The So-Called Players

(Adapted from information available on the Internet (duh squared!), and from a press kit provided by ABC Productions, as well as a few other secret sources. And please note, this page is updated most frequently as new roles are landed.)


Youngest of two children, born in New York to her painter/teacher mother and computer consultant father. Started studying modern dance at age six, and still studies it; at nine took acting class at Lee Strasberg Studio; attended Professional Performing Arts School in New York in sixth and seventh grade. Likes gymnastics, humanities, science, and more recently, surfing (when she's like, hanging out in LA). Has an older brother, Asa. For a while dated Andrew Dorff, a musician and brother of actor Stephen Dorff. Also dated for a bit Matt Damon, an actor -- met on the set of "The Rainmaker". Currently dating Australian musician Ben Lee.

Won Golden Globe-Best Actress/Drama for her role in MSCL. Received Young Star Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series for MSCL (1995). First annual award sponsored by THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Also received the ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow Award (1997), presented by the National Association of Theatre Owners. Also in 1997, she was voted by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

Currently is attending Yale University.

Even more on Claire...and the So-Called Claire page.

  • Stage appearances in: "Happiness"; "Punk Ballet"; "Kids on Stage."
  • TV appearances as a guest star in "Law and Order"; "No Room For Opal"; "The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter"; hosted "Saturday Night Live" in the Spring of 1998.
  • Music Video appearance: Soul Asylum "Just Like Anyone".
  • Small film appearances: Dreams of Love; Thirty (short film); The Pesky Suitor (film festival short).
  • Major film appearances: Little Women; How to Make an American Quilt based on the Whitney Otto bestseller; Home for the Holidays; To Gillian on her 37th Birthday; slightly notably in Romeo + Juliet; U-Turn (aka Stray Dogs); I Love You, I Love You Not (previously released in a few European countries -- released in New York/Los Angeles 31 October, 1997; video released in US on 11 August, 1998); The Rainmaker.
  • Hosted Saturday Night Live on 15 November, 1997, but there was no MSCL sketch.
  • Has been a guest on such big name talk shows as Late Show with David Letterman (her fifth time on Tuesday, 21 April, 1998); the The Tonight Show; and Rosie O'Donnell.
  • Upcoming releases/Currently filming: Brokedown Palace (I'm not calling it Two Girls) (currently filming in the Philippines and Thailand) (release date said to be December, 1998 in the USA); Polish Wedding (debut at the Sundance Film Festival on 16 January; general release in US 17 July, 1998); Les Misérables; Monterey Pop (status unknown at this time). Claire has also just signed on for Mod Squad, a movie version of the TV show.

Birthday: 12 April, 1979.



A popular film and TV actress. Married (to film producer John Fiedler) with children (two sons, ages 6 and 2-1/2). Born in Baltimore Maryland, middle of five children; parents were both teachers. Attended Bryn Mawr School for Girls for 14 years; graduated from Brown University with a double degree in theater arts and the classics.


Birthday: 11 December, 1953.



A native Illinoisan, born in Peoria. Attended Illinois State University. Joined Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Continues to act in and direct plays for the company. Lives in Chicago and L.A., with two cats, Michael Jordan and Frances Glass. Avid basketball fan of the Chicago Bulls and the less successful Los Angeles Clippers.


Birthday: 1 June.



Born in Bossier City, LA. First job at 12 as a dishwasher; at sixteen he became a doorman. Enrolled at University of the Arts in Philadelphia to study painting; transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York to study filmmaking; in March 1992 moved to L.A. to pursue acting and still lives there. Has a dog (wolf/husky mix) named Judas. And yes, I did meet him (haahaahahahaaaahahhahahahhahahaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!).

(1997) Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

Brother Shannon Leto pops up in a few episodes of MSCL, as well as in the movie Prefontaine.


Birthday: 26 December, 1971.



A native Ohioan who moved to L.A. at five. A.J. stands for Allison Joy; the nickname comes from being the only girl in little league. An algebra teacher suggested acting after A.J. was elected student-body president in 9th grade. Likes reading the sports section, hiking, camping and fishing. Also creates one-of-a-kind necklaces, picture frames, and decorative pieces as gifts. Lives in the San Fernando Valley of CA.


Birthday: 22 May, 1972.



New Yorker who moved to San Bernardino, CA with his Puerto Rican family when he was 10. Eldest of three brothers. Sang and toured with Young Americans. Featured in shows at Disneyland, Disney World, and Sea World/Orlando. Graduated from Eisenhower High School and pursued a double major in English and theater before joining MSCL. Plays saxophone and collects vintage photos of actors. Openly homosexual and proud of it.


Birthday: 27 December, 1973.



A native West Virginian brought up on a farm. Moved to New Orleans, then to Los Angeles. Graduated from Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA). Likes dancing, horseback riding, tennis, rollerblading, and cooking. Has three dogs and two cats. Splits her time between her home in Parkersburg WV, and the San Fernando Valley of CA.


Birthday: 18 January, 1974.



Born in Colorado, middle son of three boys. Father is artist C. Gregory Gummersall. Moved to Los Angeles area. Did commercials at 10. Likes poetry, literature, J.D. Salinger, and sports. Has a German shepherd named Nick and a cat named Feisty.


Birthday: 15 October, 1978.



Native Los Angelena. Third generation of a show-biz family. Grandfather scored TV music, father is a sound effects editor, and her cousins are the twin boys on "Full House." At five, trained in gymnastics; at ten, did stunt work on "Hook." An honors student and Girl Scout. Takes dance classes, and likes bowling, ice skating, Thai food, and UB40. Owns collections of frogs, music boxes, seashells, nutcrackers. Lives in San Fernando Valley with three cats, a bird, and lotsa frogs.


Birthday: 30 July, 1981.



Born in New York City, raised in Long Island. Graduated from Princeton University with a major in English and a concentration in creative writing. Won many poetry awards, including the Academy of American Poets Prize. Studied acting at The Circle in The Square Theatre School; joined the N.Y.U. Musical Theatre Program. Joined the "thirtysomething" writing staff in 1989, writing 9 episodes during her 2 seasons. Married to actor Paul Dooley (Chuck Wood!); they have an 8-year-old daughter named Savannah, and live in the San Fernando Valley. Nominated in 1995 for an Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Drama Series ("My So-Called Life")".


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