Two actors from Shondaland have decided to part ways. How to Get Away with Murder star Liza Weil filed divorce papers from her husband, Scandal actor Paul Adelstein.
Weil, 38, filed the court papers on March 25, as reported by People, who obtained the documents. The TV actress used the term irreconcilable differences as the cause of her marriage breakdown. The couple have been separated since January.
Weil also requested joint custody; Weil and Adelstein have a 5-year-old daughter named Josephine, who was born in April 2010. The couple is also working out spousal support through mediation. Weil will also represent herself in the divorce proceedings.
Weil and Adelstein worked together on a few projects. They did the 2007 short film Order Up, Frenemy (2008) and the indie flick The Missing Person in 2009. Both actors appeared on the TV series Private Practice in February 2011, but Weil did not share scenes with her husband, who played series regular Cooper Freedman.
Both actors starred in a few of Shonda Rimes’ TV series. Weil had guest appearances in Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal, before becoming a series regular on the current How to Get Away with Murder, playing law assistant Bonnie Winterbottom. Adelstein appeared on a couple of Grey’s Anatomy episodes as his Private Practice character, and currently has a recurring role on Scandal as Leo Bergen, along with his role as Jake Novak on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.
Liza Weil had her first film role in the independent film Whatever in 1998 before she was cast in the 1999 Kevin Bacon film Stir of Echoes, where she played the babysitter Debbie Kozac. Weil’s TV debut was the children’s show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in 1994. She appeared in one episode of The West Wing and two episodes in ER before landing the role of Paris Geller in Gilmore Girls.
Weil originally auditioned for the role of Rory Gilmore, but Gilmore Girls creator Amy Palladino-Sherman decided to cast Alexis Bledel instead. Palladino-Sherman liked Weil enough to create the role of Paris Geller for her, and the actress played that character for the series’ seven seasons.
After Gilmore Girls ended its television run in 2007, Weil did a few film projects but mainly appeared as a guest star on multiple series like Eleventh Hour, CSI, and In Plain Sight. In 2013, Weil appeared on another Amy Palladino-Sherman’s series Bunheads for multiple episodes as Milly Stone, but the series only lasted one season before cancellation.
While Liza Weil will continue her role as Bonnie Winterbottom in How to Get Away with Murder, she will also reprise her role as Paris Geller in Netflix’s series revival of Gilmore Girls. Since last October, there’s been talks of the series being revived, but it wasn’t until January 29 that Netflix and Warner Bros. confirmed Gilmore Girls: Seasons will be a part of Netflix’s series lineup. TV Line confirmed in February that Weil signed on for the show’s revival.
Gilmore Girls: Seasons started filming in February, but there is no official release date as of April 2016.
Paul Adelstein also has another series on his list. The actor signed on for the revival of Fox’s Prison Break, which will be shown as a mini-series, as reported by Variety. The revival of the hit series will debut during the 2016-2017 TV season.
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