Jun. 5th, 1977
Passaic, New Jersey, USA
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Liza Rebecca Weil (born June 5, 1977) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Paris Geller in The WB series Gilmore Girls. She is also known for her recurring role as White House intern Amanda Tanner in the first season of the ABC series Scandal and currently as law assistant Bonnie Winterbottom in the ABC series How to Get Away with Murder.
Born in Passaic, New Jersey, into an acting family. She was raised in, and continues to practice, Reform Judaism.
Her parents, Lisa and Marc Weil, toured Europe with their comedy troupe, The Madhouse Company of London, with her in tow. Weil had aspirations of becoming an archaeologist in her younger years, because of the Indiana Jones film trilogy and a childhood crush on 'Harrison Ford'. In 1984, at the age of seven, her family settled down in suburban Lansdale, Pennsylvania, where her parents continue to reside. Weil was a self-avowed average student in high school who focused more on her budding acting career than her studies.
Weil traveled frequently to New York City for professional auditions and acted in productions both off-Broadway and in Philadelphia's theatrical community before pursuing her film and television career. She is a 1995 graduate of the borough's North Penn High School.
Weil continues to be active in the Los Angeles theatrical community during hiatuses, is a regular performer at the Ojai Playwrights Conference in early August and radio dramas with L.A. Theatre Works, and still occasionally performs in live theater in Philadelphia and New York. She has acted with every member of her family; in 2004, she headlined with her father in a well-received community theater production of Proof at the Montgomery Theater in Souderton, Pennsylvania, just north of her adopted hometown of Lansdale. Her first ever television role in 1994, which was an episode of The Adventures of Pete & Pete called "Yellow Fever", found her playing a bully alongside her mother Lisa, who played a teacher. Her younger sister Samantha shared the screen with Liza in Gilmore Girls's third season finale, "Those Are Strings, Pinocchio". Samantha Weil played a student named Bernadette (who was unrelated to Paris) making out a video yearbook entry in front of an impatient Paris, standing off to the side waiting to make her own.
An alumna of Columbia University, Weil received her first major feature film role co-starring with 'Kevin Bacon' in Stir of Echoes. Before that role, she was the star of the 1998 independent film Whatever, and her first film in 1996 was the short film A Cure For Serpents, where she played the daughter of a mysophobic woman bringing home a boyfriend who was not as obsessive with cleanliness, and how the mother deals with the challenge. She has also done several other short and feature-length independent films, which include Motel Jerusalem, Scar, and Lullaby, and shown interest in behind-the-camera work.
Weil was originally considered for the role of Rory Gilmore by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino before Alexis Bledel won the role; the character of Paris Geller was created especially for Weil.
At the end of February 2014, Weil was confirmed as signing on for another Shonda Rhimes series project, being cast as Bonnie Winterbottom, an assistant to Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) in the ABC series How to Get Away with Murder, which premiered at the start of the 2014–15 season on September 25, 2014.
Weil married actor 'Paul Adelstein' in a Jewish ceremony in (November 2006). They had previously known each other through theatrical projects. The two have since acted together in three film projects, the 2007 short Order Up, the 2008 Gregory Dark-helmed Frenemy, and The Missing Person. She also appeared in an episode of Private Practice on February 24, 2011, although she and Adelstein had no scenes together.
Weil became pregnant in mid-2009 with her and Adelstein's first child, a girl named Josephine Elizabeth Weil-Adelstein, (born April 20, 2010). Previously in 2006 became an aunt, when her sister Samantha gave birth to a child after she moved to the Los Angeles area.
Weil is left-handed, and a natural brunette. It is believe she was told to dye it dark-blonde for her Gilmore Girls role to contrast with Bledel/Rory's brown hair. After the series, she went back to her original brown hair colo though she has subsequently returned to being a blonde. Amy Sherman-Palladino has complimented Weil's skin as "the best she's ever seen in her life".
- She and her Gilmore Girls co-star Dakin Matthews (Hanlin Charleston, headmaster of Chilton) both appeared in the same episode of the first season of the West Wing (Take Out the Trash Day).
- (May 2006) Engaged to 'Paul Adelstein' (qv)
- Although born in New Jersey, U.S.A., she was considered transient during her childhood as her parents traveled around Europe.
- Initially auditioned for the role of Rory Gilmore in _"Gilmore Girls" (2000)_ (qv).
- Attended Columbia University.
- She became an aunt in 2006, when her sister Samantha had a child after she moved to the Los Angeles area.
- The character of Paris Gellar on Gilmore Girls was written for Liza, because she was wanted in the show.
- Weil had aspirations of becoming an archaeologist in her younger years, because of the Indiana Jones film trilogy and a childhood crush on Harrison Ford.