Liza Lapira

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Liza Lapira
Born (1981-12-03) December 3, 1981 (age 35)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Liza Lapira (born December 3, 1981)[1][2][3] is an American actress. She played Kianna in the 2008 film 21, Special Agent Michelle Lee in the CBS police procedural series NCIS and Ivy, Topher Brink's assistant in Dollhouse. Lapira has also co-starred in the short-lived sitcoms Traffic Light, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and Super Fun Night.

Early life[edit]

Liza Lapira was born in Queens, New York. She is of Filipino,[4] Spanish, and Chinese ancestry.

In New York, she acted on stage and in independent films. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to work in television.[5]



Lapira's New York stage credits include As You Like It, The School for Wives, The Odyssey, and Alexandra Cunningham's No. 11 Blue and White. Most recently, she played Suzanne in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.[6][7]


Early film credits include director Tony Scott's Domino and independent feature The Big Bad Swim, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006. Lapira appeared in J. J. Abrams' 2008 film Cloverfield as Heather and also appeared in Table for Three and 21. In 2009, she played Agent Sophie Trinh in the film Fast & Furious opposite Paul Walker, and in 2010, she played Alva in Repo Men. She portrayed Liz, the sharp-tongued friend of Hannah (Emma Stone) in the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love.


Lapira's first major role was a series regular spot on the Showtime TV series Huff. Lapira played neuroscientist Ivy in both seasons of Joss Whedon's series Dollhouse, appearing predominantly with Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman.

Her TV credits include recurring roles in Dexter, ER, Monk, Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order: SVU, The Parkers as Shaquan, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos.

Lapira had regular roles as Agent Michelle Lee in NCIS, Lisa in Traffic Light, Robin in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Detective Jacocks in Battle Creek, and Leslie Barrett in Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life. She just finished the upcoming comedy 9JKL.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Autumn in New York Charlotte's birthday friend
2002 Brown Sugar Hot 97 receptionist
2005 Domino Chinegro woman
2006 Big Bad Swim, TheThe Big Bad Swim Paula
2007 LA Blues Sandra
2008 Cloverfield Heather
2008 21 Kianna
2009 Fast & Furious Sophie Trinh
2009 Table for Three Nerissa Direct-to-video
2010 Repo Men Alva
2010 See You in September Monica
2010 Marmaduke Party dog #1 Voice
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love. Liz
2012 Happiest Person in America, TheThe Happiest Person in America Lara Short film; also associate producer
2014 Someone Marry Barry Single mom at wedding
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Waitress Episode: "Wanderlust"
2001 Law & Order Cheryl Treadwell Episode: "A Losing Season"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rebecca Chang Episode: "Scourge"
2001 Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max Bickford Nia Sheppard Episode: "A Very Great Man"
2002 Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max Bickford Student volunteer Episode: "Money Changes Everything"
2003 Sex and the City Pam Episode: "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little"
2004 Without a Trace Layla Episode: "Legacy"
2004 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Amanda Kim Episode: "Sentimental Education"
2004 Parkers, TheThe Parkers Shaquan Episode: "At Last"
2004–2006 Huff Maggie Del Rosario Main cast; 21 episodes
2006–2008 NCIS Michelle Lee 12 episodes
2006 Grey's Anatomy Noelle Lavatte Episode: "Let the Angels Commit"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Forensics technician 4 episodes
2007 Monk Dr. Souter Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital"
2007 Queens Supreme N/A Episode: "Mad About You" (unaired)
2008 ER Christine 2 episodes
2008 Dexter Yuki Amado 5 episodes
2009–2010 Dollhouse Ivy 10 episodes
2011 Traffic Light Lisa Reilly Main cast; 13 episodes
2012 Psych Tina Episode: "Let's Doo-Wop It Again"
2012–2013 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Robin Main cast; 13 episodes
2012 Drop Dead Diva Abby Halstead Episode: "Winning Ugly"
2013 Royal Pains Erika Seelig Episode: "HankWatch"
2013–2014 Super Fun Night Helen-Alice Main cast; 17 episodes
2014 Blue Bloods Skye Bishop Episode: "Insult to Injury"
2014 Power Grace Pak Episode: "Who You With?"
2015 Battle Creek Detective Jacocks Recurring; 12 episodes
2015, 2017 Con Man Brenda White 5 episodes
2016 Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life Leslie Barrett Main cast; 13 episodes
2016 Angel from Hell Jill Episode: "Pilot"
2017 9JKL Eve


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