Liza Weil
Biographical Information
Date of Birth: June 5, 1977
Birth Place: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Full Name: Liza Rebecca Weil
Appearance Information
Portrays: Amanda Tanner
First appearance: "Sweet Baby"
Final appearance: "The Trail"
Appearance Count: 6

Liza Rebecca Weil 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 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.

Weil was originally considered for the role of Rory Gilmore by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino before Alexis Bledel won the role; the character of Paris Geller was created especially for Weil.

In 2006, Weil was featured in the horror themed short film, Grace, in which her character suffers a miscarriage, yet decides to carry the baby to term with terrifying results. The film, which also featured Brian Austin Green, premiered at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors convention on June 2, 2006, and is the basis for the 2009 feature film of the same name. She also had a minor role as a humane society worker in the Molly Shannon film Year of the Dog, and appeared as Doris Delay in the 2008 biographical film Neal Cassady, and as a reporter in the 2010 live-action rotoscoping film Mars.

Weil also voiced a public service announcement which aired from June to October 2007 and aired on radio stations in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley in support of the American Diabetes Association's Step Up to Fight Diabetes staircase climb event, which took place in Center City Philadelphia on October 20, 2007.

In 2009, Weil returned to her roots as a regular guest star in various television series, including appearances in Eleventh Hour, CSI, In Plain Sight, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice and in February 2010 began a run as Dr. Glass on the popular Internet series Anyone But Me; series creator Susan Miller officiated at Weil's wedding to Paul Adelstein in 2006.

In March 2011, it was confirmed that Weil had signed for the role of Amanda Tanner, a White House aide, in ABC's Scandal, a series written and produced by Shonda Rhimes. It was picked up by the network for their midseason 2011-12 schedule on May 13, 2011, and Weil had a recurring role in the series' first season.

Weil played a supporting role in the horror film Smiley, and started 2013 as a recurring guest star in the last half of the only season of Amy Sherman-Palladino's ABC Family series Bunheads as Milly, the sister of Truly Stone. She is also a constant collaborator with independent film director Noah Buschel, having appeared in most of his work through the years and co-producing and starring in the 2014 low-cost project The Situation is Liquid.

At the end of February 2014, Weil was confirmed as signing on for another Shonda Rhimes project, having been cast as Bonnie Winterbottom, an assistant to Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) in the ABC series How to Get Away with Murder, which premiered during the 2014–15 television season. She also reprised her role as Paris Geller in the "Winter" and "Spring" episodes of the Netflix revival series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.


  • 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 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.
  • She was married to Paul Adelstein who portrays Leo Bergen on Scandal.



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