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). She has guest-starred on the hit TV series "7th Heaven" (1996) and 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).