"I'm not a waif-like girl, and I like that. Never mind dainty: There's nothing even remotely ladylike about a squat." Elisabeth Rohm.
German-American actress Elisabeth Rohm was best remembered while playing no-nonsense Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.) Serena Southerlyn (2001-2005) on NBC's long-running legal drama "Law & Order." She also had recurring guest appearances on The WB’s “Angel” as Detective Kate Lockley (1999-2001) and had a regular role as Alison Jeffers (2000) on the TNT brief-running drama “Bull.” On the big screen, she could be seen in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005) and will appear in the upcoming thrillers: Aftermath (alongside Anthony Michael Hall, Chris Penn and Tony Danza), and Ghost Image, by director Jack Snyder.
The 5' 8" tall, attractive blonde performer with greenish eyes whose favorite workout is weightlifting and strength training was one of Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list in 2002. She was engaged briefly with her high school sweetheart, Robert Knight, in 2003, and then was engaged to MSNBC's reporter Dan Abrams from 2003 to 2005. Now she is reportedly dating actor Anthony Michael Hall (born April 14, 1968; now starring in the popular series "The Dead Zone").
"Going to a restaurant doesn't cut it. You'll never get to know someone just sitting across the table and talking. You have to experience each other. I think taking a road trip together is really good for romance." Elisabeth Rohm.
Childhood and Family:
“Where I grew up (Bedford, New York), they put you on a horse right after they put a silver spoon in your mouth.” Elisabeth Rohm.
Born in Düsseldorf, Germany on April 28, 1973, Elisabeth Rohm followed her family moving to New York City before she turned 1 year old and has since spent her upbringing there. Her father, Eberhard Rohm, was a corporate attorney, and her mother, Lisa Loverde, was a writer who once wrote for the soap opera “Guiding Light” (1952). They divorced in 1982 when Elisabeth was 8 or 9, but Elisabeth still holds dual American/German citizenship.
Elisabeth Rohm, nicknamed Lis, attended the boarding school St Andrew's-Sewanee in Tennessee, and between the ages of 5 and 11, she trained to be a professional equestrian. To this day, she enjoys horseback riding and wants to learn how to jump. After moving to Miami to try her hand at modeling which didn’t pan out, Elisabeth returned to New York and enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she studied writing and European history.
“I somehow believed that a gym membership went along with being vain. And if you were vain, you were probably the type to judge people and not much fun to be around.” Elisabeth Rohm.
An accomplished equestrian, Elisabeth goes horseback riding four times a week. She also does serious full-body workouts with free weights, boxing, Olympic lifts, carrying and pulling heavy weights across the room. Additionally, she collects paintings by Woodstock, New York artist Justin Love. Love is also a friend of hers.
“The fitter I get, the more I think about playing superheroes!” Elisabeth Rohm.
While filming "Law & Order" (1990), Elisabeth lived in New York City, but now lives in Los Angeles part-time, in search of more acting jobs. She is also active singing, writing and supporting local artists, and has written an as yet unpublished novel about a young woman in 1911 Scotland whose husband committed suicide. Additionally, she works on behalf of maketheconnection.org, which shows the connection between cervical cancer and HPV.
“Our goal as women should be to discover who we are and not who we think we should be or who the world wants us to be. It's not our responsibility to be arm candy!” Elisabeth Rohm.
After auditioning for her college production of “Bondage,” Elisabeth Rohm became hooked in acting. Following graduation, she briefly worked as an agent's assistant in New York and subsequently landed an uncredited appearance in writer-director-actor Woody Allen's Oscar-nominated comedy Deconstructing Harry (1997). She followed it up with first professional TV job, playing the recurring role of Dorothy Hayes (1997-1998) on the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live."
The new comer then was recruited by producer Dick Wolf to play a role on Fox 1998 movie The Invisible Man. The next year, she was featured in two miniseries: the NBC’s "The 60s" (starring Josh Hamilton, Julia Stiles and Jerry O'Connell) and the BBC's “Eureka Street,” a drama comedy based on Robert McLiam Wilson's novel. She also nabbed her first longest-running role to that point, as Kate Lockley (1999-2001), a young, skeptical detective for the LAPD, on The WB’s “Angel,” the popular supernatural spin-off from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series.
During her “Angel” stint, Rohm had featured role as Alison Jeffers (2000), an ambitious Wall Street investment banker, on the brief-lived TNT drama series "Bull." In the fall of 2001, she reunited with Dick Wolf who asked her to replace Angie Harmon on NBC's long-running legal drama "Law & Order," playing Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.) Serena Southerlyn, a long line of brainy and beautiful sidekicks to A.D.A. Jack McCoy (played by veteran actor Sam Waterston). She left the series midway through the fifteenth (2004–2005) season and was succeeded by Annie Parisse, who played ADA Alexandra Borgia.
"Sam Waterston has been a great teacher and friend who has taught me about taking risks." Elisabeth Rohm (on working with Sam Waterston in "Law & Order”).
After departing from "Law & Order,” Rohm supported Sandra Bullock in the 2005 action movie/comedy film directed by John Pasquin, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. She also starred in the TV movies FBI: Negotiator (2005), playing an FBI agent who must negotiate with a woman holding a hospital hostage in order to get her hands on an experimental drug, and in Amber's Story (2006), a biographical drama.
Elisabeth is currently busy on set completing her upcoming film projects: Aftermath, writer-director Thomas Farone's crime thriller which also starring Anthony Michael Hall, Chris Penn and Tony Danza, and Ghost Image, a thriller by director Jack Snyder.
"I believe you're supposed to do something every day that you're afraid of. I live by that motto, which is why some people see me as ballsy." Elisabeth Rohm.