Lauren German was born on November 29, 1978 in Huntington Beach, California. German attended the prominent Actor’s Studio and attended USC. Lauren also trained as a dancer at the Orange County High School of the Arts (a.k.a. OCHSA).
German was born in Huntington Beach, California. Her father is a vascular surgeon. Her paternal grandfather, James German, was Dutch; born in Amsterdam in 1909, he immigrated to the United States with his family as a child. The remainder of Lauren’s ancestry is English. She attended Los Alamitos High School,and Orange County High School of the Arts, then enrolled at the University of Southern California, where she studied anthropology.
She made her film debut in Down to You (2000). She starred, opposite Shane West and Mandy Moore, in the 2001 sleeper hit, A Walk to Remember (2002).
She’s also known as Agent “Lori Weston” in the television series. Hawaii Five-0 (2010), “Beth” in the 2007 film, Hostel: Part II (2007), and “Eva” in 2011 film, The Divide (2011). She starred in the NBC drama, Chicago Fire (2012), as “Leslie Shay”, from 2012 to 2014. In 2016, she will be starring in Lucifer (2015) as LAPD homicide detective “Chloe Decker.”