Dead Like Me
“I feel most comfortable playing and creating characters whom are least like myself.” Ellen Muth
Actress Ellen Muth is probably best known for portraying Georgia Lass in the television series “Dead Like Me” (Showtime, 2003-2004), from which she garnered Satellite and Saturn nominations for her performance. The Connecticut native began appearing in commercials at age 12 and gained recognition two years later with her Tokyo International Film Festival nominated supporting portrayal of Young Selena in “Dolores Claiborne” (1995). She took home an AFI Fest Award for her starring role in “The Young Girl and the Monsoon” (1999). Muth made her directing debut with a 2008 episode of “Tales from Dark Fall.”
Muth’s inspirations include actress Angelina Jolie and singer Mariah Carey.
Childhood and Family:
Ellen Anna Muth was born on March 6, 1981, in Milford, Connecticut, to optician Dr. Erich Muth and Rachel Muth. Her father has written a number of optical books and donates the profits to The Erich Muth Scholarship fund. Ellen discovered an interest in acting at an early age and began studying the craft at age 10. She is a member of Mensa and Intertel and a student at the Lee Strasberg School.
A cat lover, Ellen, whose nickname is Elle, has nine cats (6 Burmese, 2 Siamese and 1 Munchkin). She enjoys car racing.
The Young Girl and the Monsoon
Ellen Muth began a brief career as a model with Ford Models and Rascal's Agency before deciding to focus on acting. In 1993, at age 12, she made her professional debut in commercials. Two years later, she was cast as Young Selena in the dramatic film “Dolores Claiborne,” which was adapted from the Stephen King book of the same name. Her performance was applauded and she earned a Best Supporting Actress Award at the 1995 Tokyo International Film Festival.
In 1997, Muth appeared in an episode of the series “Law & Order. She appeared in the TV movie “Only Love” the following year. Based on a book by Erich Segal, the CBS movie was directed by John Erman and starred Marisa Tomei and Rob Marrow. She returned to feature films in 1999 with the starring role of Constance in director/writer James Ryan's independent comedy “The Young Girl and the Monsoon” and was awarded an AFI Fest for Best Actress.
Muth played Jacqueline Hutchinson in an episode of “The Beat” called “The Beat Goes On” and Elaine Harrington in the episode “Chat Room” of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2000. The same year, she portrayed Jane in the Lifetime TV film “The Truth About Jane” (written and directed by Lee Rose), Jessie at 18 in the PBS dramatic film “Cora Unashamed” (directed by Deborah Pratt) and Dana Le Tour in the pilot of the Fox short lived sitcom “Normal, Ohio.” After working in Katherine Lindberg's “Rain” (2001), which starred Melora Walters and Kris Park, Muth costarred with D.B. Sweeney, Diane Farr and Chad Donella in the Emmy nominated thriller “Superfire” (directed by Steven Quale), played the cancer stricken daughter Emma in the CBS film “Two Against Time” (directed by David Anspaugh) and had a supporting role in the sport themed feature “A Gentleman's Game” (opposite Gary Sinise, Philip Baker Hall, Dylan Baker and Henry Simmons, 2002).
Muth next starred as the protagonist Georgia Lass, an 18 year old college dropout, in the Showtime series “Dead Like Me,” which was created by Bryan Fuller. The show ran from June 27, 2003, to October 31, 2004. Costars of the series included Laura Harris, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy, Cynthia Stevenson and Mandy Patinkin. Muth was nominated for a 2004 Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television Series and a Golden Satellite for Best Performance by an Actress in a Series for her work on the show. Talking about her character in the series, she said, “Actually, what's appealing about the role is the character's dry sense of humor and the fact that she doesn't even realize that she's funny half the time. I also love George's curiosity about life and death and the fact that deep down inside she does care about people.”
After the cancellation of “Dead Like Me,” Muth provided the voice of Addie Vost in the 2007 animated short film “Tofu the Vegan Zombie in Zombie Dearest,” which was helmed by Lee Stringer. The next year, she starred as Jill in the 13 minute length drama “Jack N Jill,” opposite Trent Gill as Jack, and directed the episode “Coffee, Tea or Me” of “Tales from Dark Fall.” Muth also reprised her role of Georgia Lass in the direct to video sequel “Dead Like Me: Life After Death” (2009), which was directed by Stephen Herek.
AFI Fest: Best Actress, “The Young Girl and the Monsoon,” 1999
Tokyo International Film Festival: Best Supporting Actress, “Dolores Claiborne,” 1995