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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 June 1982Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameElizabeth Anne Caplan
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actress Elizabeth Anne "Lizzy" Caplan was born in Los Angeles, California, to Barbara (Bragman), a political aide, and Richard Caplan, a lawyer. She has two older siblings, Julie and Benjamin, and was raised in a Jewish household. Her mother was a cousin of publicist Howard Bragman. Caplan was educated at Alexander Hamilton High School, where she showed an interest in acting and was cast in school plays.

After graduating, Caplan made her onscreen debut in the TV movie From Where I Sit (2000). Other roles followed in TV shows such as Freaks and Geeks (1999), Smallville (2001) and The Pitts (2003). Caplan made her big screen debut with a small role in Orange County (2002) and went on to play Janis Ian in the hit Mean Girls (2004). Further successes include Cloverfield (2008), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and 127 Hours (2010).

More recently, Caplan has played Virginia Johnson in the television series Masters of Sex (2013), for which she received an Emmy nomination. Her 2010s film work includes co-starring in The Interview (2014), opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Night Before (2015), and alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, and Daniel Radcliffe in Now You See Me 2 (2016).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (17)

She graduated from the prestigious Hamilton Academy of Music in Los Angeles, California, Class of 2000. Her classmates included actor Emile Hirsch.
Has an older sister named Julie.
Has an older brother named Ben.
Named one of Variety's Top 10 Actors to Watch 2006.
Grew up in a Reform Jewish family. Her ancestors were from Latvia, Austria, Lithuania, and Russia.
Lives in the Hollywood Hills.
Loves the show Saved by the Bell (1989).
Has a cat named Lisa Turtle.
Godmother of Busy Philipps's daughter Birdie Silverstein.
Played Ami in the romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl (2008). [October 2007]
Was in a relationship with Matthew Perry from 2006-2012.
In 2003 she named her (male) cat Colbert, after Stephen Colbert, who at that time was a correspondent on The Daily Show (1996). As of May 2016, that cat was still alive.
She is the godmother of the daughter of actress Busy Philipps and screenwriter Marc Silverstein.
Her mother died of illness when she was 13 years old.
Her uncle is publicist Howard Bragman.
She was on her school's soccer team.
She began dating actor Tom Riley in 2015. They got engaged in May 2016.

Personal Quotes (53)

(About the role of Marjee Sorelli on WB's Related (2005)) She's just fun. I almost never get to play the one who has the good clothes and lots of boyfriends and is crazy and wild.
(About the different characters that she has played and how they are like her actual self) I try to bring elements of my own personality to every character I've played, but I think I'm pretty similar to the character I'm playing now (on the series The Class (2006)). The biggest departure would have to have been Freaks and Geeks (1999) Sara, who was this sort of subordinate and shy girl.
[when asked who she wants to work with] Hands down, the Streep, obviously.
I think being mean to people in high school is healthy. It's sort of like you're in this situation with all these other kids and sometimes you need to get your aggression out. And if you'd had people be mean to you before, it really does build character.
Don't peak in high school.
You'd be surprised. Girls like sensitive, namby-pamby guys.
Everybody hangs out with everybody, which is very strange for a cast this large and this young. We're all cool and down to earth and not caught up in this maniacal business at all... . Everybody really, really likes everybody else.
When you're shooting a network television show it inevitably starts airing a few episodes in, and depending on the ratings and the response from the public, you find yourself tweaking your performance or the scripts go in a different direction.
There's only so many times you can read how ugly you are and how much people hate you.
I try to bring elements of my own personality to every character I've played, but I think I'm pretty similar to the character I'm playing now. The biggest departure would have to have been Freaks and Geeks Sara, who was this sort of subordinate and shy girl.
I think it's necessary to identify with anything - with any character you play, there's got to be something in common, so you can link up to that person, even if it's like one tiny thing. But it's equally fun to play somebody completely different, and trying to find what that thing is to make it.
It's weird, It's really weird to be called a breakout star. And some people are referring to my show as the new Friends (1994), which I can't really even wrap my head around.
I had a bat mitzvah, was confirmed, went to Jewish summer camp, I go to temple for the High Holy Days. I think, like most people in their early 20s, I kind of strayed away from it. I think once I have a family I'll be back into it.
Save the Date (2012) feels like a quiet story about two sisters and the men in their lives, kind of reminiscent of the quieter rom-coms of the 1990s; it's very character-driven and not as wedding-focused.
There's definitely a luxury to the fluidity of not being a mega-star. I've done a ton of really, really odd, off-the-wall movies. There's this movie I did called Queens of Country (2012) a couple of summers ago that is so bananas, and if I was at a certain level, I probably would not have done that movie.
I really unfortunately don't have tons of hilarious Sundance stories, because really I am not the biggest fan of hanging out, but the reason why is because I never go see other people's movies and I think that's the way to do it.
Had Bridesmaids (2011) not ended up being so amazing and successful, we would never have been able to make Bachelorette (2012). So we are in awe of Bridesmaids (2011) and totally owe them so much.
For the past few years, I've been more selective than I have any right to be, but I think that's finally starting to work in my favor. I think I get way too much credit for making what people consider to be smart choices, but it's only because I made a decision to stop worrying about making money.
I'm really awkward when people recognize me. I'm not good at it, and for the most part it hadn't happened to me until True Blood (2008), and then, all of a sudden, it started happening all the time.
I never get recognized for Mean Girls (2004) I can be walking around with Daniel Franzese, who's in the movie and a friend of mine, and people will come up to him and start freaking out and have no idea who I am.
I don't think you should be allowed to eat in a restaurant if you haven't waited tables at least once. It's so irritating when I see people being rude to waiters, like, it makes me want to slit their throats! Like, really? You're really this inconsiderate?
'Party Down' is the most fun I've ever had working in my life. We shoot 10-episode seasons and we shoot it in 10 weeks, so it's very brief: 4-day episode shoots. You never get sick of anybody, and it never feels like a drag. It's way, way, way too short.
I'm still waiting to hit it big. But there was the moment when I didn't have to work at the restaurant anymore, which is the milestone for every actor. When your job is just to be an actor and not to have to do anything else.
It's scary to sign a six-year contract for something that you don't necessarily know about. And yet I did that most every year. I've done a lot of failed pilots.
I think there's something very lovely and hilarious about exploring the particular neuroses of the female mind. It's just not the same thing with men. I mean, there are exceptions, but for the most part, women beat themselves up in their heads more. They overanalyze stuff far more than men do.
Comedy is not something that a person can fake or learn how to do.
I do think, oddly, that a comedic actor has a better chance of pulling off a dramatic role than a great dramatic actor has of being able to pull off a highly comedic role.
I really fancied myself a comedic actress.
On Masters of Sex (2013) especially in the pilot, everybody was showing up word-perfect, and you're expected to show up word-perfect.
I really like doing television shows, and I anticipated doing a comedy, because that's the place I feel the most comfortable - those are the risks I want to take.
I'm choosy to a fault. You want to hold out for a project that means something. You're the one who's there working fifteen hours a day, and if you don't believe in it, it can feel a whole lot longer.
As an actress - and as an actor, too, but it's worse for actresses - you constantly get picked apart for how you look.
I've loved being the sarcastic chick, but I didn't want to be her forever.
The family you were raised in, the time period you were born in, and the part of the country you're in absolutely shape your view on sex, which shapes a huge part of anybody's personality.
I was a Russian dancer in my elementary school production of 'Fiddler on the Roof' when I was in third grade or fourth grade. I was one of the younger kids accepted into the play, and the plays were pretty impressive, let me say.
When I was younger, I actually wanted to be a CIA agent. Really. I even did the online questionnaire.
There are some of us who are just born with a more adventurous spirit than others.
My first acting role as a kid was on Freaks and Geeks (1999).
I find that break-ups are so much easier when you can hate the person.
I find that working with friends is always the goal, even if it's just one person. Because the comedy community is kind of insular, it's easy to run into people you've worked with, even if you worked with someone on something for a day, or whatever.
Everyone who made Save the Date (2012) like the writers and the director, they're all happily married and not anti-marriage at all, so that was kind of interesting to me.
I try to find some similarities between myself and the characters, even if it's the tiniest thing.
I have no drawing talent whatsoever. I cannot do it.
I did the whole non-dairy thing for a year.
I had to do a lot of dancing in Queens of Country (2012).
I think I get way too much credit for making what people consider to be smart choices, but it's only because I made a decision to stop worrying about making money. I had done network sitcoms. I had a nest egg.
In the early days, I just got lucky. I would audition for everything and just happen to land in something pretty respectable, like Freaks and Geeks (1999) my first job, which was a complete fluke.
I have a special ability to spot TV shows that don't go past two seasons; that's my gift.
I saw Clueless (1995) five times in the theatre when I was growing up.
I find reality television to be so delectable.
I think, as an actress, people get on your case if you do the same thing over and over again. But if you get too far away from that, people don't like that, either.
None of my friends are in the entertainment industry.
Whenever you're starting a new show, you have these awkward first lunches and meetings that are sort of mandatory, and everybody shows up, but nobody knows each other.

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