Liza Lapira (born December 3, 1981) is an American actress best known for playing Kianna in the 2008 film 21 and Special Agent Michelle Lee in NCIS. Currently she is starring as Robin in the ABC comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.
Liza Lapira was born in Queens, New York and she moved to Los Angeles, California in 2004. She is Filipino American. She is of Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese descent. She started acting in New York in theatrical productions and small films before moving to Los Angeles in 2004 to work on television shows.
Lapira's New York stage credits include As You Like It, The School for Wives, The Odyssey, and Alexandra Cunningham's No. 11 Blue and White.
Early film credits include director Tony Scott's Domino and independent feature The Big Bad Swim, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006, Lapira appeared in J. J. Abrams' 2008 film Cloverfield as Heather and has a role in the films Table for Three and 21. In 2009, she played Agent Sophie Trinh in the film Fast & Furious opposite Paul Walker, and in 2010, she played Alva in Repo Men.
Lapira's first major role was a series regular spot on the Showtime TV series Huff. Most recently, Lapira played neuroscientist Ivy in both seasons of Joss Whedon's series Dollhouse, appearing predominantly with Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman.
Her TV credits include recurring roles in Dexter, ER, Monk, Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order: SVU, The Parkers as Shaquan, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos.She was a cast member of the Fox series Traffic Light, and played Liz in the film Crazy, Stupid, Love., starring Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. She is best known for her roles as Agent Michelle Lee in NCIS and Robin in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.
Liza is a proud supporter of LA’s BEST, an after-school enrichment program in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District.. Liza is a self confessed "Nerd", with a passion for snorkelling and lip balm and is known to her friends as Minnie.