Lizzy Caplan

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Lizzy Caplan
Lizzy Caplan at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Caplan at PaleyFest 2014 for Masters of Sex
BornElizabeth Anne Caplan
(1982-06-30) June 30, 1982 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1999–present
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Lizzy Caplan
Lizzy Caplan at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Caplan at PaleyFest 2014 for Masters of Sex
BornElizabeth Anne Caplan
(1982-06-30) June 30, 1982 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1999–present

Elizabeth Anne "Lizzy" Caplan (born June 30, 1982) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in films such as Mean Girls (2004), Cloverfield (2008), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), The Interview (2014), and Bachelorette (2012). Her most notable television roles include Marjee Sorelli in Related, Kat Warbler in The Class, Amy Burley in True Blood, Casey Klein in Party Down, and Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex.

Early life[edit]

Caplan was born and raised in an immigrant family in Los Angeles, California. Her father was a lawyer and her mother was a political aide.[1] Her mother died when she was 13 years old.[2][3] Her uncle is publicist Howard Bragman.[4] Caplan attended Alexander Hamilton High School,[5] and was a student at the school's Academy of Music. She first focused on playing the piano, then later decided to pursue drama.[6] She graduated in 2000.


Caplan began her acting career in 1999, playing a minor role on the critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks.[7] She then had a series of guest appearances on numerous shows, and appeared in Jason Mraz's music video "You and I Both". In 2001, she played 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. In 2003, she starred in the television series The Pitts, playing Faith Pitt. She gained wider notice for playing Janis Ian in the 2004 film Mean Girls. She played Avery Bishop in the second season of Tru Calling.

In 2005, Caplan played troubled sister Marjee Sorelli in Related, a one-hour comedy-drama on The WB that was canceled after one season. In 2006, she starred as Sara Weller in the thriller film Love is the Drug and was named one of "10 Actors to Watch" by Variety.[8] After Related ended, Caplan was cast in the CBS sitcom The Class, which premiered in September 2006 and lasted for one season. She played Kat Warbler, one of several elementary school friends that reunite after 20 years.[8]

In 2008, Caplan played Marlena Diamond in the film Cloverfield and was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared as Ami in the romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl. Later that year, she guest starred as Amy Burley on the HBO vampire show True Blood. She is the voice of Faith Pitt in the animated version of The Pitts, which premiered in 2009. She also appeared in the critically acclaimed Starz ensemble comedy Party Down, playing a struggling comedian who is part of a catering crew. In 2010, she appeared in 127 Hours.[9]

In early 2012, Caplan premiered two films at the Sundance Film Festival: Save the Date and Bachelorette. Also in 2012, she has appeared as Julia in several episodes of the Fox sitcom New Girl. In 2013, she began playing 1960s human sexuality pioneer Virginia Johnson on the Showtime series Masters of Sex.[10] The first season aired to critical acclaim and strong ratings. Caplan also provided her own vocals for a cover version of the song "You Don't Know Me" in the Masters of Sex episode "Phallic Victories".[11] Her performance on the show has been well reviewed, and on July 10, 2014, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Caplan dated actor Matthew Perry from 2006 to 2012.[13][14][15][16] She is the godmother of the daughter of actress Busy Philipps and screenwriter Marc Silverstein.[17]



2002Orange CountyParty girl
2002Everybody's Doing ItAngelaTelevision film
2003Hardcore Action NewsLizzy LyonsShort film
2004Mean GirlsJanis Ian
2006Love Is the DrugSara Weller
2008CloverfieldMarlena Diamond
2008My Best Friend's GirlAmi
2009Crossing OverMarla
2010Successful AlcoholicsLindsayShort film
2010Hot Tub Time MachineApril Drennan
2010Last Rites of Ransom Pride, TheThe Last Rites of Ransom PrideJuliette Flowers
2010127 HoursSonja Ralston
2011High RoadSheila
2012Save the DateSarah
20123,2,1... Frankie Go BoomLassie
2012Queens of CountryJolene Gillis
2012Marvel One-Shot: Item 47ClaireShort film
2014Interview, TheThe InterviewAgent Lacey
2015Untitled Christmas Eve projectDianaFilming
2016Now You See Me: The Second ActLulaFilming


1999–2000Freaks and GeeksSara4 episodes
2001UndeclaredBeautiful girlEpisode: "Prototype"
2001, 2003SmallvilleTina Greer2 episodes
2001Once and AgainSarahEpisode: "Tough Love"
2003Pitts, TheThe PittsFaith PittMain cast; 7 episodes
2005Tru CallingAvery Bishop4 episodes
2005–06RelatedMarjee SorelliMain cast; 18 episodes
2006–09American Dad!DebbieVoice; 4 episodes
2006–07Class, TheThe ClassKat WarblerMain cast; 19 episodes
2008True BloodAmy Burley6 episodes
2008Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of TimN/AVoice; episode: "Insurmountable High Score/Tim vs. the Baby"
2009–10Party DownCasey KleinMain cast; 20 episodes
2010Childrens HospitalHarmonyEpisode: "Show Me on Montana"
2011Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland ShowPatty DonnerVoice; episode: "The Essence of Cleveland"
2011Mr. SunshineVivian CornelliEpisode: "Ben and Vivian"
2011Childrens HospitalCasey KleinEpisode: "Party Down"
2012New GirlJulia4 episodes
2013NewsreadersAnya TurpoEpisode: "Hedge Fun"
2013–presentMasters of SexVirginia JohnsonMain cast
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
2013–14League, TheThe LeagueRebecca Ruxin3 episodes


2011Wainy DaysArielleEpisode: "Kelly and Arielle – Part 2"


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  2. ^ Lizzy Caplan on Her New Show, Masters of Sex - Vulture
  3. ^ Lizzy Caplan - Guest DJ Project on KCRW
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  5. ^ "Lizzy Caplan  — Bios  — The Class on CBS". May 23, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Brink, Rob (February 2008). "Hey, You're Cool! Lizzy Caplan". Mass Appeal Magazine. p. 48. 
  7. ^ Rohan, Virginia (July 3, 2000). "Like its title, 'Freaks and Geeks' just not accepted". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Saval, Malina. "Lizzy Caplan: The _Heeb_ Interview". Heeb. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ Indrisek, Scott (April 27, 2010). "Lizzy Caplan on ‘Party Down’ and Her ‘True Blood’ Nude Scenes". BlackBook Magazine. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "UPDATE: Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan To Star In Showtime Pilot 'Masters Of Sex'". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  11. ^ Retrieved 2014-01-31.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Retrieved 2014-07-10.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Matthew Perry's Student Body Hookup". 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  14. ^ Fisher, Kelly (September 10, 2011). "Matthew Perry And Lizzy Caplan: Another Hollywood Odd Couple? (PHOTO)". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  15. ^ Posted: 12:04 AM, March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13). "Matthew Perry and Lizzie Caplan catch the closing night of "Assistance"". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  16. ^ Takeda, Allison (October 18, 2013). "Matthew Perry, Lizzy Caplan Quietly Split, "Haven't Been Together for a Long Time"". Us Weekly. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ 08:28 AM ET (2011-07-28). "Update: Actress Busy Philipps expecting first child, a girl – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies -". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 

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