Amy Louise Acker (born December 5, 1976) is an American actress. Acker was born in Dallas, Texas, to Robert Acker, a lawyer, and Sandra Bruyere, a housewife of French ancestry. She is the oldest of four children and the cousin of Joel Jeffrey Acker. Acker studied ballet, modern dance, and jazz dance for 13 years. She underwent knee surgery while in high school, ending her ballet career, and she began to study acting in her sophomore year. She enrolled at Southern Methodist University in 1995 to take advantage of that school's renowned theatrical program.