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Cara Buono as Nell Pope

Cara Buono as Nell Pope

Cara Buono was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for her portrayal of Dr. Faye Miller, the smart, Kim Novak-esque psychologist and love interest of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) on AMC’s Mad Men. She was Michael Imperioli’s wife, Kelli Moltisanti, on the final two seasons of The Sopranos (HBO). She is the only actor to have appeared in both critically acclaimed shows. She was a series regular on Third Watch (NBC) playing paramedic Grace Foster (Helen Mirren portrayed her mother). Her notable television appearances include Brothers & Sisters, two critically acclaimed episodes of Law and Order (as well Criminal Intent & SVU), Deep in My Heart a CBS/Hallmark movie in which she played Young Gerry with Anne Bancroft who played Gerry, and was the final fatality on ER.

Cara’s feature work includes Let Me In directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), the female lead in Artie Lange’s Beer League, Edith Banner in Ang Lee’s Hulk, and has played in independent features such as Next Stop Wonderland, Happy Accidents, and River Red (all Sundance premieres), Two Ninas with Amanda Peet and Ron Livingston (winner Audience Award GenArt Film Festival), Chutney Popcorn (winner Audience Award Berlin Film Festival), and Noah Baumbach’s directorial debut Kicking and Screaming (NY Film Festival premiere).

She has appeared on Broadway in The Rose Tattoo opposite Mercedes Ruehl and Anthony LaPaglia directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls, Some Americans Abroad directed by Roger Michel (Changing Lanes, Notting Hill) and The Tenth Man directed by Ulu Grosbard both at Lincoln Center. She worked in many off and off-off Broadway productions with companies such as Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, and Naked Angels. She appeared in Good Thing directed by Jo Bonney for the cutting edge company The New Group in which she won raves for her role as a 20-year-old pregnant methamphetamine (crank) addict.

As a writer, Buono co-wrote When the Cat’s Away for Miramax films with director Brad Anderson. She wrote and directed the short film Baggage starring Minnie Driver and Liev Schreiber which had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival as well as the short film Another Complex starring Gil Bellows. She has adapted F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel This Side of Paradise also for Miramax Films.

Cara was born in the Bronx, NY and graduated from Columbia University where she earned a degree in English Literature and Political Science in three years.