She's the Man
“...Coming from Wisconsin, I've been working since I was twelve years old. Babysitting, and then all the way up to waitressing. Just how I was raised; I'm a hard worker. So when you come out here and you audition and work, that's really your job, is going out on all these auditions and working. But sometimes I feel like I should be doing something else, like I'm not working hard enough. I don't know, it's weird, but I feel like I need to go volunteer or teach, help kids or something, because I feel like something is missing.” Laura Ramsey
American actress Laura Ramsey has amassed an impressive resume since she was discovered waiting tables in an L.A. restaurant. Making her debut in the 2003 disappointing documentary “The Real Cancun,” she went on to star in the short-lived TV series “The Days” in 2004 and acted in four films in 2005, including Catherine Hardwicke's drama “Lords of Dogtown” and Jim Gillespie's horror “Venom.” However, it was not until her roles as the ultra-popular Olivia in the Amanda Bynes comedy “She's the Man” and Sarah Wenham in the supernatural thriller “The Covenant” that she enjoyed real success. Her more recent and upcoming films are “Whatever Lola Wants” (2007), “The Ruins” (2008), “Shrink” (2009, with Kevin Spacey), “Street” (2009, opposite Vivica A. Fox), “Middle Man” (2009, with Gabriel Macht and Giovanni Ribisi) and “Catch .44” (opposite Burt Reynolds).
“In my interviews, I'd much rather talk about art and what I'm working on that what I do in my personal life. That’s not anyone’s business, even for Maxim. What do I wear to bed or what turns me on, that’s not what you should be asking me. If you're going to be interviewing me, you should ask me about that. You should ask me about acting and what’s going on in my professional life.” Laura Ramsey
Ramsey has kept her private life private. In her leisure time, she likes swimming, gymnastics, basketball, roller-skating and volleyball. She also plays the piano and the saxophone. The 5'4” beauty idolizes Ashley Judd and Josh Hartnett and cites “The Wizard of Oz” as her favorite movie and “Cooking with Emeril” as her favorite TV show. Her favorite group is Taproot.
Childhood and Family:
Laura Ramsey was born on November 14, 1982, in Brandon, Wisconsin. She attended Laconia High School in Rosendale, Wisconsin, where she first discovered her love for performing. By the time she had graduated, she had decided to become an actress. She then headed to Los Angeles and was spotted while working as a waitress in a L.A. restaurant on Sunset Blvd.
Laura attended college at the Rippen College of Performing Arts.
Laura Ramsey got her start in the entertainment business when she won a part in the 2003 documentary “The Real Cancun,” which centers around 16 American youths in Mexico. Directed by Rick de Oliveira, the movie received negative feedback from both critics and audiences.
Ramsey scored her first break when she landed a starring role on the television series “The Days” (2004), opposite Marguerite MacIntyre, David Newsom and Evan Peters. Although the sitcom was canceled after six episodes, Ramsey, who portrayed the role of Natalie Day, had the opportunity to really begin her career.
The following year, the Wisconsin native was cast alongside Emile Hirsch, Heath Ledger, Johnny Knoxville, Rebecca De Mornay and Nikki Reed in “Lords of Dogtown,” a skateboarding drama helmed by Catherine Hardwicke and penned by Stacy Peralta. She played Miranda in the Eriq La Salle starring vehicle “Inside Out” and supported Edward Furlong, Daniel Franzese, Andrew Keegan and Susan Ward in “Cruel World,” from director Kelsey T. Howard. Additionally, Ramsey offered a strong performance as Rachel in Dimension Films' horror film “Venom,” which also starred Agnes Bruckner, Jonathan Jackson, Meagan Good, Bijou Phillips and Method Man.
Ramsey's career gained momentum in 2006 with roles in two high-profiles films. First, director Andy Fickman cast her as Olivia, the “love interest” of star Amanda Bynes, in the romantic teen comedy “She's the Man,” also starring Channing Tatum. Commenting about costar Amanda Bynes, Laura said, “She was great. I learned a lot from her. I’m used to doing dramatic. I felt like I was kind of nervous that I wasn’t going to be funny. It was a challenge for me. With Andy (Fickman, the director) and Amanda and learning the timing and being comfortable on set around all them, I felt good. She just made me feel comfortable too.” Ramsey next costarred as Sarah Wenham in Renny Harlin's supernatural thriller, “The Covenant,” opposite Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan and Taylor Kitsch.
In 2007, Ramsey could be seen starring as Lola in the dramatic film “Whatever Lola Wants,” directed by Nabil Ayouch. In the movie, she played a New York postal worker who pursues her dream of becoming a belly dancer in Cairo, Egypt. She then returned to the horror genre when she portrayed Stacy, one of four young people who meet the nightmare of their lives during a holiday in Cancun, in Carter Smith's adaptation of Carter B. Smith's novel, “The Ruins” (2008). The same year, she also appeared as Joy in an episode of “Mad Men” called “The Jet Set.”
Recently, Ramsey completed filming “Shrink” (2009), a drama directed by Jonas Pete, which was scripted by Thomas Moffett and starred Kevin Spacey, Dallas Roberts and Jack Huston, and York Shackleton's “Street” (2009), where she stars as a teenager named Lexy. She will soon play Audrey Dawn in “Middle Man” (2009), opposite Gabriel Macht, Giovanni Ribisi, James Caan, Luke Wilson, Kelsey Grammer and Kevin Pollak, and star as Dawn in Aaron Harvey's thriller “Catch .44.” Among her costars in the film are Burt Reynolds, Lauren German and Maggie Grace (rumored).