CONAN: First of all, this movie, you wrote this movie.
LAKE BELL: I did.
CONAN: You win this very prestigious award for it.
It's kind of a cool idea.
It's a little bit based on the life of a real person.
Don LaFontaine, who was the iconic guy who did all the voice-over movies for trailers.
He was the one that actually came up with -- "in a world."
LAKE BELL: That's very good.
He actually -- he was a writer.
He just wrote copy for movie trailers.
And then threw himself in there when he came up with "in a world."
He got in the booth and then all of a sudden the world changed, the universe was opened up to the voice of God.
CONAN: It worked for him.
He sort of dominated that industry.
And you've sort of created -- this is about -- this movie is really about voice-over, people that are trying to be in that world.
Some who are very successful and some who are trying to get into it.
LAKE BELL: I've always been obsessed with voice-over.
I went to drama school in England, where radio plays are still relevant.
I had this demo.
I came to L.A. thinking I was going to be one of the great voice-over writers.
I don't want to be a waitress.
I'm going to go straight to the big time income the voice-over wormed.
I got in there and it was like, what, am I crazy?
This is someone else's industry.
You can't roll in and conquer it.
There's a clique, there's a hierarchy, a whole set of cacophonous characters, so I became a waitress.
CONAN: You're passionate about voice work, it's something you've always been interested in, and you have a bone to pick with the way women speak today, or some women.
LAKE BELL: Some women, not everyone.
I don't want to get on my soapbox here, but I'm going to get on my soapbox.
There is a pandemic rampant in this country and it's the girls who talk like that and adopt that.
CONAN: You mean grown women who talk like that.
LAKE BELL: Grown women.
They have fallen prey to something, and it's two things, right?
It's pitch, right?
So it's talking really high, and then it's also the affectation, which is --
CONAN: Like Bill Hader's wife.
That's not how she talks, but -- and you see a lot of that happening, right?
It's a big thing in reality television.
LAKE BELL: See, I think that's the culprit.
I think it sort of started there.
I don't want to name names, but it sort of started somewhere and then blossomed and now is festering.
It's festering through this great nation, and it could be our demise.
CONAN: What a lovely thought.