Lindsay 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.

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