- Full name: Elisha Cuthbert
- Net Worth: $20 million
- Occupation: Actress
- Birthday: November 30, 1982
- Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Birth Sign: Sagittarius
- Marital status: Married
- Instagram: @elishaphaneuf
- Twitter: @HappyElishas
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Elisha Cuthbert was born in Calgary on November 30, 1982. Elisha’s tryst with stardom began at the age of 4 when she decided to run on to the stage and join a group of dancers who were in the middle of a performance. The audience was quite pleased with her antics. She then found work as a model for a children’s clothing line and even began working as a foot model.
She kickstarted her acting career in 1997 by co-hosting a television show called Popular Mechanics for Kids along with Jay Baruchel and others. Elisha had a chance to carry out some amazing experiments on the show, including learning how to navigate a ship and cutting open a dead seal. Even Hillary Clinton, then the First Lady, took notice of her performance on the show and invited her to The White House, where they spoke about food poisoning. Elisha also got to meet Socks Clinton, the official Whitehouse cat.
Over the next three years, she also starred in several Canadian movies like Airspeed, Dancing on the Moon and Believe. She won a Gemini award for her work in Lucky Girl, where she played a young student who is obsessed with gambling.
She moved to Los Angeles when she was 17 and struck gold after being cast as Kim Bauer in the TV series 24. Kim is the only daughter of counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer, played by Keifer Sutherland. The character quickly became an audience favorite and the series achieved critical and commercial success. It was nominated for 12 Golden Globe Awards and 10 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Keifer Sutherland has said that his co-star is smart, focussed and among the best young actresses he has worked with. Elisha appeared regularly on the first three seasons of 24 and made guest appearances throughout the next five seasons. She also has the honor of being the only character, apart from Jack Bauer, to appear in the first and last season of the show.
Elisha Cuthbert’s first lead role in Hollywood was The Girl Next Door directed by Luke Greenfield and also starring Emile Hirsch of Into the Wild fame. Elisha’s character in the film was a former porn star trying to start a new life. She was hesitant about the role to begin with, but got more comfortable with the premise when she realized that there was a love story at the heart of it. She did a lot of research for the role by speaking to girls who worked at Vivid Entertainment and Wicked Pictures. She went through a lot of trouble to find out how they did their hair and makeup and how they dressed when they were not at a porn shoot.
Elisha has mentioned in interviews that it was quite awkward to talk to her parents about the film, and she had to leave the theater at the first screening when the lovemaking scenes started.
The film was not a huge commercial success and the critics were divided. Some reviewers called her performance unbearable while some compared her to Cameron Diaz. Cuthbert was also nominated for Best Kiss and Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards.
Her next film, House of Wax, co-starring Paris Hilton and Chad Michael Murray, was trashed by the critics. But it managed to achieve success at the box office and earned $70 million. Elisha was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards for her work in the film.
Along with acting in her next film, The Quiet, Cuthbert also took on a co-producer role. The film deals with the hardships of a teenager who is sexually abused by her father. The film was a disaster and many critics blamed the weak script.
From 2008 onwards, Elisha appeared in several films like My Sassy Girl, He Was a Quiet Man and The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, all of which failed to make any significant impact. She was also supposed to star in the American remake of Ny-Lon but the project was canceled.
She finally hit her stride in 2011 when she began starring in the hit comedy series Happy Endings. The series was nominated for more than 25 awards and had started to gain a sizable fan following but it was canceled by the ABC network in 2013.
In 2016, she joined the cast of the Netflix series The Ranch, which also stars Ashton Kutcher as Colt. Elisha plays Abby Phillip’s Bennett, Colt’s wife. There was a rumor doing the rounds that Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher’s wife, was jealous of Cuthbert’s intimacy with her husband and tried to get her fired. The show has received a warm reception and will end its run in 2020.
Elisha’s body and good looks have made several heads turn. She was on the cover of Maxim in 2013 and was named TV’s Most Beautiful Woman. In the same year, GQ featured her in their lists of The 100 Hottest Women of the 21st Century and The 100 Sexiest Women of the Millennium.
Elisha Cuthbert is married to hockey player Dion Phaneuf. They announced their engagement at a family dinner in 2012.
They tied the knot at a beautiful ceremony on Prince Edward’s Island in July 2013. The event was attended by several sports stars and celebrities. It was a well-kept secret, and invitees were requested not to share any details on social media. Their daughter, Zaphire, was born on 21 December 2017.
In 2015, TSN posted a tweet that hinted at the fact Elisha Cuthbert may be having an affair with Joffrey Lupul, one of her husband’s teammates. However, they quickly apologized for the gaffe and Cuthbert didn’t seem to be affected by it.
Elisha has two younger siblings— Lee Ann and Jonathan. When she’s not working, she likes to keep to herself and enjoys being at home.