Charis Michelsen

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Charis Michelsen
Born Charis Elisa Michelsen
(1974-12-30) December 30, 1974 (age 42)
Boring, Oregon, U.S.
Alma mater Parsons School of Design
Occupation Actress, model, makeup artist
Years active 1996 - present
Spouse(s) Josh Evans (m. 2003–10)

Charis Elisa Michelsen /ʃærʌs/ (born December 30, 1974)[1] is an American actress, a former model and a make-up artist. Michelsen worked as a model in New York City in her early adulthood before beginning a career as an actress. She appeared in the supporting parts in the films High Art (1998), Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead (1999), and Wonder Boys (2000).

Life and career[edit]

Charis (pronounced Chær-us) Michelsen was raised in Boring, Oregon. After high school, she moved to New York City to study art at Parsons School of Design, where a photographer for Harper’s Bazaar discovered her for modeling. While attending a rock concert, Michelsen was discovered by Liv Tyler's mother Bebe Buell, who became her career manager.

Michelsen played the role of "Debby" in the 1998, award-winning film High Art, and soon after appeared in Martin Scorsese's film Bringing Out the Dead. Michelsen then went to work on the films Wonder Boys and Orphan.[2] She eventually relocated to Los Angeles.

In 1997, Michelsen was the voice for the co-starring role of "Keri Boyer" in I Married A Strange Person, directed by Bill Plympton.[3][4][5]

Film critics have declared Michelsen, "a bewitching young thing" -Michael Atkinson (The Village Voice),[6]”sensuous" -Michael Tunison (BoxOffice Magazine);[7] have said that "Charis Michelsen is beautiful, her opaque blue eyes and internal acting make her someone who critics should continue to watch." -Mike Szymanski (Variety),[8] and have said that she has "a fetching, fainty Natalie Imbruglia-ish screen presence" -Brent Simon (Entertainment Today).[9]

Besides Scorsese, Michelsen has worked with Nicolas Cage, Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Ving Rhames, and others.

Michelsen played Mrs. Wyatt Cooper (Eric Dane's wife) on an episode of the ABC television drama Gideon's Crossing. She also starred with Peter Steele in his band Type O Negative's music video "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend," and with Liv Tyler in the music video "If" by Coyote Shivers.

She was married to actor and director Josh Evans from 2003 to 2010, and is the former daughter-in-law of movie producer Robert Evans and actress Ali MacGraw.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Fountain of Death Alison
1996 Tromeo and Juliet Person of the Female Persuasion with Very Good Hearing
1997 I Married a Strange Person! Keri Boyer Voice role
1998 The Last Lie
1998 High Art Debbie
1998 Perfect Lies Faith
1999 Bringing Out the Dead I.B.'s Girlfriend
1999 Men in Scoring Position Lucy Michaels
1999 Every Messiah Is a Liar
1999 Dead Man's Tango Zia
2000 Wonder Boys Carrie
2000 The Price of Air Anne
2001 Orphan Anna
2001 Gideon's Crossing Mrs. Wyatt Cooper Episode: "A Routine Case"
2001 Home Sweet Hoboken Twyla
2001 Eight Edie Short film
2003 Piggie Robin
2005 Erosion Irene
2005 Che Guevara American Reporter
2009 Everybody Dies Nina Conrad
2011 Grace Paine: The Bombay Beach Incident Grace Paine Short film

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
1995 "Technova" Towa Tei
1996 "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" Type O Negative
1996 "Neptune Avenue" Sammy (band)
1997 "If" Coyote Shivers
2007 "Lie" Black Light Burns


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (22 May 2014), Charis E Michelsen, Residence, Manhattan, New York, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  2. ^ Imagine News review of film Orphan
  3. ^ Jeff Vice (26 February 1999). "Film review: I Married a Strange Person!". 
  4. ^ wil gerken; nathan hendler; doug floyd; amy burnham. "Film & TV: I Married a Strange Person (Austin Chronicle . 12-14-98)". 
  5. ^ Clarke, F.S. (1998). "Volume 30". Cinefantastique. 30. 
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  9. ^ "Entertainment Today". Entertainment Today. 

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