Lauren German

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Lauren Christine German
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German at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Lauren Christine German

Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Years active2000–present

Lauren Christine German is an American actress. She had her first major role in the 2002 teen romantic drama film A Walk to Remember, followed by roles in the horror films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Hostel: Part II (2007). From 2011 to 2012, German had a main role as DHS agent Lori Weston in the second season of the CBS police drama Hawaii Five-0, and from 2012 to 2015, she starred as Leslie Shay in the NBC drama Chicago Fire. From 2016-2021, she appeared as detective Chloe Decker in the American fantasy comedy-drama Lucifer.[1]

Early life[edit]

German was born in the Orange County suburb of Huntington Beach, California[citation needed] Her father Richard German is a vascular surgeon.[2] Her paternal grandfather, James German, was Dutch;[3] born in Amsterdam in 1909. He immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands with his family as a child.[3] The remainder of Lauren's ancestry is English.[3] She attended Los Alamitos High School and Orange County High School of the Arts and then enrolled at the University of Southern California, where she studied anthropology.[4]



German's first work was on stage in Peter Pan and Oliver. She made her feature film debut in the 2000 romantic comedy Down to You, where she had a small role as a lovestruck woman. German appeared in a pictorial for Maxim magazine's January 2002 issue and was placed as #47 in Maxim's "Hot 100 of 2002" list.[5]

In 2002, German co-starred in the romantic drama A Walk to Remember with Shane West and Mandy Moore, based on Nicholas Sparks' 1999 novel of the same name. She played Belinda, a popular but mean-spirited high school girl who harbors unrequited love for Landon Carter (West).[6] She then appeared in the crime/horror film Dead Above Ground, the drama A Midsummer Night's Rave,[7] and the TV movie The Lone Ranger.[8] In 2003, she auditioned to star in the remake of the classic 1974 horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but the role went to Jessica Biel, and German won the role of the hitchhiker.[9]

German co-starred in the crime drama Born Killers (2005), the thriller Rx (2005), the romantic comedy Standing Still (2005),[10] and the drama It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (2007). She also starred in the musical drama What We Do Is Secret with Shane West again, based on a true story.[6] West played original Germs singer and German played The Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle.[6]


She starred in the horror film Hostel: Part II, produced by Quentin Tarantino.[6][11] and the French apocalypse thriller The Divide.[12] She starred in the second season of the CBS police drama Hawaii Five-0[13] as DHS agent Lori Weston from 2011 to 2012.[6] From 2012 to 2014, she starred as paramedic Leslie Shay in the NBC drama Chicago Fire.[6] When her character was killed, her character's name was printed on the door of the ambulance in which she rode, as a memorial. She graced the cover of TV Guide magazine with her Chicago Fire co-stars on November 18, 2013.[14]


In 2015, German was added to the main cast of the Fox fantasy comedy-drama Lucifer, playing Detective Chloe Decker. She portrayed the leading female role of an LAPD homicide detective who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Tom Ellis's character, Lucifer Morningstar, who was tired of his "job" as the Lord of Hell and has relocated to Los Angeles.[1] The series ended in 2021.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Down to You Lovestruck woman
2002 A Walk to Remember Belinda
Dead Above Ground Darcy Peters
A Midsummer Night's Rave Elena
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Suicidal girl
2005 Rx Melissa
Standing Still Jennifer
Born Killers Gertle
2007 It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. Ruth
Spin Cassie
Love and Mary Mary
Hostel: Part II Beth Salinger
What We Do Is Secret Belinda Carlisle
2008 Mating Dance Abby
2009 Made for Each Other Catherine
Dark Country Gina
2011 The Divide Eva
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Undressed Kimmy TV series
2001 Shotgun Love Dolls Beth TV movie
7th Heaven Marie Episode: "Apologize"
2002 Going to California Tiffany Episode: "A Little Hard in the Big Easy"
2003 The Lone Ranger Emily Landry TV movie
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Rose Main role
2006 Surrender, Dorothy Maddy TV movie
2010 Happy Town Henley Boone / Chloe Main role
2011 Human Target Angie Anderson Episode: "Kill Bob"
Memphis Beat Kaylee Slater Episodes: "Identity Crisis", "The Feud"
2011–2012 Hawaii Five-0 Lauren "Lori" Weston Main role (season 2)
2012–2015 Chicago Fire Leslie Shay Main role (seasons 1–2)
2014 Chicago P.D. Leslie Shay Guest role (2 episodes)
2016–2021 Lucifer Chloe Decker Main role


  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 10, 2015). "Lauren German To Co-Star In 'Lucifer'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Bendix, Trish (July 25, 2015). "Lauren German on playing lesbian EMT Leslie Shay on 'Chicago Fire'". After Ellen. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "The truth about Lauren German". StylesRant. September 15, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Collar, Cammila (2016). "Lauren German Biography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 14, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "2002 Hot 100 List". Maxim. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Renae, Kirstie. "THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'A Walk to Remember' 18 years later". Insider. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  7. ^ Leydon, Joe (2003-04-30). "A Midsummer Night's Rave". Variety. Retrieved 2021-12-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Mitchell, Molli (2020-04-09). "Lucifer cast: Who is Lauren German? Meet the Chloe Decker star". Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  9. ^ King, Randall (12 May 2010). "It's far from quiet on the set as film production roars to life". Winnipeg Free Press.
  10. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (2006-04-21). "'Standing Still': The Inertia of Love". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  11. ^ "First Ever Image from Xavier Gens' 'The Divide'! – Bloody Disgusting".
  12. ^ Moore, Debi (16 September 2012). "Image Gallery for Grimm Episode 2.05 – The Good Shepherd". Dread Central.
  13. ^ Gordon, Mike (15 July 2011). "Lauren German Five-O". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. p. 39 – via
  14. ^ "The Heat Is On! Inside Chicago Fire's scorching new season". Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  15. ^ Cordero, Rosy (July 24, 2021). "'Lucifer' Sets Season 6 Return To Netflix At Comic-Con@Home". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 24, 2021.

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