Elizabeth is the stepdaughter of Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson.
In 2008 she plays the role of Esme Cullen in the highly anticipated vampire movie Twilight, based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer.
Elizabeth was nominated in 2008 for a SAG Award along with her Grey's Anatomy castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
She almost gave up her role in the movie Sweet Land because her dialogue would be in German, a language totally alien to her.
According to her, she was something of a rebel without a reason as a teen. She was often skipping school and even ran away to California because she "just felt constrained, somehow."
She attended these schools: Bloomfield Hills, Seaholm High in Birmingham and Avondale in Auburn Hills.
She played the role of Perdita from The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare) at New York's Classic Stage Company.
Landing a role in Guiding Light gave her the break to bigger opportunities like acting onstage and in independent films.
Attended Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan for one year before getting her B.F.A. at the prestigious Juilliard School of Drama in May 1999.
She costarred in the play Top Girls, said to be one of the most difficult plays to perform and was held at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Craig T. Nelson is one of her favorite actors and she costarred with him in The Family Stone.
Elizabeth was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role in Sweet Land.
Elizabeth stands just 5 feet 2½ inches.
Elizabeth has appeared in the plays Top Girls, The Winter's Tale, Sweet Bird Of Youth, Closer and Blackbird.
Elizabeth has appeared in many films. Her most recognized credits are probably her roles in The Family Stone and Stay.
Elizabeth can kiss her elbow.
Elizabeth indicates her first creative spark was when she read Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" in fifth grade.
The largest number of auditions Elizabeth has attended in a week is 15.
Elizabeth admits her oddest job was being a caddy at a country job. Although, she acknowledged that the golfers she caddied for gave her helpful tips, some of which she still remembers.
In October 2004, Elizabeth was selected by Interview Magazine as one of the "14 To Be: Emerging Creative Women".
According to Elizabeth, if she was a doctor in real life, she would either be a doctor who works in the ER or a doctor who works with Doctors Without Borders.
Elizabeth once acted in a play where only two audience members showed up.
Ironically, Elizabeth, who played a physician in Saved, doesn't like looking at blood, even if it's fake. She actually got faint-hearted when having to do some of the procedures shown on the show.
Elizabeth's favourite shows are Desperate Housewives and The West Wing.
Elizabeth is a vegetarian.
Elizabeth: Within any drama in anyone's life, there's always a way to find the humor in it. Without humor no one cares about whatever drama is going on.
Elizabeth (when asked of her role in Grey's Anatomy): I'm scared I could get into trouble..
(Note: her role is "top secret" according to EP, Shonda Rhimes)
Elizabeth (on attending Juilliard): Every day was a struggle for me there. I just didn't fit that program either. But I'm so glad now I did it, because it gave me all this technical skill I never thought I'd need. I'd never have been able to do the German phonetically in this movie (Sweet Land) if I hadn't gone to Juilliard.
Elizabeth: When it comes to the heart, I tend to be very serious. I don't fool around. I don't play the field. It's one at a time.
Elizabeth (on working with famous actors): It's great to be in films with names, but you don't necessarily become friends. I've never had the type of career that's built on whom I know. I've never worked that social angle. It takes a special talent and I don't have it, so I've just gone with trying to do a good job.
Elizabeth (on why she accepted her role in Saved): I like that everyone is so flawed, especially Wyatt and Alice. Their struggle is fascinating to me because it's so real.
Elizabeth (on being a part of Grey's Anatomy): I really am not allowed to say anything about it. I've filmed my first two episodes, but even I don't know what happens after that. All I know is that I love the show, and I've loved working with the people on it. So I'm ready for whatever happens. I hope the fans are, too.
Elizabeth: Having gone to Juilliard opened a few doors but it was essential to find acting roles so I could invite agents and hope against hope that they'd come and see me.
Elizabeth (on roadblocks in getting a real medical career): I'm potentially a really bad hypochondriac, so I have to be careful. I mean, it's pretty mild. I'm not like a real hypochondriac. But if I thought about something for long enough or if I went on the Internet and read too much about certain symptoms, I could probably start to create some serious issues for myself.
Elizabeth (on becoming a real doctor): I would love to be able to help people. I don't know that I could really handle it, though.
Elizabeth: I feel so blessed that I've been able to achieve what I have without a lot of pain and struggle. There are so many actors out there who are immensely talented and some I know are pretty close to starving.
Elizabeth: When you know the audiences not only like what you're doing, but that they're also responding, it's as good as it can get for an actor.
Elizabeth: I always wanted to be an actor, ever since I can remember. I grew up subjecting my family to really bad shows in the living room. It's what I love to do.
Elizabeth Reaser: Humor is the only way to make it through these intense, frightening situations that our characters face. I hung out in an ER when I was researching for this role, and I found that the doctors were really funny. They were always finding the humor within these frightening situations. Humor is real. Within any drama in anyone's life, there's always a way to find humor in it. Without humor no one cares about whatever drama is going on.
Elizabeth Reaser: The drama of Saved comes from the passion, the desire and the fear. It comes from the longing to connect.
Elizabeth Reaser: Medical dramas have life-or-death situations. Any time the stakes are that high, it's going to reveal a lot about the people who are involved. It's really the most vulnerable, the most open, most revealed you can possibly be when you're in a situation where you're trying to save someone's life.
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