One of the successful young actors in America, Eric Lively has spent a life in front of the camera nearly all of his life, but never considered acting as a professional career until being discovered in NYC. A former fashion model, he acquired TV prominence with his roles as Carey Bell on Disney’s “So Weird” (1999-2001), from which he took home a number of nominations, including a 2000 YoungStar nod, and Mark Wayland on Showtime’s popular series “The L Word” (2005). On the big screen, Lively is maybe better known as the star of The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006), the installment of the 2004 cult film starring Ashton Kutcher. Moviegoers can also catch him in American Pie (1999), The Breed (2006), and the forthcoming Sex and Breakfast (2007), Live! (2007) and Deep Winter (2007).
“I don’t have a girlfriend right now. We just broke up, but we’re great friends. It’s just so difficult to date when I’m living in Vancouver (where ‘So Weird’ is filmed). Am I looking for one? Well, I don’t think you should really look for love. I think it finds you.” Eric Lively
Currently single, the owner of six tattoos including a barcode on his left forearm, Lively likes girls with personality, professing that both Heather Graham and Drew Barrymore fit into that category due to their light and open outlooks.
“I like girls with personality. You know who I think seems really cool? Drew Barrymore and Heather Graham. They just seem to have this kind of light, open attitude.” Eric Lively
Childhood and Family:
In Atlanta, Georgia, Eric Lawrence Lively was born on July 31, 1981. His father is producer-actor Ernie Lively and his mother is talent manager Elain Lively. Along with his four siblings, a brother, Jason, and three sisters, Lori, Robyn and Blake, he grew up in the San Fernando Valley nearly the sparkle of Hollywood. Eric was educated at the LA County High School for the Arts, graduating at age 15, and went on to study photography at New York’s Parsons School of Design- New School University. He returned to Los Angeles in the late 1990s to professionally pursue a career in acting.
On his free time, Eric loves playing the piano and strumming his guitar. He also enjoys listening to the Muse and Radiohead. Presently, a longtime photography lover, Lively lives in his photo studio on the beach in Los Angeles and also his second favorite home, New York City.
The Butterfly Effect 2
Eric Lively appeared on his first movie when he was still a baby in 1983’s Brainstorm, Natalie Wood’s last film. Eleven years later, he made his television movie bow in Armed and Innocent (1994), a based on true story drama/thriller starring Kate Jackson and Gerald McRaney, and had a guest spot in “Full House” (1994), playing the first boyfriend of Stephanie Tanner. However, Lively was not seriously chasing acting. He started working as a model instead. After shooting the Abercrombie and Fitch campaign, he was spotted by casting director Joseph Middleton in New York City, who landed him a part in the teen comedy American Pie (1999), an assignment that forced Lively back to Los Angeles, and the rest is a history.
Lively’s breakthrough role arrived later that same year when he was cast opposite Patrick Levis and Mackenzie Phillips on the Disney series “So Weird” (1999-2001). Finely playing Carey Bell, he received a 2000 YoungStar nomination for Best Young Actor/Performance in a Drama TV Series and, along with other young stars, he jointly earned Young Artist nods for Best Ensemble in a TV Series in 2001 and for Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble in 2000, as well as a 2000 YoungStar nomination for Best Young Ensemble Cast – Television.
In 2001, the actor could be seen in television films A Mother’s Fight for Justice, opposite Meredith Baxter and Alan Rosenberg, and Uprising, a war/drama with an all-star cast including Donald Sutherland, David Schwimmer, Sadie Frost, Radha Mitchell, Hank Azaria and Leelee Sobieski. Supporting roles on TV movies Paranormal Girl (2002), starring Sasha Barrese and Angela Sarafya and directed by Andrew Fleming, and The Pact (2002) followed before he returned to TV series as a regular on the short-lived 2003 Norm Macdonald series “A Minute with Stan Hooper,” portraying Ryan.
In 2005, Lively was put back on the limelight thanks to his role as documentary filmmaker Mark Wayland on the 2004 Showtime hit series “The L Word.” He continued to star as Doug Reynolds on the WB comedy series “Modern Men” (2006), opposite Jane Seymour. 2006 also found Lively make two films. He first teamed up with Michelle Rodriguez, Oliver Hudson and Taryn Manning for the horror/thriller The Breed, and then had a leading role in the sequel to the 2004 cult movie The Butterfly Effect 2, as Nick Larson.
The young actor is scheduled to work with writer/director Miles Brandman for the comedy/drama Sex and Breakfast (2007), playing Charlie. He will also be seen as Brad in the Eva Mendes-David Krumholtz Live! (2007) and Tyler Crowe in his own vehicle Deep Winter (2007), for director Mikey Hilb.