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Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan

What is it with the vampires all of a sudden? Buffy was over in 2003!

But now we have the Twilight books-- and their movies with Nikki Reed-- the Supernatural and Vampire Diaries TV shows, the movie 30 Days of Night, the Bloodrayne video game... and another show, True Blood, with Lizzy, here! We guess like vampires themselves, our obsession with them never truly dies.

Anyway, Lizzy has hit it big in the movies, but we told you about her before it happened, so you can be all like, “Oh sure, yeah, I knew all about her a while ago, pff!”

Now you can see Lizzy in the hit show New Girl.

But, like we said, movies! Lizzy is in Save the Date, which sounds like a (or should we say, "another") wedding movie. And she's in Bachelorette, which we know is a wedding movie; Isla Fisher is in that, too.

She's in the hit 127 Hours, which is the true story of how long this mountain climber (played James Franco) lived after being smushed under a boulder-- Ouchie!-- and what he did to free himself.  And she's in Queens of Country, about a girl who finds an iPod, loves all the songs, and goes looking for the owner. We're guessing it's country music on the iPod.

Also, she was in a new TV movie based on her show The Pitts, and a new immigration movie called Crossing Over, with Harrison FordHot Tub Time Machine, which is about a hot tub that takes two doofuses back to when they were younger (it's got John Cusak and Chevy Chase in it! The movie, we mean, not the hot tub.)

…and in Cloverfield by J.J. Abrams. Who is the Jewish writer and producer of, oh, let’s see, nothing major, just … Lost and Alias and Felicity. Like we said, she’s gonna hit it big. Cloverfield, by the way, is a movie about a huge monster that destroys New York (unlike I Am Legend, which starts after New York has already been destroyed. Geez, what does Hollywood have against New York? Maybe these directors should watch Natalie Portman's new movie, New York, I Love You!).

You might know Lizzy as the Goth from Mean Girls, or from Orange County with Jack Black.

She’s also been in two episodes of Smallville and in two of Judd Apatow’s short-lived-but-amazing TV shows: Undeclared and Freaks and Geeks. Lizzy also was in The Class and Related, and was one of the best things in them, even if those shows didn’t make it, either. Animatedly, she's been on American Dad.

Before she got into acting, Lizzy went to music school. But by 2006, she was named one of the Top Ten Actors to watch by Hollywood’s most important newspaper, Variety. And she just made it into the Heeb magazine’s list of the “100 young, smart, innovative Jewish people you need to know about.” Well, now, you do!

Interestingly, Lizzy’s characters on Freaks and Geeks, Once and Again, and in the movie Love is the Drug were all named Sarah! She must look like a Sarah to lots of people.


In Mean Girls, Lizzy was named Janis Ian. Guess what-- there really is a Janis Ian!

She is a Jewish folksinger from the 1960s, who had a major hit about how hard it is to be a teenager. The song is called “At 17.” It is about:

“…those of us who knew the pain
Of valentines that never came,
And those whose names were never called
When choosing sides for basketball.”

So you can see why they had a non-popular character named “Janis Ian” in a movie about “mean girls”!

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