Be it the geeky Velma Dinkley from the Scooby-Doo franchise or Lindsay Weir, a teenager suffering from an identity crisis, Linda Cardellini nailed both roles.
Which character was your favourite?! For me, it would be the iconic Velma.
Welcome to Watch Tank, and today we are counting down picks to reveal the ten most incredible things done by the actress Linda Cardellini.
Born on 25th June 1975, in Redwood City, California, Cardellini made her first public appearance at the age of ten when she sang in a school play. That was the beginning of a wide and impressive career that boasts of works like the teen drama Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), the medical drama ER (2003–09), the drama thriller Bloodline (2015–17), and Dead to Me (2019–ongoing).
Talking about films, she gained immense fame with the portrayal of Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo (2002), its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), and for her supporting roles in Legally Blonde (2001), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Grandma’s Boy (2006), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Green Book and A Simple Favor (both 2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Incredible list! Hope you have seen it all.
Now, taking a rest from her career, let’s hear about her activities off the big screen. Care for some?
Number 10: Featured in an American television game show
After completing her high school graduation, Cardellini moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in acting.
In 1994, she appeared in one of the episodes of The Price Is Right. Cardellini was a contestant in the show, where she got to play and scored pretty well, winning herself a fireplace in the process.
Right after this, she graduated from college with a theatre arts degree and was later recognized by the school as a distinguished alumna.
Be it the singing contests as a child or a game show in the latter years, Cardellini proved that she is here to stay and rock the showbiz world.
What can you say?
Number 9: Being a part of Freaks and Geeks
Linda Cardellini had a short stint in one of the prime teen shows. She portrayed the role of Lindsay Weir on Freaks and Geeks. As the title suggests, the story revolved around a group of high school students who were considered “freaks” and were friends with Lindsay. The show also featured a group of younger students who were the “geeks,” including Lindsay’s little brother).
With Judd Apatow as the executive producer, the cast included James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Busy Philipps, and Martin Starr.
Who would know that all of these stars on a short-lived TV show would become famous one day, and this of course includes Cardellini?
Number 8: Dating a co-star
Even if Freaks and Geeks was short lived, it left a huge impact on the lives of its cast, especially Cardellini and Jason Segel. Their off-screen romance started while working together on the show, and they dated for five years.
Speaking of her personal life, in October 2011, Cardellini and Steven Rodriguez announced that they were expecting a daughter, Lilah-Rose Rodriguez, who was born in February 2012. The couple got engaged in June 2013, and while they still have not officially tied the knot, they have lived as partners for years.
Number 7: Cardellini in Avengers
While discussing her movies, it must be stated that Cardellini has been a part of many prominent movies, among them being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Remember her character?
For a quick flashback, she was in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, and in Avengers: Endgame in 2019. For both movies, she portrayed Laura Barton.
Her character was a mother to a son named Cooper and to a daughter named Lila. Laura Baron was the wife of Clint Barton, better known as the Hawkeye, who was played by Jeremy Renner. The success and popularity of Marvel movies are widely known. The fact that Cardellini is part of it all is also super impressive on her part!
Number 6: Sylvia Rosen from Mad Men
Linda Cardellini has an immensely impressive career trajectory and also starred in hit television series and films alike. This list includes Mad Men.
Mad Men aired from 2007 to 2015, and for the show’s last two years, Cardellini was regularly part of the cast. For nine episodes, She played Sylvia Rosen, one of the love interests of Don Draper.
There’s no need to elaborate on the popularity of Mad Men. The show was awarded 16 Emmys and five Golden Globes. When Cardellini was on the show, she also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Were you aware of this fact? Well, surprise!
Number 5: A talented voice over artist
Apart from being a skilled actress, Cardellini also appeared in video games and music videos. In 2003, she voiced for Ursula in Gladius. In 2004, she used her voice for Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. In 2012, she voiced Cordelia Starling in Lollipop Chainsaw.
Wait, we still have some more to mention! Coming back to the music genre, she was in Outkast’s video for Land of a Million Drums in 2002, followed by Virginia Coalition’s video for Sing Along in 2008!
Now, let’s all applaud the lady!
Number 4: Cardellini started with a children’s series
Back in 1996, Cardellini started her career on television as Sarah in Bone Chillers. Many of us might not remember this, but this was a live-action children’s series on ABC. This particularly was a Saturday morning show that ran only for one season.
This was the beginning, after which the actress went on to star in many television shows like Step by Step, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Boy Meets World.
Do we still have these shows on YouTube?
Number 3: Portraying Julie Ingram onscreen
The year 2008 presented Cardellini in a different yet terrific role. She portrayed the lead role of Julie Ingram in the feature film The Lazarus Project, starring alongside Paul Walker.
Directed by John Glenn, this thriller depicts the story of a former criminal, who gets attracted by an illicit endeavour and subsequently finds himself living an incomprehensible new life while working at a psychiatric facility.
That was a deep storyline!
Number 2: Complicated pregnancy
Linda Cardellini had a complicated pregnancy. Her daughter Lilah-Rose had to be delivered via emergency Caesarean section after the umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck.
She shared, “I had a really scary pregnancy and a very difficult delivery. My daughter and I are lucky to be alive.”
All’s well that ends well!
More facts on the way about Cardellini:
Diversity is her thing
Linda Cardellini has a liking for diversity and it’s the reason why she wants all her characters to be different. To quote her on this, she said, “I love to live with a character for a long time if I can, but I like one character to be different from the next.”
Scooby-Doo was her favourite show as a kid
That’s destiny for sure! Linda Cardellini’s favourite cartoon as a kid was Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969). Even after getting into college, she found time to tune into the cartoon.
No wonder we got the perfect Velma.
Finally, the last incredible thing before we end!
Number 1: Recognition from ER
We have been charmed by the diverse roles played by Linda Cardellini, but she feels she got her desired recognition by portraying Nurse Samantha Taggart on NBC’s highly-rated, critically acclaimed series ER. After completing ER in 1994, she wanted to re-evaluate herself as an actress and also concentrate on real-life things. Describing her thoughts on her role in ER, she stated, “I haven’t really been able to play a working-class woman. I’ve played girls, I’ve played funny, but I haven’t played a working-class woman. That sounds like something I’d like to do.”
Linda Cardellini has had a remarkable stint in Bollywood that got more recognition when she received critical acclaim and a nomination in the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the Netflix dark comedy series Dead to Me.
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