Jun. 15th, 1975
Bloomfield, Michigan, USA
Elizabeth Reaser's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
2009 - Against the Current
2009 - The Twilight Saga: New Moon
2008 - Twilight
2007 - Purple Violets
2006 - Puccini for Beginners
2005 - Sweet Land
2005 - The Family Stone
2004 - Mind the Gap
2002 - Emmett's Mark
2001 - The Believer
Guest TV Roles
Elizabeth Ann Reaser (born June 15, 1975) is an American film, television, and stage actress. Her work includes the films Stay, The Family Stone, Sweet Land, Against the Current, and The Twilight Saga and the TV series Saved, Grey's Anatomy and The Ex-List.
Reaser was born in Bloomfield, Michigan, an affluent Detroit suburb, the daughter of Karen Davidson (née Weidman) and John Reaser (an attorney turned restaurateur turned substitute teacher) are divorced. Elizabeth was the middle of three sisters. Her mother Karen later married billionaire businessman William Davidson (Karen converted to Judaism after marrying Davidson).
Reaser attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills. She wanted to be an actor from childhood. Through high school, she worked several odd jobs, including being a caddy at a country club. After high school, she attended Oakland University for one year, then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1995-1999, Group 28) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1999.
Reaser appeared in a London stage production with an audience of two people and prepared for her role on Saved by spending time in an emergency room, observing the behavior of medical staff.
In October 2004, Interview magazine hailed her as one of the "14 To Be" emerging creative women. Her work in the film Sweet Land earned the "Jury Award" at the Newport Beach Film Festival and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award "Best Female Lead" award. Reaser earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring guest appearance throughout 2007 and 2008 on the television series Grey's Anatomy.
Reaser played the role of Esme Cullen in the movie Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in 2010. She reprised the role in parts one and and two of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
Reaser appeared on the CBS' legal drama, The Good Wife in October 2010.
- Is listed as a vegetarian by PETA.
- Once appeared in a play in London for only two audience members.
- In preparation for her role on the television drama _"Saved" (2006)_ (qv), she hung out in an emergency room, researching the behavior of medical staff.
- Her stepfather was Detroit Pistons owner 'Bill Davidson (VIII)' (qv). Upon his death, her mother took ownership of the team.