Date of birth: May 10, 1990
Hometown: Inland Empire, CA
Education: Poly High School
Lauren has been performing since she was very young, having started dancing lessons at age 2. Born with Down syndrome, she grew up in Riverside, California, where she studied drama in high school. Her first role was in the 2007 film Mr. Blue Sky, in which she played a 10-year-old girl who falls in love with a boy without special needs. Besides Glee, she also stars in the web series “Leader of the Pack.”
But Lauren isn’t just a workaholic. She finds time to date Orange County, California-resident Sean McElwee, a major Gleek who developed a crush on Lauren while watching her on TV, then managed to track her down and win her heart. Lucky guy! In addition to acting, Lauren has discovered a love for cooking, and has also spoken before Congress about bullying.