Lizzy Caplan

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Lizzy Caplan
Lizzy Caplan at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Caplan at PaleyFest 2014 for Masters of Sex
Born Elizabeth Anne Caplan
(1982-06-30) June 30, 1982 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–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), Bachelorette (2012) and The Interview (2014). 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 Los Angeles, California. Her family were Reform Jews.[1][2] Her father was a lawyer and her mother was a political aide.[3] Her mother died when she was 13 years old.[4][5] Her uncle is publicist Howard Bragman.[6] Caplan attended Alexander Hamilton High School,[7] and was a student at the school's Academy of Music. She first focused on playing the piano, then later decided to pursue drama.[8] She graduated in 2000.


Caplan began her acting career in 1999, playing a minor role on the critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks.[9] 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.[10] 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] 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".[13] 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.[14] She played Agent Lacey in the 2014 film The Interview.

Personal life[edit]

Caplan dated actor Matthew Perry from 2006 to 2012.[15][16][17][18] She is the godmother of the daughter of actress Busy Philipps and screenwriter Marc Silverstein.[19]



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 Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Ami
2009 Crossing Over Marla
2010 Successful Alcoholics Lindsay Short film
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine April Drennan Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
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 Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 Claire Short film
2014 Interview, TheThe Interview Agent Lacey
2015 Untitled Christmas Eve project Diana Filming
2016 Now You See Me: The Second Act Lula Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Sara 4 episodes
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 7 episodes
2005 Tru Calling Avery Bishop 4 episodes
2005–2006 Related Marjee Sorelli 18 episodes
2006–2009 American Dad! Debbie 4 episodes
2006–2007 Class, TheThe Class Kat Warbler 19 episodes
2008 True Blood Amy Burley 6 episodes
2008 Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of Tim N/A Episode: "Insurmountable High Score/Tim vs. the Baby"
2009–2010 Party Down Casey Klein 20 episodes
2010 Childrens Hospital Harmony Episode: "Show Me on Montana"
2011 Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show Patty Donner Episode: "The Essence of Cleveland"
2011 Mr. Sunshine Vivian Cornelli Episode: "Ben and Vivian"
2011 Childrens Hospital Casey Klein Episode: "Party Down"
2011 Wainy Days Arielle Episode: "Kelly and Arielle – Part 2"
2012 New Girl Julia 4 episodes
2013 Newsreaders Anya Turpo Episode: "Hedge Fun"
2013–present Masters of Sex Virginia Johnson 24 episodes
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 (2014–15)
2013–2014 League, TheThe League Rebecca Ruxin 3 episodes


  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. 
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  4. ^ Lizzy Caplan on Her New Show, Masters of Sex - Vulture
  5. ^ Lizzy Caplan - Guest DJ Project on KCRW
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  7. ^ "Lizzy Caplan  — Bios  — The Class on CBS". May 23, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Brink, Rob (February 2008). "Hey, You're Cool! Lizzy Caplan". Mass Appeal Magazine. p. 48. 
  9. ^ Rohan, Virginia (July 3, 2000). "Like its title, 'Freaks and Geeks' just not accepted". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Saval, Malina. "Lizzy Caplan: The _Heeb_ Interview". Heeb. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  11. ^ Indrisek, Scott (April 27, 2010). "Lizzy Caplan on ‘Party Down’ and Her ‘True Blood’ Nude Scenes". BlackBook Magazine. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "UPDATE: Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan To Star In Showtime Pilot 'Masters Of Sex'". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  13. ^ "Phallic Victories". Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  14. ^ "66th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  15. ^ "Matthew Perry's Student Body Hookup". 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  16. ^ Fisher, Kelly (September 10, 2011). "Matthew Perry And Lizzy Caplan: Another Hollywood Odd Couple? (PHOTO)". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  17. ^ 12:04 AM, March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13). "Matthew Perry and Lizzie Caplan catch the closing night of "Assistance"". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ "Update: Actress Busy Philipps expecting first child, a girl – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies -". 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 

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