The Sopranos Girl
First noticed as Caitlin Rucker (2001) on HBO critically acclaimed mob drama “The Sopranos,” Ari Graynor has segued to the big screen and has appeared in such films as "Mystic River" (2003), "Book of Love" (2004), "Imaginary Heroes" (2004), "Game 6" (2005), "The Great New Wonderful" (2005), "For Your Consideration" (2006), "An American Crime" (2007), and "Turn the River" (2007). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" and "Youth in Revolt."
Meanwhile, she has appeared in a number of TV movies and guest-starred in the TV series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Veronica Mars," "CSI: Miami," and "Numb3rs."
The 5' 5" actress also has performed on the stage, in the play "Brooklyn Boy" at Biltmore Theatre, New York City, New York, in February 2005, and in the Off-Broadway play "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" in December 2005.
Childhood and Family:
In Boston, Massachusetts, Ariel Geltman Graynor was born on April 27, 1983. She attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Ariel is also a talented photographer.
The Great New Wonderful
Around age 18, Ari Graynor began acting on television, playing the recurring role of Caitlin Rucker (2001) on the HBO commercial and critical successful mob drama series, "The Sopranos." Two years later, she made her film debut in Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of Dennis Lehane"s novel, "Mystic River" (2003; starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney).
She followed it up with roles in the next year's films "Book of Love" (2004), a drama/comedy written and directed by Alan Brown starring Frances O'Connor, Simon Baker, Gregory Smith, and Bryce Dallas Howard, and "Imaginary Heroes" (2004), a drama/comedy by writer/director Dan Harris featuring Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams, and Kip Pardue.
Meanwhile, Graynor was spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC police procedural drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and appeared with Vinessa Shaw in the dramatic TV movie "Bereft" (2004).
Afterwards, she co-starred with Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. in Michael Hoffman's drama/comedy movie "Game 6" (2005) and with Olympia Dukakis, Jim Gaffigan, Judy Greer, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Danny Leiner's drama comedy film "The Great New Wonderful" (2005). She also guest-starred in an episode of UPN/The CW teen drama/mystery series starring Kristen Bell, "Veronica Mars."
On the stage, Graynor played Alison in "Brooklyn Boy" play by Donald Margulies at Biltmore Theatre, New York City, New York, in February 2005, and portrayed Marcy in the Off-Broadway play, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," at the Century Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY, in December 2005.
Graynor recently appeared in Christopher Guest's comedy movie "For Your Consideration" (2006) and Tommy O'Haver's true story-based crime/drama film "An American Crime" (2007; starring Ellen Page and Hayley McFarland), in which she Gertrude's (played by Catherine Keener) oldest daughter Paula. She also shared the screen with Famke Janssen Chris Eigeman's dramatic film "Turn the River" (2007) and co-starred in Brandon Sonnier's "Blues" (2008). Additionally, she played guest roles in an episode of CBS crime drama "CSI: Miami" and CBS police procedural/crime drama starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, "Numb3rs."
Next, Graynor will play Kat Dennings' inebriated girlfriend Caroline in Peter Sollett's upcoming 2008 comedy film based on the novel by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (also starring Michael Cera), and is currently filming Miguel Arteta's upcoming film adaptation of C. D. Payne's 1993 epistolary novel, "Youth in Revolt," alongside Michael Cera, Justin Long, Steve Buscemi, and Ray Liotta.