Liza Lapira

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Liza Lapira
Born(1981-12-03) December 3, 1981 (age 33)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Years active1999–present
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Liza Lapira
Born(1981-12-03) December 3, 1981 (age 33)
Queens, New York, U.S.
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 the CBS police procedural series NCIS. Lapira has also co-starred in the short-lived sitcoms Traffic Light, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and Super Fun Night.

Early life[edit]

Liza Lapira was born in Queens, New York. She is of Filipino,[1] 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.[2]



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.


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.


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.[3]


2000Autumn in New YorkCharlotte's birthday friend
2002Brown SugarHot 97 receptionist
2005DominoChinegro woman
2006Big Bad Swim, TheThe Big Bad SwimPaula
2007LA BluesSandra
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
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
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"
2013–2014Super Fun NightHelen-AliceMain cast; 17 episodes
2014Blue BloodsSkye BishopEpisode: "Insult to Injury"
2014PowerGrace PakEpisode: "Who You With?"


  1. ^ Torre, Nestor (May 16, 2008). "Exciting comers topbill new productions". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ " Bio". Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  3. ^[dead link]

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