Elizabeth Reaser was born on June 15, 1975 in Bloomfield, Michigan, and wanted to be an actor from childhood. As the middle child in a trio of sisters, she grew up in rural Milford, Michigan. Her mother (a homemaker), and her father (an attorney turned restaurateur turned substitute teacher) are divorced. Through high school, she worked several odd jobs, including being a caddy at a country club.
Elizabeth began college at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, but, after one year, yearned to leave the mid-west and expand her horizons. She applied (with her parent's blessing) to the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and was accepted. At Juilliard, she was awarded a Bachelor's of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in 1999.
She struggled at first, but soon found adequate representation, and a part on the daytime drama series, "Guiding Light" (1952). Since then, she has become an accomplished film, television, and stage actor, landing numerous supporting and leading roles.
In October 2004, Interview magazine hailed her as one of the "14 To Be" emerging creative women.
Is listed as a vegetarian by PETA.
Once appeared in a play in London for only two audience members.
In preparation for her role on the television drama "Saved" (2006), she hung out in an emergency room, researching the behavior of medical staff.
Her stepfather was Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson. Upon his death, her mother took ownership of the team.
I feel so blessed that I've been able to achieve what I have without a lot of pain and struggle. There are so many actors out there who are immensely talented and some I know are pretty close to starving.
When you know the audiences not only like what you're doing, but that they're also responding, it's as good as it can get for an actor.
I always wanted to be an actor, ever since I can remember. I grew up subjecting my family to really bad shows in the living room. It's what I love to do.
Within any drama in anyone's life, there's always a way to find the humor in it. Without humor no one cares about whatever drama is going on.
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