Mia Kirshner (born January 25, 1975) is a Canadian actress who works in movies and television series. She is best known for her portrayal of Jenny Schecter on Showtime's hit television drama series, The L Word, a show about the lives of a group of lesbians living in West Hollywood.
Kirshner appeared in the first three episodes of 24 as bisexual assassin Mandy in 2001. She would later reprise the role for the second season's finale and in the latter half of the show's fourth season. Also in 2001, Kirshner played Catherine Wyler, The Cruelest Girl in School, in Not Another Teen Movie. The character is primarily a spoof of Kathryn Merteuil (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) in Cruel Intentions, and partially based on Mackenzie Siler from She's All That. In Marilyn Manson's music video for "Tainted Love", which was featured on the movie's soundtrack, she makes a cameo appearance as her character Catherine Wyler.
In 2004, Kirshner was cast as author Jenny Schecter, a lesbian main character in the drama series The L Word for the show's six seasons through 2009.
In 2006, she starred in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia, alongside Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Swank. Kirshner plays a young aspiring actress, Elizabeth Short, who was mysteriously mutilated and murdered in 1947.
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