From her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the hit Fox series “House” to her star turn as Abby McCarthy in Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” Lisa Edelstein’s range of roles are as diverse as her talent.
“Girlfriends’ Guide” is a dramedy following a best-selling author of a self-help series who separates from her husband and must navigate big career changes and the dating world as a newly single mother. Created by Marti Noxon, the show not only gave Edelstein the opportunity to be the series lead playing everything from heartfelt drama to physical comedy, she also had the chance to expand creatively by being a writer, producer and director on the show.
Edelstein is currently filming Season 3 of the Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and AFI Award-winning Netflix series “The Kominsky Method,” starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin and created by Chuck Lorre. Edelstein plays Phoebe, the drug-addled hot mess daughter of Arkin’s character. In addition, she’s juggling an arc on Ryan Murphy’s “911: Lonestar” which reunites her with her “West Wing” paramour, Rob Lowe. She portrayed his call-girl girlfriend on the show. Speaking of reunions, she recently enjoyed another with “House” creator David Shore for an arc on his Emmy-nominated “The Good Doctor.”
Edelstein also took the helm by writing, directing, and starring in the short film “Unzipping.” Based on the short story by Etgar Keret, Edelstein produced the film with Kate Cohen of Straight Up Films. James Le Gros and Jason Lewis co-star.
No stranger to fearless and even some iconic television roles, Edelstein was the risotto-loving Karen on “Seinfeld,” the transsexual Cindy on “Ally McBeal,” and Rhonda Roth, the first out-lesbian on network TV in Jason Katim’s “Relativity.” Other guest and recurring appearances include “Scandal,” “The Good Wife,” “Castle,” and “House of Lies.” She co-starred for seven seasons on the medical drama “House,” which became the most watched show in the world and garnered Edelstein the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress.
Edelstein’s feature credits include the recent indies “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets” and “Phoenix. Oregon.” Additional credits include “Keeping The Faith,” starring Ben Stiller and directed by Edward Norton, Mel Gibson’s “What Women Want,” “Daddy Day Care” with Eddie Murphy, “As Good As It Gets,” the dramatic Showtime feature “Fathers and Sons,” and a cameo opposite Paul Reiser, with whom she appears in “The Kominsky Method,” in the Sundance comedy “Joshy.” She also works in the realm of animation voiceover in such shows as “American Dad,” “King of the Hill,” “Airbender: Legend of Korra,” as well as the character Mercy Graves in the “Superman” and “Justice League” series.
While honing her craft at the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Edelstein appeared in numerous off-Broadway productions and then authored, composed and performed the AIDS-related musical “Positive Me” at Ellen Stuart’s La Mama in Manhattan. It was one of the first productions in any medium about the crisis and New York’s Common Ground bestowed to her a Humanitarian Award for her efforts to further awareness.
Edelstein resides in Los Angeles in a century old home with her husband artist Robert Russell, two step-sons, and several rescue dogs. She volunteers her time with a variety of charity organizations including Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, The Anti-Defamation League, Planned Parenthood and The Center for Reproductive Rights.
Photos Credits : Don Flood