In suburban Chicago, Lauren Storm was going to hell, at least according to her Catholic school classmates. Picked on for her lack of height, her ample intelligence and her Jewish background, Lauren Storm faced equal parts fists and insults, but found strength from her mother’s wisdom. At her mother’s urging, she enrolled in modeling classes to boost her self-esteem. Her talent for being beautiful became obvious when she traveled to a New York industry event and emerged a winner in more than 10 contests. Acting lessons and commercial assignments followed, and by the time she left for Los Angeles to try television work, Lauren Storm had morphed from an insecure Chicago schoolgirl to a future California babe.
Lauren Storm’s first major acting role came on television in 2001, when she appeared as a student on Boston Public. As part of her recurring role, she got to experience the horrors of on-screen education as well as her first on-screen kiss. It proved to be good practice for her wild performance as Laurie, a teenage loudmouth who plays bondage games with Frankie Muniz on Malcolm in the Middle. Lauren Storm’s journey across early 21st century television staples continued on 24, where she played a teenager suffering from anthrax exposure, and on CSI: Miami as a snobby girl whose bad luck lands her on a boat-smacked bridge. In case you’re wondering, the snobby character in question was named Cameron, not Paris.
In 2005, Lauren Storm was in the enviable position of auditioning for lead roles on two different television series from the same creator. The shows were Darcy’s Wild Life and Flight 29 Down and after multiple auditions, Sara Paxton won the lead on the former while Lauren Storm earned a spot on the latter. Similar to Lost but with a younger demographic, the show followed the teenage survivors of a plane crash near an island on the South Pacific. Lauren Storm played Taylor, a high-maintenance brat who has to stop being self-centered and start being helpful, all while wearing a bikini.
Although she enjoyed a run of over two seasons on the show, Lauren Storm made a conscious effort to push her career beyond her association with Flight 29 Down. She did so by costarring in a series of films, starting with Mrs. Harris (2005), a made-for-cable film with Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley. Lauren Storm soon made the jump into theatrical films like 2007’s The Game Plan, where she was the nanny-for-hire at the hands of Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock. She later starred in 2008’s Whore, a harsh examination of young Hollywood hopefuls who quickly find their dreams shattered. The eclectic ensemble cast featured Megan Fox, Rumer Willis, porn legend Ron Jeremy, and Thomas Dekker of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, who also directed.
Next on the menu for Lauren Storm was a whole lot of eating. She desperately wanted to audition for the role of Hayden Panettiere’s skanky pal Treece in I Love You, Beth Cooper, the story of a nerd sharing his love for his hottest classmate in front of their graduating class. The producers flatly stated that Lauren Storm couldn’t audition unless she became heavier. After a diet that included pizza, cheese bread and ice cream, she finally auditioned and earned the role. While she found the extra weight to be somewhat annoying, Lauren Storm did enjoy the extra pounds that she gained on her chest and the attention that came along with it.
Once she worked off the weight, Lauren Storm returned to the big screen — as a best friend to Jenna Dewan — in The Jerk Theory. A comedic examination of whether being a jerk means bedding better women, the film cast her as Amy, a woman who reinforces that theory by letting brutish men walk all over her. The debate surrounding jerks and nice guys continues, but there’s no debating the merits of Lauren Storm’s career and the challenging roles that lie on the horizon.