From Charleston to the screen
Elizabeth Bond, an actress who grew up in Charleston and graduated from Ashley Hall, is appearing Thursday night in ABC's "Grey's Anatomy."
Bond plays a sister to the bride in the big wedding episodes where much goes wrong.
Bond, who excels in comedic roles, enrolled at Brown University, where she studied biology and Latin (graduating with honors and a thesis award), then taught Latin at St. Mary's School in Raleigh, according to her father, Robert Wall.
"Most of teaching is acting," Wall, once a professor of medicine, told his daughter.
"She figured if she was good at teaching she'd be good at acting," he said.
She's been in Hollywood a few years, pursuing a career on both the big and small screens.
Aside from "Grey's Anatomy," Bond has appeared in "Reckless," "Drop Dead Diva" and "Mentalist," among other television shows, and in the feature films "Seeing Other People" and "The Notebook." She played her first leading role, opposite Hudson Thames, in the "A-List," to be released next year.
Bond said she maintains her ties to Charleston, visiting family a couple of times each year. She was here a couple of months ago to shoot scenes for "Reckless."
When she first arrived in Los Angeles as an aspiring actress, she tutored young students in science, math and Latin. It helped pay the bills, she said. "At a certain point, things just started to get going," thanks to hard work and persistence, Bond said of her acting career.
But she continues to do some tutoring. "I still work with some of the same girls," she said. "It keeps me grounded."
Another homegrown girl is making it big in Hollywood. Liza Bennett moved to Charleston at age 3. She's the daughter of J. Scott Bennett, organist-choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church.
Liza Bennett attended Porter-Gaud School. "It was there that she caught the bug while singing a part from 'Les Miserables' (It brought the house down!)," her father wrote in an email.
She then went on to the Governor's School for her last two years of high school, where she received intense training in the dramatic arts, "enough to get into Juilliard."
Currently, she can be seen in "12 Years a Slave," playing the part of Mistress Ford. Next year she will appear in "Life Itself," starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.
Bennett also has played small roles in "The Good Wife," "Person of Interest," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and other shows.