Eliza Coupe

Eliza Coupe

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Eliza Coupe
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Coupe at ABC’s 2010 Summer Press Tour
Born Eliza Kate Coupe
(1981-04-06) April 6, 1981 (age 36)
Plymouth, New Hampshire, U.S.
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Randall Whittinghill (m. 2007; div. 2013)
Darin Olien (m. 2014)

Eliza Kate Coupe (born April 6, 1981)[1][2] is an American actress and comedian, most widely known for starring as Jane Kerkovich-Williams in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, as Denise “Jo” Mahoney in the final two seasons of the medical comedy-drama Scrubs and her recurring role as Hannah Wyland in Quantico.

Early life and career[edit]

Coupe was born and raised in Plymouth, New Hampshire, to Ernest and Kathryn.[3] She has two brothers, Sam and Thom.[4] Coupe attended Plymouth Regional High School in her hometown and graduated in 1999. She is of French heritage.[5]

Coupe was active in her high school’s award-winning[citation needed] theatre program. Her roles included Bonnie in Anything Goes and a Mundy sister in Dancing at Lughnasa. Coupe graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). After college, Coupe studied improvisational comedy at The Groundlings and ImprovOlympic. In 2003, Coupe toured France playing a soldier in an all-female version of King Lear. In November 2005, her one-woman sketch show The Patriots premiered at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and won her the breakout performer award at HBO‘s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado in March 2006.

In 2007, Coupe appeared in I Think I Love My Wife. She went on to appear in the short-lived MTV series Short Circuitz and on the eighth episode of the first season of Flight of the Conchords, entitled “Girlfriends“, as well as an episode of Unhitched. She was a series regular in HBO’s unaired 12 Miles of Bad Road and had a recurring role in Samantha Who?.

She had a recurring role as Dr. Denise “Jo” Mahoney in Season 8 of the TV series Scrubs and the companion web series Scrubs: Interns. She was made a regular in Scrubs‘ Season 9.[6]

In March 2009, Coupe was cast as Callie in the ABC pilot, No Heroics, an adaptation of the UK series of the same name. In 2012, Coupe played the female lead and love interest to Daniel Henney in the independent film Shanghai Calling, filmed in Shanghai, China. Coupe also appeared in the 2011 movie What’s Your Number? with Anna Faris and Chris Evans.

From April 2011 to May 2013, Coupe starred on the ABC ensemble comedy series Happy Endings alongside Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Casey Wilson. Despite critical acclaim and a cult following, the show was cancelled by ABC after concluding its third season on May 3, 2013. Since Happy Endings’s cancellation, Coupe played a recurring role in the third season of House of Lies and starred alongside Jay Harrington in the USA Network comedy series Benched, which premiered on October 28, 2014. Coupe later starred in the ABC thriller Quantico playing the recurring role of FBI agent Hannah Wyland.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Coupe was married to acting teacher and puppeteer Randall Whittinghill from December 2007 to June 2013.[8]

Coupe announced her engagement to Darin Olien, founder of lifestyle brand SuperLife, via Instagram on November 27, 2014.[9] They were married on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014 while on vacation in New Zealand.[10]

Coupe was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in childhood.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Other notes
2006 The Day the World Saved Shane Sawyer Allison Short film
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Lisa
2010 Somewhere Hotel Room Neighbour
2011 What’s Your Number? Sheila
2012 Shanghai Calling Amanda
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Sea World Trainer
2014 The Last Time You Had Fun Ida
2015 It’s Us Joe
2017 Naked (2017 film) Vicky

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz Various Episode #1.3
Flight of the Conchords Lisa Episode: “Girlfriends”
2008 Unhitched Julia Episode: “Pilot”
12 Miles of Bad Road Gaylor Shakespeare 6 episodes
Samantha Who? Willow 2 episodes
2009 Royal Pains Katie Episode: “Crazy Love”
2009–10 Scrubs Denise Mahoney Recurring role (Season 8); Main role (Season 9); 24 episodes
2011 Community Special Agent Robin Vohlers Episode: “Intro to Political Science
2011–13 Happy Endings Jane Kerkovich-Williams Main role; 57 episodes
2012 Happy Endings: Happy Rides Jane Kerkovich-Williams Web series
2013 The Millers Janice 2 episodes
2014 House of Lies Marissa McClintock 4 episodes
Benched Nina Whitley Lead role; 12 episodes
2015 Casual Emmy 5 episodes
Superstore Cynthia 2 episodes
2015–2016 The Mindy Project Chelsea 4 episodes
2015–present Quantico Hannah Wyland Recurring role
2016 Wrecked Rosa 2 episodes
2017 Future Man Tiger[12]
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