Kristen Anne Bell (born July 18, 1980) is an American actress. She gained fame and critical praise as the title role on the critically acclaimed television series Veronica Mars from September 2004 to May 2007. During her time on Veronica Mars, Bell appeared as Mary Lane in the film Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, a reprise of the role she had played in the New York theatrical production of the musical on which the film was based. in 2007, she joined the cast of Heroes playing the character Elle Bishop, and Gossip Girl as the off-screen titular narrator. Her mother, Lorelei (née Frygier), is a registered nurse, and her father, Tom Bell, is the television news director for WOAI-TV in San Antonio. She has four step-siblings from her mother’s second marriage to John Raymond Avedian, Laura, John, Matt Avedian, and Megan.