An actress who previously couldn't even land a commercial in her hometown of Chicago, Emily Bergl won a starring role in "The Rage: Carrie 2" (1999) by sending an audition videotape to MGM. The striking newcomer generated a good deal of interest around the horror sequel, with her piercing eyes, dark curly hair and luminous pale skin featured prominently in film advertisements. Making her feature debut, she portrayed Rachel, a tormented teenager with telekinetic powers. While the thriller did poorly with critics, Bergl received favorable notice for her performance as the fed up teen outsider with a troubled home life. Conscious of the threat of being typecast in similar roles, the actress took to the stage in order to ensure a more diverse career. The day before her first screen role was released, Bergl bowed on the Broadway stage alongside Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing in a revival of James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter," playing Princess Alais, the young French mistress to Fishburne's King Henry II. Previously, she had been an understudy in Lincoln Center's production of "Ah, Wilderness!" shortly after completing her acting training at the Eugene O'Neill Center's National Theatre Institute. Her additional theater credits include a run as Juliet in a production of "Romeo & Juliet" (opposite Neil Patrick Harris) at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, and a starring role in "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" at the Dorset Theatre Festival.
Cast as an understudy in Lincoln Center's production of "Ah, Wilderness!" shortly after completing training at Eugene O'Neill Center's National Theatre Institute
Starred opposite Neil Patrick Harris in the Old Globe (San Diego) production of "Romeo and Juliet"
Broadway acting debut as Alais, the young French mistress of King Henry II, in the revival of "The Lion in Winter"
Played Rachel, a high school outsider with supernatural powers who exacts revenge, in "The Rage: Carrie 2"
Returned to the NYC stage as co-star of Wendy Wasserstein's "Old Money"
Played the recurring role of Francie Jarvis in "The Gilmore Girls" (WB)
Played Emily in a La Jolla production of "Our Town"
Appeared as a camp counselor in "Happy Campers"; screened at Sundance
Cast in the sci-fi produced miniseries, "Taken"
Cast in the ABC series "Men in Trees" as Annie, an enthusiatic fan of relationship expert Marin Frist (Anne Heche)
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman in "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"