Who is Elizabeth Ann Reaser?
Elizabeth Reaser is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in The Twilight Saga, Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Detective, and The Haunting of Hill House.
Bloomfield, Michigan, the United States of America
Reaser was born to Karen Davidson and John Reaser. In 1995, her mother married billionaire William Davidson. Reaser studied at Oakland University and the Julliard School’s Drama Division, graduating in 1999.
Reaser debuted in film in 2001 with The Believer and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. In 2002, she was in Emmett’s Mark, followed by Mind the Gap. In 2005, she was in Stay, Sweet Land, and The Family Stone. In 2006, she appeared in Shut Up and Sing and Puccini for Beginners. 2007 saw the actress appear in Purple Violets. Finally, in 2008, she got one of her first more mainstream roles, as she played Esme Cullen in Twilight, a role she would reprise in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2.
In 2011, she was in The Art of Getting By and Young Adult. 2015 saw her appear in One and Two, followed by the 2016 film Ouija: Origin of Evil. She was in Nightmare Cinema in 2018 and then Embattled in 2020.
On television, Reaser’s first role was in Sports Theater with Shaquille O’Neal in 1998. In 2000, she appeared in The Sopranos and in 2002, in Law & Order: Criminal Intent. 2004 saw her appear in Hack and in The Jury. In 2006, she was once again in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, albeit in a different role. She also had a bigger role as Alice Alden on Saved, appearing in 13 episodes. Between 2007 and 2008, she was featured on 19 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and, in 2008, got a significant role on The Ex List, where she portrayed Bella Bloom.
Between 2010 and 2012, Reaser appeared in The Good Wife. She would also be featured in True Detective, Mad Men, and Easy, appearing here between 2016 and 2019. In 2017, she played Ellie Fitzgerald in Manhunt: Unabomber. In 2018, she starred in The Haunting of Hill House as Shirley Crain. In 2019, Reaser portrayed Mrs. Winslow in The Handmaid’s Tale. In 2021, she was in Impeachment: American Crime Story.
Reaser has also acted extensively on stage, appearing in various high-profile roles like Perdita and others.
Reaser worked on her role on Saved by observing an emergency room.
Reaser got the Jury Award for her work in Sweet Land at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Sweet Land also earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress for her role in Grey’s Anatomy. Her performance in The Haunting of Hill House has also been acclaimed, and the show was very well received at the time of release.
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