In 2000, Cuthbert co-starred in Believe, a Canadian film with Ricky Mabe.
The following year, she starred in the Canadian television movie, Lucky Girl, and was awarded a Gemini Award for her performance.
Critics were divided; some praised the film for boldness, others, notably Roger Ebert, called it gimmicky and exploitative.
In her next film, Cuthbert starred with Paris Hilton and Chad Michael Murray in the 2005 remake of the horror film House of Wax.
Cuthbert landed a role in a feature film in the family drama Dancing on the Moon (1997).
She appeared in other Canadian family films and in an airplane thriller, Airspeed.
Her next film, Love Actually, earned $246.4 million worldwide.
Her first break in a major film role was in 2004, The Girl Next Door.
Elisha Ann Cuthbert (born November 30, 1982) is a Canadian actress and model.
She became known for playing Kim Bauer in the series 24, Darcie Goldberg in the college comedy Old School, Danielle in the teen comedy film The Girl Next Door, and Carly Jones in the 2005 remake of House of Wax.
No matter how much hair and makeup I do, it's not going to happen." The Daily Californian conceded that "Despite the plot's failings, Cuthbert does a convincing job in her role, exuding an outer shell so tough that when her inner, softer layers emerge, it's a natural change of character.
Empire Movies agreed, commenting that "this is Elisha Cuthbert's best film performance to date.
She made her first televised appearance as an extra in the horror-themed series for children, Are You Afraid of the Dark? Cuthbert co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids with Jay Baruchel, filmed in Montreal.