Elizabeth Reaser (born June 15,1975) is an American film, television, and stage actress. Her work includes the films Stay, The Family Stone, Sweet Land, Against the Current, The Twilight Saga, Young Adult, and the TV series Saved, Grey’s Anatomy, The Ex-List, The Good Wife, and True Detective.
Reaser was born in Bloomfield, Michigan, an affluent Detroit suburb, the daughter of Karen Davidson (née Weidman) and John Reaser. Elizabeth was the middle of three sisters.In 1995, her mother Karen married billionaire businessman William Davidson.
Reaser attended the Avondale High School in Auburn Hills. After high school, she attended Oakland University for one year, then attended the Juilliard School’s Drama Division (1995-1999, Group 28) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1999.
Reaser prepared for her role on Saved by spending time in an emergency room, observing the behavior of medical staff. In October 2004, Interview magazine hailed her as one of the “14 To Be” emerging creative women. Her work in the film Sweet Land earned the “Jury Award” at the Newport Beach Film Festival and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award “Best Female Lead” award. Reaser earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring guest appearance throughout 2007 and 2008 on the television series Grey’s Anatomy.
Reaser played the role of Esme Cullen in the movie Twilight,The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in 2010. She reprised the role in parts one and two of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
Reaser appeared on the CBS’ legal drama, The Good Wife in October 2010.