An actress who brings wide-eyed introspection and wry humor to her work, Lauren Ambrose first came to the attention of mainstream audiences with her supporting role as Ethan Embry’s reclusive, brainy friend in the teen party flick Can’t Hardly Wait (1998). Ambrose, a native of New Haven, Connecticut — where she attended Rosemary Choate Hall and an arts magnet school — became involved with acting through her training as a singer. After spending many of her summers studying voice at Massachusetts’s prestigious Tanglewood, the aspiring performer branched out in front of the camera, landing supporting work on several episodes of NBC’s Law and Order, which cast her as a mentally retarded teen gang-raped by her classmates. She made her big-screen debut as one of Kevin Kline’s students in In & Out (1997), and a year later won the role in Can’t Hardly Wait.
In 2000 Ambrose had a busy year, starring in both the independent drama Swimming and in the screen adaptation of Charles Busch… read more