Lauren German is an American actress and activist. She is known for her roles in the television series Chicago Fire, Lucifer, and The Divide. German is also a passionate animal lover and has worked with various animal rights organizations over the years. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at Lauren German’s life and work as an actress and activist. We will also discuss her love of animals and how she uses her platform to help promote animal welfare.
German was born in Huntington Beach, a neighborhood of Orange County, California. Her paternal grandfather, James German, was Dutch; he was born in Amsterdam in 1909 and immigrated to the United States with his family as a young child. The remainder of Lauren’s ancestry is English. Lauren attended Los Alamitos High School and Orange County High School of the Arts before enrolling at the University of Southern California, where she studied anthropology. Her father, Richard German, is a vascular surgeon.
Oliver and Peter Pan were two of German’s first theater productions. She had a brief role as a lovelorn woman in the 2000 romantic comedy Down to You, which served as her feature film debut. German ranked #47 on Maxim’s “Hot 100 of 2002” list and appeared in a photo for the magazine’s January 2002 issue.
German co-starred with Shane West and Mandy Moore in the romance drama A Walk to Remember, which was based on Nicholas Sparks’ 1999 book of the same name. She portrayed Belinda, a popular high schooler who is rude and holds feelings for Landon Carter (West). Later, she made appearances in the drama A Midsummer Night’s Rave, the TV movie The Lone Ranger, and the crime/horror flick Dead Above Ground. When Jessica Biel was cast in the lead role of the 2003 remake of the horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, German was awarded the part of the hitchhiker.
German co-starred in four films: the romantic comedy Standing Still (2005), the thriller Rx (2005), the crime drama Born Killers (2005), and the drama It Is Fine! Everything is fine. (2007). She also starred alongside Shane West in the true-to-life musical drama What We Do Is Secret. German played The Go-singer Go’s Belinda Carlisle, while West played the original Germs singer.
She appeared in Hostel: Part II, a horror film by Quentin Tarantino. The French film The Divide is a post-apocalyptic drama. In the second season of the CBS police drama Hawaii Five-0 from 2011 to 2012, she played DHS agent Lori Weston. From 2012 to 2014, she portrayed the paramedic Leslie Shay in the NBC series Chicago Fire. Her persona’s name was memorialized by being printed on the ambulance door where she was riding when she was killed. On November 18, 2013, she and her Chicago Fire co-stars were on the cover of TV Guide.
German joined the Fox fantasy comedy-drama Lucifer’s main cast in 2015 and was cast as Detective Chloe Decker. She played the lead female part of an LAPD homicide investigator who is both horrified and captivated by Lucifer Morningstar, played by Tom Ellis, who left his “work” as the Lord of Hell because he was fed up with it and moved to Los Angeles. The show came to an end in 2021.
Off the Screen
In addition to acting, German is also an outspoken activist. In 2017, she spoke out against sexual harassment in Hollywood following the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. “I feel incredibly lucky that I’ve never encountered anything like that,” German said in an interview with The Wrap. “But I’ve also been naive… I think it’s so important that women feel like they can speak up.”
German has also been an advocate for gun control in the wake of several mass shootings in the United States. After the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival in 2017, German tweeted, “We have to do something about gun violence in this country.” She also spoke out after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida later that year.
In addition to advocating for social justice causes, German is also a supporter of environmental causes. She often uses her social media platforms to raise awareness about climate change and promote sustainable living practices.
Lauren German is best known for her work on the big and small screens—but she’s also making a difference off-screen as an outspoken activist. In recent years, German has used her platform to speak out against sexual harassment and advocate for gun control and environmental causes. With more than 20 years of experience in the show business, there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing (and hearing) more from Lauren German in the years to come.