Pleased by the parallel between herself and her very first TV character on Ned's Declassified School Survivor Guide,Shaw proclaims that she and Moze subscribe to the same can do credo. "We both say, ‘Know what you want and go for it!' I love that she is driven, and I relate to that," says the unstoppable actress who cut a show biz path from her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, through Omaha, Kansas City, Dallas, New York and Los Angeles.
The daughter of a bookkeeper-accountant and a personal trainer, Shaw took center stage in day care and the lead in a string of grade school plays, before a Lincoln talent agency's radio announcement of a mass audition grabbed her attention in fourth grade. She won representation there and embarked with her mom on regular commutes to Omaha and Kansas City for commercials and print ad modeling. Dallas beckoned a couple of years later with an Agents' Expo, and 11-year-old Lindsey signed with a New York agency and set off for a summer in the Big Apple.
Culture shock notwithstanding, the experience was a clincher. "The auditions and the whole ‘get up and go' atmosphere were exhilarating. I decided I really wanted to pursue a career and absorb all I could," says Shaw, who voiced a radio spot for the U.S. Open and posed for print ads before she and her supportive mother headed for Los Angeles three months later at the behest of a Kansas City agent based there.
She did several commercials before landing her first big break on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Then, after four seasons on Ned's, she landed a series lead in Aliens in America for the CW, followed recently by lead roles in two independent features.
A self-described people person, Shaw enjoys spending time with her friends as well as in solitary pursuits such as reading contemporary novels -- John Grisham is a favorite author -- writing, surfing the Internet and re-organizing her desk and drawers. I thrive on change, she says. "Los Angeles and New York are very cool, and I'm still avidly in love with Nebraska and a huge Cornhuskers fan. It's fun to balance everything."
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Lindsey Shaw Facts
|Birth Name||Lindsey Marie Shaw|
|Birthday||May 10, 1989 (29)|
|Birthplace||Lincoln, Nebraska, USA|
|Height||5' 7" (1m70) How tall is Lindsey Shaw compared to you?|