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From the rolling terrain of Bloomfield Hills to the big screen, actress Elizabeth Reaser has come a long way since working as a golf caddy at Oakland Hills Country Club. With memorable roles as "Esme Cullen" on the "Twilight Saga" and the amnesiac "Ava" on the hit drama "Grey's Anatomy," Hollywood has definitely taken notice. Yet Reaser takes nothing for granted.
"I never think to myself, 'I've made it,'" she said. "I always feel like I'm hustling and every time I get a job, it feels like a miracle."
Reaser was born in Milford and moved to the Bloomfield Hills area as a child. She took odd jobs as a teenager and eventually wound up at Oakland University with the goal of studying psychology and drama. But her ambitions didn't keep her there long.
"I always knew I wanted to be an actress and I didn't just want to go to Hollywood," she said. "I heard about Julliard (School of New York) and I wanted to do the training."
Moving from the protective comfort of Michigan to New York proved to be a culture shock for the young actress.
"Figuring out the subway was difficult at first," she said. "Now I know that city like the back of my hand. I have the best of both worlds and I never really stay in one place."
While her guest role on "Grey's Anatomy" made Reaser recognizable to the many fans of the show, the sense of instant fame and entitlement still eludes her.
"Nothing's really happened overnight," she said. "I haven't had a dramatic shift in my lifestyle. I just feel so lucky."
Undeniably, Reaser has taken on impressive characters beside a long list of A-list actors.
"I was totally star-struck by Diane Keaton and Sarah Jessica Parker when I worked on 'The Family Stone,'" Reaser said. "It took a while to realize that I was going to work with them every day. I have those moments sometimes."
More important to Reaser than any acting project or role is her family.
"I'm in Michigan a lot," Reaser said. "My family is great. They couldn't be more outside of this world I'm running around in. My older sister lives in Michigan and has three little boys. I really like to see my nephews; that's my number one focus."
Reaser's docket is brimming with upcoming roles in the next installment of the "Twilight Saga", the comedy-drama film "Young Adults" with Charlize Theron and a guest role on the legal drama "The Good Wife."
"I'm not sure how long the role (on 'The Good Wife') will last, but that's the amazing thing about television. You never know where your story will go," she noted....continued on page 2