How To Get Away With Mur­der

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TV Plus (South Africa) - - 8 FEBRUARY -

Liza Weil has us hooked as the in­tensly emo­tional and se­cre­tive as­sis­tant Bon­nie Win­ter­bot­tom in How To Get Away With Mur­der (2014-cur­rent). Af­ter all, view­ers are used to her as Rory’s (Alexis Bledel) up­tight neme­sis Paris Geller in Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)…

1 In be­tween th­ese two roles, Liza made sev­eral guest ap­pear­ances on other shows, in­clud­ing three shows pro­duced by How To Get Away With Mur­der cre­ator Shonda Rhimes. Liza played Ali­son Clark in Grey’s Anatomy (2005-cur­rent) in 2009, Andi in Pri­vate Prac­tice (2007-2013) in 2011 and Amanda on The Fixer (2012-cur­rent) in 2012.

2 She orig­i­nally au­di­tioned for the role of Rory in Gilmore Girls but cre­ator Amy Sher­man-Pal­ladino wrote the char­ac­ter Paris spe­cially for Liza af­ter she didn’t fit the role of Rory.

3 The 38-year-old is happy play­ing Bon­nie be­cause for the first time in her ca­reer, she’s cast as an adult and not a teen; she was 23 when she played Paris. Says Liza, “Bon­nie is a grown-up. She’s se­ri­ous, man. Bon­nie is nav­i­gat­ing and del­e­gat­ing to the stu­dents.”

4 For her role, Liza re­searched and drew in­spi­ra­tion from other law dra­mas like The Good Wife (2009-cur­rent) and The Di­vide (2014). “Watch­ing some­thing else feels like a be­trayal, even to our fic­tional clients. It’s like I ask my­self, ‘What are you do­ing?’ It helps to un­der­stand my role.”

5 Liza mar­ried ac­tor Paul Adel­stein (Dr Cooper Freed­man from Pri­vate Prac­tice) in Novem­ber 2006. They have one child to­gether, daugh­ter Josephine El­iz­a­beth Weil-Adel­stein (5). 6 Liza wanted to be an ar­chae­ol­o­gist grow­ing up af­ter watch­ing In­di­ana Jones & The Tem­ple Of Doom (1984).

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