Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Her role as Lindsay on NBC's Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)

Background:

“I think everyone feels lost at times during their high school years. But what I
love about Lindsay is that she is basically a girl trying to find her way in the
world. She keeps a lot of her feelings inside, which can be painful, but she
tries so hard to help people. She is one of those kids who wants to be accepted
for who they are, but isn’t sure how to do that - which is what I think makes
her so endearing.” Linda Cardellini on her role in Freaks and Geeks

Attractive and talented TV and movie actress Linda Cardellini is perhaps most
known for her portrayals as wild-child gifted student Lindsay Weir in the NBC
acclaimed high school drama “Freaks and Geeks” (1999-2000) and as Nurse Samantha
Taggart in “ER” (2003-?). On the silver screen, the fresh-faced actress, who got
her first movie break with roles in Good Burger, Dead Man On Campus and
Strangeland, gained substantial exposure and popularity with her role as the
brainy Velma in the highly successful live-action version of Scooby-Doo (2002)
and its continuation in 2004. Other movie credits include the cult hit Legally
Blonde (2001), the thriller The Unsaid (2001), the comedy Jiminy Glick in
Lalawood (2004, with Martin Short), LolliLove (2004), Ang Lee’s Brokeback
Mountain (2005), American Gun (2005) and the comedy Grandma’s Boy (2006). One of
the hottest new stars of “ER,” Cardellini is set to play a role for the
forthcoming miniseries “Comanche Moon” (2006).

As for her romantic life, Freaks And Geeks star Cardellini has been linked to
her costar, Jason Segel (born on January 18, 1980). The two began dating in
March 2001.


Margaret Keane Fan

Childhood and Family:

In Redwood City, California, Linda Edna Cardellini was born on June 25, 1975, to
Wayne David Cardellini and Lorraine Hernan. The youngest of four siblings was
educated at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California, and
graduated in 1993. She continued her study at Loyola Marymount University’
College of Communication & Fine Arts and earned a degree in theatre in 2001.

As for her personal life, the 5’ 3” inch tall actress, who has Italian/Irish
roots, is an art lover, especially the work of Margaret Keane. In her free time,
she also likes attending martial arts classes.


Scooby-Doo’s Nerdy Girl

Career:

Linda Cardellini had her first public appearance at age 10, when she sang in a
school play. The acting bug quickly caught the young girl after the performance
and she subsequently plunged herself in several school productions as well as
started attending drama lessons. After high school, she headed for Los Angeles
to professionally pursue an acting career. Cardellini’s first big break arrived
when the 21-year-old girl hit the small screen for the first time with a regular
role in the ABC Saturday morning live-action children’s series “Bone Chillers,”
starring as Sarah, opposite Trey Alexander. She segued to guest roles in the
following year, appearing in shows like “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Pacific
Palisades” (played a two-episodic turn as Sara), “Clueless” and “Step by Step,”
and made wide screen debut with a bit part in Brian Robbins’ comedy Good Burger,
that same year.

In 1998, Cardellini was additionally featured as Jason Segel’s girlfriend in Tom
Everett Scott’s starring vehicle, the teen flick Dead Man on Campus and played
the victim of masochistic internet predator Captain Howdy (played by
writer/actor Dee Snider) in the writer’s horror/thriller Strangeland. It was her
face (although with sewn together lips) that was featured on the theatrical
poster and video cover in the latter, however, that made Cardellini a popular
and striking figure to movie goers. She followed it up with another small turn
in the 1999 romance/comedy film The Prince and the Surfer.

On the small screen, more work knocked on Cardellini’s door during the 1998-1999
periods. After doing an episodic-turn in CBS’ drama “Promised Land” and “Kenan &
Kel” (both 1998), the actress landed recurring roles in two series: the UPN
“Guys Like Us,” as one of the co-workers named Jude, and the ABC “Boy Meets
World,” in which she portrayed Lauren, the girl who could unintentionally
separate the show’s star couple Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel).
She then essayed the supporting part of the late girl Leslie Chambers in the
made-for-TV film Dying to Live (1999) and was garnered with glowing reviews for
her small but important part as the young starlet June in 1930s Hollywood in the
AMC miniseries “The Lot” (1999).
Cardellini, however, didn’t achieve a huge break until she was hired to star in
the NBC drama “Freaks and Geeks” (1999-2000). As Lindsay Weir, an honor student
in the midst of an identity crisis befriends with forceful drummer Bill (Jason
Segel) and nihilistic radical Daniel (James Franco), the actress earned positive
response that subsequently catapulted her fame. As for the series, despite
critical acclaimed, the Emmy-nominating show was axed in the mid season airings.


Returning to the big screen, Cardellini emerged as the upper-class Chutney
Windham in a 2000 hit comedy starred Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde (2001)
and found herself acting with Andy Garcia and Vincent Kartheiser in the thriller
The Unsaid, that same year. She scored a massive hit in the following year with
the mega-hit Scooby-Doo, where she successfully brought to life the cartoon
character of the intelligent girl in the perpetual orange sweater Velma. As the
film became a cult hit, Cardellini, along with teen heavyweights Sarah Michelle
Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard, gained extensive exposure and
fame.
Her growing status was further established in 2003 when Cardellini was invited
to star as the free-spirited single mom, Nurse Samantha Taggart in the
well-liked medical series “ER,” a role she retains until now. Meanwhile, she
continued pursuing film career. In 2004, Cardellini reprised the Velma role for
the sequel Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, teamed up with writer-actor Martin
Short for the oddball comedy Jiminy Glick in Lalawood and had a supporting role
opposite James Gunn and Jenna Fischer in Fischer’s comedy film LolliLove. The
next year, she was featured as Cassie, a small town cocktail waitress who has a
heartbreaking romance with the closeted gay ranch hand Ennis (Heath Ledger) in a
high-profile film by Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain (2005). The same year, she also
costarred with Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker and Marcia Gay Harden in the
Aric Avelino-helmed drama American Gun.

Recently starring as Samantha, opposite Allen Covert and Peter Dante, in the
comedy Grandma’s Boy (2006), the 31-year-old actress will play Clara Forsythe in
the miniseries “Comanche Moon” (2006). The drama will star Charles Baker as
Monkey John, Troy Baker as Pea Eye Parker and Brett Brock as Joe Stewart.


Awards:
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I think I'm going to spend some time learning how to be a first-time mom, and then I'll go back to work.More Linda Cardellini quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I had the desire to go to Los Angeles, and it's paid off for me. I can't complain.More Linda Cardellini quotes [09/10/2006 12:09:00]
I just got back from Switzerland, which I've never been to. I went to Switzerland and Amsterdam.More Linda Cardellini quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Yes, I'm very close to my family. And being that close to your family, I think you also struggle with how to become your own person.More Linda Cardellini quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think you have to have a little bit of a screw loose to think that you can become an actor because the odds are so against you. I was just crazy enough to think I could do it.More Linda Cardellini quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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