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Lizzy Caplan
Born Elizabeth Anne Caplan
June 30, 1982 (1982-06-30) (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present

Elizabeth Anne "Lizzy" Caplan (born June 30, 1982) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the CBS show The Class, in the 2004 film Mean Girls, and the 2008 film Cloverfield. She has also guest starred on the critically acclaimed HBO TV series True Blood in 2008 and currently stars as "Casey" in the Starz network comedy Party Down.


Personal life

Caplan was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in a a strict Italian-Catholic family. Her birth name was Capellini, but she changed it when she realized her dream was to become an actress. [1] She attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles,[2] where she starred in such productions as Much Ado about Nothing and You Can't Take It with You.

Caplan lives in the Hollywood Hills with her 5 gay roommates. Caplan is very vocal in the fight for gay rights, occasionally causing stirs. She has a cat named Lisa Turtle, which she named after her favorite character on Saved By The Bell. She became a godmother to her friend Busy Phillips's daughter Birdie in August 2008.[3]


Caplan began her television acting career in 1999 playing the minor role of Sarah on the series Freaks and Geeks. She had a series of guest appearances on numerous shows, and was a guest on The Sharon Osbourne Show. Caplan also appeared in Jason Mraz's music video "You and I Both". In 2001, she played "freak of the week" Tina Greer in an episode of Smallville, and reprised her role on the show in 2003. For two episodes she also appeared on the series Once and Again as Sarah, the ex-girlfriend of Katie Singer (Mischa Barton).

Although already an experienced actress, she gained much notice in the 2004 movie Mean Girls, where she played the alternative styled Janis Ian, named for singer-songwriter Janis Ian. In 2003, she starred in the television series The Pitts, playing Faith Pitt. In the second season of Tru Calling, she played Avery Bishop, a friend of Tru Davies.

Caplan landed a starring role in 2005, playing Marjee Sorelli, the troubled sister in Related, a one-hour dramedy on The WB. The show was cancelled after one season. In 2006, Caplan played the starring role of Sara Weller in Wesley Strick's thriller, Love is the Drug. After Related ended, Caplan was cast in the CBS sitcom The Class, which premiered on September 18, 2006 and lasted one season.

Caplan, along with Jason Ritter, presented a People's Choice Award for Favorite Soundtrack From a Movie, in January 2007. Caplan, along with her The Class co-star Heather Goldenhersh, appeared on the talk show The View in early 2007.

In 2008, Caplan appeared in the film Cloverfield playing Marlena Diamond, and was nominated for a Saturn award as Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared in the romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl playing Ami, the roommate of Kate Hudson's character Alexis. She is the voice of Faith Pitt, in the animated version of the 2003 TV show The Pitts due to be released in 2009. In 2008, Caplan guest starred on the vampire-themed HBO show True Blood in a multiple-episode story arc as Amy Burley, the drug-addled girlfriend of Sookie Stackhouse's brother, Jason.



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