Lauren German

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

(1978-11-29) November 29, 1978 (age 42)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Years active2000–present

Lauren Christine German (born November 29, 1978) is an American actress. She had her first major role in the 2002 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. In 2016, she began starring as detective Chloe Decker in the American fantasy comedy-drama Lucifer.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

German was born in Huntington Beach, California.[3] Her father is a vascular surgeon.[4] Her paternal grandfather, James German, was German; born in Amsterdam in 1909, he immigrated to the United States with his family as a child. The remainder of Lauren's ancestry is English. 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.[5] While attending Los Alamitos High, Avenged Sevenfold drummer Brooks Wackerman and Full House star Jodie Sweetin also attended. German and Wackerman graduated together in 1995, while Sweetin graduated four years later in 1999.


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.[6]

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, who breaks up with Landon Carter (West). She then appeared in the crime/horror film Dead Above Ground, the drama A Midsummer Night's Rave, and the TV movie The Lone Ranger, where she had both smaller and bigger roles. 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.[7]

German co-starred in the crime drama Born Killers (2005), the thriller Rx (2005), the romantic comedy Standing Still (2005), the drama It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (2007), and the musical drama What We Do Is Secret with Shane West again, based on a true story, the latter as original Germs drummer and subsequent The Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle. She starred in the horror film Hostel: Part II, produced by Quentin Tarantino,.[8] and starred in the French apocalypse thriller The Divide.[9] She starred in the second season of the CBS police drama Hawaii Five-0[10] as DHS agent Lori Weston from 2011 to 2012. From 2012 to 2014, she starred as paramedic Leslie Shay in the NBC drama Chicago Fire. 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.[11]

In 2016, German began appearing with Tom Ellis in the Fox fantasy comedy-drama Lucifer, as Detective Chloe Decker. She plays the role of an LAPD homicide detective who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Ellis's character, Lucifer Morningstar, who was tired of his "job" as the Lord of Hell and relocated to Los Angeles.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Down to You Lovestruck Woman
2002 A Walk to Remember Belinda
2002 Dead Above Ground Darcy Peters
2002 A Midsummer Night's Rave Elena
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Suicidal girl
2005 Rx Melissa
2005 Standing Still Jennifer
2005 Born Killers Gertle
2007 It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. Ruth
2007 Spin Cassie
2007 Love and Mary Mary
2007 Hostel: Part II Beth
2007 What We Do Is Secret Belinda Carlisle
2008 Mating Dance Abby
2009 Made for Each Other Catherine
2009 Dark Country Gina
2011 The Divide Eva
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Undressed Kimmy TV series
2001 Shotgun Love Dolls Beth TV movie
2001 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"
2011 Memphis Beat Kaylee Slater Episodes: "Identity Crisis", "The Feud"
2011–2012 Hawaii Five-0 DHS agent Lauren "Lori" Weston Main role
2012–2015 Chicago Fire Leslie Shay Main role (49 episodes)
2014 Chicago P.D. 2 episodes
2016–present Lucifer Det. Chloe Decker Main role


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 16, 2014). "Fox Nabs DC Entertainment 'Lucifer' Drama From Tom Kapinos As Put Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 10, 2015). "Lauren German To Co-Star In 'Lucifer'". Deadline. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "Lauren Christine German, Born 11/29/1978, in Orange County, California". California Birth Index. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  4. ^ Bendix, Trish (July 25, 2015). "Lauren German on playing lesbian EMT Leslie Shay on "Chicago Fire"". After Ellen. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Collar, Cammila (2016). "Lauren German Biography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on February 14, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  6. ^ Staff, Maxim. "2002 Hot 100 List". Maxim. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  7. ^ Life, Randall King / Reel (12 May 2010). "It's far from quiet on the set as film production roars to life" – via
  8. ^ "First Ever Image from Xavier Gens' 'The Divide'! - Bloody Disgusting".
  9. ^ Moore, Debi (16 September 2012). "Image Gallery for Grimm Episode 2.05 – The Good Shepherd". Dread Central.
  10. ^ Gordon, Mike (15 July 2011). "Lauren German Five-O". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. p. 39 – via
  11. ^ "The Heat Is On! Inside Chicago Fire's scorching new season". Retrieved 2020-12-16.

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