About Merritt Wever
Born and raised in New York City, circa 1980, Wever first became interested in acting thanks to the city's public school system and its devotion to the arts. By junior high, she was a regular in drama departments before moving on to attend the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & Performing Arts, where she further honed her talents. At 15, she made her onscreen debut with a role in the made-for-TV movie "Blue River" (Fox, 1995) before landing her first feature with a supporting turn in the indie drama "Arresting Gina" (1997). Throughout her teen years, Wever continued to log film and television appearances with several episodes of "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), while playing small parts in more independent films like "All I Want to Do" (1998) and "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" (1998). Wever briefly stepped away from acting to attend Sarah Lawrence College, but returned in due course to deliver a formidable turn in "Series 7: The Contenders" (2001), where she played a high school student competing in a reality series in which the contestants try to kill each other.
Following a small turn as a pharmacist in M. Night Shyamalan's hit sci-fi thriller "Signs" (2002) and an episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-2011), Wever had a more significant part in the indie drama "Bringing Rain" (2003), written and directed by her boyfriend Noah Buschel. Turning to the stage, she delivered off-Broadway performances in "Smashing" (2003) and "Cavedweller" (2003), before joining Alan Rickman, Gabrielle Union and Kyra Sedgwick for the true-to-life medical drama "Something the Lord Made" (HBO, 2004). Also at the time, she had a guest starring role as the ex-girlfriend of the careless and ultimately ill-fated Ziggy Sobotka (James Ransone) on the second season of "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-08). Wever next co-starred opposite Michelle Williams and Meat Loaf in the period black comedy "A Hole in One" (2004) and was cast in the pilot episode of the much-hyped Internet-themed show, "Quarterlife" (ABC, 2004), only to see it fail to make it to series. She moved on to another highly anticipated, but ultimately doomed series, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07), created by Aaron Sorkin, where she played the assistant to head writer Matthew Perry. Unfortunately, "Studio 60" struggled to find an audience and was canceled after its overly publicized first season.
Both series helped raise Wever's profile despite their limited runs and led to more substantial roles. She was the plaintiff who revealed the first inklings of a law firm's conspiracy against one of its attorneys (George Clooney) in "Michael Clayton" (2007), before playing the McDonald's assistant manager who voices her disapproval of Chris McCandless' (Emile Hirsch) hygiene in Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" (2007). The following year, Wever landed her breakout role on "Nurse Jackie," immediately impressing critics with her turn as the sweet-natured nurse-in-training Zoey Barkow. Blending jubilance with trepidation, Zoey navigates her way through a major urban hospital and serves as foil for Edie Falco's drug-addled emergency room nurse. Thanks to her deft comic timing, Wever enjoyed a devoted following, as well as an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012. While working on "Jackie," Wever continued appearing in features, including "The Messenger" (2009), starring Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson, Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg" (2010), and "Tiny Furniture" (2010), in which she was the faithful best friend to star-writer-director Lena Durham's hopelessly lost heroine.
|Noah Buschel. Directed Merritt in his debut film, "Bringing Rain" (2003)|
|Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, New York , New York|
|Sarah Lawrence College, Yonkers , New York|
|Made screen debut in the independent feature, "Arresting Gena"|
|Appeared in "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole"|
|Co-starred as one of the contenders in "Series 7: The Contenders"|
|Had a small role in M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs"|
|Appeared in the Off-Broadway play, "Cavedweller"|
|Cast in Brooke Berman's Off-Broadway play, "Smashing"|
|Co-starred in Noah Buschel's directorial debut, "Bringing Rain"|
|Had a small role in the HBO film, "Something the Lord Made"|
|Starred in Ed Zwick's ill-fated ABC pilot, "1/4life" (never aired)|
|Had a recurring role on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" as Suzanne|
|Featured in the Sean Penn directed, "Into the Wild"|
|Re-teamed with Noah Buschel for the biopic, "Neal Cassady"|
|Cast as Zoey, a sweet-natured nurse-in-training, in Showtime's dark comedy "Nurse Jackie"|
|Starred opposite Annette Benning in the Geffen Playhouse production of "Female Of The Species"|