Liza Weil
Birth Date:
June 5, 1977
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
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American actress Liza Weil is best known for her portrayal of Paris Geller in The WB series “Gilmore Girls” (2000-2007). She is also notable for having recurring roles on the ABC series “Scandal” as White House aide Amanda Tanner in 2012 and the ABC Family series “Bunheads” as Milly Stone in 2013. Currently, she plays the regular role of law assistant Bonnie Winterbottom in the ABC series “How to Get Away with Murder” (2014-?).    

Weil has been married to actor  Paul Adelstein since 2006. They have one child together.

Acting Family

Childhood and Family:

Liza Weil was born as Liza Rebecca Weil on June 5, 1977, in Passaic, New Jersey, to an acting family. Her parents, Lisa and Marc Weil, toured Europe with their comedy troupe, The Madhouse Company of London, with her in tow. Her family settled in suburban Lansdale, Pennsylvania, when she was seven, and soon after, she started performing in local theater. She graduated from North Penn High School in 1995 and later attended Columbia University. Prior to acting, Liza was inspired to become an archaeologist due to the Indiana Jones film trilogy and a childhood crush on Harrison Ford. She has a younger sister named Samantha Weil, also an actress.   

In November 2006, Liza married Paul Adelstein in a Reform Jewish ceremony. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter Josephine Elizabeth Weil-Adelstein on April 20, 2010.

How to Get Away with Murder


Liza Weil acted in productions both off-Broadway and in Philadelphia's theatrical community before pursuing her film and television career in the early 1990s. She landed her first television role in 1994 in an episode of “ The Adventures of Pete & Pete” called “Yellow Fever,” where she played a bully alongside her mother Lisa, who portrayed a teacher. Three years later, she made her film debut in the award winning short “A Cure for Serpents,” where she played the role of the daughter Lucy. She starred as Anna Stockard in the 1998 independent film “Whatever,” written and directed by Susan Skoog, and co-starred with Kevin Bacon in David Koepp's horror film “Stir of Echoes” (1999), where she played Debbie Kozac, the Babysitter.

Entering the new millennium, Weil landed a recurring role as Samantha Sobriki in “ER” (2000-2001) and made guest appearances in television series like “The West Wing” (2000) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2001). She, however, did not enjoy a big success until she was cast as Paris Geller, the character created especially for her, in The WB series “Gilmore Girls,” created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. She was on the show throughout its seven season run from 2000 to 2007.

Weil continued on appearing in short films such as “Motel Jerusalem” (2001), “ Affair Game” (2006), “Grace” (2006), “Order Up” (2007) as well as in the films “Dragonfly” (2002), “Lullaby” (2002), “Year of the Dog” (2007) and “Neal Cassady” (2007). In 2009, she portrayed the role of Agent Chambers in the film “The Missing Person” and was cast as Norma in the comedy film “Little Fish, Strange Pond,” starring Matthew Modine, Callum Blue and Paul Adelstein. She also appeared in the short “Us One Night,” with Jesse Matthew Bernstein, Alison Brie and Kristyn Green. The same year, on television, she made a guest appearance in such shows as “Eleventh Hour,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “In Plain Sight” and “Grey's Anatomy.”  

From 2010 to 2011, Weil played the role of Dr. Glass in the popular web series “Anyone But Me.” The role brought her an Indie Series for Outstanding Guest Appearance in 2011. She played Jewel in the 2010 film “Mars” and appeared as Andi in an episode of “Private Practice” called “Two Steps Back” (2011).    

In 2012, Weil played the recurring role of Amanda Tanner, a White House aide, in the first season of the ABC series “Scandal,” written and produced by Shonda Rhimes. The same year, she had a supporting role in the horror film “Smiley” (starring Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia and Shane Dawson) and starred with Steven Walters in the short film “A Glove Story.”

Weil had a recurring role as Milly Stone in the ABC Family series “Bunheads,” which ran from June 11, 2012 to February 25, 2013. She returned to a series television as a regular cast in the ABC legal drama series “How to Get Away with Murder.” The show premiered on September 25, 2014.

Weil will star with Brendan Sexton III and Emily Fleischer in the upcoming crime/drama film “The Situation Is Liquid” (2015), directed and written by Noah Buschel. She also will star opposite   Nestor Carbonell and Austin Abram in the drama film “Medicine Men” (2015), co-written and directed by Guy Malim.     


Indie Series: ISA, Outstanding Guest Appearance, “Anyone But Me,” 2011
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