Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has been a popular drama series on TV for years and one of the crime-fighting agents is Amanda Rollins, played by Kelli Giddish. Kelli Giddish is an American television, film, and stage actress, born in Cumming, Georgia on April 13, 1980 to Charles and Nita Giddish, and has one sibling, a brother named Eli Giddish. Kelli Giddish has appeared in numerous television shows as both one-time parts and recurring roles, and has had roles in a number of big-screen films that have spanned from 2005 to the present, including Death in Love, and Breathless. If you’re a fan of the Law & Order drama series, you probably recognize this talented actress, but here are 10 facts you didn’t know about Kelli Giddish.
1. Her grandparents were her support for acting
Many actors will tell you that they had at least one family member in support of their acting career, often a parent. In Giddish’s case, however, her grandparents were her biggest cheerleaders for her acting bug. The Fox Theater, the oldest theater in Atlanta, Georgia, was a familiar place for Giddish, who was taken there regularly by her grandfather to nurture her interest in acting. Her grandmother also showed her unwavering support for her acting and other pursuits.
2. Got her degree in Theater Performance
Giddish completed her high school years at Forsyth Central High School and was highly involved in her theater program while there. After high school, Giddish went on to pursue her college degree from the University of Evansville in Indiana, where she received her degree in drama. Some of her other accomplishments include being an Irene Ryan Acting Award finalist, which earned her the ability to perform at the Kennedy Center. In 1997, she was also awarded the regional Best Actress award in an Art competition, and in 1998, she was the State Literary Champion for Girls Dramatic Interpretation.
3. She had a role on a Soap Opera
All My Children is one of the most-watched daytime drama soap operas, and Giddish found herself as part of the cast in 2005. She took a role playing Di Henry, but the part only lasted until 2007 when the storyline for her character fizzled. Although fans weren’t big fans of the storyline and other discrepancies having to do with her character, her performance was well-received, so much so that she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in 2006.
4. She was an athlete
Acting isn’t the only thing Giddish does well. Before she got her first roles in television, Giddish shone as an athlete during her high school years. Her game was softball, and she helped her high school softball team win the championship while playing as a member of the team. She’s obviously someone who gives whatever she undertakes her all, and it shows with the way her career has been excelling over the recent years.
5. She grandfather fought in World War II
Kelli Giddish may have been born in America, but her heritage is a mix of cultures, including German, Irish, and English. Even though she has a diverse set of cultural backgrounds in her lineage, several generations of her family were born in the US, including her grandfather, Ralaph L. Giddish, a World War II veteran and husband of Giddish’s grandmother, Dosia Hildebrand.
6. She had a guest role on Law & Order before her main role
Sometimes actors get a guest appearance on a show before they are offered a main character and recurring role, which is how it worked out with Giddish. Before she was offered the role as Detective Amanda Rollins, she played a rape victim on episode 12, “Outsider,” during the show’s 8th season. Her performance evidently stood out, and they found a permanent spot for her on the drama series.
7. She’s appeared in a music video
Giddish is remarkably well-rounded with her acting abilities and the ways in which she uses her talents. Not only has she been in a wide range of television shows and big screen movies, but she has also made an appearance in a music video for the heavy metal band, Body Count, for their song, All Love is Lost.
8. She splits her time between the east and west coast
After graduating from college, Giddish moved to New York to take a role in Shoes, but as her career blossomed and she began to get more roles demanding of her time on the west coast, she decided to set up two residences and now currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.
9. She’s married, and a mom
Giddish is a married woman and a mom. She and Lawrence “Larry” Faulborn tied the knot on June 20, 2015, in Smyran Beach, Florida, and the couple have two children together, a son called Ludo, born on October 6, 2015, and Charlie, born in November 2018. With being a wife, mother, and highly active actress, Giddish is certainly a very busy woman!
10. Her pregnancies were part of the show
When an actor becomes pregnant while they’re actively filming a show, sometimes the pregnancy has to be written into the character’s role, which may not originally call for a pregnancy. This can be challenging for the actress; however, Giddish was fortunate in that both of her pregnancies were able to be incorporated into her character’s role on CVU. I’m sure it made it much easier to act, knowing she didn’t have to try to conceal her growing belly.
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