Liza Lapira

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Liza Lapira
Born(1981-12-03) December 3, 1981 (age 32)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
 
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Liza Lapira
Born(1981-12-03) December 3, 1981 (age 32)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present

Liza Lapira (born December 3, 1981) is an American actress. She played Kianna in the 2008 film 21 and Special Agent Michelle Lee in NCIS.

In 2011 and 2012, she co-starred in the short-lived sitcoms Traffic Light and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.

From October 2013, Lapira co-stars in the ABC sitcom Super Fun Night alongside Rebel Wilson.[1]

Early life[edit]

Liza Lapira was born in Queens, New York. She is of Filipino,[2] Spanish, and Chinese descent.

In New York, she acted on stage and in independent films. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to work in television.[3]

Career[edit]

Stage[edit]

Lapira's New York stage credits include As You Like It, The School for Wives, The Odyssey, and Alexandra Cunningham's No. 11 Blue and White.

Film[edit]

Early film credits include director Tony Scott's Domino and independent feature The Big Bad Swim, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006. Lapira appeared in J. J. Abrams' 2008 film Cloverfield as Heather and also appeared in Table for Three and 21. In 2009, she played Agent Sophie Trinh in the film Fast & Furious opposite Paul Walker, and in 2010, she played Alva in Repo Men. She portrayed Liz, the sharp-tongued friend of Hannah (Emma Stone) in the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Television[edit]

Lapira's first major role was a series regular spot on the Showtime TV series Huff. Lapira played neuroscientist Ivy in both seasons of Joss Whedon's series Dollhouse, appearing predominantly with Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman.

Her TV credits include recurring roles in Dexter, ER, Monk, Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order: SVU, The Parkers as Shaquan, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos.

Lapira had regular roles as Agent Michelle Lee in NCIS, Lisa in Traffic Light and Robin in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.

Personal life[edit]

Lapira is a supporter of LA's BEST, an after-school enrichment program in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Autumn in New YorkCharlotte's birthday friend
2002Brown SugarHot 97 receptionist
2005DominoChinegro woman
2006Big Bad Swim, TheThe Big Bad SwimPaula
2007LA BluesSandra
2008CloverfieldHeather
200821Kianna
2009Fast & FuriousSophie Trinh
2009Table for ThreeNerissaDirect-to-video
2010Repo MenAlva
2010See You in SeptemberMonica
2010MarmadukeParty dog #1Voice
2011Crazy, Stupid, Love.Liz
2012Happiest Person in America, TheThe Happiest Person in AmericaLaraShort film; also associate producer
2014Someone Marry BarrySingle mom at wedding
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Law & Order: Special Victims UnitWaitressEpisode: "Wanderlust"
2001Law & OrderCheryl TreadwellEpisode: "A Losing Season"
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRebecca ChangEpisode: "Scourge"
2001Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max BickfordNia SheppardEpisode: "A Very Great Man"
2002Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max BickfordStudent volunteerEpisode: "Money Changes Everything"
2003Sex and the CityPamEpisode: "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little"
2004Without a TraceLaylaEpisode: "Legacy"
2004Sopranos, TheThe SopranosAmanda KimEpisode: "Sentimental Education"
2004Parkers, TheThe ParkersShaquanEpisode: "At Last"
2004–2006HuffMaggie Del RosarioMain cast; 21 episodes
2006–2008NCISMichelle Lee12 episodes
2006Grey's AnatomyNoelle LavatteEpisode: "Let the Angels Commit"
2007Law & Order: Special Victims UnitForensics technician4 episodes
2007MonkDr. SouterEpisode: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital"
2007Queens SupremeN/AEpisode: "Mad About You" (unaired)
2008ERChristine2 episodes
2008DexterYuki Amado5 episodes
2009See Kate RunEllie WongUnsold ABC pilot
2009–2010DollhouseIvy10 episodes
2011Traffic LightLisa ReillyMain cast; 13 episodes
2012PsychTinaEpisode: "Let's Doo-Wop It Again"
2012–2013Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23RobinMain cast; 13 episodes
2012Drop Dead DivaAbby HalsteadEpisode: "Winning Ugly"
2013Royal PainsErika SeeligEpisode: "HankWatch"
2013–presentSuper Fun NightHelen-AliceMain cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Super Fun Night on ABC.com". Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Torre, Nestor (May 16, 2008). "Exciting comers topbill new productions". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "TV.com Bio". Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://thesenseplays.com/cast-crew/cast/liza-lapira/[dead link]

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