
Lake Siegel Bell’s net worth is estimated to be around $3 million, a testament to her successful career in the world of entertainment, where she has excelled as both an actress and director.