True Blood ♦ The Closer ♦ Criminal Minds ♦ CSI ♦ ER ♦ Grey’s Anatomy ♦ Seinfield
Lauren Bowles stars as Holly Cleary, on the Emmy-nominated HBO hit True Blood. Holly is a single mom who is also a witch and she makes ends meet by waitressing at Bon Temp’s famous diner Merlotte’s. This is not the first time Bowles has served at a famous diner. Lauren got her SAG card with a recurring role as a waitress at Monk’s (the Seinfeld gangs favorite hang out) where she worked alongside her sister Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the landmark series Seinfeld.
Lauren reunited onscreen again with Julia, this time playing her sister for two seasons in the series Watching Ellie. She works frequently in episodic television, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Lie to Me, CSI, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, ER, Criminal Minds and Detroit-187. “I’ve cried on almost every show, but I consider my true tour de force to be the narcoleptic stripper I played on Arrested Development,” she laughs. Her feature roles include The Farrelly Brothers’ Hall Pass and The Heartbreak Kid, and The Wayans Brothers’ Dance Flick.
Lauren was born in Washington D.C. Her mother is a writer of short stories and poetry, and her dad is a doctor and Dean of Medicine at George Washington University. She attended the famous Sidwell Friends (currently the scholastic home of the Obama girls) and was active in the arts programs. In the school production of The Man Who Came to Dinner, at age twelve, she decided she wanted to be an actress. After graduation, she chose to study theater at NYU mostly because she fell in love with New York City while visiting Julia on the set of Saturday Night Live.
While at NYU, Lauren met her best friend, Patrick Fischler (Mad Men, Lost) whom she would marry ten years later. They are the proud parents of two-year-old Fia Lucille Fischler. The family recently bought their first home, which they share with their rescue dogs Donna and Roscoe P. Coltrane.
In her spare time, Bowles enjoys meditation, hiking, and yoga. Both Patrick and Lauren consider themselves “foodies”. He cooks and she bakes. If you plan to eat out anywhere in the world, call the Fischlers. They have the best restaurant recommendations in town.
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