Bella Shepard: The 411


You know Bella Shepard as Alice Hargrave on A Girl Named Jo, but as of February 25th she’ll step into the ring as Jackie Mendoza on our newest show, On The Ropes. We sat down with her to get the 411, here’s what we learned:

What was your favorite On The Ropes scene to shoot and why?

My favorite scene to shoot was the scene where Raquenel, who plays my mom, is in the hospital. She has been a working actress for years and it was great to work with someone who has so much experience.

What do you love about being on set?

I love everything about being on set. It's my job and I'm lucky to love what I do.

What do you hate about being on set?

The thing I enjoy the least is how repetitive it is. When it's a great scene it's not so bad, but what people don't know is that even a scene that has one or two lines can take an hour or longer to film sometimes.

Who is a figure from history that you admire/look up to?

I would have to say Michelle Obama because she's is genuine and strong and always takes the high road. I also love Jane Fonda because she has the career I aspire to have. She's faced adversty and hardship yet always rises above. She is also goals for aging gracefully!

You get to play two characters on different Brat shows. If you could be another character on a Brat show who would it be and why?

I like my characters, so I wouldn't switch. But, I would like to see Nadia Turner play Alice for a day to see if the fans notice. She plays Jenna on Total Eclipse and the fans always say we look alike. I've never met her, so I don't know if we do, but it would be funny to see if they notice.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I don't put time limits on anything in my life. I will say I hope to be on the rise in my career and be an award winning actress by 27. But I won't be done…27 to 107, I want to keep excelling. 

What is your very favorite thing to do when you’re not on set or working?

I like being creative in general so I work on music, draw etc. I also like nourishing my mind so I read a lot.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Los Angeles. It has everything I need. But, I plan on having vacation homes all over the world.

What’s your current favorite T.V. show?

I mostly watch reruns of Gossip Girl and That 70s Show.

If you could be someone else for a day who would it be and why?

Oprah! I'd love to be in her mind for a day so I could apply her mentality and knowledge to my life now. She is the epitome of success.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

My mom. Facts.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Honestly, I prefer birthday cake to ice cream!

What’s your favorite ride at Disneyland?

The cars ride in Cars Land.

Before we wrap up, can you tell us one last fun fact?

I eat my cereal with a fork!

Watch Bella every Tuesday at 3PM on A Girl Named Jo, and don’t forget to tune in February 25th at 3PM for the premier of On The Ropes!

411Zara Lisbon