Elisha Cuthbert started modeling for various strains of children's clothes and also grew to become a foot model. She made her first televised appearance as an extra in the horror-themed collection for youngsters Are You Afraid of the Darkish?; she later turned a series common on the show. Cuthbert also co-hosted Common Mechanics for Kids, which was filmed in Montreal. Her reporting captured the eye of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, who invited her to go to the White House.
Elisha Cuthbert landed her first role in a feature film in the household drama Dancing on the Moon (1997). She appeared in a number of different Canadian household-themed films and an airplane thriller, Airspeed. Cuthbert starred in the Canadian television film Lucky Girl in 2001 and was awarded a Gemini Award for her performance