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Two thousand eleven has been a helluva year for Lake Bell. The buxom brunette stole No Strings Attached from Natalie Portman; saw the third season of her hilarious medical comedy, Childrens Hospital, premiere on Adult Swim; and received glowing reviews for Worst Enemy, her first short film as a writer and director. This fall Lake will be even more ubiquitous. Her raunchy comedy with Jason Sudeikis, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, which she describes as a “cross between The Big Chill and Porky’s,” hits theaters this month. And the Big Apple–based HBO series How to Make It in America returns for season two. If that’s not enough, she’s now putting together her first feature film. “I’m not going to say who’s in it yet, but it’s ridiculous, like, the comedy elite,” she says. “Let’s just say I made some phone calls.”

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Judging from these photos, it doesn’t look like you’re scared to show some skin, but filming Orgy must have been kind of awkward.
It was so embarrassing. We filmed the orgy scene at the end of the shoot, so by that point we were all, like, best buddies. Then all of a sudden we have to be in pasties and nude cock socks. I would be lying if I said there wasn’t any alcohol involved.

VIDEO: Lake Bell's "Year of Nudity"

You’ve kind of got that ’90s supermodel thing going in this shoot.
I’ve never done Maxim before, so I wanted to create this fantasy, sort of Cindy Crawford thing, really powerful and sexy.

VIDEO: Lake Bell's "Year of Nudity"

It worked! You star on both How to Make It in America and Childrens Hospital. How’d that happen?
I did What Happens in Vegas with Rob Corddry, and he was putting together a bunch of people to do Childrens Hospital as a Web series. It was really just like hanging out with your friends; I don’t even think I got paid for the first one! So it’s amazing to see how popular it’s gotten. I love it so much. It’s almost like a test to see if I’m going to like someone or not. If they like it, we’re good.

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What about How to Make It?
Well, being from New York, it’s a dream to do a show here. And the city injects energy into every scene. This season is really sexy and really funny.

VIDEO: Lake Bell's "Year of Nudity"

You got a lot of great reviews for your short film Worst Enemy. Was that an ambition of yours?
I’m actually working on a feature film now, which I’m also directing. It’s called In a World, and it’s about the world of voice-over artists.
When I first came to Hollywood, I was sure I was going to be one of the world’s greatest voice-over artists. I was really good at accents and was in all sorts of competitions, so I figured I’d come out here and make a ton of money. I didn’t realize how cutthroat it was.

VIDEO: Lake Bell's "Year of Nudity"

You were in It’s Complicated with Meryl Streep, the queen of accents. Did you challenge her to an accent-off?
I mean, I nearly had a heart attack when I stepped on set with her. But, no, I did not challenge Meryl fucking Streep! I’m not an asshole!

VIDEO: Lake Bell's "Year of Nudity"

In Orgy a bunch of friends decide the ultimate party would be to all have sex with each other. What would your ultimate party be?
I would make Guns n’ Roses get together for a reunion show in my backyard. I mean... where’s Axl? Is he, like, gardening somewhere? I miss him so much.

VIDEO: Lake Bell's "Year of Nudity"

So you’re a Gn’R fan? You’re not going to believe this, but we have an excerpt from Duff McKagan’s memoir in this issue.
Shut up! Oh, my God, you have no idea. For my 30th birthday I had a Guns n’ Roses–themed party. I dressed up like Steph­anie Seymour in the “November Rain” video, with the short wedding dress and the garter belt. It was fucking awesome.

VIDEO: Lake Bell's "Year of Nudity"

STATUS UPDATE

From:
New York, NY

Birthday: March 24

Last Meal? “Anything with butter.”

Worst Phobia? “Not being able to find butter for my last meal.”

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Favorite Lake? “One of the Land O’Lakes? (Butter.)”

Favorite Bell: Big ben, the Liberty Bell, or Taco bell? “I don’t know. None of those ring true to me.”

VIDEO: Lake Bell's "Year of Nudity"

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