Weir on "Freaks and Geeks"
Linda Cardellini plays Lindsay Weir, an intelligent, goal-oriented high
school student who has suddenly begun to question how she wants to live
her life. In real life, Cardellini was also a highly motivated student
in high school, but she never questioned her desire to become an actress.
"I think everyone feels lost at times during their high school years,"
says the actress. "But what I love about Lindsay is that she is basically
a girl trying to find her way in the world. She keeps a lot of her feelings
inside, which can be painful, but she tries so hard to help people. She
is one of those kids who wants to be accepted for who they are, but isn't
sure how to do that - which is what I think makes her so endearing.
"Beginning at age 10, when she was asked to sing in a school play, Cardellini
caught the acting bug. She quickly immersed herself in school productions
and drama classes and got her first big break with a starring role in
the television series "Bone Chillers." Her other TV credits include "Boy
Meets World," "Promised Land," "Clueless," NBC's "3rd Rock from the Sun"
and others. She has also appeared in the films "Good Burger" and "Dead
Man on Campus," in which she played opposite her "Freaks and Geeks" co-star
Jason Segel. A credit which does not appear on her resume is her successful
turn as a contestant and winner on "The Price Is Right," where she won
a fireplace! During the summer of 1999 Cardellini traveled through Europe
to star in the play "Lancelot," a 14th century Dutch tragedy only recently
translated into English and one of the first secular, pro-women plays
ever discovered. The group finished their tour of Europe with a special
performance in Italy as part of a worldwide medieval play conference.
The youngest of four children, Cardellini was born in Redwood City, California
and now lives in Los Angeles. In her free time, Cardellini has a love
for art, particularly the work of Margaret Keane. She also enjoys taking
martial arts classes. Her birthday is June 25, the same as her co-star
Busy Phillips. Linda was born in 1975.