Name: Lake Bell
Bio: Lake Bell is an actress, writer, and director originally from New York. She got her start (at least I first saw her) as the sidekick in a couple of romantic comedies. Recently she’s appeared in some goofy adult shows, Children’s Hospital and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. She’s also done serious work such as this year’s No Escape. In 2013 she wrote, directed, and starred in In A World…
Why I have a crush on her:
I had seen Lake Bell in various roles here and there. She was one of those actresses who I would recognize but I couldn’t tell you her name or what I had seen her in before. That was until I saw In A World…
In A World… is a brilliant movie that Bell wrote, directed, and starred in. I won’t spoil the movie for you, but it centers around a group of voice actors who are all vying for the same part. Voiceover work is something I’ve always been interested in, so I geeked out over that, but more importantly this movie tackles issues of how women’s literal voices are used to drown out their figurative voices.
Lake Bell created an amazing movie that has quickly become one of my favorites. She handles issues of feminism and empowerment without being preachy. And the relationships that are portrayed are so real and raw that it sometimes feels uncomfortable (especially with Demetri Martin) but that’s part of its charm. If you get a chance to see In A World… I highly recommend that you do. And hopefully Lake Bell will continue making quirky, charming, female driven movies!