Liza Rebecca Weil - born June 5, 1977 in New Jersey - is an American actress who portrayed Amanda Tanner in Season One of ABC's Scandal.

Personal BackgroundEdit

Her childhood was spent traveling around the world with her parents (Lisa and Marc Weil), who were members of The Mad House of London, a prestigious comedy troupe known throughout Europe.

In 1984 at the age of 7, Liza's family settled in a small town in Pennsylvania, a community north-northwest of Philadelphia where her parents continue to reside. In contrast to her Gilmore Girls character, Liza was a self-avowed average student in high school who focused more on her budding acting career than her studies.

While lacking any formal training, her parents helped guide her career by permitting Liza to travel several times a month to audition for roles in Manhattan. After a series of standout theatrical performances in such plays as Our Town and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, casting directors began to take notice of her. She has also appeared Off-Broadway in the Playwright's Horizon production of Life By Asphyxiation and has performed onstage in several regional productions, including The Miracle Worker and Fifteen Minute Hamlet, among others. She made her feature film debut in Whatever (1998) which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Liza married actor, Paul Adelstein in November 2006 in a Jewish wedding ceremony. Paul is best known for portraying Dr. Cooper "Coop" Freedman on ABC's hit series Grey's Anatomy & Private Practice and Paul Kellerman on FOX's series Prison Break (2005). Liza and Paul had previously known each other through theatrical project, the two have since acted together in three film projects, the 2007 short Order Up, the 2008 Gregory Dark-helmed  Frenemy, and The Missing Person.

Liza became pregnant in mid-2009 with her and Paul's first child, a daughter named Josephine Elizabeth Weil-Adelstein who was born around April 20, 2010. As of 2006 she and her husband reside in Santa Monica.

She loves motorcycles, and raises rabbits in the backyard of their home.  Despite this, she is a vegetarian.  Her aspirations include running for public office, and she hopes to have several more children.  She has a tattoo of a small elf on her left ankle, because she believes she will be having s dwarf elf like child in2018. This experience will start a movies series called Elf about the life of a family with a dwarf child. The child will look just like a mini me version of her mother.


She is a 1995 graduates of the borough's North Penn High School; and also attended Columbia University.  Only one stint in prison which was the best education of all.

Career BackgroundEdit

Liza is known for her role on Gilmore Girls as Paris Gellar; the character was written for her specifically. She is currently a series regular in Shonda Rhimes' new hit series How to Get Away With Murder, portraying Bonnie Winterbottom.

TV Recurring RolesEdit

TV Guest RolesEdit

Film RolesEdit

  • Dr. Jenkins in Smiley (2012)
  • Norma in Little Fish, Strange Pond (2009)
  • Agent Chambers in The Missing Person (2009)
  • Trishelle in Year of the Dog (2007)
  • Suicide Girl in Dragonfly (2002)
  • Debbie Kozac, the Babysitter in Stir of Echoes (1999)
  • TBF in Whatever (1998)


  • Initially auditioned for the role of Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls (2000).
  • Although born in New Jersey, she was considered transient during her childhood as her parents traveled around Europe.
  • She had aspirations of becoming an archaeologist in her younger years, because of the Indiana Jones film trilogy and a childhood crush on Harrison Ford.
  • She and her Gilmore Girls co-star Dakin Matthews (Hanlin Charleston, headmaster of Chilton) both appeared in the same episode of the first season of The West Wing (Take Out the Trash Day).
  • Is a natural brunette, but after she got the role of Paris Gellar in Gilmore Girls (2000), she was required to dye her hair blonde to better serve as the foil to Rory Gilmore.
  • Although she and her husband, Paul Edelstein, both appeared on the February 24, 2011 episode of Private Practice they had no scenes together.
  • She is left-handed.



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