Caitlin FitzGerald

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Caitlin FitzGerald
Caitlin Fitzgerald at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Fitzgerald in 2014
Born (1983-08-25) August 25, 1983 (age 35)
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)2008–present

Caitlin FitzGerald (born August 25, 1983) is an American actress and filmmaker. She is best known for her role as Libby Masters in the Showtime television drama Masters of Sex and as the elusive Simone in STARZ tv series Sweetbitter.

Early life[edit]

FitzGerald was raised in Camden, Maine.[1] Her father, Des FitzGerald, is the former CEO of the ContiSea unit of the multinational corporation ContiGroup and the founder of Ducktrap River Fish Farm Inc.[2][3] Her mother, Pam Allen, is the author of Knitting for Dummies and the founder of the yarn company Quince & Co.[1][4] FitzGerald first developed an interest in acting as a child and performed in many community theatre and school productions.[5] She was a boarding student at Concord Academy in Massachusetts.[6][7] She later graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied drama at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.[5] FitzGerald also spent time studying Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[8]

Career[edit]

FitzGerald has appeared in Love Simple, It's Complicated, Gossip Girl (TV), Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress,[9] Blue Bloods (TV), and Newlyweds.[10]

Fitzgerald at PaleyFest in March 2014

In 2010, FitzGerald starred in a production of Hedda Gabler. The play was performed in a private house in New York City to an audience of just twenty-five people. FitzGerald was excited to play "the greatest part written for a woman that isn’t Shakespeare".[11] Ben Brantley of The New York Times said of her performance: "All legs, eyes and cheekbones, with a face that seems made for cinematic close-ups, she’s a hypnotic pleasure to look at." However, he felt she had insufficient gravitas, often bringing to mind "a newly transferred, intimidatingly classy high school senior, perhaps, who is so beyond being merely popular".[12]

In 2010 she also played the role of Benita in "After Hours"[13] the 10th episode of the 1st season of the CBS crime drama Blue Bloods.

In 2012, FitzGerald starred in and co-wrote the screenplay for the independent film Like the Water, set in Maine. The film focuses on the death of a childhood friend, inspired by the sudden death of FitzGerald's Riley School classmate Sabrina Seelig.[14][15] She also co-starred that year in The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, reuniting with director Ed Burns.[16] In 2013, she starred as Liv in the independent romantic comedy ensemble Mutual Friends directed by Matthew Watts.[17][18]

FitzGerald starred in the Showtime period drama Masters of Sex. Indiewire has described her character as one of the most underrated in television: "Libby Masters is a character who could easily have come across as insipid instead of likable and poignant ... FitzGerald fully conveys Libby's willowy fragility, her fairly sheltered outlook and girlishness -- she sometimes calls her husband "Daddy"—while making it clear she isn't a simple stand-in for conservative values or cluelessness ... FitzGerald makes Libby's perceptiveness and her transparency clear."[19]

In 2015, she appeared in the indie comedy Adult Beginners (previously called Brother's Keeper) from director Ross Katz as Kat, the girlfriend of Jake (Nick Kroll) who dumps him after his tech startup fails and he moves back to his family home. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale co-star.[20]

FitzGerald joined the cast of Robert Krzykowski's upcoming film The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot in June 2017, co-starring with Sam Elliott and Aidan Turner.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 A Jersey Christmas Wellesley
2009 Taking Woodstock Young woman
2009 My Last Day with You Ashley
2009 Love Simple Keith
2009 It's Complicated Lauren Adler
2011 Dirty Movie Bank teller
2011 Damsels in Distress Priss
2011 Newlyweds Katie
2012 The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Connie Fitzgerald
2012 Like the Water Charlie McRill
2013 Mutual Friends Liv
2014 Adult Beginners Kat
2015 Manhattan Romance Theresa
2016 Always Shine Beth
2016 Mercy Melissa
2016 The Show Sylvia originally titled This Is Your Death
2017 All I Wish Alison originally titled A Little Something for Your Birthday
2018 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot Maxine

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Anna / Natalie Bleers Episode: "Wildlife"
2009 Mercy Erika Episode: "Hope You're Good, Smiley Face"
2010 How to Make It in America Rachel's friend Episode: "Paper, Denim + Dollars"
2010 Blue Bloods Benita Episode: "After Hours"
2011 Gossip Girl Epperly Lawrence Recurring role; 3 episodes
2013–2016 Masters of Sex Libby Masters Main role; 46 episodes
2014 Project Runway Guest Judge Season 13, Episode 8
2016 New Girl Diane Episode: "Return to Sender"
2016 Rectify Chloe Recurring role; 7 episodes
2017 Code Black Dr. Gretchen Kerr Recurring role; 2 episodes
2018 Unreal Serena Main role
2018 Sweetbitter Simone Main role
2018 Succession Tabitha Recurring role; 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Camden Actress Comes Home to Shoot a Movie - Free Press Online". freepressonline.com. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Maine's venture capital fund hires well-known entrepreneur to mentor companies". The Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "Maine's Mentor". October, 2016.
  4. ^ "Issues". Down East. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Nojan Aminosharei. "Caitlin Fitzgerald". ELLE. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "Concord Academy: CA Alumna in Golden Globe-Nominated Film". concordacademy.org. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "Sexual Healing". Aritzia.com. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "Masters Of Sex: Caitlin FitzGerald On Libby's Marriage Struggles". Access Hollywood. November 17, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  9. ^ Craig Skinner. "Whit Stillman Interview: Damsels in Distress, British Accents and Musical Choreography". HeyUGuys. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ed Burns calls it 'liberating' to make 'Newlyweds,' a Tribeca romantic comedy filmed on $9,000 - NY Daily News". nydailynews.com. New York. January 12, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Philip Boroff (August 10, 2010). "Secret Set, Streep's Movie Kid Make 'Hedda' Hotter Than Pacino". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  12. ^ Brantley, Ben (August 29, 2010). "An Angry Hedda Gabler in an East Village Town House". The New York Times.
  13. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772455/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt
  14. ^ Hartocollis, Anemona (July 28, 2012). "The Short Life and Lonely Death of Sabrina Seelig". The New York Times.
  15. ^ "sabrina_seelig_thumbsucking_1989". sabrinaseelig.net. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  16. ^ v s (December 7, 2012). "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)". IMDb. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  17. ^ "Mutual Friends (2013)". IMDb. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  18. ^ Eric Eidelstein (June 9, 2014). "Exclusive: FilmBuff to Release 'Mutual Friends' Across Di - Indiewire". Indiewire. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  19. ^ Alison Willmore (December 6, 2013). "Critic's Picks: The 8 Most Underappreciated Supporting Ac - Indiewire". Indiewire. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  20. ^ The Deadline Team. "Colm Feore Joins 'Painkillers'; Caitlin FitzGerald Cast in 'Brother's Keeper'". Deadline. Retrieved July 12, 2015.

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