At a very young age, Regen had little doubt that she wanted to act as she recalls dressing up in her mother’s clothes and using her imagination to flesh out a new character. She attended New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in the dramatic writing program where she earned both her bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees. She also received the John Golden Playwrights’ Prize for her original full-length play, “The Big I.”
Regen’s first break came when she was still in high school. She played the older sister of the then unknown Natalie Portman in Luc Besson’s “The Professional.” Regen played Matilde’s sister along side Gary Oldman, Jean Reno and Danny Aiello. After 5 yrs. of NYU, Regen jumped back in the game with indie films such as, “Black and White”, “Snapped,” “Love the Hard Way” (with Adrien Brody) “Nail Polish” and “Looking for Kitty” directed by Ed Burns. Among Regen’s guest-starring TV credits are NBC’s “Law & Order”, “Third Watch”, “The Black Donnelly’s”, “So Notorious”, “CSI: Criminal Intent”, Comedy Central’s “American Body Shop,” “Big Apple”, “Sex and the City” and comedy sketches on “Late Night with David Letterman”.
Regen is best known for her co-starring role as Rita Nash, in NBC’s comedy, “WHOOPI.” She played the extroverted and culturally confused girlfriend of hotelier Mavis Rae’s (series star Whoopi Goldberg) conservative brother Courtney — where she stole laughs as the target of wrath from Goldberg’s resentful title character. Nonetheless, “Rita is second nature to me — she is really part of my soul,” said Regen, good-naturedly. Born and raised in Tribeca, Regen participated in and observed New York City life while riding the subways, ushering at Broadway theaters and attending public school. Regen would later rely on these culturally enhancing experiences as background to prepare for her unforgettable role in Whoopi.
In 2007, Regen won the “BEST ACTRESS” award at the INTERNATIONAL HOBOKEN FILM FESTIVAL for her lead role as Laura Del Vecchio in the full-length feature film “Parting Words”.
In January of 2008, Elizabeth starred in the first film she actually wrote herself “The Fallen Faithful,” also starring Obba Bobbatunde (Dreamgirls) and Mark Margolis (Gone Baby Gone.) Her 6-year-old daughter Raegan Jade, made her debut in this film.
In the meantime – Elizabeth promotes her brother’s on-line store, Finessedkickz.com which brings you exclusive hard-to-get, vintage sneakers and gear by sporting these rare finds on auditions, to events and on the carpet.
In recent years Regen’s television, film and stage career has continued successfully.
Elizabeth had a recurring role on the Final Season of “Entourage” playing Gina DeLuca.
In 2013, Regen took a break from tv and film and starred in Gary Lennon’s award winning play “A Family Thing” opposite Saverio Guerra and Johnny Messner and directed by Chris Fields. She played “Louise Chericho” a character she connected with instinctively. Her performance garnered her two award nominations, one for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle featured performance category and the other was LA Weekly’s Theater Award for Best Female Comedy performance.
In 2014 – Elizabeth played “Sharon” in MTV’s hit “Awkward.” Her love for live theater kicked in again and Regen returned to the stage to play the lead “Eve” in another play by Gary Lennon, “Dates and Nuts” directed by Tony nominated director Wilson Milam. She closed out 2014 with her portrayal of “Dani” on TVLands “The Exes” where she starred opposite her childhood friend Donald Faison. Elizabeth played Wayne Knight’s love interest.
Also, in 2014 -Elizabeth Regen started writing for Feminine Collective, an on-line magazine founded by Marla Carlton and Julie Anderson. Her column “The Way I See It” received great viewership and several of her pieces were published in Feminine Collective’s anthology “Volume 1: Raw and Unfiltered.”
2015 started strong with Regen’s appearance as “Peggy” on “Two Broke Girls” opposite Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. In May. Elizabeth returned to the stage again – starring in Howard Skora’s hit play “Miserable with an Ocean View” directed by Jim Fall – opposite Patty Mc Cormack and Alex Skuby. Regen received rave reviews for her portrayal of “Judy Shapiro” a maniacal Long Island real estate agent.
Over the summer Regen played “Mrs.Doughtry” opposite Michael Sheen and Lizzie Kaplan in Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” directed by Daniel Attias.
In 2016 she will be an associate producer of Relmondo Meader’s “The Perfect Chaos” – a feature film – where she will also star as “Diana Carington.” She will continue her column for Feminine Collective.
Elizabeth Regen also launched her very own health and wellness business in 2016.
Most exciting of all: Regen is expecting baby girl #3 on Valentine’s Day of 2016 with long time, teamster husband Kenny Gonzalez. Her oldest daughter Raegan Jade, 14 – is attending High School and 6 year old daughter Reign Rosalie is in Kindergarten.
The family lives in the San Fernando Valley with 3 dogs – Harley, Lillie and Teddy. They also have 2 cats – Winnie and Gracie… a beta fish and an iguana.