Shay From Chicago Fire

Lauren German’s early roles include an MTV series and a made-for-TV sci-fi flick

The character Leslie Shay in “Chicago Fire” is played by none other than Lauren German. Her first, small role found her sharing the big screen with Freddie Prinze Jr., Selma Blair, and Henry Winkler in the 2000 feature film comedy “Down To You” (per IMDb). That same year, she would also gain valuable episodic TV experience playing the part of Kimmie on MTVs “Undressed,” a series exploring the various hook-ups, and complications thereof, of kids from high-school age to post-college young adults.

As the young actress began to find her footing in Hollywood, the following years saw German cast in parts that included a pair of TV shows and an edgy made-for-TV movie, beginning with her portrayal of Marie in the 2001 “Apologize” episode of the long-running WB and Paramount series “7th Heaven.” That same year she would also land the role of Beth in the pilot episode of the sci-fi-slash-fantasy “Shotgun Love Dolls,” about an all-girl squad of crime fighters battling evil in an alternate-universe — a role that would be taken over by Rachel McAdams in subsequent episodes.

She was cast in iconic Western and slasher franchises

By 2002, Lauren Germans showbusiness career began to hit its stride, as the parts coming her way now started to include significant and big-budget productions featuring more high-profile co-stars. These roles included playing Tiffany in the “Going to California” TV series and, in the same year, taking on the role of Belinda in “A Walk to Remember,” based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel and starring Many Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, and Daryl Hannah.

Also during this period, German would play Darcy Peters in “Dead Above Ground,” Elena in “A Midsummer Nights Rave,” and the role of Emily Landry in the WBs TV movie version of the “The Lone Ranger,” where she shared the screen with Chad Michael Murray (via IMDb). Then, 2003 saw the actress cast in yet another legendary entertainment franchise when she played the anonymous “Teenage Girl” in a new incarnation of the slasher film series that refuses to die: “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

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