The In Crowd
A television and film actress hailed from Panama, but has always considered Austin, Texas as “home,” Lori Heuring had appeared in several films such as her debut, “8 Seconds” (1994), “Animal Room”(1995), “The Newton Boys” (1998) and “Restaurant” (1998) before making the leap into starring roles in Mary Lambert's “The In Crowd” (2000), playing a newly released mental patient, Adrien Williams. The role led to her being named one of Maxim's “Hot 100” and an appearance on the magazine's Uncut 2001 15-Month Calendar. The model-turned-actress followed it up with a significant supporting role in David Lynch's a “Mulholland Dr.” (2001) and a series of starring performances in movies like “True Blue” (2001), “King's Highway” (2002), “Taboo” (2002), “Mummy An' the Armadillo” (2004), “False Prophets” (2006), “Wicked Little Things” (2006) and “Within” (2008). She is also known for having parts in Adam Sandler's “Anger Management” and the hit thriller “Runaway Jury” (both 2003) and will play roles in the upcoming films “Magic,” “The Poker Club” and “Hunger” (all 2008). On the small screen, Heuring has guested in the series “7th Heaven's,” “Ellen,” “Murder One,” “The Visitor,” “Early Edition” and played a recurring role in “Alias” (2001). She also acted in the TV films “The Locket” (2002) and “Perfect Romance” (2004).
On her free time, Heuring enjoys reading books, writing and spending time with her friends and family. She said, “I love to go out, drink beer, and shoot pool with my dad.”
Heuring has a dog named Stan Musial. She cites art-house flick by directors like Shohei Imamura and Werner Herzog as her favorite movies. She is now a resident of Los Angeles, California.
Childhood and Family:
Born on April 6, 1973, in Panama City, Panama, Lori Ann Heuring spent her upbringing in Austin, Texas. Before focusing solely on acting, she was a strict student in college and graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a degree in Business. Thanks to her family's support, she used to spend her summers studying acting in Los Angeles and returned to Texas in the falls for her formal school. After college, she decided to permanently reside in Los Angeles so that she could give acting more shot.
Panama-born, Texas-raised Lori Heuring had her first taste of showbiz as a model before turning to acting and making her feature debut in a bit part in the 1994 sport-themed “8 Seconds,” by John G. Avildsen and starring Luke Perry as PRCA Bull Riding World Champion Lane Frost. First arriving in Hollywood in her late teens, she returned to Texas for several years to pursue a college degree after landing a costarring role opposite Matthew Lillard and Amanda Peet in the action film “Animal Room” (1995), but moved back to Hollywood as soon as she completed her studies to further chasing her acting career. In Texas, Heuring went on to act in Texas-shots TV productions like “Texas Justice,” a 1995 two-part TV movie starring Peter Strauss and Heather Locklear, and “Walker, Texas Ranger” (1996).
Heuring had guest spots in WB's “7th Heaven's,” ABC's “Ellen,” and Fox's “Murder One” and “The Visitor” before resuming her film career by taking small parts in the indie-comedy “Get a Job,” with Jeremy London and Brenda Strong, the Western “The Newton Boys,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich and Ethan Hawke, and the Adrien Brody vehicle “Restaurant” (all 1998). The same year, she also portrayed Jojo Rider in the made-for-TV film “Blade Squad” and Renee Callahan in an episode of the supernatural series “Early Edition.” She rounded out the decade by making a short film called “Weeping Shriner.”
Entering the new millennium, Heuring was cast along side Michael Laurence, Jacqueline Kim and Brion James in the independent drama “The Operator” (2000) for director/writer Jon Dichter, and with David Blackwell, Janine de Luna-Azul and Michele Deradune in Francesca Talenti's award-winning courtroom film “Snake Tales” (2000). Besides, she supported Tom Arnold and William McNamara in the comedy “Just Sue Me” (2000) and starred with Susan Ward in the thriller “The In Crowd” (2000), by director Mary Lambert. Although the latter film was not a box office hit, Heuring, who played the bonny, calculating ex-mental patient, Adrien Williams, enjoyed attention as one of Maxim's “100 Hot Girls.”
The following year, Heuring landed the famous supporting part of Lorraine Kesher on the David Lynch drama “Mulholland Dr.,” which starred Naomi Watts and Laura Harring, teamed up with Harvey Keitel in Joel Silverman's indie-drama “Nailed,” appeared with Sam Elliott in the independent thriller “Pretty When You Cry” and costarred with Tom Berenger in the crime/thriller “True Blue.” The same year, she also had a recurring role as Kate Jones/Eloise Kurtz on the J.J Abrams-created “Alias.” Heuring then shared top bill with Geoff Stults in “King's Highway” (made in 2002, released in 2008), costarred with Nick Stahl in the Sundance Film Festival-screened “Taboo” (2002) and played Alice Richards in the CBS television film “The Locket” (2002), alongside Vanessa Redgrave.
2003 saw the beautiful actress in the Alon Aranya comedy/drama “Connecting Dots,” Peter Segal's “Anger Management,” starring Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson and Marisa Tomei, and the successful thriller “Runaway Jury,” opposite John Cusack, Gene Hackman,Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz and Bruce Davison. In 2004, she starred with Brad Renfro in “Mummy An' the Armadillo,” which won a Breckenridge Festival of Film for Best Ensemble Cast, and worked with Nick Moran and Jake Thomas for the sequel “Soccer Dog: European Cup.” On the TV film “Perfect Romance” (2004, Lifetime), she played Kathleen Quinlan's daughter, Jenny. 2005 to 2006 saw roles in the films “Undiscovered,” “8MM 2” (costarred with Johnathon Schaech), “False Prophets” (directed and written by Robert Kevin Townsend) and “Wicked Little Things” (starred as a single mother of two girls named Karen Tunny).
Recently starring with Mia Ford in “Within” (2008), a drama/thriller penned by Rebecca Sonnenshine, Heuring will play Dr. Sarah Westcott on the adventure/family “Magic” (2008), by John Penney, and Jan Tyler in Tim McCann's “The Poker Club” (2008), along side Johnathon Schaech and Judy Reyes. She is also scheduled to star with Linden Ashby in the forthcoming horror/thriller “Hunger” (2008). These three projects are now in post-production.