The American musician and actress Liza Weil is famously known as Paris Geller in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series “Gilmore Girls,” which aired for seven seasons on The WB and The CW channels from October 2000 to May 2007.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Liza Rebecca Weil hails from Passaic, New Jersey, and was born under the Gemini zodiac sign on 5 June 1977, which makes her 45 years old as of 2022. She was born to Marc Weil and his wife, Lisa Weil, and was brought up together with her sister, Samantha Weil, who is the mother of actress Scarlett Estevez. Her parents were members of the comedy group The Madhouse of London, and she used to accompany them when they toured around Europe. Liza is of mixed Finnish, Norwegian and English ancestry, and practices Judaism. She wanted to become an archeologist when she was a child, but became interested in acting when her family settled in Pennsylvania.
Liza studied at North Penn High School, and was active in the drama club. She matriculated to Columbia University in 1995.
Facts and Hobbies
Weil is a dog lover; she owned a dog named Rosie and liked posting her on Instagram before she died in mid-2018.
She is a culinary enthusiast who enjoys Chinese dishes.
She loves playing beach volleyball, and basking at the beach during summer.
Liza is also a fan of films and TV series – her best-loved are “Dear John,” “Les Misérables,” and “A Good Year.” Her favorite entertainers are Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum and Russell Crowe.
Before she began appearing on screen, Liza performed in the Philadelphia theatrical community regularly, and also at Ojai Playwrights Conference in Los Angeles frequently and has appeared in several plays such as “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds,” “Life by Asphyxiation,” and “Our Town.” In 2004, she appeared together with her father in the play “Proof,” in Montgomery Theater, Pennsylvania.
Liza made her debut in the 1996 short film, “A Cure for Serpents” and before the decade ended, she appeared in two films, “Whatever” in 1998 and “Stir of Echoes” in 1999. She appeared in two more movies in 2000, “Dragonfly” and “Lullaby” and her next role was in the short film, “Grace” in 2006. She later played Doris in 2007’s “Neal Cassady,” Norma in “Little Fish, Strange Pond” in 2009, and Dr. Jenkins in “Smiley.” She focused more on TV appearances in the 2010s and her latest film role was in the drama “Women Is Losers” in 2021.
Weil made her TV debut portraying Margie Corsell in the 1994 episode of “Adventures of Pete & Pete” entitled “Yellow Fever”, appearing together with her mother. She thereafter signed a talent-holding deal with Warner Bros. Pictures, and appeared in an episode of the drama “The West Wing” in early 2000.
Liza had initially auditioned for the starring role of Rory Gilmore in the acclaimed drama, “Gilmore Girls” but it went to the American actor, Alexis Bledel. Nonetheless, the creators of the show were impressed with her acting skills, and they wrote Paris Geller’s character for her. She appeared in 96 episodes between 2000 and 2007, and in several episodes shared the screen with her sister, Samantha. In 2009, she appeared in single episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Liza Weil guiding us into the weekend with this #FridayFeeling mood.
2012 saw Weil appearing as Amanda Tanner in six episodes of Shonda Rhimes’ drama “Scandal,” which premiered on ABC on 5 April 2012. In the year that followed, she portrayed Milly Stone in ABC Family’s comedy-drama, “Bunheads.” The show began airing in June 2012 but was canceled one year later due to low ratings. Weil next starred as Bonnie Winterbottom in 90 episodes of the ABC and Sky Witness drama “How to Get Away with Murder” from 2014 to 2020. The show also starred Viola Davis, Jack Falahee and Aja Naomi King, and won several awards including Primetime Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
In 2016, she played Paris Geller in three episodes of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”, and appeared in four episodes of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” in 2019. She recently landed a recurring role in the 2022 crime series “The Cleaning Lady”, and has also appeared in the sci-fi “Westworld.”
Other Works and Awards
Liza’s contribution to the mystery film “Bringing Rain” saw her receiving special thanks.
In 2005, she performed the song “Walking on Sunshine” in the episode “How Many Kropogs to Cape Code” of “Gilmore Girls.”
She’s guest appeared in several talk shows, such as “Good Morning America,” “The View,” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Moreover, she has endorsed various brands such as Kinetic Body Therapy and Stahl + Brand.
Weil’s performance in “Anyone but Me” saw her winning an Indie Series Award for Outstanding Guest Appearance in 2011.
Liza is active on Instagram – @lizaweil – with around 375,000 followers, and is followed by over 110,000 followers on Twitter.
— Liza Weil (@liza_weil) August 27, 2014
In 2006, Liza walked the aisle with the American actor, Paul Adelstein, who is famous for playing Wrigley in the 2013 romantic comedy film “Intolerable Cruelty” Previously, the duo appeared together in several projects such as “Private Practice” and “Scandal.” They welcomed a daughter, Josephine E. Weil-Adelstein, in 2010. Sadly, the couple separated in 2016 and ended their 11 years of togetherness with a divorce in November 2017.
After her separation, Liza fell in love with the former American model and actor Charlie Weber; the duo had met on the set of “How to Get Away with Murder.” They announced their brief separation in 2019 through their respective social media platforms, but rekindled their romance in June 2022, as Weber hinted on Instagram when he referred to her as ‘baby’ in a post.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Liza is of Caucasian ethnicity, and has dark brown eyes and brown hair. She has an hourglass figure, weighs approximately 125lbs (54kgs), and is 5ft 5ins (1.62m) tall. Her vital statistics are around 34-25-34, and she wears shoe and dress sizes 7(US) and 2(US) respectively.
Liza has appeared in over 30 film and TV titles, which has seen her fame and wealth grow significantly. She is worth approximately $3 million as of 2022.