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Elizabeth Reaser



Hailed by Interview Magazine as one of the "14 to Be" emerging creative women back in October 2004, Independent Spirit Award nominee Elizabeth Reaser has proven to be one of the most promising onscreen talents of her generation thanks to memorable roles in the independent drama Sweet Land and the hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy. The Bloomfield, MI, native worked a series of odd jobs before graduating from high school and enrolling in Oakland University -- eventually realizing that her only hope for escaping the Midwest and accomplishing her goal of becoming an actress was convincing her parents to let her study drama at Juilliard. Much to her surprise, Reaser's parents were entirely supportive of her decision, and the aspiring actress was soon enrolled in one of the most prestigious drama programs in the country. In May 1999, Reaser graduated from Juilliard with her M.F.A. and went about the formidable task of procuring an agent.



A supporting role in the long-running daytime drama Guiding Light proved just the break Reaser needed to get her foot in the door, with stage roles in a La Jolla Playhouse revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth and a New York Classic Stage Company production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (in which she appeared opposite David Strathairn and Barbara Garrick) following in quick succession. Shortly thereafter, the rising star madeher London debut as the kept girlfriend of a Lower East Side addict in a critically acclaimed production of Adam Rapp's intense play Blackbird.

Despite Reaser's notable stage presence, however, it was her roles in film and television that truly served to solidify her career as an actress. One the heels of supporting roles in such high-profile releases as Thirteen Conversations About One Thing and Stay, Reaser scaled back to surprising effect with her Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance as a lovelorn immigrant in director Ali Selim's 2005 period drama Sweet Land. Later that same year, Reaser shared the screen with Diane Keaton and Sarah Jessica Parker in The Family Stone. Back on the small screen, a recurring role as a pregnant mother suffering from amnesia following an intense ferry accident in Grey's Anatomy found Reaser anchoring one of the show's most memorable storylines.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil
  • Alice Zander
2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris
  • Dr. Edwards
2016
47% One & Two
  • Elizabeth
2015
49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • Esme Cullen
2012
70% Liberal Arts
  • Ana
2012
80% Young Adult
  • Beth Slade
2011
24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
  • Esme Cullen
2011
18% The Art of Getting By
  • Charlotte Howe
2011
49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Esme Cullen
2010
28% The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  • Esme
2009
No Score Yet Against the Current
  • Liz Clarke
2009
48% Twilight
  • Esme Cullen
2008
No Score Yet The Wedding Weekend
  • Julep
2008
No Score Yet Purple Violets
  • Bernadette
2007
51% Puccini for Beginners
  • Allegra
2007
85% Sweet Land
  • Inge Altenberg
2006
20% Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
  • Julep
2006
52% The Family Stone
  • Susannah Stone Trousdale
2005
27% Stay
  • Athena
2005
59% Mind the Gap
  • Malissa
2005
82% The Believer
  • Miriam
2002
83% Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
  • Young Woman in Class
2001

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Rebecca/Ava Rebecca Pope Ava/Rebecca Rebecca Jane Doe/Ava Ava/Jane Doe Ava Ava, aka Rebecca Pope Jane Doe
94% Easy
2016
  • Annie
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Tammy Tammy Linnata
75% True Detective
2014-2015
  • Laurie Perkins

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