Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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Winstead at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
Born (1984-11-28) November 28, 1984 (age 31)
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, recording artist
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Riley Stearns (m. 2010)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (born November 28, 1984) is an American actress and recording artist. Winstead is known for her scream queen roles in the horror films The Ring Two, Final Destination 3, Black Christmas, Death Proof, The Thing, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but has also branched out to other genres, including as John McClane‘s daughter Lucy in Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard, Ramona Flowers in the comic-to-film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and as an alcoholic who struggles through sobriety in the Sundance-selected drama Smashed.

Her singing career started in 2013, with her formation of the music duo Got a Girl with Dan the Automator.

Early life[edit]

The youngest of five children[1] of James Ronald and Betty Lou (née Knight) Winstead, Winstead was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.[2][3] Winstead’s grandfather was a cousin of actress Ava Gardner.[4] Winstead was only five years old when her family moved to Sandy, Utah, a Salt Lake City suburb.[3][5] As a girl, Winstead attended Peruvian Park Elementary, where she excelled academically and attended advanced classes.[5] A talented dancer and singer, Winstead studied dance in a Joffrey Ballet summer program in Chicago, Illinois[5] and was also a member of the International Children’s Choir.[6] During her youth, Winstead initially hoped to pursue a career as a ballerina and appeared in local ballet productions.[5] As she entered her teens Winstead was forced to quit ballet due to her height. She later stated “I realized pretty early on that I was already too tall by the time I was 13… You know, your body has to stay that way for your entire life, and it’s pretty hard on your muscles and your bones”.[3] Realizing that her career as a ballerina was unlikely, Winstead turned to acting instead;[3] as she was still a teenager at the time, this required her to be homeschooled through most of high school.[7][8][9]

Acting career[edit]

Early work (1997–2005)[edit]

After leaving ballet to pursue an acting career, Winstead first appeared on Broadway during Donny Osmond‘s successful run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.[10] After her brief performance in Broadway, Winstead began making appearances in various television series and earned guest roles in Touched by an Angel and Promised Land. She gained her first major role when she was cast as Jessica Bennett in the NBC soap opera series Passions. Winstead was a series regular and held the role from 1999 to 2000 before leaving to pursue other interests. Winstead later stated, “I really had one of the smallest roles on Passions, so I didn’t get too involved… I was able to leave pretty easily”.[11] After leaving Passions, Winstead’s next significant television role was in the short-lived CBS drama series Wolf Lake (2001–002), where she portrayed the daughter of Tim Matheson‘s character.[12] The series lasted ten episodes before being cancelled. In 2004 Winstead played a supporting role in MTV‘s made-for-television film Monster Island. In 2005 Winstead played a minor role in the indie comedy Checking Out. Winstead gained a much larger role later that year as the main antagonist of the Walt Disney Pictures film Sky High. The film, also starring Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker, Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, and Bruce Campbell, was well received by critics, holding a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes,[13] and fared well at the box office.[14]

Breakthrough and mainstream success (2006–2011)[edit]

After her appearance in Sky High, Winstead began to work with horror producers James Wong and Glen Morgan, previously known for their contributions to The X-Files. Their collaboration began when Winstead starred in Final Destination 3 (2006) as lead character Wendy Christensen.[15] The film did extremely well at the box office[16] and, although it received mixed reviews from critics,[17] Winstead’s performance was praised.[18] Winstead also co-starred with Chelan Simmons, having first appeared with her in the 2004 MTV film Monster Island. Her next film appearance that year was in the slasher-film Black Christmas, where she once again collaborated with Morgan and Wong, as well as Crystal Lowe, whom she co-starred with in Final Destination 3. Black Christmas fared poorly with critics,[19] but earned her a nomination for Scream Queen at the 2007 Scream Awards. Winstead inadvertently received a chance to lampoon horror scream queens when Tonight Show host Jay Leno, unaware of who she was, knocked on her front door and included her in a comedy segment spoofing horror films.[20] She also appeared in Emilio Estevez‘s Bobby, a film depicting the last hours in the life of Robert F. Kennedy.[21] Winstead became interested in Bobby after learning that Anthony Hopkins would also appear in the film.[21] The movie boasted an ensemble cast, also including other heavyweights such as Shia LaBeouf, Harry Belafonte, Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore, William H. Macy, Ashton Kutcher, Christian Slater and Sharon Stone. A moderate box office success in selected theaters, Bobby received mixed reviews[22] with many criticisms directed at the film’s script.[23] She and her co-stars were nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture but won the Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast.[24]

Winstead at the premiere of Grindhouse in Austin, Texas, March 2007

In 2007, Winstead appeared in a pair of high-profile event films. Quentin Tarantino cast her as a well-intentioned but vapid and naïve actress in his high-speed segment of Grindhouse called Death Proof,[25] his half of a double-billed feature. Death Proof is the second film to feature Winstead with Kurt Russell (the first being Sky High), although Winstead only filmed scenes with Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms and stuntwoman Zoë Bell. Grindhouse opened to positive reviews[26] but performed poorly at the box office.[27] Winstead won the part of John McClane‘s estranged daughter Lucy in Live Free or Die Hard, beating out other candidates for the role including Jessica Simpson.[1] The fourth film of the installment saw her co-starring alongside Bruce Willis, Justin Long and Timothy Olyphant, and was financially and critically acclaimed.[28][29] The following year, Winstead screen-tested for the role of Wonder Woman in the film adaption of Justice League.[30] She starred in a lead role in Make It Happen, a dance film.[31] The film went straight to DVD in the US, and fared poorly upon release in the UK, which eventually led to its financial failure. Nevertheless, the film proved a delight for Winstead to shoot, as she had always dreamed about becoming a dancer. Critics agreed that the film’s biggest and most universally-agreed asset was Winstead. Reviewer Mike Martin says, “Winstead infuses every moment with an amazing amount of charm”.[32] Matthew Turner of ViewLondon even goes to say that Winstead “compensates for the generally poor direction.”[33]

Winstead co-starred opposite Michael Cera in the comic-book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, under the direction of Edgar Wright.[34] The film sported an ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, Kieran Culkin, Aubrey Plaza and Johnny Simmons. Filming occurred from March[35] to August 2009.[36] For her role, Winstead went through fight training for two months and performed most of her own stunts.[37] The film was released in 2010 to critical acclaim but lackluster box office returns, though it did considerably well once released to DVD. Winstead’s performance was received generally well, and snagged her a Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice Actress Action.[38]

In February 2010, Winstead was cast in the lead role as paleontologist Dr. Kate Loyd in the prequel to The Thing. The movie was released October 14, 2011.[39][40] Winstead stated that there was no romantic subplot for her character as she felt it would be out of place in the context of the film.[41] Winstead based her performance on her sister, a neurologist.[42] Critics singled out Winstead for praise in her performance as the lead. “[Winstead] stands out with her portrayal of a paleontologist. She keeps a cool, logical head whilst others around her start to panic. It’s a refreshing change from your traditional horror film where the lead characters do moronic things as if to prolong the story”, The Film Pie wrote.[43] Las Vegas Weekly wrote, “Winstead makes for an appealing protagonist, and Kate is portrayed as competent without being thrust into some unlikely action-hero role”.[44] Winstead tested to be the female lead in the Spider-Man reboot[45][46][47] and the lead opposite Matt Damon in We Bought a Zoo, a film adaptation of Benjamin Mee’s autobiographical novel of the same name,[48][49] although she was not chosen in either case, losing out to Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson, respectively.[50][51]

On February 17, 2011, it was confirmed that Winstead had been chosen to play the role of Mary Todd Lincoln, alongside Benjamin Walker, in the film adaption of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.[52] The film was released in summer 2012 to mixed reviews,[53] but critics praised Winstead’s performance. San Jose Mercury News calls Winstead “a standout”,[54] whereas Illinois Times says, “Winstead humanizes Mary [Todd Lincoln] by giving her a fiery wit and sense of resolve in the face of considerable adversity”.[55] Winstead has also been commended for scenes with opposite Benjamin Walker, with Little White Lies saying they share “a sweet chemistry that gives their handful of scenes an endearing warmth”.[56] Winstead was also a potential candidate for the role of Maria Hill in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers film, losing out to Cobie Smulders.[57]

Indie-film route and return to TV (2012–present)[edit]

Winstead was next cast opposite Aaron Paul in Smashed, an independent film directed by James Ponsoldt.[58] According to Winstead, the film took a mere 19 days of shooting.[59] Screened during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival,[60] Winstead’s performance earned her rave reviews by critics,[61] with calling it “[…] the type of performance that could be Award-worthy if given the right kind of build-up by whichever studio picks it up”.[62] The film was released theatrically on October 12, 2012,[63][64] and saw Winstead snagging the Dallas International Film Festival Award for Best Actress. During a promotional interview for the movie with website Collider, she expressed pride about working in an independent project: “It’s something I’ve been trying to do for years and years […] It’s almost like my first movie in a weird way, cause it’s my first movie in this world, which is a world I’ve been trying to break into. [I’ve wanted] to be around filmmakers that are trying new things [sic] and not part of the system, so to speak, and they’re doing things on their own terms.”[65]

Winstead was also cast in Roman Coppola‘s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, as Kate, “the best friend of [Charlie Sheen’s] girlfriend who just broke up with him. She is not so supportive of their relationship.”[66] The film, released in selected theaters, sees her reuniting with Jason Schwartzman and Aubrey Plaza after their collaboration on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Winstead was cast in A.C.O.D. as Lauren Stinger, “long-time girlfriend of Carter (Scott) and the rock in his increasingly chaotic life.”[67] She starred alongside Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, Clark Duke, Amy Poehler and Catherine O’Hara. Although the film received mixed reviews,[68] Winstead’s acting was singled out by Washington Post, who says “Winstead brings surprising depth to a small role, in which she has little to do except wait for her boyfriend to grow up, or to at least let go of his cynicism about love.”[69] ScreenRant also says “[Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jessica Alba also deliver in their contributions – though both of their characters are mainly designed to be mirrors for Carter to examine his own life and choices.”[70] The movie premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was later given a limited release.[71]

On July 25, 2012, it was reported that Winstead and Topher Grace are cast in The Beauty Inside, a project dubbed an “interactive social film“. The film is broken up into six filmed episodes interspersed with interactive storytelling that all takes place on the main character’s Facebook timeline. The main character, Alex, wakes up every day with a different appearance; Winstead played the role of Leah, a woman whom Alex falls in love with. The web series acts as a campaign by Intel and Toshiba; The first episode airs online on August 16 and the project wrapped up on September 20.[72][73] Winstead collaborated again with James Ponsoldt in The Spectacular Now as Holly, the sister of Miles Teller‘s lead character.[74] Winstead co-starred alongside Brie Larson (whom she co-starred with in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler and Bob Odenkirk. The film, based on the novel of the same name by Tim Tharp, opened to favorable reviews and good results in its limited release with a total gross of $6 million over a production budget of $2.5 million.[75][76][77][78] Next, Winstead reprised her role in the film A Good Day to Die Hard, shooting her scenes in only one day.[59][79][80] Winstead stated in an interview with Yahoo! that she was not expecting another sequel but “[had fun reprising] the father-daughter rapport.”[81] Winstead’s scene was only available in the theatrical version, and was cut from the unrated version. On October 12, it was revealed that Winstead was Marvel‘s top choice for the role of Sharon Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier,[82][83][84] but the role was eventually given to Emily VanCamp.[85]

In 2013, Winstead was cast as the lead role in Alex of Venice, a film directed by Chris Messina and penned by Jessica Goldberg. Winstead played “an environmental lawyer who is left to raise her 12-year-old son alone after her husband bolts.”[86] Premiering at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival,[87] reviews for the film were mostly positive, with many critics praising Mary’s part in the film;[88][89] Variety magazine called her performance “extraordinary” and stated that the film “belongs to Winstead, whose minor-key thesping proves as compelling as her heavy lifting in “Smashed.” Alex’s gradual metamorphosis into a richer, more fully realized young woman is accomplished in hundreds of tiny emotional brushstrokes, flitting across her girl-next-door wholesomeness in ever-shifting patterns”.[90] Website Twitch Film also expressed praise for her part, ramarking that Winstead “has matured from her early roles in horror films, to more impressive fare such as Smashed. She has grace, courage, knows how to move the audience and the camera loves her. While her resume up ’til now is a mix of blockbusters (Final Destination 3, Live Free or Die Hard) and indie favorites (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), this will change as she continues to grow into her profoundly blossoming career. This is an actress ready to do great things. As Alex, she always wears a look of determination, even when she’s exhausted and losing the new battles thrown at her: learning how to be alone, taking care of her family and keeping the job she’s worked her entire life for. Alex is a tender soul but does her damndest to keep it together. It’s an admirable trait not many can do, let alone be challenged with.”[91]

Winstead was next reported to co-star in the Cinemax drama pilot, Quarry. The project, set in the 1970s, is based loosely on a series of books by Max Allen Collins.[92] The show however was only picked up by Cinemax in February 2015.[93] In an interview with Access Hollywood in September, Jodi Balfour reveals that she is playing Winstead’s character Joni, thereby replacing Winstead.[94]

In July 2013, Winstead was also reported to star in Stearns’ debut feature film Faults.[86] Winstead and her co-star Leland Orser were praised for their performances, with Film School Rejects calling it an “exceptional performance”[95] and Indiewire saying “[Winstead’s] inscrutable expression epitomizes this unique movie’s enigmatic appeal”, and even “ranks among her best”.[96] Winstead was next cast alongside Jeremy Renner and Rosemarie DeWitt in Kill the Messenger. The thriller tells the true story of investigative journalist Gary Webb. Winstead played the role of Dawn Garcia, the editor of the San Jose Mercury News, where Webb worked.[97] It was given a limited release on October 10, 2014, to favorable reviews but little interest in its theatrical run.[98][99]

In March 2014, Winstead was cast as the lead of ABC‘s drama pilot Exposed. Winstead will play Anna, “an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, including making questionable alliances.”[100] On June 6, Winstead was cast in A&E‘s US remake of the French drama series The Returned. Winstead will star alongside Sandrine Holt and Agnes Bruckner for a 10-episode run.[101] Fans have also started a campaign to have Winstead play as Mary Jane Watson in the next sequel for The Amazing Spider-Man, set for release in 2016.[102] Next, Mary joined the cast of John Krasinski‘s The Hollars. She starred alongside Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick and Mary Kay Place yet again, after their collaboration in A.C.O.D., Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Smashed respectively, as well as Sharlto Copley, Josh Groban, Charlie Day and Margo Martindale.[103] In August 2014, Winstead was cast in Bad Robot and Paramount‘s thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane.[104] The film, helmed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken and Dan Casey, will see her starring alongside John Goodman.[105]

On 25 Feb 2015, Winstead has reportedly signed with United Talent Agency.[106]

In May 2015, Winstead was cast in the leading role of Mary Phinney in PBScivil drama Mercy Street. The six-part series tells the tale of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War, and will air in winter 2016.[107] In June, Winstead was also reported to headline Swiss Army Man, an indie comedy-drama directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. The movie, also co-starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, is scheduled for release in 2016.[108]

In September 2015, Winstead continues the TV route in CBSpolitical horror comedy BrainDead, as leading character Laurel. The series, set in Washington, D.C., is planned to air in summer 2016 with 13 episodes.[109][110] From March 2016, she will be starring alongside Fan Bingbing in The Visit musical.

Singing career[edit]

Winstead has expressed her interest in singing, but initially did not plan on pursuing it as a career. “I wasn’t ever really going to be a singer, but it’s just something I’ve always loved.”[111] For her part of the Grindhouse film, Tarantino had Winstead sing an a cappella cover of The Shirelles‘ hit recording “Baby It’s You“.[112] She was asked impromptu to perform the song and the cast were reportedly “gob-smacked” by her singing.

“We did a song together, and then one song kind of turned into five, and then we just decided to make an album out of it. So we’re currently working on it, going at our own pace, and not putting too much pressure on ourselves.”

— Discussing her forthcoming music album with Complex Magazine.[113]

In 2009, Winstead and music producer Thai Long Ly co-wrote a song, “Warmth of Him”.[114] Although first rumored to be a pre-release single, Winstead has since then confirmed that she was just exploring her interest and does not plan on releasing any music albums.

In an interview with Complex for the June/July 2012 issue, Winstead revealed she was working with Dan the Automator and is indeed planning on releasing a music album. “The inspiration behind it is, like, French ’60s pop—Jane Birkin, and stuff like that. It’s kind of married with Dan’s sensibility, which is his beats and a little bit of that low-key hip-hop vibe. So it makes for something that’s very unique; it’s very lounge-y and light. It’s got a little bit of a French quality,” Winstead discloses.[113]

Winstead is also featured in the songs “The Agony” and “Look Across The Sky” from Deltron 3030‘s second studio album Event 2 released on September 30, 2013.

I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now (2014)[edit]

Main article: Got a Girl

In summer 2013, Winstead and collaborator Dan the Automator formed the band Got a Girl, and released their demo “You & Me” on May 21.[115] The album is at first reported to be set for release in January 2014 via EMI,[116] but its release has been bumped to July 2014.[117]

In June 2014, revealed that the album, titled I Love You But I Must Drive Off this Cliff Now, will be released on July 22 via Bulk Recordings. The album’s full tracklist is also revealed on AllMusic.[118] The first single, “Did We Live Too Fast” premiered on June 3.[119]

Personal life[edit]

Winstead is married to Riley Stearns, a film director and television writer from Austin, Texas,[120] whom she met at age 18, while on a cruise. The couple were wed in 2010.[121]

Winstead starred in and acted as producer of Stearns’ debut feature film, Faults in 2014.[86]

She was one of the victims of the 2014 celebrity pictures hack.[122]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Ring Two, TheThe Ring Two Young Evelyn Only in unrated version
2005 Checking Out Lisa Apple Direct-to-DVD
2005 Sky High Gwendolyn ‘Gwen’ Grayson/
Sue Tenny/Royal Pain
2006 Final Destination 3 Wendy Christensen
2006 Bobby Susan Taylor
2006 Factory Girl Ingrid Superstar
2006 Black Christmas Heather Lee-Fitzgerald
2007 Death Proof Lee Montgomery
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Lucy Gennero-McClane
2008 Make It Happen Lauryn Kirk
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World[123] Ramona Victoria Flowers
2011 Final Destination 5 Wendy Christensen Archive footage
2011 The Thing[39] Dr. Kate Lloyd
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter[52] Mary Todd Lincoln
2012 Smashed[58] Kate Hannah
2012 Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, AA Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III[124] Kate Wide release in 2013
2013 Good Day to Die Hard, AA Good Day to Die Hard[59][79][80] Lucy Gennero-McClane Only in theatrical version
2013 A.C.O.D.[67] Lauren Stinger
2013 The Spectacular Now[75] Holly Keely
2014 Showing Up Herself Documentary
2014 Alex of Venice[125][126][127] Alex Vedder Wide release in 2015
2014 Faults[128] Claire/Ira Wide release in 2015
2014 Kill the Messenger[97] Anna Simons[129]
2016 The Hollars[103] Gwen Post-production
2016 Swiss Army Man[108] Sarah Post-production
2016 10 Cloverfield Lane[104][105] Michelle Post-production

TV and other videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Touched by an Angel Kristy 1 episode: “A Delicate Balance
1998 Promised Land Chloe 2 episodes: “Recycled”, “Denver, Welcome Home”
1999 Passions Jessica Bennett Regular star
1999 Long Road Home, TheThe Long Road Home Annie Jacobs Television film
2000 Father Can’t Cope Tara Television pilot
2001–2002 Wolf Lake Sophia Donner Regular star
2003 Then Came Jones Rina Television film
2004 Tru Calling Bridget Elkins 1 episode: “Closure
2004 Monster Island Madison Television film
2008 Stop/Eject Elizabeth Short film
2011 Magnificat Lynn Short film; also executive producer[130]
2011 Cost of Living The Computer (voice) Short film
2012 The Beauty Inside Leah Web series; 5 episodes: “Leah”, “It Has to Be Tonight”, “Help Wanted”, “I’d Like to Show You Something”, “That’s It for Me”
2012 The Cub Short film; executive producer
2014 Quarry[92] Joni Unaired television pilot
2015 Exposed[100] Anna Loach Television pilot
2015 The Returned[101] Rowan Blackshaw Regular star
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Talk show; 1 episode: “Mary Elizabeth Winstead Wears an A-Line Skirt and Pointy Black Boots”
2016 Mercy Street[107] Mary Phinney Regular star
2016 BrainDead[109][110] Laurel

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 “Love Your Flawz”[131] Caitlin Crosby
2014 “Did We Live Too Fast” Got a Girl

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Production Result
2000 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress in a Daytime TV Series Passions Nominated
2001 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress in a Daytime TV Series Passions Nominated
2006 Hollywood Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast (shared with cast) Bobby Won
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Cast Bobby Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Bobby Nominated
2006 Scream Award Scream Queen Black Christmas Nominated
2010 IGN Movie Award Best Ensemble Cast Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Actress Action Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Nominated
2012 Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead Smashed Nominated
2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Actress Smashed Nominated
2013 Dallas International Film Festival Shining Star Award for Best Actress Smashed Won
2013 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding New Approaches Original Daytime Program or Series (shared with cast & crew) The Beauty Inside Won

10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane

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10 Cloverfield Lane
10 Cloverfield Lane.png 

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Josh Campbell
  • Matt Stuecken
Based on Cloverfield by

Music by Bear McCreary
Cinematography Jeff Cutter
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

10 Cloverfield Lane is an upcoming 2016 American science fiction mystery thriller film and the directorial debut of Dan Trachtenberg. The film was written by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, and Damien Chazelle and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr. The film started as a script titled The Cellar, but during production under Bad Robot Productions, it evolved to become what producer J. J. Abrams described as “a blood relative” of the 2008 film Cloverfield. The film is set to be released on March 11, 2016.


After surviving a car accident, a woman wakes up in an underground cellar, where most of the film takes place. She fears she has been abducted by a survivalist, who tells her he saved her life and that a worldwide chemical attack has left Earth’s surface uninhabitable. Uncertain what to believe, she decides she must escape, no matter what dangers she may face outside.[1]



The film originated from an “ultra low budget” spec script penned by John Campbell and Matt Stuecken titled The Cellar.[3][4] The Tracking Board included the script in “The Hit List” of 2012[4] – an annually published list of spec scripts written within the year that has impressed its voting members.[5]

In 2012, Paramount Pictures bought the script and commenced further development under Bad Robot Productions. Bad Robot was developing it for Insurge Pictures, Paramount’s specialty label for films with a micro-budget. Due to Bad Robot’s involvement, the film was assigned the codename Valencia to keep exact details of the production a secret.[6]

After rewrites of Campbell and Stuecken’s draft were performed by Dan Casey, production for Valencia was greenlit to begin in the Fall of 2014 under the direction of Dan Trachtenberg. A budget of about $5 million was reported to be expected, in keeping with the mandate of Paramount’s Insurge division of producing micro-budgeted films.[7]

On July 8, 2014, Variety reported John Goodman was in negotiations to star in the film.[8] On August 25, 2014, they reported Mary Elizabeth Winstead had entered negotiations,[9] and on September 22, 2014, John Gallagher, Jr. reportedly joined the cast.[10]

In a March 2015 interview, a few months after production wrapped, Winstead was asked about her experience during Valencia and described it as a “really contained film”, reiterating the premise of The Cellar about a woman being trapped with her mysterious savior in a supposed post-nuclear fallout world.[11] Later in the month, Insurge Pictures was reported to have been dismantled and its staff absorbed by its parent company. Insurge’s only film that had yet to be released was reported to be Valencia.[12]

The film’s final name was revealed on January 15, 2016, when a trailer for the movie was attached to 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Paramount, on the behalf of producer J. J. Abrams, released a statement about the movie being “a blood relative” of Cloverfield, an idea that came to them during production. The final movie credits Damien Chazelle in addition to Campbell and Stuecken for its screenplay.[13] Speaking of the rewrites that took place during production Winstead called them “nothing that was major”.[14]

A hypothetical sequel to Cloverfield was often discussed with the press by Drew Goddard and Matt Reeves, writers and directors of the 2008 film, but they were uncertain to say when they would find the time to get together along with Abrams to develop it, as they were busy with other projects.[15][16]


Principal photography on the film began on October 20, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] Scenes involving explosions, fire, and smoke were shot in Hahnville, Louisiana in early December 2014.[17] Filming ended on December 15, 2014.[18]


Bear McCreary composed the music for the film.[19]


The film will be released on March 11, 2016, in regular theaters and IMAX.[20]


NFL: Super Bowl 50-Denver Broncos Championship Parade  First he was accused of taking PEdS.  Now there a story that has come out regarding possible sexual abuse by Peyton  on a trainer.  Manning’s name has come out in a lawsuit along with other athletes and filed by six former female students against The University of Tennessee.

The lawsuit alleges that The university created a “hostile sexual environment,” by showing indifference when regarding student-athletes.  It alleges that when Peyton Manning was a QB at The University, he placed his genitals in the face of a female trainer, when she was examining him for injury.  This would be another example of an athlete who thinks they are immune to what is  right.  This was originally reported in 2003 in The Daily News.







Brie Larson

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Brie Larson

Larson in 2013
Born Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers
(1989-10-01) October 1, 1989 (age 26)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1998–present
Musical career
Genres Pop, pop rock
Instruments Vocals

Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and singer. Larson began her career as a guest actress on television, making her debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1998. She landed her first major role as a series regular on the 2001 sitcom Raising Dad, for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award. In 2003, she made her film debut in the Disney Channel Original Movie Right on Track as Courtney Enders, followed by appearances in the 2004 films 13 Going on 30 and Sleepover. In 2005, she released her debut album as a singer, titled Finally Out of P.E.. Her performance in the comedy film Hoot (2006) received praise and brought her to the attention of wider audiences, and she had subsequent roles in Tanner Hall (2009), Greenberg (2010), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and 21 Jump Street (2012). In 2013, she received critical praise for her performance as Grace in the indie-drama Short Term 12, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Critic’s Choice Award.

As a director, she has directed two short films, Weighting (2011), and The Arm (2012). Larson is also known for her role as Kate Gregson from 2009 to 2011 on the television series United States of Tara. In 2010, she performed in a stage production of Our Town as Emily Webb at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.[1]

In 2015, she received widespread acclaim for her performance as Joy “Ma” Newsome in the drama film Room, and also appeared in the comedy Trainwreck. For her performance in Room, she won the BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, the Critic’s Choice Award, and the SAG Award, and has been nominated for the Independent Spirit Award, Canadian Screen Award and Academy Award for Best Actress.

Early life[edit]

Larson was born in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Sylvain and Heather Desaulniers.[2] Her parents were chiropractors who ran a practice together.[3] Her parents divorced when she was a child, and she moved to Los Angeles with her mother and sister. She studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.[4][5][6] Before that she was home-schooled.[7] Her paternal grandparents were French-Canadian. Her paternal grandmother, Gabrielle Desaulniers, died in December 2015.[8] Growing up, Larson’s first language was French.[9] Brie stated in an interview with Glamour that she chose “Larson” as her stage name from her great-grandmother’s maiden name, as her surname was too difficult to pronounce. She stated on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that her name change was influenced by an American Girl doll she received as a child.[10]



Larson’s first job was performing in sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[11] Soon after, she was cast in the television series Schimmel, which never aired because its star, Robert Schimmel, was diagnosed with cancer shortly before filming was to begin.[12] After it was “on hold” for ten months, Fox canceled the show. Larson later auditioned for a new show for The WB called In Your Dreams, and landed the role of Bob Saget‘s character’s younger daughter, Emily. The show was selected for the 2001–02 fall season, and was renamed Raising Dad. It was then canceled after 27 episodes. Larson was also cast in the pilot for the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith, but she and some other cast members were dropped after the unaired pilot.

In 2003, she starred alongside Beverley Mitchell on the Disney Channel original movie Right on Track. In July 2004, she co-starred with a large cast of teen actors in the film Sleepover.[13] She also had a small role in the movie 13 Going on 30.[14] Larson appeared in the 2006 film Hoot, opposite actors Logan Lerman and Cody Linley. Her voice is also featured in the film Farce of the Penguins as a teenage penguin. She played Angie in the 2007 comedy-drama Remember the Daze and also appeared in the 2008 short film The Babysitter, written and directed by David H. Steinberg. She appeared in an episode of Ghost Whisperer in January 2008. She also has a role as Kate in the 2008 film, Tanner Hall, directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Fürstenberg. Larson played the character Kate Gregson on the Showtime series United States of Tara. The show premiered on January 18, 2009 and was not renewed after its third season. The season finale aired on June 20, 2011.[15]

In 2012, Larson played Molly in the film adaptation of the popular 1980s TV show 21 Jump Street, co-starring with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. In 2013, she guest-starred as Rachel in an episode of Community titled “Herstory of Dance“,[16] and again in the episode “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” the following year. In 2013, she also starred in Short Term 12.[17][18] She appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson several times between 2010 and 2013.[19]

In 2015, Larson played the sister of Amy Schumer‘s character in the film Trainwreck. She also starred in Room, a film adapted from the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue. The film played at the Toronto International Film Festival, and began its theatrical release on October 16, 2015. It has received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for Larson’s performance.

Larson has been cast in Kong: Skull Island, cast along with Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston.[20]


Larson in 2010

Larson has launched a career as a musician, singer and songwriter, and after releasing her debut album in a major record label in 2005, and has been performing in live concerts throughout the United States since then. A second album came to production and was completed but never released. Most recently, Larson revealed plans to release an EP, but that also never reached the public. She did not give up on her career as a musician, but it is not known when she will release new songs.[21] Her last public appearance as a singer was in 2010, when she performed “Black Sheep”, along with the band Metric in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.[22]

Her interest in being a singer started in early 2003, when she began to promote her songs through her personal website and was already showing interest in releasing an album. The first leaked was “Go Goodbye”, a song about “two great people who just aren’t great together”, in her own words[23] and along with “Invisible Girl”, were the tracks that led Larson to sign a record deal some time after with Casablanca Records,[24] a Universal Records imprint. Both songs were produced and written with the help of Michael Binikos and Craig Bartock.[25] In 2003, she leaked another track, “Not a Freak” and this time there was even a music video for it, which was available for purchase online.[26] In late spring of 2004, she removed all the songs on her website due to Casablanca’s contract restrictions and was in the process of recording new songs for her first album.[27]

In October of that same year, her willingness to release an album was coming closer and “She Said”, the first single from her yet-to-be-released debut album at that time was available to listen via her official website[28] gaining an official release in iTunes in December[29] and was sent to radios across the country in the following month.[30] Despite having been the 99th best-selling CD single in the country in 2005, according to SoundScan and peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales, the song failed to reach the Top 40 of the most played songs in the country, receiving low airplay. She also recorded live performances for AOL Sessions on October 11, 2004.[31]

Her only released album, Finally Out of P.E., went on sale in late 2005 and sold 3,500 copies in U.S.[32] Before its release, her record label released a DVD featuring “She Said” music video, the making of it and her AOL Sessions performances. The entire album was focused in teenage audiences and that became clear while she was playing in Teen People‘s Rock in Shop Tour, went on tour with Jesse McCartney and received a lot of airplay from children-oriented radios like Radio Disney and Radio KOL. The music video for “She Said”, directed by Chris Applebaum,[33] showed a story about a bored fast food restaurant worker who was aiming to sing and, that way, “finding herself”. She also sang “Hope Has Wings”, the song from the credits of the movie Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus. A music video for the song appears as a bonus feature on the movie’s DVD.[34]

In 2006, she recorded a song slightly different from her previous works for the soundtrack of the Hoot movie, “Coming Around”, co-written with Jacques Brautbar and Rami Perlman,[35] vocalist and guitarist of a Los Angeles-based independent band. On March 1, 2006, Larson performed an acoustic set of new songs at L.A.’s famous Viper Room.[36] The songs played were “Dear Universe”, “Powershift”, “Stilts and the Titanic”, “Superstition”, a cover of Indigo Girls‘ “Closer to Fine” and “Falling Into History”, a track from her album. From the new songs, the only one to be leaked in a studio recording was “Stilts and the Titanic”, produced and co-written by Binikos. The song was made available to listen and download as a demo version in Larson’s Official Myspace in the summer 2006. On October 22, 2008 she announced to fans in a blog published in her official Myspace page that she will be recording a 5 track EP with new material and will provide backing vocals for artist Caitlin Crosby‘s latest album.[21] The EP was to include a re-recorded version of Ugly (a track from her album) and four new songs: “Dear Universe”, “Sharpen My Nails”, “Arielle”, and “If All Goes Well”.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Larson is in a long-term relationship with musician Alex Greenwald.[37][38] In an interview with Elle Magazine, Larson revealed she hasn’t spoken to her father in over 10 years.[39]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Special Delivery Little Angel
2003 Right on Track Courtney Enders
2004 13 Going on 30 Six Chick
2004 Sleepover Elizabeth “Liz” Daniels
2005 Madison Racing girl
2006 Hoot Beatrice “The Bear” Leep
2007 Farce of the Penguins I Need a Z-Pack Penguin Voice role
2008 Remember the Daze Angie
2008 The Babysitter Allison Short film
2009 House Broken Susan “Suzy” Decker
2009 Just Peck Emily
2009 Tanner Hall Kate
2010 Greenberg Sara
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Envy Adams
2011 Treatment Franny
2011 Weighting[40] Short film; co-director and co-writer
2011 Smorgasbord Ciara Short film
2011 Rampart Helen
2012 21 Jump Street Molly
2012 The Trouble with Bliss Stephanie Jouseski
2012 The Arm[40] Short film; co-director and co-writer
2013 Bitter Orange Myrtle Short film
2013 Don Jon Monica Martello
2013 Short Term 12 Grace
2013 The Spectacular Now Cassidy
2014 The Gambler Amy Phillips
2015 Digging for Fire Max
2015 Trainwreck Kim Townsend
2015 Room Joy “Ma” Newsome
2016 Basmati Blues Linda
2016 Free Fire Justine In post-production
2017 Kong: Skull Island Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Roadkill Easy Bake Oven / Girl Scout 2 episodes
1998 To Have & to Hold Lily Quinn 2 episodes
1999 Touched by an Angel Rachel Episode: “Into the Fire”
1999 Popular Robin Robin Episode: “Fall on Your Knees”
2000 Then Came You Young Allison Episode: “Then Came Aidan’s Ex”
2000 Schimmel Samantha Pilot
2001–02 Raising Dad Emily Stewart 22 episodes
2003 Right On Track Courtney Enders Television film
2003 Hope & Faith Sydney Shanowski Unaired pilot
2008 Ghost Whisperer Krista Eisenburg Episode: “Slam”
2009 The Burg Hipster Girl Episode: “Change”
2009–11 United States of Tara Katherine “Kate” Gregson 36 episodes
2011 The League Ashley 2 episodes
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Katerin Episode: “The Real Bicycle Thief”
2012 Entry Level Laura Pilot
2013 Kroll Show College Girl 2 episodes
2013–14 Community Rachel 3 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: “Brie Larson Wears a Billowy Long-Sleeve Shirt and White Saddle Shoes”


Shannyn Sossamon

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Shannyn Sossamon
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Sossamon at the 2013 Milano International Film Festival.
Born Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon
(1978-10-03) October 3, 1978 (age 37)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, dancer, model, musician
Years active 1995–present
Partner(s) Dallas Clayton (2002–2004)
Children 2

Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon, popularly known as Shannyn Sossamon (born October 3, 1978), is an American actress and musician. After graduating from high school in 1995, she moved to Los Angeles to study dance; instead, she started working as a model mainly for television commercials. Her first movie role was in A Knight’s Tale (2001), a vehicle that brought her mainstream attention and several MTV Movie Awards nominations. It was followed by appearances in comedies such as 40 Days and 40 Nights and The Rules of Attraction (both 2002). She did further film work in the features The Order (2003), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and The Holiday (2006).

She received wide critical acclaim for her performance in Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006), and had the starring part on the CBS supernatural drama, Moonlight, that ran for one season from 2007 to 2008. She subsequently headlined the horror films One Missed Call (2008), which earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination and the popular Sinister 2 (2015). She has focused on small-scale projects, appearing in a number of independent films, including Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009), Road to Nowhere (2010), The Day (2011) and The End of Love (2012). She has recently done several television appearances as well, as in the first season of ABC’s drama Mistresses (2013), and in M. Night Shyamalan‘s limited show for FOX, Wayward Pines (2015). She currently plays the character of Pandora in season three of FOX’s Sleepy Hollow.

As a musician, she provided vocals and drums to Warpaint from 2004 to 2008, when she left the group to focus more on acting. Sossamon’s sole recording with the band is the 2009 EP, Exquisite Corpse. Sossamon has directed and produced short and musical videos, released through Maudegone Theater, an online-video project she created on her own in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon was born on October 3, 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the daughter of Sherry Sossamon, a nurse, and Todd Lindberg. She has a younger sister, singer Jenny Lee Lindberg, who was born in 1981. Her parents divorced when she was five, and Sossamon and her sister were then raised by her mother,[1] who married Randy Goldman, a salesman and manager of an auto dealership.[2] She is of Hawaiian, French, Dutch, Irish, Filipino, and German descent;[3] her maternal grandmother is Hawaiian-Filipino, and her maternal grandfather is English-German.[4] Her father is French-Irish.[5] Sossamon grew up in Reno, Nevada,[6][7] and enrolled in Dance Unlimited, where she was trained under Gina Hernandez. She attended Galena High School,[citation needed] graduating in 1995.[8] The day after her high school graduation, she relocated in Los Angeles with two friends, to study dance.[5][9] “Nothing compares to that feeling when you first leave home and arrive somewhere new,” she once recalled. “When we woke up in the morning, just making coffee felt amazing. It felt like being so free – just to wake up and make coffee and look at our couch. Nothing beats that”.[5] The y in her first name was an adolescent alteration in 1995.[10]


1995–2002: Early work and breakthrough[edit]

After moving to Los Angeles in 1995, she began to work as a DJ, booking gigs in local clubs and performance venues.[5] While Sossamon was pursuing a career in dance, she actually never planned to become a professional dancer, recalling: “It was more like I just love to do this. It wasn’t clear what I wanted, but I was fine with that. I had never needed a plan. I’m really good at feeling safe in the unknown in the aspect of planning your life”.[11] Around that time, Sossamon established her early career by modeling for various companies including Sassy Magazine, Unionbay Clothing, American Eagle Outfitters, and Planned Parenthood. She appeared in two television commercials for Gap and in music videos for artists such as Daft Punk, The Goo Goo Dolls, Cher, and the rock group 9xdead. In 1997, Sossamon guest-starred as several characters in three episodes of Mr. Show with Bob and David,[12][13][14] and two years later, she was discovered by casting director Francine Maisler, while assisting a fellow DJ at Gwyneth Paltrow‘s brother’s birthday party.[11]

Sossamon beat Kate Hudson for the lead female role in Brian Helgeland‘s medieval adventure movie A Knight’s Tale, opposite Heath Ledger.[15] She was cast as Lady Jocelyn, Ledger’s love interest, and the story follows a peasant pretending to be a knight in the world of Middle Age jousting. The film premiered on May 11, 2001,[16] and received average reviews,[17] with her part getting an equally mixed response; Robin Clifford for Reeling Reviews concluded that Sossamon was “pretty but little more than an object of affection”[18] and Rob Blackwelder, of SPLICEDwire, called her role “the movie’s weakest link”, noting that although Sossamon was a “wonderfully wicked flirt”, her character “isn’t terribly well established and she’s the most jarringly modern sight in this ancient tale”.[19] A Knight’s Tale garnered US$117,487,473 worldwide,[20] bringing Sossamon into mainstream audiences. It earned the actress two Teen Choice Awards nominations as well as three MTV Movie Awards nominations, including one for “Best Breakthrough Performance”.[21][22][23]

In 2002, Sossamon starred in Miramax Films‘ romantic comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights, as Erica Sutton, the love interest of Josh Hartnett‘s character, Matt Sullivan. The movie depicts Sullivan as he met Sutton during a period of abstinence from any sexual contact for the duration of Lent. It received mixed reviews from critics but was a major box office success after earning a worldwide total of US$95,146,283 on a production budget of US$17 million.[24] Sossamon’s part gained critical acclaim in general; noted that she was “already making a name for herself as a romantic leading lady. With starring roles opposite two of Hollywood’s hottest young actors (Hartnett and Heath Ledger) under her belt, Shannyn’s star is rising fast. Her exotic looks separate her from the pack, and her performances have, thus far, been exceptional”.[25] Praising Sossamon and co-star Harnett, Elvis Mitchell wrote for The New York Times: “Mr. Hartnett matches up with Ms. Sossamon, and not only because their eyebrows signal that they are both Vulcans. She is a more direct performer; what she does is not acting – yet – but she can look as if she’s listening. Her approach contrasts hilariously with his gentility”.[26] Afterwards, both actors received a Teen Choice Award nomination for “Choice Film Chemistry”.[27]

Sossamon subsequently played Lauren Hynde in Roger Avary‘s dark satirical ensemble The Rules of Attraction, an adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis book of the same name. The picture, about promiscuous college student, included scenes of suicide, heavy drug use, and sexual contents. It received extremely mixed reviews from critics; most either loving it or hating it.[28][29] Critical response for Sossamon was more favorable, with website commenting that the actress was “very believable and empathetic” as her character.[30] David Noh, of Film Journal International found her performance “heartbreaking” and described it as “an uncanny blend of fragile-fey and urchin-tough, marked by a feverish wit which often proves her undoing as much as her salvation”.[31] Also showing approval of her portrayal, director Avary remarked during an interview the actress was “like a wild animal you can’t really control. What she does and what she brings is complete and honest truth to the scene. Something real”, and author Ellis, stated that she “hasn’t had much of a chance to shine before, but she’s a star. She seems freer in this movie than she was before and is totally empathetic, which is a quality that doesn’t come easily to most actors”.[32] Rules of Attraction is considered a cult hit;[33] it grossed US$11,819,244 worldwide, almost tripling its budget (US$4 million).[34]

2003–05: Hiatus[edit]

Sossamon and Heath Ledger starred together again in Brian Helgeland’s supernatural thriller The Order. The film revolved around the investigation of the suspicious death of an excommunicated priest and the discovery of a Sin Eater headquartered in Rome. It was released in late 2003, to extremely poor reviews;[35] Critical reception for Sossamon was average with 7M Pictures finding the movie “well acted” by the leads but remarking that she, “so charming in both “A Knight’s Tale and 20 Days and 40 Nights, is given very little to do besides utilize her ‘tortured soul with dark eye makeup’ schtick”.[36][37] The movie also made little interest at the box office, opening at number six at the charts; it finished its theatrical run with US$11 million on a budget of US$35 million.[38]

After Sossamon filmed The Order, she became pregnant and took a hiatus from working on film productions; “It was almost like she was out on a lark, and she found herself in this big circumstance that she hadn’t planned on, which I think made it easier for her to go off and have a baby and stop working”, director Helgerland said on the actress’ motherhood and subsequent acting break.[11] She has recalled seeing her acting career in a “total stop” after giving birth, but nevertheless described her absence on screen as a “blessing in disguise for many reasons”.[39] Her only acting appearance of 2004 was a guest-starring role in the episode “Doubt” on the NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[40][41][42]

Her next vehicle was the horror thriller Devour, in which she played Marisol, one of several friends who become increasingly addicted to a video game that has an evil agenda. A B movie, it did not received a theatrical release and instead, went directly-to-DVD in 2005.[43] Critical reception towards the picture was unanimously negative,[44] but a few reviewers showed approval of the cast members’ performances, with DVD Talk noting that Sossamon, alongside co-star Dominique Swain, “do the best they can with the material they’re given, but end up as not much more than eye-candy stuck in a sea of aimless gore and maddeningly vague plot droppings”.[45] At the time, she made a cameo appearance in the black action comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).

Sossamon with Wristcutters director Goran Dukić at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

She played Josie in the dramedy Undiscovered, which followed a group of aspiring entertainers who intend to establish their careers in Los Angeles. Distributed for a limited release to certain parts of the United States only, the movie premiered on August 26, 2005,[46] to lackluster sales and critical failure.[47][48] Chasing Ghosts, a mystery thriller starring Sossamon, was released straight-to-video in late 2005. As Undiscovered, this movie received negative reviews[49] and was a box office bomb, failing to recoup its budget.[50]

2006–08:Wristcutters and Moonlight[edit]

Sossamon was cast as the female lead in the indie romantic black comedy Wristcutters: A Love Story, which was based on an Etgar Keret short story and co-starred Patrick Fugit, revolving around two characters who fall in love in purgatory after committing suicide. It was shown at both The Sundance Film Festival and The Seattle International Film Festival Awards in early 2006,[51][52] before going on to open in a limited theatrical run in October 2007.[53] The movie premiered to popular and critical acclaim,[54][55][56] garnering a cult following since then.[57][58][59] Sossamon, similarly, received a wide positive feedback for her performance; Variety magazine felt she made her character “feisty and alluring” in a “resigned goth-girl kind of way”,[60] while Matthew Turner of View London remarked that she “gives her best performance to date.”[61] Wristcutters was nominated for several awards, including Sundance‘s Grand Jury Prize, two Independent Spirit Awards, and the Humanitas Prize.[62]

She appeared as Maggie, Jack Black‘s girlfriend in Nancy Meyers‘s romantic comedy The Holiday.[63] The movie co-starred Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, and Jude Law,[64] and premiered in December 2006.[65] It was a major commercial success, with US$205,135,324 grossed worldwide.[66] On January 2, 2007, she debuted on Courteney Cox‘s drama series Dirt on FX.[67] Her role was Kira Klay, a troubled young drug-addicted actress who after realizing that she is pregnant, kills herself.[68] Her death happens in the pilot, where that is the only episode she is “alive.” She appears in four more episodes as a ghostly figment of Ian Hart‘s character imagination, becoming a sort of love interest. Her last airdate was on March 27, 2007 (episode “Ita Missa Est”).[68] She also starred in the horror movie Catacombs as Victoria, a young woman trying to find her way out of the Paris Catacombs while being pursued by a killer. It received a theatrical release in countries like Italy and Japan throughout 2007, but came out directly-to-DVD in United States in February 2008.[69][70] Catacombs and Sossamon generated moslty negative reviews; wrote that the her “Ambien-induced acting doesn’t help matters”,[71] and DVD Verdict stated: “This film is all Sossamon and I feel for her. Aside from the uninspired twist finale, her performance is comprised solely of gasping and looking worried and furrowing her brow and screaming and gazing worriedly at her flickering flashlight”.[72]

Sossamon at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Sossamon signed on as a series regular on CBS‘s vampire drama Moonlight, to play the character of Coraline Duvall. The series began airing on September 28, 2007, and was watched by 8.54 million viewers,[73] finishing first among total viewers and adults 18–49 for its night. CBS ordered a 16-episode first season, but over the season, viewership decreased to around 7.5 million viewers.[74][75] The series had a very large fan base, but despite fans’ efforts, CBS canceled the series after the first season.

Sossamon starred as Beth Raymond in One Missed Call, a remake of Takashi Miike‘s 2003 Japanese horror film of the same name. It revolved around a group of college students who start receiving voice-mails from their future selves which include the date and time of their deaths. The movie had its U.S. premiere on January 4, 2008,[76] and fared “decently” on its opening weekend, with an estimated US$13.5 million in sales, as noted by Box Office Mojo.[77] It went on to gross US$45 million in theaters, on a production budget of US$20 million.[78] Reception towards the film was heavily negative, with critics describing it as one of the “weakest” J-horror remakes to be released.[79] Georgia Straight writer Steve Newton felt that Sossamon tried “esperately to bring some substance to her role”, but the “preposterous script” made it a “lost cause”.[80] Despite the critical reaction, the actress was nominated for the “Choice Film Actress – Horror” Award at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards.[81][82]

2009–12: Indie film route[edit]

She played Concetta, a woman faced with the challenges of raising her sick child and supporting her husband in the indie drama Life Is Hot in Cracktown, directed by Buddy Giovinazzo, and co-starring Kerry Washington, Lara Flynn Boyle and Brandon Routh. The movie was first screened at the 2009 Fantasia International Film Festival,[83] and received a limited theatrical release in June that year; it went to DVD two months later.[84] She also made a brief appearance in the romantic comedy Our Family Wedding and appeared as one of the leads in the thriller The Heavy, which had a U.S. straight-to-video release in April 2010. Around that time, she served as a feature jury at the 8th Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles.[85]

Sossamon signed on to play a recurring character (Gingy Wu) in the HBO television series How to Make It in America.[86] The series premiered in February 2010,[87] with the actress appearing in eight episodes throughout the show’s first season. She created Maudegone Theater also in 2010, an online-video project under which she releases short and musical features directed by herself.[88] Eight videos have been premiered under the moniker as of 2013.[89] During an interview with Keba Robinson, of Hook and Line magazine, Sossamon explained hat her initiative for creating Maudegone was about having “some sort of control and do creative things and feel like it was something that I started. I like the feeling of independence and freedom”.[90]

Sossamon starred in Monte Hellman‘s independent romantic thriller Road to Nowhere.[91] Her role was Lauren Graham, a non-professional actress invited to star in a movie by a director who falls in love with her. Sossamon was the first person to be cast in the film after writer Steven Gaydos saw her in a restaurant rehearsing a scene with another person. Reluctant, Gaydos gave the actress his card saying, “I don’t do this often, but I wonder if you or your agent would contact [director] Monte Hellman”.[92] The movie screened at the 67th Venice International Film Festival in September 2010,[93] and received a very limited theatrical release in the U.S the following year.[94] It generated moslty positive reactions from critics, with Sossamon’s role gaining a similar response.[95] Kevin Thomas, of Los Angeles Times remarked that the film “ultimately stands on the beauty and talent of its femme fatale, and Shannyn Sossamon is so stunning and gifted she actually withstands a remark comparing her to Louise Brooks“.[96] Meanwhile, Colin Convert for Star Tribune wrote in his review: “The key to the movie is casting the right femme fatale, and non-actress Shannyn Sossamon, the mystery woman’s eerie doppelgänger, wins the part and her director’s heart”.[97] When asked in a 2013 interview about what roles she was most proud of to date, she responded that those she had played in Road to Nowhere and 2006’s Wristcutters.[98]

She was cast with Ashley Bell, Dominic Monaghan and Shawn Ashmore in the indie thriller The Day,[99] which follows a group of people fighting to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic future. The picture premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and later received a theatrical release in a limited run in August 2012.[100] It received generally mixed or average reviews;[101] while Los Angeles Times and New York Daily News praised the cast,[102][103] and Paste magazine criticized Sossamon for “weaving in and out” of her character’s southern accent.[104][105] In January 15, 2012, The Cyclist, a short film where Sossamon starred, premiered;[106] it was screened later that year at the Las Vegas Film Festival.[107]

She appeared in the indie romantic drama The End of Love as Lydia, a single mother and the love interest of Mark Webber‘s character. The movie debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and opened theatrically in a limited run in March 2013. Reviews for the film were largely positive,[108] with Sossamon earning top notices. Chicago Sun-Times critic Charlie Schmidlin concluded that the actress “radiates warmth” and noted that her part in the movie “is the most natural and welcome performance I’ve seen from her”.[109] The Hollywood Reporter and Time Out found Shannyn “captivating” and “enormously appealing”, respectively.[110][111]

2013–present: Television work[edit]

Sossamon then appeared in Desire, another short feature and a collaboration between Jaguar and Ridley Scott Associates, to help kick off the 2014 Jaguar F-Type.[112] The 13-minute video, directed by Adam Smith and co-starring Damian Lewis, is about a car delivery man who gets caught up in a dangerous chase involving a woman in trouble (who is played by Sossamon).[113] It had initially a debut at the 2013 Sundance London Film and Music Festival and was then posted on YouTube.[114] On June 30, 2013, she debuted as Alex in the ABC drama Mistresses.[115] Her character had a “multi-episode arc” during the first season of the series,[116] with her last airdate being September 2 (episode “When One Door Closes…”).[117] Sossamon accepted the role as it was a “softer character” for her to play, given she had been in a career hiatus due to her second pregnancy.[118] At the time, it was announced that Sossamon was cast to play one of the main parts in M. Night Shyamalan‘s limited series for FOX, Wayward Pines.[119] Her role was Theresa Burke, the wife of Matt Dillon‘s character,[120] and the show premiered on May 14, 2015.[121][122] Wayward Pines received mostly favorable reviews from critics[123] and after a debut described as “soft” by Deadline,[124] viewership for the series grew in subsequent episodes.[125][126][127]

She provided her voice for a character named Lorna during an episode of Over the Garden Wall, which aired on November 6, 2014 (“Chapter 7: The Ringing of the Bell”).[128] She next had starring role in the supernatural horror sequel Sinister 2,[129] where she played a mother whose sons are tormented by the ghostly children taken by Bughuul at their rural farmhouse. The movie was released worldwide on August 21, 2015,[130][131][132] generating overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics.[133] However, it has grossed over US$48 million on a budget of US$10 million.[134][135] Sossamon plays Pandora in the season three of FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, where she is a series regular. She also has a main part in a short film called Limina, directed by Florian Halbedl and Joshua M. Ferguson under their production company, Turbid Lake Pictures.[136][137] She plays Maria, a woman “whose mourning process is influenced by a curious gender-fluid child”.[138][139]

Personal life[edit]

Relationships and family[edit]

She dated children’s book illustrator and author Dallas Clayton from 2002 to 2004. They had a son, Audio Science Clayton, born on May 29, 2003.[140] Though she admitted not being prepared for having a child, she focused on her pregnancy and motherhood, laying aside acting more or less for the next few years: “I wasn’t ready to be a mom. But if you have any desire to be a better person, having a baby kicks it right into gear. Now I’m a better actress and a better mother”.[141] In March 2012, she announced that she had given birth to her second son, Mortimer.[142][143] In 2015, Sossamon stated during an interview with Details magazine that she was in a “committed relationship” with the father of Mortimer.[144]

Music and interests[edit]

Besides acting, Sossamon continues to study music and dance. After having Audio Science, she started to play guitar frequently, with lessons about four days a week, as she wanted to create a band with her sister Jenny Lee Lindberg, who knew how to play the bass. Shortly afterwards, they joined Warpaint, an indie rock and psychedelic band formed in Los Angeles.[145] As all the members were playing the guitar at the beginning, she became the drummer of the group: “When we all started the band together, no one was playing drums, it was like all of us on guitars, I was on guitar with them, and we needed a drummer. We tried out a pool of drummers and then one day I was just practicing, I just decided to sit on the drum kit and it really worked and I had so much fun”.[90]

Her sole recording with Warpaint until she left the group to focus on her acting career was the 2008 EP, Exquisite Corpse. When asked about pursuing a musical career as a solo artist following her work with the band, Sossamon responded that although she writes a lot of songs by herself, “it just requires focus and discipline in a way that I need to have for other things right now”.[90] Despite her musical work, Sossamon has clarified she rarely calls herself a musician, as she does not “practice or play nearly as much as the great ones do. Most of my days and thoughts are taken up by stories, feelings, and pictures. Music is present in them, too, but always having to do with a picture. When I work with musicians, I actually just see them as actors or performers in general that day. I don’t separate them from the duties they are to perform that day”.[146]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Knight’s Tale, AA Knight’s Tale Jocelyn
2002 40 Days and 40 Nights Erica Sutton
2002 Rules of Attraction, TheThe Rules of Attraction Lauren Hynde
2003 Wholey Moses Max Short film
2003 Order, TheThe Order Mara Sinclair
2005 Devour Marisol
2005 Chasing Ghosts Taylor Spencer
2005 I Hate You Jo Short film
2005 Double, TheThe Double Melanie Short film
2005 Undiscovered Josie
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Pink Hair Girl
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Mikal
2006 Holiday, TheThe Holiday Maggie
2007 Catacombs Victoria
2008 One Missed Call Beth Raymond
2009 Life Is Hot in Cracktown Concetta
2010 Our Family Wedding Ashley McPhee
2010 Heavy, TheThe Heavy Claire
2010 Road to Nowhere Laurel Graham
Velma Duran
2011 Day, TheThe Day Shannon
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited Café Patron Short film
2012 The End of Love Lydia
2012 The Cyclist Girl Short film
2013 Desire Melody Short film
2015 Sinister 2 Courtney
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Mr. Show Fashion Model
Trophy Presenter
“Peanut Butter, Eggs, and Dice” (episode two, season three)
“Oh, You Men” (episode three, season three)
“Flat Top Tony and the Purple Canoes” (episode four, season three)
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Myra Denning “Doubt” (episode eight, season six)
2007 Dirt Kira Klay Recurring role (season one)
2007–2008 Moonlight Coraline Series regular
2010 How to Make It in America Gingy Wu Recurring role (season one)
2013 Mistresses Alex Recurring role (season one)
2014 Over the Garden Wall Lorna (voice) “Chapter 7: The Ringing of the Bell” (episode seven, season one)
2015 Wayward Pines Theresa Burke Series regular
2015–present Sleepy Hollow Pandora Series regular (season three)
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Hitman: Absolution Jade Nguyen Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2001 Teen Choice Award Choice Film Breakout Performance A Knight’s Tale Nominated
2001 Teen Choice Award Choice Film Chemistry (shared with Heath Ledger) A Knight’s Tale Nominated
2002 MTV Movie Award Best Breakthrough Performance A Knight’s Tale Nominated
2002 MTV Movie Award Best Kiss (shared with Heath Ledger) A Knight’s Tale Nominated
2002 MTV Movie Award Best Musical Sequence (shared with Heath Ledger) A Knight’s Tale Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award Choice Film Chemistry (shared with Josh Hartnett) 40 Days and 40 Nights Nominated
2002 Young Hollywood Award Breakthrough Female Performance N/A Won
2008 Teen Choice Award Choice Film Actress – Horror One Missed Call Nominate

Alexandra Breckenridge (Jessie…The Walking Dead And Horror Queen)

Alexandra Breckenridge

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Alexandra Breckenridge
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Breckenridge in 2012
Born (1982-05-15) May 15, 1982 (age 33)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Alex Breckenridge
Occupation Actress, voice actress, photographer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Casey Hooper (m. 2015)
Relatives Michael Weatherly (uncle)

Alexandra Hetherington Breckenridge (born May 15, 1982)[1] is an American actress, voice actress, and photographer. Noted for her role as Willa McPherson on the series Dirt, she also had a supporting role on the short-lived series The Ex List. She is also the voice of various characters on the animated television series Family Guy. She starred in the 2011 FX television season American Horror Story: Murder House as Moira O’Hara and portrayed Kaylee in American Horror Story: Coven.[2] She currently portrays Jessie Anderson in the AMC series The Walking Dead.

Early life[edit]

Breckenridge was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She lived in Darien, Connecticut until the age of ten, when she and her mother moved to Los Angeles, California. A year later, they moved to Mill Valley, California. At age 13, Breckenridge became interested in acting, photography, and singing. At age 15, she and her mother moved back to Los Angeles to pursue Breckenridge’s acting career. She is the niece of actor Michael Weatherly.[1]



Breckenridge guest starred as Shelly Weaver on Freaks and Geeks in 2000. When she was 15, she met James Franco at an audition. She was surprised that Franco recognized her on set on Freaks and Geeks.[3] She also guest starred on Dawson’s Creek, CSI, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Undeclared, Medium and JAG.[4] She guest starred as Francise in three episodes of Opposite Sex.[5] In 2002, she appeared in the film Big Fat Liar, starring Frankie Muniz, as Jason Shepherd’s older sister Janie.

Breckenridge has had numerous voice roles on the animated television series Family Guy. During an interview with FHM, she stated quoting: “When I first went for Family Guy I auditioned for a guest voice. I don’t know why but [creator] Seth MacFarlane really likes the sound of my voice. I’ll never understand that. He just liked me and they call me back all the time to do different things.”[3] Breckenridge often does celebrity impressions on the show, such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Renée Zellweger. She also had roles on MacFarlane’s web series Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. She guest starred in the episode “With Friends Like Steve’s” of American Dad!, also created by MacFarlane.[4]

In 2006, Breckenridge starred as Monique in the film She’s the Man. She starred as Willa McPherson in television series Dirt from 2007 to 2008. She has appeared in a couple of shows that have later been cancelled. She does not take this personally as her roles are mostly supporting characters.[3] In 2009, Breckenridge co-starred in the independent film The Bridge to Nowhere by Blair Underwood.[6] She also has a role in the upcoming film Ticket Out.[7]

Breckenridge had a recurring role in season 4 of HBO’s True Blood, and also season one of FX’s American Horror Story as Moira O’Hara, the ghost of a maid trapped in the house in which she was employed. She also returned for several episodes of season 3 of the show, American Horror Story: Coven, as Kaylee: a young witch who excels in pyrokinesis.[8][9]

In 2015, Breckenridge began playing Jessie in Season 5 of the AMC series The Walking Dead.[10] She will next be seen in the psychological thriller Dark (2015) from executive producer Joe Dante and director Nick Basile.


Breckenridge is interested in photography and has her own darkroom in her apartment. At age 24, she began taking photography seriously as a form of self-expression. Her then-boyfriend Bryten Goss helped her with lighting. In 2008, she had her first exhibit with Shalon Goss hosted by her uncle Michael Weatherly and presented by Edgar Valera. She stated quoting: “I had so much to express emotionally with this show. Each photo is an expression of myself and the things I have gone through in the last three years. From my perspective, the purpose of art is to evoke feeling and to inspire. That’s all I hope to achieve.”[1]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2015, Breckenridge married guitarist Casey Hooper.[11]

Breckenridge has several tattoos, which get covered by make-up for her on-screen projects but not during photoshoots. She has said about them, “We cover them up. Some make-up artists are better than others, but there’s airbrushing, and there’s a sort of latex waterproof paint, body paint obviously.”[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Orange County Anna Uncredited
2002 Big Fat Liar Janie Shepherd
2002 Wishcraft Kristie
2002 Vampire Clan Charity Lynn Keesee
2002 Slasher Flick Laura Short film
2003 D.E.B.S. Amy Short film
2005 Rings Vanessa Video short
2006 She’s the Man Monique
2006 Jack Rabbit Harley Short film
2008 Art of Travel, TheThe Art of Travel Kate
2009 Bridge to Nowhere, TheThe Bridge to Nowhere Sienna
2010 Ticket Out Jocelyn
2011 Darkest Hour Alicia Short film
2014 Other People’s Children Ariel
2015 Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story Sara
2015 Dark Leah
2015 Zipper Christy
2015 Broken Vows Debra Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Even the Losers Unknown Television movie
1999 Locust Valley Arden Television movie
2000 Dawson’s Creek Kate Douglas Episode: “Valentine’s Day Massacre”
2000 Freaks and Geeks Shelly Weaver Episode: “Looks and Books”
2000 Opposite Sex Francise 3 episodes
2001 Undeclared Prim and Proper Girl Episode: “Prototype”
2002 Undeclared Celeste Episode: “Eric’s POV”
2002 Charmed Michelle Miglis Episode: “A Paige from the Past”
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Kit Holburn Episode: “Lessons”
2004 Mystery Girl Katie Hill Television short
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lisa ‘Cleopatra’ Hunt Episode: “Turn of the Screws”
2004 JAG Pia Bonfilio Episode: “There Goes the Neighborhood”
2005 Murder Book Sarah Television movie
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Michele Weinberger Television movie
2005 Medium Isabel Galvan Episode: “Jump Start”
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Maddie Lyall Episode: “Protection”
2005–14 Family Guy Various (voice) 54 episodes
2006 American Dad! (voice) Episode: “With Friends Like Steve’s”
2007 Psych Betty Episode: “Scary Sherry: Bianca’s Toast”
2007–08 Dirt Willa McPherson Main role: 20 episodes
2008 Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Princess Peach (voice) 2 episodes
2008 Ex List, TheThe Ex List Vivian Main role: 13 episodes
2010 Sons of Tucson Gina 2 episodes
2010 Life Unexpected Abby Cassidy 5 episodes
2011 Cooper and Stone Jenna Cooper Television movie
2011 Franklin & Bash Emily Claire Episode: “Bachelor Party”
2011 True Blood Katerina Pelham 4 episodes
2011; 2013 American Horror Story Young Moira O’Hara 6 episodes (Murder House)
Kaylee 2 episodes (Coven)
2012 Save Me Carly Brugano Main role: 7 episodes
2012 Men at Work Katelyn Episode: “Wake and Bake”
2014 Rake Brooke Episode: “A Close Shave”
2015–present The Walking Dead Jessie Anderson 10 episodes
2015 Extant Zoe Grant Episode: “Morphoses”

Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha…The Walking Dead)

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Sonequa Martin-Green

Martin-Green at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International
Born Sonequa Martin
(1985-03-21) March 21, 1985 (age 30)
Russellville, Alabama[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater University of Alabama
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Kenric Green (m. 2010)
Children Kenric Green II

Sonequa Martin-Green (born March 21, 1985 as Sonequa Martin)[2] is an American actress and producer. Martin-Green is best known for her television role as Sasha Williams in The Walking Dead[3] and as Tamara in Once Upon a Time.[4][5][6][7] Prior to this, she had starred in several independent films before gaining her first recurring role as Courtney Wells on The Good Wife.

Early life[edit]

Martin-Green was born in Russellville, Alabama. She has one full sister and three older half-sisters. She had initially decided on becoming a psychologist before deciding to pursue a career in acting when she was in the tenth grade.[8] After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2007 with a degree in theatre,[1] she relocated to New York where she and her husband, Kenric, lived for five years before moving to California.



While known primarily for her television roles, Sonequa Martin-Green made her debut in film with various film roles since 2005. In 2009, she played the lead role of Tosha Spinner in Toe to Toe opposite Louisa Krause, the fiercely determined scholarship student who seeks to build a brighter future outside of Anacostia and away from one of Washington‘s poorest neighborhoods. The film focuses on her friendship and rivalry with Jessie (Louisa Krause), a privileged girl from Bethesda whose promiscuous tendencies threaten to become her undoing. They both strive to gain a better understanding of one another’s plight as society threatens to drive them ever farther apart. The film received generally positive reviews, with Martin-Green’s performance receiving critical acclaim,[9][10] even from the film’s detractors.[11][12]


Martin-Green has had various guest and recurring roles in TV shows. She made her television debut in 2008, appearing on NBC‘s Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Kiana Richmond. She then gained her first recurring role on Army Wives as Kanessa Jones the following year. In 2009, she received the role of Courtney Wells on The Good Wife, her first recurring role playing an adult character as opposed to playing a teenager with her previous roles in both film and television. She appeared on the show for two years before making two more appearances in Gossip Girl and NYC 22 in 2011.

In 2012, Sonequa Martin-Green was cast in a recurring role on The Walking Dead as Sasha, the sister of Tyreese (Chad Coleman), an original character, exclusive to the television series.[13] Martin-Green auditioned for the role of Michonne albeit with a pseudonym due to the secrecy of the auditioning process. When Danai Gurira, whom Martin-Green said was “the perfect choice”, was cast, former showrunner Glen Mazzara still wanted Martin-Green to be a part of the show and decided to give a role specifically for her instead. Martin-Green explained: “[Sasha] was supposed to be a recurring character and as we kept going forward, they picked up my option to be a regular. It’s very rare and I’m still quite dumbfounded about it but Glen and I hit it off and I still appreciate him. He wanted to work with me and wrote Sasha for me.”[14] She was promoted to a series regular for season 4 with Emily Kinney and Coleman.[15][16][17][18] After auditioning for the role of Michonne, she read the first three volumes of the graphic novels in preparation for the television series. Knowing they were different, she chose not to continue reading the comic book series to avoid being aware of future storylines that may occur on the television series.[19] Martin-Green’s performance as Sasha, particularly in the fifth season, has received favorable reviews.[20][21][22]

After filming for the third season of The Walking Dead ended, Martin-Green was cast in the recurring role of Tamara on Once Upon a Time, a woman determined to rid the world of magic in its second season.[6] She returned briefly in the third season before returning to her regular role as Sasha on The Walking Dead. As of the first episode of sixth season, Martin-Green’s name appears in the opening credits.

Personal life[edit]

Martin-Green is married to Kenric Green. They met while acting in a play together in Princeton, New Jersey. Martin-Green gave birth to a boy named Kenric Justin Green II after his father on January 10, 2015, in Los Angeles. Martin-Green was pregnant during the filming of fifth season of The Walking Dead which she covered up using thick layers and using larger guns.


Year Title Role
2005 Not Quite Right Coco Delight
2007 I-Can-D VJ
2008 Blind Thoughts Jenna Lopez
2009 Toe to Toe Tosha Spinner
Rivers Wash Over Me Shawna King
2011 Da Brick Rachel
Yelling to the Sky Jojo Parker
2012 Shockwave Darkside Private Lang
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kiana Richmond 1 episode
2009 Army Wives Kanessa Jones Recurring role: 3 episodes
“Duty to Inform” (season 3: episode 13)
“Need to Know Basis” (season 3: episode 14)
“Shrapnel and Alibis” (season 3: episode 16)
2009–11 The Good Wife Courtney Wells Recurring role (Seasons 1–2): 8 episodes
2011 Gossip Girl Joanna 1 episode
2012 NYC 22 Michelle Terry Recurring role (Season 1): 5 episodes
2012–present The Walking Dead Sasha Williams 30 episodes
2013 Once Upon a Time Tamara Recurring role (Season 2): 6 episodes
Guest role (Season 3): 1 episode
2016 New Girl[23] Rhonda Recurring (Season 5)

Danai Gurira (Mishonne…The Walking Dead)

Danai Gurira

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Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con
Born Danai Jekesai Gurira
(1978-02-14) February 14, 1978 (age 37)
Grinnell, Iowa, United States
Citizenship American
Alma mater Macalester College
Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Actress, playwright
Years active 2004–present

Danai Jekesai Gurira (born February 14, 1978) is a Zimbabwean American actress and playwright, best known for her role as Michonne on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series.

Early life[edit]

Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa to Josephine Gurira, a university librarian, and Roger Gurira, a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.[1][2][3] Her parents came to the United States from Southern Rhodesia (what is today Zimbabwe) in 1964.[4] She is the youngest of four siblings; Shingai (eldest) and Choni are her sisters and her brother Tare[2] is a chiropractor. Gurira lived in Grinnell until December 1983, when at age five she and her family moved back to Harare, Zimbabwe[5] after the country had gained independence.[6]

She attended high school at Dominican Convent High School. Afterward, Gurira returned to the United States to study at Macalester College,[3] graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.[4] She considers her experience of growing up in Zimbabwe and then returning to the United States to have had a major influence on her perspective.[5] Gurira also earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting from New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts.[7]


Gurira at the 2013 The Walking Dead event.


Gurira has said that she began writing plays because she felt a need for “something to perform that actually kind of speaks to my strengths and speaks to women I know of and stories I think are important to tell”.[4] She co-wrote and co-starred in the off-Broadway play In the Continuum, which won her an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress.[7] In December 2011, In the Continuum commemorated World AIDS Day 2011. The play, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe, was performed at Harare’s Theatre and featured the story of two women who were navigating the world after contracting the AIDS virus.[8]

In 2009, Gurira debuted on Broadway in August Wilson‘s play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.[9] Gurira received the Whiting Award in 2012.[10] In January 2015, Familiar, a play written by Gurira and directed by Rebecca Taichman, opened at Yale Repertory Theatre.[11] The play is about family, cultural identity, and the experience of life as a first-generation American, and Gurira has said that it was inspired in part by family and friends of hers.[12]

In 2015, Lupita Nyong’o starred in Gurira’s 2009 play, Eclipsed, at The Public Theater.[13] It was announced the play would move to Broadway from Off-Broadway.[14][15] The play is set in war-torn Liberia and focuses on three women who are living as sex slaves to a rebel commander, and is about how they deal with this difficult situation.[16] The play was inspired by a photograph of female fighters and their tale of survival.[17]


Gurira starred in the 2007 film The Visitor, for which she won Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in the films Ghost Town, 3 Backyards, My Soul to Take, and Restless City, as well the television shows Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Life on Mars, and Law & Order. From 2010 to 2011, she appeared in the HBO drama series Treme.

In 2013, Gurira played a lead role in director Andrew Dosunmu‘s independent drama film Mother of George, which premiered at 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[4] Gurira received critical acclaim for her performance as a Nigerian woman struggling to live in the United States.[18][19] In June 2013, Gurira won the Jean-Claude Gahd Dam award at the 2013 Guys Choice Awards.[20]

In January 2016, it was announced Gurira had been cast as Tupac Shakur‘s mother, Afeni Shakur, in All Eyez on Me, a biopic about the rap star.[21]

The Walking Dead[edit]

In March 2012, AMC announced on a live broadcast that Gurira would join the cast of their horror-drama series The Walking Dead, the highest rated series in cable television history,[22] in its third season.[23][24][25] Gurira plays Michonne, a mistrustful, katana-wielding character who joins a close-knit group in an apocalyptic world.[24][26] Together they are forced to relentlessly fight flesh-eating zombies and certain of the few surviving humans, some of whom are even more diabolical and dangerous than the zombies themselves.[26] Gurira had to learn how to ride horses for the show, which she enjoyed because it was a physical challenge.[27]


  • 2008: Appeared at the Global Green Sustainable Design Awards to read a letter written by a New Orleans native displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
  • 2011: Co-founded Almasi, an organization dedicated to continuing arts education in Zimbabwe.[3][28][29]
  • 2015: Gurira signed an open letter begun by the ONE Campaign. The letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Gurira is a Christian.[2] She currently lives in Los Angeles,[31] and speaks four languages: French, Shona, basic Xhosa, and English.[2] She has taught playwriting and acting in Liberia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.[2] She regularly spends time in New York City[32] and maintains an active lifestyle to keep physically fit.[33]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Visitor Zainab Method Fest Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
2008 Ghost Town Assorted ghost
2010 3 Backyards Woman in Blue Dress
2010 My Soul to Take Jeanne-Baptiste
2011 Restless City Sisi
2013 Mother of George Adenike Olumide Balogun Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – American Black Film Festival – Best Actress
2015 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Fury (voice)
2016 All Eyez on Me[34][35] Afeni Shakur Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Marei Rosa Rumbidzai Episode: “Inert Dwarf”
2009 Life on Mars (US) Angela Episode: “The Simple Secret of the Note in Us All”
2009 Law & Order Courtney Owens Episode: “Fed”
2010 American Experience Sarah Steward Episode: “Dolley Madison”
2010 Lie to Me Michelle Russo Episode: “Exposed”
2010–2011 Treme Jill 6 episodes
2012–present The Walking Dead Michonne Season 3-present (main role; 43 episodes)
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2016)[36]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 In the Continuum Abigail, et. al. Also writer
Obie Award
Outer Critics Circle Award
Helen Hayes Award
John Gassner Award
2009 Joe Turner’s Come and Gone Martha Pentecost
2009 Eclipsed Writer
2011 Measure for Measure Isabella
2012 The Convert Writer[37]
Nominated – Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Writing[38]
2015 Familiar[12] Writer

Works or publications[edit]

Christian Serratos (Rosita…The Walking Dead)

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Christian Serratos


Christian Serratos in September 2009

Born Christian Marie Serratos
(1990-09-21) September 21, 1990 (age 25)
Pasadena, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Christian Marie Serratos[1] (born September 21, 1990) is an American actress, who plays Rosita Espinosa in AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series, based on the comic book of the same name. She is also known for playing Suzie Crabgrass in the Nickelodeon series Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and Angela Weber in The Twilight Saga series.

Early life[edit]

Serratos was born in Pasadena, California[2] and raised in Burbank, California.[1][3] Her mother is a jewelry designer of Italian and Mexican descent; while her father was a set construction worker of Italian and Irish descent.Cite error: The opening <ref> tag is malformed or has a bad name (see the help page). She began figure skating when she was 3 and continued competitively, saying, “My coaches were talking about the Olympics and it was really crazy. Now, I just do it for fun.”[4]


Serratos played Suzie Crabgrass in the Nickelodeon series Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, which debuted in 2004 and ended in 2007 after three seasons.[5]

Serratos’ role as Angela Weber in Twilight won her the “Young Supporting Actress” award in the Best Performance in a Feature Film category at the 30th Young Artist Awards. Serratos reprised the role in Twilight‘s sequels The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.[6] In 2011, she appeared in The Black Keys video for their song “Howlin’ for You”.[7]

She played Rosita Espinosa in the fourth season of AMC’s series The Walking Dead, first appearing at the end of the 10th episode, “Inmates”, in a recurring capacity.[8][9] She continued the role in the series’ fifth season, being promoted to a series regular.


She ranked at No. 65 on Maxims “Hot 100” list for 2010.[10] In the March 2015 issue of Playboy magazine, Serratos was featured in the “After Hours” section,

Personal life[edit]

Serratos is an animal activist. She has posed for a number of PETA campaigns promoting a vegan lifestyle. [11][12][13]



Year Film Role Notes
2008 Twilight Angela Weber
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Angela Weber
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Angela Weber
2011 96 Minutes Lena
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Angela Weber
2011 Howlin’ for You Cleo Short film
2011 Pop Star Roxie Santos
2012 7500 Raquel Mendoza
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Angela Weber Credit only


Year Title Role Notes
2004–07 Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide Suzie Crabgrass Recurring role; 44 episodes
2005 Zoey 101 Girl #1 1 episode
2006 7th Heaven Receptionist 1 episode
2006 Cow Belles Heather Peres Disney Channel Original Movie
2007 Hannah Montana Alexa 1 episode
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Becca 1 episode
2011–12 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Raven Recurring role (season 4–5); 9 episodes
2014–present The Walking Dead Rosita Espinosa Recurring role (season 4)
Main role (season 5–present)
23 episodes

Alanna Masterson (Tara…The Walking Dead)

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Alanna Masterson
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Masterson in February 2015
Born (1988-06-27) June 27, 1988 (age 27)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Religion Scientology[1]
Children 1
Relatives Joe Reaiche (father)[1]
Jordan Masterson (brother)
Danny Masterson (half-brother)
Christopher Masterson (half-brother)
Will Masterson (half-brother)

Alanna Masterson (born June 27, 1988) is an American actress who is best known for her role as Tara Chambler in the AMC television series The Walking Dead.

Early life and education[edit]

Masterson was born in Long Island, New York to Carol Masterson (a manager) and Joe Reaiche (a former Australian Professional Rugby League Player with the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs). She is the younger sister to her full brother, Jordan Masterson, and three half-brothers, Danny Masterson, Christopher Masterson, and Will Masterson. The family later relocated to Los Angeles, California. Both of her parents were active members in the Church of Scientology growing up. Her father was later excommunicated from the Church, however, Alanna, her mother, and siblings all remain active members to this day.[2] She grew up around and was influenced by her older brothers who both starred in popular TV shows in the late 1990s to early 2000s. Masterson’s passion for acting came from spending a lot of time on set with her brothers and seeing the filming process. She now plays Tara on AMC’s The Walking Dead.


Masterson portrays Tara Chambler on the AMC series The Walking Dead for the show’s fourth season.[3][4] Masterson was promoted to a series regular for the fifth season.[5]



Year Title Role
2011 Peach Plum Pear Dora Bell Hutchinson


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Definitely Maybe Unknown Guest
2006 Malcolm in the Middle Heidi Guest
2008 Greek Alanna Guest
2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Zoe McCarthy Guest
2009 Grey’s Anatomy Hillary Boyd Guest
2010 First Day Abby Recurring, 7 episodes
2012 Park It Up Brenda Guest
2013–present The Walking Dead Tara Chambler 24 episodes
2014 Men at Work Mopey Hipster Girl Guest