But weeks later, amid a shared love of Detroit hockey, the two started to click. And the rest is history.
Bell, 39, and Shepard, 44, have been together for over a decade and wed in 2013. They share two daughters. Bell and Shepard met in 2007 at a mutual friend's small sushi birthday dinner. They both came with some baggage.
"I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship like two months prior [with ex-fiancé Kevin Mann] and in retrospect, I realized [Shepard] had just gotten out of a long relationship," Bell said on NBC's Sunday Today. "We were sitting at a table. The only thing I remember is that he talked so much. I was like, 'This guy can ta-alk!' And then I didn't know who he was...maybe one of the guys from Jackass or something."
"There were no sparks whatsoever," she later added. "None."