Eliza Coupe

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Eliza Coupe
Eliza Coupe.jpg
Coupe at ABC's 2010 Summer Press Tour
Born Eliza Coupe
(1981-04-06) April 6, 1981 (age 33)
Plymouth, New Hampshire, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for Happy Endings
Spouse(s) Randall Whittinghill
(2007–2013)

Eliza Coupe (born April 6, 1981)[1] is an American comedic actress, most widely known for starring as Jane Kerkovich-Williams in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings and as Denise "Jo" Mahoney in the final two seasons of the medical comedy-drama Scrubs. She is currently attached to star alongside Jay Harrington in the upcoming USA Network comedy series Benched, premiering on October 28, 2014.

Early life and career[edit]

Coupe was born and raised in Plymouth, New Hampshire, to Ernie and Kate.[2] She has two brothers, Sam and Thom.[3] Coupe attended Plymouth Regional High School in her hometown and graduated in 1999. She is of French heritage.[4]

Coupe was active in her high school's award-winning theatre program. Her roles included Bonnie in Anything Goes and a Mundy sister in Dancing at Lughnasa. Coupe graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). After college, Coupe studied improvisational comedy at The Groundlings and ImprovOlympic. In 2003, Coupe toured France playing a soldier in an all-female version of King Lear. In November 2005, her one-woman sketch show The Patriots premiered at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and won her the breakout performer award at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado in March 2006.

In 2007, Coupe appeared in I Think I Love My Wife. She went on to appear in the short-lived MTV series Short Circuitz and on the eighth episode of the first season of Flight of the Conchords, entitled "Girlfriends", as well as an episode of Unhitched. She was a series regular in HBO's unaired 12 Miles of Bad Road and had a recurring role in Samantha Who?.

She had a recurring role as Dr. Denise "Jo" Mahoney in Season 8 of the TV series Scrubs and the companion web series Scrubs: Interns. She was made a regular in Scrubs' Season 9.[5]

In March 2009, Coupe was cast as Callie in the ABC pilot, No Heroics, an adaptation of the UK series of the same name. Coupe played the female lead in the independent film Shanghai Calling, filmed in Shanghai, China. Coupe also appeared in the 2011 movie What's Your Number? with Anna Faris and Chris Evans.

From April 2011 to May 2013, Coupe starred on the ABC ensemble comedy series Happy Endings alongside Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Casey Wilson. Despite critical acclaim and a cult following, the show was cancelled by ABC after concluding its third season on May 3, 2013. Since Happy Endings cancellation, Coupe played a recurring role in the third season of House of Lies and will star alongside Jay Harrington in the upcoming USA Network comedy series Benched, premiering on October 28, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Coupe has lived with dyslexia and ADHD since childhood.[6]

Coupe was married to acting teacher and puppeteer Randall Whittinghill from December 2007 to June 2013.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
2006 The Day the World Saved Shane Sawyer Allison Short film
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Lisa
2010 Somewhere Hotel Room Neighbour
2011 What's Your Number? Sheila
2012 Shanghai Calling Amanda
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Sea World Trainer
2014 The Last Time You Had Fun Ida Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz Various 1 episode
Flight of the Conchords Lisa 1 episode
2008 Unhitched Julia 2 episodes
12 Miles of Bad Road Gaylor Shakespeare 6 episodes
Samantha Who? Willow 2 episodes
2009 Royal Pains Katie 1 episode
2009–2010 Scrubs Denise Mahoney Recurring Season 8; Regular Season 9
2011 Community Special Agent Robin Vohlers 1 episode
2011–2013 Happy Endings Jane Kerkovich-Williams Series regular
2012 Happy Endings: Happy Rides Jane Kerkovich-Williams Web series
2013 The Millers Janice 2 episodes
2014 House of Lies Marissa McClintock 4 episodes
Benched Nina Series regular (Upcoming USA sitcom)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eliza Coupe's Mylife.com profile page". Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Eliza Coupe's follows her heart home". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Shannon Vestal. "Eliza Coupe Happy Endings Interview". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Questions and Answers With Eliza Coupe". NextMovie. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Scrubs Intern Made Regular". 
  6. ^ Conversations with Ross: Featuring Eliza Coupe
  7. ^ "'Happy Endings' Eliza Coupe, husband Randall Whittinghill divorcing". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 

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