Cynthia Watros

Cynthia Watros

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Cynthia Michele Watros
(born September 2, 1968) is an American actress. Watros is known for her roles as Libby Smith on the ABC TV series Lost, Kellie in The Drew Carey Show, Erin in Titus, and Annie Dutton in Guiding Light.

Career[edit]

Watros initially became known for her role as Annie Dutton on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light from 1994 to 1998. Her character, a nurse, began as a heroine, but she gained notice and critical acclaim when her character’s rivalry with Reva Shayne (played by Kim Zimmer) led her to become a lunatic. In 1998, Watros won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on Guiding Light. In 1998, Watros briefly filled in for Jensen Buchanan as Victoria Hudson McKinnon on Another World while Buchanan was on maternity leave.

Watros appeared as Erin Fitzpatrick on Titus from 2000 to 2002 and gained recognition as a comedic actress, playing the fiancée of the title character. According to the DVD commentary, Erin was originally intended to be neurotic and socially awkward, but the character was revised a week before the pilot was shot. After Titus was canceled, she took on the role of Kellie Newmark on The Drew Carey Show, as a replacement for Christa Miller. Watros played the role from 2002 to 2004.

From 2005 to 2006, Watros was a cast member on the ABC series Lost, playing psychologist Libby, a member of the “Tailies”, a group of survivors of the plane crash who were in the tail section of the plane (and not seen during Season One). She was a romantic interest to Hurley and was very mysterious showing up in flashbacks. In the episode “Two for the Road“, Libby was shot and killed by Michael Dawson. Libby briefly reappeared in the 2008 episode “Meet Kevin Johnson“. She returned in 2010 in the episode “Everybody Loves Hugo” in the final season of Lost, in which she played a large part in the story. In addition, she appeared in the season finale, albeit without speaking lines.

After her departure from Lost in 2006, Watros filmed a pilot for a show titled My Ex-Life for CBS. She was slated to play the ex-wife of a character played by Tom Cavanagh. However, the pilot was not chosen by CBS.[1] Watros was also the lead in the 2007 CBS television pilot for The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud, a comedy about a former literary genius who, after an awakening, decides to pursue optimism instead of cynicism.

In 2009, Watros filmed a pilot for Valley Girls, a spin-off of the CW series Gossip Girl set in the 1980s, in which she played CeCe Rhodes, the socialite ex-wife of Rick Rhodes, and mother of the series’ protagonists. In a May 2009 episode of the USA series In Plain Sight, “A Stand-Up Triple”, she guest starred as a mother of three children in the witness protection program. Beginning in April 2010, Watros joined the cast of the TV medical drama House for seven episodes as Samantha Carr, one of Dr. James Wilson‘s ex-wives.

Watros appeared in the 2012 indie film, Electrick Children. In May 2012, she guest-starred in episode 8.22 of Grey’s Anatomy. In June 2013, she guest-starred in episode 4.17 of Warehouse 13. She played Mary Matrix, coach of the FPS Varsity team in the online series Video Game High School. Her character first appears in season two of the series, which started July 2013. Watros starred as Avery Jenning’s self-obsessed aunt in Dog with a Blog on December 6, 2013.

In 2013, Watros joined the cast of the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless but left the show in early 2014 with her character being recast. In July 2014, she joined the cast of the MTV series Finding Carter.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Watros was born in Lake Orion, Michigan. She attended Macomb Community College in Clinton Township, Michigan,[3] and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Boston University,[4] where she was part of Boston University‘s Professional Actors Training Program.[5]

Watros and Bonnie-Jill Laflin posing with a serviceman on a USO tour

Watros has been married to Curtis Gilliland since 1996. They have twin daughters, born in 2001.[6]

In 2008, Watros participated in a USO tour to Iraq, visiting several bases, including COP Callahan in Baghdad‘s East Adamiyah area.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Cafe Society Dianna Harris
1997 His and Hers Pam
2000 Mercy Streets Sam
2001 The Yellow Bird Alma Tutwiler Short film
2002 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead Kate
2005 Just Pray Perry Ann Lewis Short film
2007 Frank Jennifer York
2008 Duane Incarnate Connie
2008 American Crude Jane
2009 Calvin Marshall Karen
2010 Mars Allison Guthrie
2012 Electrick Children Gay Lynn
2013 Park City Nina
2014 Blood and Circumstance Mrs. Stabler

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 New York Undercover Reporter Episode: “Missing”
1994–98 Guiding Light Annie Dutton / Dee
1997 Spin City Gayley Episode: “Striptease”
1998 Another World Vicky Hudson 9 episodes
1998 Profiler Helen Jefferies Episode: “Perfect Helen”
2000–02 Titus Erin Fitzpatrick Main role, 54 episodes
2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Phoebe Gunther The Silent Speaker
2002–04 The Drew Carey Show Kellie Newmark Main role, 52 episodes
2005 Washington Street Maggie Movie
2005–06;
2008, 2010
Lost Elizabeth “Libby” Smith Main role (Season 2)
Special guest star (Seasons 4 & 6)
24 episodes
2007 Avenging Angel Maggie Movie
2007 The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud Eva Movie
2007 Raines Sarah Carver Episode: “Closure”
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Beth Hoyle Episode: “Offense”
2008 Fear Itself Meredith Kane Episode: “Spooked
2008 The Bill Engvall Show AJ Episodes: “Susan’s Best Friend”
“Bill Talks a Good Game”
2009 Family Guy Security System Voice Episode: “Ocean’s Three and a Half”
2009 In Plain Sight Maureen Stewart / Maureen Sullivan Episode: “A Stand-Up Triple”
2009 Gossip Girl Young Celia Rhodes Episode: “Valley Girls
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Barbie Aubrey Episode: “All In”
2009 The Closer Robin Milano Episode: “Identity Theft”
2009 Criminal Minds Heather Vanderwaal Episode: “Reckoner”
2009 Men of a Certain Age Erica Episode: “Mind’s Eye”
2010 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Nicky Episode: “The Second Time Around”
2010 House M.D. Sam Carr 7 episodes
2010 Desperate Housewives Tracy Miller Episode: “Pleasant Little Kingdom
2012 A Smile as Big as the Moon Dr. Deborah Barnhart Movie
2012 Retribution Karen Movie
2012 Grey’s Anatomy Mrs. Connor Episode: “Let the Bad Times Roll”
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Katie Burgess Episode: “Lana I Ka Moana”
2013 Cynthia Watros Gets Lost As herself 4 pilot episodes on YouTube
2013 Warehouse 13 Janice Malloy Episode: “What Matters Most”
2013–14 Video Game High School Mary Matrix 12 episodes
2013 Dog with a Blog Aunt Sigourney Episode: “Twas the Flight Before Christmas”
2013–14 The Young and the Restless Kelly Andrews
2014–15 Finding Carter Elizabeth Wilson Main role
2015 Stolen from the Suburbs Katherine Movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref.
1998 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Guiding Light Won [7]
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Drama Series – Daytime Nominated [8]
2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Lost Won
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