Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein


5/21/1967, Boston, Massachusetts

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Lisa Edelstein is probably best remembered for her season-long role as "Rhonda Roth" on Relativity. You might also remember her as "bratty 'Patty'" on Almost Perfect, or as "Lauren" on the final seasons of Felicity or "Cyndi McCaully" on Ally McBeal. Or you heard her on Superman: The…more


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    • Lisa Edelstein: (About the dynamic between House and Cuddy)
      It is very much like a husband-wife relationship, like people who have been together 50 years. There's a lot of bickering, but a lot of love underneath it. The way you could fight with somebody because you know the foundation is firm. I love their complicated relationship. I love how it's slowly becoming unfurled, how the dynamic is becoming more and more layered. I'm eager to see where (the writers) go with it, because it just gets more and more interesting. I love working with Hugh, too. We have a really nice chemistry together and we have a lot of fun. So the more the better.

    • Lisa Edelstein: I always assumed I'd be doing toothpaste commercials. The problem was, I always made commercial copy sound psychotic. I guess that's how I found my way here.

    • Lisa Edelstein: (after going to bed with Rob Lowe on The West Wing) Being with Rob Lowe was very exciting because I was in love with him when I was a girl. And I must admit James Spader is pretty sexy, too.

    • Lisa Edelstein: (after doing the voice of Lex Luther's sidekick on the animated Superman series) I love doing animation. For American Dad next season, I play a crazed woman from JDate (an online dating service for Jewish singles).

    • Lisa Edelstein: (asked if she'd be attracted to someone like House) Yeah, I like a smartypants. It's sexy when a guy is that witty and bright, even at the cost of social skills. I have plenty of social skills of my own.

    • Lisa Edelstein: The show is a medical drama with a twist, the lead [Laurie] is this brilliant, incredible doctor with this amazing talent, but really he has no interest in talking to people. Plus he's addicted to painkillers, which just adds fuel to the fire. House is very CSI-like in that it dives into the human body and gives viewers a tour of the body from the inside -- a look at the veins and the heart... It's dark yet it's funny. It's very intelligently written, sort of like a medical West Wing.

    • Lisa Edelstein: There are so many good roles for women out there, I don't understand it when people say the role choices are fewer as you get older. I find the opposite to be true, there are less good roles out there for the hot 20-year-olds because the normal girl parts just aren't interesting.

    • Lisa Edelstein: I was one of those people who was literally famous for doing nothing...I was always a part of the club scene in New York and eventually was able to produce my own musical about AIDS (Positive Me) because of the audience and press I received as a club kid. Eventually I was called in to screen test for this MTV show because word was out I was this neat club kid turned playwright. I got the job and basically was humiliated on the air everyday. I'm an actor, not a hostess. It was horrifying. I had all this baby fat, so I was just huge on camera... I still can't watch one frame of the show. Then I got all this hate mail because I couldn't play the part right... Luckily the show got canceled after seven months. I was so relieved.

    • Lisa Edelstein: I think it's really important for celebrities to use their power of money and fame to get their voices out there. It's funny to me that we're expected to keep quiet just because of who we are. Why do I lose my right to speak my mind because I'm famous? People criticize Michael Moore, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon for standing up for what they believe in, but that's what they do. They never pretended to be anyone else.

    • Lisa Edelstein: (about the possibility of changing her name) It's not very glamorous, and I lost out in the past because it was too "ethnic", but most of my parents' families were killed in the Holocaust, and it would be denying my family line. It didn't stop me. I have a great career.

    • Lisa Edelstein: (When asked if she would like for her character on "House" to get together with the snarky Doc) I'd love to see my character and House hook up. But it's not fair, because he flirts with Cameron, too, damn it! I find myself reading scripts and getting jealous.

    • Lisa Edelstein: The hardest part about being vegan is shoes. I mean really that's the only difficult part, finding shoes that don't have leather on them

    • Lisa Edelstein: My dogs remind me that the simple pleasures in life are enough to make a day great

  • Fuck yeah Lisa E

    She is amazing isnt she? Fuck yeah she is. What a wonderful actress and human being. I could spend the whole day watching her on TV and never get tired
  • my mother used to work with lisa's mom in lincoln park elementary school in new jersey. My mom said that she met lisa a few times and said that she was one of the nicest people when she visited.moreless

    my mother used to work with lisa's mom in lincoln park elementary school in new jersey. My mom said that she met lisa a few times and said that she was one of the nicest people when she visited. her father had a practice in wayne new jersey i am not sure if he still has it he probably retired. When i first told my mother about house she reminded me that lisa's mom used to work with her. I didn't put 2 and 2 together until i saw that her moms name is bonnie. lisa is such a beautiful woman.moreless