Elizabeth Reaser

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Elizabeth Reaser
Elizabeth Reaser Comic-Con 2011.jpg
Reaser in July 2011
BornElizabeth Ann Reaser
(1975-06-15) June 15, 1975 (age 39)[1]
Bloomfield, Michigan, U.S.
EducationJuilliard (BFA 1999)
Years active1998–present
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Elizabeth Reaser
Elizabeth Reaser Comic-Con 2011.jpg
Reaser in July 2011
BornElizabeth Ann Reaser
(1975-06-15) June 15, 1975 (age 39)[1]
Bloomfield, Michigan, U.S.
EducationJuilliard (BFA 1999)
Years active1998–present

Elizabeth Ann Reaser (born June 15, 1975)[1] is an American film, television, and stage actress. Her work includes the films Stay, The Family Stone, Sweet Land, Against the Current, The Twilight Saga, Young Adult, and the TV series Saved, Grey's Anatomy, The Ex-List, The Good Wife, and True Detective.

Early life and education[edit]

Reaser was born in Bloomfield, Michigan, an affluent Detroit suburb, the daughter of Karen Davidson (née Weidman) and John Reaser.[2] Elizabeth was the middle of three sisters.[2] In 1995, her mother Karen married billionaire businessman William Davidson (Karen converted to Judaism after marrying Davidson, but Elizabeth did not).[2][3][4]

Reaser attended the Avondale High School in Auburn Hills.[5] After high school, she attended Oakland University for one year,[6] then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1995-1999, Group 28)[7] where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1999.[1][6]


Reaser prepared for her role on Saved by spending time in an emergency room, observing the behavior of medical staff.[8][8] In October 2004, Interview magazine hailed her as one of the "14 To Be" emerging creative women.[9] Her work in the film Sweet Land earned the "Jury Award" at the Newport Beach Film Festival and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award "Best Female Lead" award.[10] Reaser earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring guest appearance throughout 2007 and 2008 on the television series Grey's Anatomy.[10]

Reaser played the role of Esme Cullen in the movie Twilight,[11] The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in 2010.[12] She reprised the role in parts one and two of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.[13]

Reaser appeared on the CBS' legal drama, The Good Wife in October 2010.[14]



2001Believer, TheThe BelieverMiriam
2001Thirteen Conversations About One ThingYoung Woman in Class
2002Emmett's MarkAlison Holmes
2004Mind the GapMalissa Zubach
2005Sweet LandYoung Inge
2005Family Stone, TheThe Family StoneSusannah Stone Trousdale
2006Shut Up and SingJulep
2006Puccini for BeginnersAllegra
2007Purple VioletsBernadette
2008TwilightEsme Cullen
2009Against the CurrentLiz Clark
2009Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New MoonEsme Cullen
2010Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: EclipseEsme Cullen
2011Art of Getting By, TheThe Art of Getting ByCharlotte Howe
2011Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1Esme Cullen
2011Young AdultBeth Slade
2012Liberal ArtsAna
2012Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2Esme Cullen
2013Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and AlivePJ Lane


1998Sports Theater with Shaquille O'NealMollyEpisode: "Scrubs"
2000Sopranos, TheThe SopranosStaceEpisode: "D-Girl"
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentSerena WhitfieldEpisode: "The Insider"
2004HackElaine JonesEpisode: "Extreme Commerce"
2004Jury, TheThe JuryRachel ByrnesEpisode: "Pilot"
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentJillian SlaughterEpisode: "Proud Flesh"
2006SavedAlice Alden, M.D.Main role (13 episodes)
2006StandoffAnya ReedEpisode: "Heroine"
2007–2008Grey's AnatomyAva / Rebecca PopeRecurring role (18 episodes)
2008Wainy DaysAnnieEpisode: "The Waindow"
2008Ex List, TheThe Ex ListBella BloomMain role (13 episodes)
2010–2012Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeTammy LinnataRecurring role (7 episodes)
2013Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and AlivePJ LaneMiniseries
2014True DetectiveLaurie PerkinsTelevision series


1999Sweet Bird of YouthHeavenlyLa Jolla Playhouse
2000Hologram Theory, TheThe Hologram TheoryMimiBlue Lights Theatre Company
2001BlackbirdFroggyBush Theatre
2001CloserAlicePortland Center Stage
2002Stone Cold Dead SeriousShaylee Ledbetter / ShariceAmerican Repertory Theater
2003Winter's Tale, TheThe Winter's TalePerditaClassic Stage Company
2005Top GirlsPatient Griselda / Nell / JeanineWilliamstown Theatre Festival
2012How I Learned to DriveLi'l BitSecond Stage Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
2006Newport Beach Film FestivalJury Award–Best Actress (Feature Film)Sweet LandWon
2007Independent Spirit AwardBest female LeadSweet LandNominated
2007Primetime EmmyOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey’s AnatomyNominated
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGrey’s AnatomyNominated
2009Prism AwardBest Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode StorylineGrey’s AnatomyNominated


  1. ^ a b c "Elizabeth Reaser". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c The Jewish News: "Bill’s Dreams Live On" October 11, 2012
  3. ^ Davidson's Wife to Succeed Him As Owner of the Pistons Yahoo Sports, March 14, 2009
  4. ^ InterFaithFamily: "Twilight" By Nate Bloom December 8, 2009
  5. ^ "Slow climb for actress Elizabeth Reaser is more than ‘Getting By’". The Oakland Press. June 26, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Nassour, Ellis. "Elizabeth Reaser - Actress on the rise". Lifestyles Magazine. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. February 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. 
  8. ^ a b Martindale, David (2003-07-15). "No Real-Life MD for Elizabeth Reaser". Tnt.tv. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  9. ^ "Elizabeth Reaser- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Awards for Elizabeth Reaser". Imdb.com. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  11. ^ Larry Carroll (2008-02-19). "'Twilight' Film's First Family Revealed: Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser Lead Cullen Clan". MTV. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  12. ^ Another New The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Still - The Cullen Men
  13. ^ "Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, and Billy Burke Sign on to BREAKING DAWN; Plus Three New TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE Posters". Collider. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  14. ^ "Exclusive: Elizabeth Reaser, Lili Taylor Join The Good Wife". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 

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