Caplan was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in a Reform Jewish family. Caplan attended Alexander Hamilton High School, a public high school on Los Angeles's Westside. Caplan was a student at the school's prestigious Academy of Music, a performing arts program, and decided to pursue drama after she lost interest in playing the piano. She starred in productions of Much Ado About Nothing and You Can't Take It with You. Caplan graduated in 2000.
Caplan began her television acting career in 1999 playing the minor role of Sara on the critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks, most memorably as a disco dancer in the episode "Discos and Dragons". Caplan had a series of guest appearances on numerous shows, and was a guest on The Sharon Osbourne Show. She 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. She appeared in two episodes of the ABC series Once and Again as Sarah, the ex-girlfriend of Mischa Barton's character, Katie Singer.
Although already an experienced actress, she gained notice in the 2004 movie Mean Girls, where she played the alternative-styled Janis Ian, named for the singer-songwriter. 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 canceled after one season. In 2006, Caplan played the starring role of Sara Weller in Wesley Strick's thriller, Love is the Drug. She was named one of “10 Actors to Watch” that year by Daily Variety. After Related ended, Caplan was cast in the CBS sitcom The Class, which premiered on September 18, 2006, and lasted one season. She played Kat Warbler, one of several elementary-school friends that reunite after 20 years.
Caplan, along with Jason Ritter, presented a People's Choice Award for Favorite Soundtrack From a Movie in January 2007. She appeared with her The Class co-star Heather Goldenhersh 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 Pitts, 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.
Caplan also appeared in the recently cancelled, yet critically acclaimed Starz ensemble comedy Party Down, playing a struggling comedienne who is part of a catering crew. In 2010, she appeared in 127 Hours, a film directed by Danny Boyle. Based on a true story, Caplan played the sister of hiker Aron Ralston, played by James Franco, who was forced to amputate his own arm after being trapped by a boulder.
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.
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.
(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.
Hands down, the Streep, obviously. - When asked who she wants to work with.
(October 2007) Filming the romantic comedy, My Best Friend's Girl (2008).
|You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.|
|With our Resume service you can add photos and build a complete resume to help you achieve the best possible presentation on the IMDb.|
Click here to add your resume and/or your photos to IMDb.