Lizzy Caplan

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Lizzy Caplan
Caplan smiling
Caplan at San Diego Comic-Con International on July 14, 2012
Born Elizabeth Anne Caplan
(1982-06-30) June 30, 1982 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Elizabeth Anne "Lizzy" Caplan (born June 30, 1982) is an American actress. In film, she is best known for her roles as Janis Ian in Mean Girls (2004), Marlena Diamond in Cloverfield (2008), April in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), and Gena in Bachelorette (2012). On television, her most notable roles include Marjee Sorelli in Related (2005–2006), Kat Warbler in The Class (2006–2007), Amy Burley in True Blood (2008), Casey Klein in Party Down (2009–2010), and Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex (2013–present).

Personal life[edit]

Caplan was born and raised in Los Angeles in a Reform Jewish family.[1][2] Her mother died when she was thirteen.[3][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 was in a relationship with actor Matthew Perry from 2006[7][8][9] to 2012.[10] She is godmother to Birdie Leigh Silverstein, the daughter of actress Busy Philipps and screenwriter Marc Silverstein.[11]


Caplan began her television acting career in 1999 playing the minor role of Sara, a girlfriend of Jason Segel's character on the critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks.[12] Caplan had a series of guest appearances on numerous shows. She also 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 as Sarah, the ex-girlfriend of Mischa Barton's character, Katie Singer.

She gained wider notice in the 2004 movie Mean Girls, playing the alternative-styled Janis Ian, named for singer-songwriter Janis Ian. In 2003, she starred in the television series The Pitts, playing Faith Pitt. In the second season of Tru Calling she played Tru Davies' friend Avery Bishop.

In 2005 Caplan landed a starring role, playing troubled sister Marjee Sorelli in Related, a one-hour comedy-drama on The WB that was canceled after one season. The next year she starred as Sara Weller in Wesley Strick's thriller, Love is the Drug and was named one of “10 Actors to Watch” by Variety.[13] After Related ended, Caplan was cast in the CBS sitcom The Class, which premiered on September 18, 2006, and lasted one season. She played Kat Warbler, one of several elementary-school friends that reunite after 20 years.[13]

In 2008 Caplan played Marlena Diamond in the film Cloverfield and was nominated for a Saturn award as Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared in the romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl as Ami, the roommate of Kate Hudson's character Alexis. In 2008, she guest-starred on the vampire-themed HBO show True Blood in a multiple-episode story arc as Amy Burley, the drug-addled girlfriend of Sookie Stackhouse's brother Jason. She is the voice of Faith Pitt in the animated version of The Pitts, which appeared in 2009.

Caplan also appeared in the critically acclaimed Starz ensemble comedy Party Down, playing a struggling comedienne who is part of a catering crew. In 2010, she appeared in 127 Hours, a film directed by Danny Boyle. Based on a true story, Caplan played Sonja Ralston, the sister of hiker Aron Ralston (James Franco), who was forced to amputate his own arm after being trapped by a boulder.[14]

In early 2012, Caplan premiered two films at the Sundance Film Festival: Save the Date and Bachelorette. Also in 2012, Caplan has appeared in several episodes of the Fox sitcom New Girl as Julia. In March 2012, she filmed a television pilot for Showtime's Masters of Sex, playing 1960s human sexuality pioneer Virginia Johnson opposite Michael Sheen's portrayal of Dr. William Masters. The pilot was directed by John Madden.[15] The first season of 'Masters of Sex' aired to critical acclaim and strong ratings. Apart from acting as Virginia E. Masters, Caplan also provided her own vocals for a cover version of the song 'You Don't Know Me' in the episode titled "Phallic Victories".[16]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Orange County Party girl
2002 Everybody's Doing It Angela Television film
2003 Hardcore Action News Lizzy Lyons Short film
2004 Mean Girls Janis Ian
2006 Love Is the Drug Sara Weller
2007 Crashing Jacqueline
2008 Cloverfield Marlena Diamond
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Ami
2009 Crossing Over Marla
2010 Successful Alcoholics Lindsay Short film
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine April Drennan
2010 Last Rites of Ransom Pride, TheThe Last Rites of Ransom Pride Juliette Flowers
2010 127 Hours Sonja Ralston
2011 High Road Sheila
2012 Save the Date Sarah
2012 Bachelorette Gena
2012 3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom Lassie
2012 Queens of Country Jolene Gillis
2012 Item 47 Claire Direct-to-video short film
2014 Interview, TheThe Interview Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Sara 4 episodes
2000 From Where I Sit Lily Unsold CBS pilot
2001 Close to Home Leigh Unsold Fox pilot
2001 Undeclared Beautiful girl Episode: "Prototype"
2001, 2003 Smallville Tina Greer 2 episodes
2001 Once and Again Sarah Episode: "Tough Love"
2003 Pitts, TheThe Pitts Faith Pitt Main cast
2005 Tru Calling Avery Bishop 4 episodes
2005–2006 Related Marjee Sorelli Main cast
2006–2009 American Dad! Debbie Voice only; 4 episodes
2006–2007 Class, TheThe Class Kat Warbler Main cast
2008 True Blood Amy Burley 6 episodes
2008 Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of Tim N/A Voice only; episode: "Insurmountable High Score/Tim vs. the Baby"
2009–2010 Party Down Casey Klein Main cast - 20 Episodes
2010 Childrens Hospital Harmony Episode: "Show Me on Montana"
2011 Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show Patty Donner Voice only; episode: "The Essence of Cleveland"
2011 Mr. Sunshine Vivian Cornelli Episode: "Ben and Vivian"
2011 Childrens Hospital Casey Klein Episode: "Party Down"
2012 New Girl Julia 4 episodes
2013 Newsreaders Anya Turpo Episode: "Hedge Fun"
2013–present Masters of Sex Virginia Johnson Main cast - 12 Episodes
2013 League, TheThe League Rebecca Ruxin 2 episodes
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Wainy Days Arielle Episode: "Kelly and Arielle – Part 2"


  1. ^ Miller, Gerri (2005). "Mean girl no more". American Jewish Life Magazine. Retrieved December 13, 2006. 
  2. ^ Huver, Scott (2012-09-25). "Lizzy Caplan Tackles "Masters of Sex" and the Marvel Universe". NBC New York. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  3. ^ Lizzy Caplan on Her New Show, Masters of Sex - Vulture
  4. ^ Lizzy Caplan - Guest DJ Project on KCRW
  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. ^ "Matthew Perry's Student Body Hookup". 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  8. ^ Fisher, Kelly (September 10, 2011). "Matthew Perry And Lizzy Caplan: Another Hollywood Odd Couple? (PHOTO)". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 08:28 AM ET (2011-07-28). "Update: Actress Busy Philipps expecting first child, a girl – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies -". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  12. ^ Rohan, Virginia (July 3, 2000). "Like its title, 'Freaks and Geeks' just not accepted". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Saval, Malina. "Lizzy Caplan: The _Heeb_ Interview". Heeb. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  14. ^ Indrisek, Scott (April 27, 2010). "Lizzy Caplan on ‘Party Down’ and Her ‘True Blood’ Nude Scenes". BlackBook Magazine. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "UPDATE: Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan To Star In Showtime Pilot 'Masters Of Sex'". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  16. ^ Retrieved 2014-01-31.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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