Love and Mary
"I was an awkward, shy girl. While some kids turn to drugs or sex, I found acting. It helped me face the weirdness I felt." Lauren German.
Attractive, auburn-haired actress Lauren German was first seen on screen as the menacing Kimmy on the third season (1999) of MTV’s anthology series "Undressed" and as Shane West’s spiteful ex girlfriend and Mandy Moore's mean-spirited high school peer in the 2002 romantic sleeper hit A Walk to Remember. Afterward, she appeared in the remake of the classic horror flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Simple Lies (2005) and Standing Still (2005). Her upcoming films include What We Do Is Secret, Love and Mary (she will play Mary), and You Are Here. She also joins Heather Matarazzo and Bijou Phillips to play young American women who are lured away to a Slovakian hostel in Eli Roth's next horror movie, Hostel: Part II.
Childhood and Family:
Born on November 29, 1978 in Huntington Beach, California, Lauren Christine German attended the Orange County High School of the Performing Arts (a.k.a. OCHSA) in Southern California, where she was also trained as a dancer. She also took classes at the prominent The Actors Studio in Huntington Beach, California, and studied anthropology and political science at the University of Southern California, which she dropped out just before her senior year to pursue an acting career. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
First getting into acting while studying at the USC, Lauren German had her first acting job with a cameo role in writer-director Kris Isacsson's romantic comedy about losing a first love, Down to You (2000), starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Julia Stiles and Selma Blair. That same year, she was also regularly featured on the third season the MTV anthology series that follows the relationships of college students, "Undressed," playing Kimmy, a manipulative and self-absorbed college student.
Soon, Lauren landed more television jobs. She was cast in a 2001 action/sci-fi TV movie Shotgun Love Dolls, was spotted as a guest on an April 2001 episode of the WB’s original family drama "7th Heaven," in which she played Marie, a look-alike for the Camden's own Mary (played by Jessica Biel), and in a January 2002 episode of the brief-lived drama "Going to California."
Meanwhile, moviegoers could catch her in Adam Shankman's film version of the eponymous 1998 novel by Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember (starring Shane West and Mandy Moore), playing the sinister role of Belinda, the spiteful former girlfriend of West’s character. She was also seen in Chuck Bowman's crime horror Dead Above Ground and in Gil Cates Jr.'s modern rave take on Shakespeare's comedy play, A Midsummer Night's Rave (starring Taye Diggs and Andrew Keegan).
The next years, Lauren played roles in Marcus Nispel's remake of the 1974 film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003; alongside Jessica Biel), Morgan J. Freeman's little-known drama Piggy Banks (2004), Ariel Vromen's crime thriller Rx (2005; a.k.a. Simple Lies) and Matthew Cole Weiss' drama Standing Still (2005; starring James Van Der Beek, Mena Suvari, Adam Garcia and Amy Adams). She also returned to TV and appeared on UPN’s short-lived drama "Sex, Love & Secrets" and teamed with Diane Keaton in a made-for-TV movie based on Meg Wolitzer's novel, Surrender Dorothy (2006).
As for her upcoming projects, Lauren just completed filming Rodger Grossman's What We Do Is Secret, a biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs, and will soon finish writer-director Elizabeth Harrison's romantic comedy Love and Mary (she will play Mary), and writer-director Henry Pincus' You Are Here (with Bijou Phillips, Katie Cassidy, Adam Campbell and Chris Lowell). She is currently on set filming writer-director Eli Roth's horror movie, Hostel: Part II. In the film, she joined Heather Matarazzo and Bijou Phillips playing young American women who are lured away to a Slovakian hostel by a model from their class where they soon experience the grim reality.