Erica Leerhsen

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Erica Leerhsen
Leerhsen at the 2005 screening of Little Athens
Born Erica Lei Leerhsen
(1976-02-14) February 14, 1976 (age 38)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
  • Antony Galvan (m. 2007–08)
  • David Wilson (m. 2012)

Erica Lei Leerhsen (born February 14, 1976) is an American actress. She is best known for her lead roles in the horror films Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End. She is also known for her acting on television series, such as her lead role in The Guardian and several guest appearances, including The Sopranos, Alias, and others.

Early life and education[edit]

Leerhsen was born in New York City, and raised in Ossining, Westchester County, New York, along with her two younger sisters, Debbie and Nora, by their father Charles Leerhsen, a longtime editor of celebrity publication Us Weekly. She attended St. Augustine's School and Ossining High School and graduated from Boston University College of Fine Arts in 1998. She earned BFA in acting the same year.[1]


Career progression, 2000–2002[edit]

Leerhsen made her film debut in the short film Junior Creative (2000), as Sarah. The film received several good reviews. She appeared in the horror sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, though she originally auditioned for the part that eventually went to Kim Director. The film was panned by film critics, but it debuted at number 2 with $13,000,000 in the United States, and finished with $26,421,314[2] Overall, internationally the film made $47,737,094.[3][4] She was also voted #96 in 2001's Maxim Hot 100.[5]

In 2001, Leerhsen appeared in an episode of the third season of The Sopranos, where she played a lesbian tennis instructor who falls for Drea de Matteo's character. That same year, She was part of cast of the well-acclaimed TV show The Guardian, she played as Amanda Bowles, an ambitious but caring associate, who leaves mid-way through season one. She played a supporting role in Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending.[1] The film received mixed response by critics and at the box office making $14,569,744 at the end of its theatrical run.[6] It was screened out of competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.[7]

Worldwide success, 2003–2007[edit]

Leerhsen at the 2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre premiere.

Leerhsen starred alongside Jessica Biel in the horror remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in which Leerhsen had a lead role as one of the doomed teens. The film received mixed reviews and was a box office success, scoring the number-one spot in its opening week and going on to earn more than $80 million in the U.S.[8] She was a guest star in two episodes of the TV show Alias. She appeared in Woody Allen's romantic comedy film Anything Else, opposite Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci, Stockard Channing, Danny DeVito, Jimmy Fallon, KaDee Strickland, and Allen. The film was the opening–night selection at the 60th annual Venice International Film Festival.

Leerhsen starred in the 2004 independent thriller The Warrior Class, where she played Anson Mount's love interest. The film got released on DVD on February 6, 2007. Leerhsen starred opposite Michael Peña in the independent comedy drama film Little Athens. The film was released at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, and on DVD on November 21, 2006. She had a guest appearance in the TV show Ghost Whisperer, and appeared as the character Bronwin in the romantic comedy film Mozart and the Whale, which was released in limited theaters on April 14, 2006.[9] That same year, Leerhsen guest appeared as Brenda Sanders in the CBS series CSI: Miami episode "The Score".

She starred in Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, the 2007 sequel to the 2003 horror film Wrong Turn. The film was directed by Joe Lynch and co-starring Henry Rollins and Texas Battle. It got released on DVD on October 9, 2007, in the United States, was commercially successful and received a positive response from critics.[10]

Recent work, 2008–present[edit]

She also had the lead role in the horror/thriller film Living Hell, where she played Carrie Freeborn, a hazmat specialist.[11] The film, written and directed by Richard Jefferies premiered on the SCI FI Channel on February 23, 2008, and was released on DVD under the title Organizm on June 10 in the United States.[12]

Leerhsen starred in the 2009 independent horror film Lonely Joe. The film's premise followed a reporter from New York City, Michele, who returns to her hometown to investigate and find out what happened, related with the mysterious murder of her brother. As she discovers bodies dating back more than fifty years, she begins to feel as if she is part of the story she is investigating. Filming began on October 15, 2007 and wrapped on November 6, 2007.[13][14]

Leerhsen also stars in The Message, a supernatural thriller film about a young woman who is forced to come to terms with her personality flaws. She is visited by a group of angels who try to guide her on a path away from her darker side. In 2010, she landed a role in the horror film The Butterfly Room, which is an Italian/American production, produced by Ethan Wiley for Wiseacre Films and directed by Jonathan Zarantonello.[15]

She is set to star in the 2014 Woody Allen film Magic in the Moonlight, which is set to star Leerhsen, Emma Stone, Jacki Weaver, Colin Firth, and Marcia Gay Harden.

Personal life[edit]

Leerhsen currently lives in Los Angeles. She married professional cyclist Antony Galvan in February 2007, but the couple divorced in 2008.

On June 29, 2012, she married David Wilson in California. She enjoys yoga, running, and playing basketball.


Year title Role Notes
2000 Junior Creative Sarah Short film
2000 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 Erica Geerson
2002 Hollywood Ending Actress
2003 Anything Else Connie
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Pepper Harrington
2005 Little Athens Heather
2006 Mozart and the Whale Bronwin
2007 Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Nina Papas
2007 The Warrior Class Annie Sullivan
2009 Lonely Joe Michele Connelly
2010 First Dates Clara
2012 The Butterfly Room Claudia
2012 The Message Anna
2012 Phobia Dr. Lesley Parker
2013 Mischief Night Kim
2014 Magic in the Moonlight Filming
Year title Role Notes
2001–2002 The Guardian Amanda Bowles 22 episodes
2001 The Sopranos Birgit Olafsdottir Episode "Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood"
2003 Alias Kaya Episode "Conscious"
2005 Ghost Whisperer Hope Paulson Episode "Hope and Mercy"
2006 CSI: Miami Brenda Sanders Episode "The Score"
2008 Living Hell Carrie Freeborn TV movie
2011 The Good Wife Dana Briglio Episode "Getting Off"
2012 Person of Interest Amy Episode "Critical"


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