Elizabeth Jean Busy Philipps is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. She is known for her roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks , Dawson's Creek and ER , and for her portrayal of Laurie Keller on the ABC series Cougar Town , for which she received a Critics' Choice Television Award. She has also appeared in numerous films, such as The Smokers , Home Room , White Chicks , Made of Honor , He's Just Not That into You , The Gift , and I Feel Pretty .Early lifePhilipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She got the nickname Busy as a child; sources conflict on whether the nickname came from her parents or a babysitter named Tracy. Busy stated on her TV show Busy Tonight that her mother gave her the nickname. She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.