Claim:   Kristen Bell is the most tattooed actress in Hollywood, with more than 200 facial and body tattoos.


FALSE


Example:   [Collected via email, December 2014]


Is Kristen Bell really covered with over 200 tattoos from face to feet?

 

Origins:   Despite her wholesome appearance, Kristen Bell is rumored to be one of the most tattooed actresses working in Hollywood. Several photos purportedly showing the inked-up thespian have been circulating on the Internet since 2012, frequently accompanied by a quote from Bell discussing how long it supposedly takes her to get ready before a shoot:



A lot of people don’t know this about me. It’s a little secret from the Hollywood sandbox. It’s safe to say that it takes a little bit longer for me to get ready than other actors. Let’s just say that I’ve accrued a lot of ink over the years. I have 214 professional tattoos and nine I’ve done myself.



However, the photos showing Kristen Bell covered in tattoos were taken from a sketch for the Funny or Die comedy web site that was released on 6 January 2012, and while the humorous nature of the skit may seem obvious, several people have been fooled by subsequent tongue-in-cheek articles that have declared Kristen Bell to be the most tattooed actress in Hollywood. Other viewers may have been deceived after viewing one of the above-displayed photos of Kristen Bell outside of any explanatory context:



Kristen Bell has undertaken several other videos for Funny or Die, so let’s clear up a few potential misconceptions in advance: The actress has not started a fundraiser for McLovin’, she did not star in David Mamet’s non-existent “Lost Masterpieces of Pornography,” and she did not fight Sigourney Weaver on the set of You Again.

Last updated:   10 February 2015