Laura Prepon (born March 7, 1980) is
an American actress, best known for her role as Donna Pinciotti in the
long-running television series That '70s Show. She is also known for the
role of Hannah Daniels on the ABC drama October Road.
Prepon was born in Watchung, New Jersey, the daughter of Marjorie, a high
school teacher, and Michael, an orthopedic surgeon. Her father died during
heart surgery in 1993. Prepon is the youngest of five children. She
attended Watchung Hills Regional High School. She studied at the Total
Theater Lab in New York City.
Prepon's first acting job was a 1995 television commercial for MCI. In
1996, she studied drama with acting teacher Caroline Thomas at Thomas's
Total Theatre Lab. Later, in September 1997, she premiered on a Levi
Strauss-developed show called They Go On, an Internet-based soap opera.
Prepon had a starring role as Donna Pinciotti on the Fox television series
That '70s Show, from 1998 to 2006. Prior to joining the That '70s Show
cast, Prepon worked as a model in Paris, Milan, and Brazil. In 2004,
Prepon was on the cover of Maxim.
Prepon was an executive producer of E! Hollywood Hold'em and of Robert
Hall's debut film Lightning Bug. The 2006 movie Karla starring Prepon
caused a substantial controversy and public outcry in Canada. The movie
was based on the true story of Canadian serial killers Karla Homolka and
Paul Bernardo. Some politicians and members of the general public, called
for a boycott of the movie. The movie was restricted to a small scale
Prepon was a cast member of the ABC show October Road, which debuted March
15, 2007. The show was canceled by ABC on May 12, 2008, despite strong
ratings and a grassroots campaign from the show's fanbase to keep the show
alive. In April 2007, she starred in a short film, Once Upon a Time. She
has also appeared in the Oxygen movie, Romancing the Bride. She also was
the original voice for Hayley Smith on American Dad! and voiced her in an
In 2009, she appeared on How I Met Your Mother as Karen, Ted's old high
school and college girlfriend on the episodes "Sorry Bro" and "The Front
She appeared as Lauren, Mary's long lost sister, on USA network's In Plain
Sight in the episode "A Frond In Need."
"I'm not a sun person."
"I don't like wearing '70s clothes at all."
"I'm a Jersey girl and proud of it."
"When people meet me, they think I'm going to be outgoing, but I
like things low- key. I don't like people to think I'm bragging."
"Even in real life, I'd rather hang out with guys."
"I'm the tomboy so I got to be a little butch."
"I never wear makeup. When I wear makeup on the show I take it off
as soon as I can. I just like the au natural thing."
"You can always turn a bad kisser into a good one. You just have to
teach him how to do it right, and if he gets offended, then you have
to say, ‘Dude, you don’t know how to fuckin’ kiss!’ But in a fun or
"In Plain Sight" .... Lauren
Hefferman (1 episode, 2009)
- A Frond in Need (2009) TV episode .... Lauren Hefferman
"How I Met Your Mother" .... Karen (2 episodes, 2009)
... aka H.I.M.Y.M (USA: short title)
- The Front Porch (2009) TV episode .... Karen
- Sorry, Bro (2009) TV episode .... Karen
"October Road." .... Hannah Daniels (19 episodes, 2007-2008)
- As Soon as You Are Able (2008) TV episode .... Hannah Daniels
- The Fine Art of Surfacing (2008) TV episode .... Hannah Daniels
- Stand Alone by Me (2008) TV episode .... Hannah Daniels
- Hat? No Hat? (2008) TV episode .... Hannah Daniels
- We Lived Like Giants (2008) TV episode .... Hannah Daniels
The Chosen One (2007) (voice) .... Rachel Cruz
"That '70s Show" .... Donna Pinciotti (201 episodes, 1998-2006)
- Love of My Life (2006) TV episode .... Donna Pinciotti
- That '70s Finale (2006) TV episode .... Donna Pinciotti
- Leaving Home Ain't Easy (2006) TV episode .... Donna Pinciotti
- Special: The Final Goodbye (2006) TV episode .... Donna Pinciotti
- Sheer Heart Attack (2006) TV episode .... Donna Pinciotti
Karla (2006) .... Karla Homolka
... aka Karla (Canada: English title) (USA: working title)
Come Early Morning (2006) .... Kim
Romancing the Bride (2005) (TV) (as Luara Prepon) .... Melissa
"American Dad!" .... Hayley Smith (1 episode)
- Unaired Pilot (????) TV episode .... Hayley Smith
Halo 2 (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Marine
"King of the Hill" .... April (1 episode, 2004)
- Talking Shop (2004) TV episode (voice) .... April
The Pornographer: A Love Story (2004)
Lightning Bug (2004) .... Angevin Duvet
Slackers (2002) .... Reanna
... aka Les complices (Canada: French title)
Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician (2001) .... Seven Equals
... aka Southlander (USA: short title)