Liza Weil (born June 5, 1977 in New Jersey) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Paris Gellar in the television comedy Gilmore Girls and has guest-starred on The Adventures of Pete & Pete, ER, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and The West Wing.
Weil was born into a family of actors, and with both of her parents Lisa and Marc touring Europe with their own comedy troupe, The Madhouse Company of London with her in tow, she took on those same acting expectations. However in an interview with the Boston Globe in 1998 during a publicity tour for her first feature film Whatever, she admitted to having aspirations of becoming an archeologist in her younger years, because of the Indiana Jones film trilogy and a childhood crush on Harrison Ford.
In 1984 (when she was seven), her family settled down in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, a community north-northwest of Philadelphia. She soon traveled frequently to New York for professional auditions, and acted in productions both off-Broadway and in Philadelphia's theatrical community before pursuing her film and television career.
Weil continues to be active in the Los Angeles theatrical community during hiatuses, and still occasionaly performs in live theater in Philadelphia and New York. She has acted with every member of her family; in 2004, she headlined with her father Marc in a well-received community theater production of Proof at the Montgomery Theater in Souderton, Pennsylvania, just north of her adopted hometown of Lansdale. Her first ever television role in 1994, which was an episode of The Adventures of Pete & Pete called "Yellow Fever", found her playing a bully alongside of her mother Lisa, who played a teacher. Finally her younger sister Samantha shared the screen with Liza in Gilmore Girls' third season finale, "Those Are Strings, Pinocchio". Samantha Weil played an student named Bernadette (who was unrelated to Paris) making out a video yearbook entry in front of an impatient Paris, standing off to the side waiting to make her own.
An alumna of Columbia University, Weil received her first major film role co-starring with Kevin Bacon in Stir of Echoes.
At present, Weil resides in Santa Monica.