Lauren Lee Smith

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Lauren Lee Smith

Born

6/19/1980, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Birth Name

Lauren Lee Smith

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Lauren Smith
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Biography

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Model-turned-actress Lauren Lee Smith, most known for playing Emma DeLauro on Mutant X, Lara Perkins on The L Word, and Riley Adams on CSI, spent her childhood constantly traveling the globe with her family. Due to the demands of her step-dad's work as a documentary filmmaker, Lauren has…more

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  • Trivia

    • She appeared on the cover of Xpose magazine for Iss. 64 in February 2002 and Iss. 77 in March 2003.

    • On stage, Lauren has portrayed Olivia in Twelfth Night and Immogen in Cymbeline.

    • In April 2009, Lauren married photographer Erik Steingroever in Cultus Lake, Canada.

    • In 2008, Lauren joined the cast of CSI as the new CSI, Riley Adams, after the departures of Jorja Fox and Gary Dourdan. She is the first new CSI, other than CSI Greg Sanders (played by Eric Szmanda) who was originally a lab tech, since the creation of the show in 2000.

    • If Lauren could change one thing about her body, it would have to be her booty, because she feels she has too much of it.

    • Lauren has seven tattoos on her body. The one on her back translates to "Nil Desperandum", which is Latin for "Never Despair".

    • Film and TV Movie Credits:
      Helen (2009) as Mathilda
      Trick 'r Treat (2008) as Danielle
      An American Carol (2008) as Voice of Reason #1
      Late Fragment (2007) as Lea
      Normal (2007) as Sherri Banks
      Dragon Boys (2007) as Kath
      One Way (2006) as Angelina Sable
      The Survivors Club (2004) as Meg Pesaturo
      I Want to Marry Ryan Banks (2004) as Lauren
      The Wedding Dress (2001) as Hannah Pinkham
      Christy: The Movie (2000) as Christy Huddleston
      2gether (2000) as Erin Evans

    • She was cast as Gibb in Freddy vs. Jason, but then lost the part because of another film scheduling conflict. The producers re-cast Katharine Isabelle in the role.

    • Lauren's parents are divorced, and her stepfather is a documentary filmmaker. She is close to her 90-plus-year-old grandmother.

    • Awards & Nominations:
      2002 (N) - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series, Gemini Awards, for Mutant X. In 2008, she was nominated • 2008 (N) - Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama, Leo Awards, Normal
      2009 (W) - Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama, Leo Awards, Helen

    • Lauren was listed as one of the top 13 Canadian actresses in the October edition of Air Canada's enRoute magazine. She was also among those listed as AskMen.om's 10 Up-and-Coming Actresses in 2008.

    • She and Mutant X co-star Forbes March were in an acting class together when they were around 12 or 13.

    • Lauren is 5'10" (1.78 m). She weighs about 125 lbs. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

    • Lauren enjoys snowboarding, ice skating, rollerblading, basketball, swimming and horseback riding.

    • It was Lauren's choice to not appear in Mutant X's 3rd season. She was not fired.

    • There was a big debate on whether or not Lauren would keep her blonde hair for Mutant X.

  • Quotes

    • Lauren: I like to paint. I make really weird art. I go through trash and find all sorts of weird things; I make all sorts of little weird, really abstract art pieces or whatever you'd want to call them.

    • Lauren: (if she could change something about herself) If I could change... I'm very impatient; I'm a very impatient person. When I want something, I want it to happen right away. I've been that way since I was a little girl. So, I'm trying to practice the art of patience right now. When I get impatient, I get sort of worked up and then I'm like vibrating, and so I try to sort of calm down. I started doing Yoga and just breathing and just being able to relax a little bit. And I think as you get a little bit older too, that really helps.

    • Lauren: I never actually really, I mean if you call…Like when I was, from the time I was 13 I was the same height that I am now, and I was really, really, really, really skinny. And I, I just did a few little things. I wasn't really, you know, a model. I, I don't think anyway. Um, so there wasn't really any, some sort of big transition for me umm…I'd been doing theater form the time I can remember so it's, this is always what I've wanted to do. My family, we traveled so much when I was growing up. We, we were every six months we were in a different country or a different city so it was always sort of hard to be stable and be able to actually pursue something, so, um, I had to wait until I was 18. We were living in the states actually. Illegally. (laughs)

    • Lauren: I couldn't care less if a movie makes a huge profit. I choose my roles based on whether the script terrifies me.

    • Lauren: (if she would have a relationship with a man who's 15-20 years older than her) I think I would. Love is not age-based. It's based on your heart and who you both are as people. If I met someone who connected with me on those levels I can't imagine caring about his age or mine.

    • Lauren: (about her character in "Lie With Me") I'm not at all like Leila. She was completely foreign to me as a character, which is why I wanted to play her so badly -- so I could go on that emotional voyage.

    • Lauren: (about her character in "Mutant-X") When I read the audition sides for Emma, I thought, 'Cool! She's a sexy girl and an action chick that gets to kick some butt. I like that!'

    • Lauren: People will go see Quentin Tarantino films, which are incredibly violent, and they have no problem with that. But show a naked body and [they] freak out.

    • Lauren: I'm pretty comfortable in my skin. We all have our flaws. That's what hair and makeup and wardrobe are for, to create this sort of illusion of perfection. But in reality, we all get pimples. We all have fat days. I think you have to embrace that stuff.

    • Lauren: I like to read and paint. And because the area around Vancouver is so beautiful, I hike and snowboard.

    • Lauren: Modeling is a lot of fun and it's great you get to look all these crazy different ways, but it's not really challenging in any way, and it's not something you can really push yourself in and take it to it's limits and keep working on improvements. It's a lot of fun and I'm glad I did it.

    • Lauren: For every major project, I try to change as much as possible. I'm surprised that I actually have hair on my head right now, because it's been every color of the rainbow.

    • Lauren: I think the problem is sex and female sexuality. We're still not used to having control over our own sexual appetite, our own needs. People are uncomfortable talking about sex in general. I mean, more parents are more comfortable showing their kids brutal violence like the stuff in Sin City than they are talking about, or showing sex. I think that's totally wrong.

    • Lauren: (talking about the movie "Lie with Me") Let's face it, at some point in any actor's career, you have to get naked - whether physically, emotionally or mentally. This movie offered me the chance to do all three at once.

    • Lauren: The only place I really get recognized is at Ralphs. Whenever I'm in L.A., I go to Ralphs and for some reason, everyone there recognizes me. They're huge L Word fans.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Lauren Lee Smith rocks.

    9.0
    When Sara left, and Warrick passed on, i never thought CSI would be the same. Lauren Lee Smith is a great addition, and fits in perfectly with the cast.She is charming in a way that eases the other characters, and I fully enjoy that. Some might contradict her for being blonde, but if she can get the job done, who cares what her hair color is? On her first episode, she fell into place at exactly the right time and saved a little boys life, helping crack the case. Incredible for a new character. I can now believe the CSI will still be the mysterious, suspenseful show it has always been.moreless
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