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Renee Percy

Renee Percy (born November 14 in Toronto, Canada) is an actress, writer, and comedian. Percy is best known for her work on the sketch comedy shows Air Farce Live and CTV/Comedy Network‘s Comedy Inc, and for her Comedy Now! Special “Women of the Night II”. Appearing in numerous national television commercials her most notable role is her Canadian Comedy Awards winning viral video “Sure Lock: A True Poo Story“.[1] Her most recent feature film credit includes Textuality,[2] starring Jason Lewis of Sex and the City and Eric McCormack of Will and Grace.

Career[edit]

Percy was born into a family of artists – her mom was a dancer and her dad, a musician. She began her creative path at the Etobicoke School of the Arts and chose acting over dance and karate (she holds a 2nd degree Black Belt). At the age of 10, her mother took her to audition for the Canadian series, Degrassi Junior High. The producers thought she was too young and was eventually cast as Pipi on Degrassi High two years later.[3] After Degrassi, Percy was accepted into the University of Toronto Honors Program with a Specialty in Drama and Minor in English. Further, Percy auditioned and was accepted for the department’s Master Class. After graduation the class went on to tour with the school’s visiting German Director Norbert Kentrup on a 12 stop European tour. Percy began stand-up at the Lab Cab Factory Theatre and went on to tour across Canada with the world’s largest chain of comedy clubs,[4] Yuk Yuk‘s. Percy attended the Humber College School of Comedy’s post graduate program where she won the Mark Breslin Scholarship and the Phil Hartman Award for Best Comedian. Her sketch show “Mardi Bra” was named one of Now Magazines “Best Comedic Discoveries” of 2004,[5] which was staged at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Percy also claims the title of being the only female staff writer[6] to be hired by Canada’s most successful television comedy series[7] Air Farce Live, in addition to writing for Canada’s other national sketch comedy show Comedy Inc.. She has also appeared on CTV/Comedy Network in her own Comedy Now! Special “Women of the Night”,[8] and as a series regular[9] on Comedy Inc. She is also a writer and voice actor on the animated sketch show pilot Duncebucket[10] on Teletoon.

Awards[edit]

Winner of the Phil Hartman Award For Comedy.

Winner of a Canadian Comedy Awards for “Sure Lock: A True Poo Story”

FILMOLOGY:

2017 MAKING HISTORY JUDI FORELLI

2016 HISTORY OF THE WORLD..FOR NOW  VARIOUS ROLES

2015 SUPERSTORE (TV SERIES) ANGRY WOMAN

2015 MY STEPDAUGHTER NAOMI

2014 STORYBOOK WEDDING (SHORT) BRIDE

2014 PARTNERS (TV SERIES) MINDY

2014 I DIDN’T DO IT (TV SERIES) NEWS REPORTER

2013-2014 JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (TV SERIES) CONTESTANT

2014 DUMBBELLS IVANA

2013-14 GOLDBERGS (SERIES) SANDY

2014 THE THUNDERMANS (TV SERIES) LISA

2013 WE ARE MEN (TV SERIES) WOMAN

2013 OVER THE HILL VALLEYGIRLS (SHORT) VALLEYGIRL # 1

2012 BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS DESK ATTENDANT

2012 AUSTIN & ALLY (TV SERIES) WANDA WATSON

2012 BROKE AS A JOKE (SHORT) JENNA

2011 WORAHOLICS (TV SERIES) PAGEANT MOM

2011 DAN FOR MAYOR (TV SERIES) BARBARA

2011 SINGLE WHITE SPENNY (TV SERIES) MOLLY

2011 TEXTUALITY MELANIE

2010 JAY’S MOVIE IS A PIECE OF SHIT RENEE GREGORY

2010 NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS WOMAN

2010 MEN WITH BROOMS (TV SERIES) CURLING MOM

2009 STAY AT HOME DAN (SHORT) ALICE

2009 DUNCAN BUCKET (SHORT) VOICE

2007 ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FARCE (TV SERIES) WAITRESS

2007 TEN SECONDS (SHORT) PART OF COUPLE

2007 COMEDY INC. (TV SERIES) VARIOUS ROLES

2006 THE NINCOMPOOPS (SHORT) THE SECRETARY

2006 PLAYING HOUSE SANDY

2006 RUN ROBOT RUN EMPLOYEE NUMBER ONE

2006 FRAGILE (SHORT) CANDACE

2004 THE GOOD SHEPHAED  GODMOTHER

 

 

JinJoo Lee

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JinJoo Lee

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The native form of this personal name is Lee Jin Joo. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
JinJoo Lee
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JinJoo and Joe Jonas performing with DNCE
Background information
Born (1990-11-15) November 15, 1990 (age 26)
Incheon, South Korea
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2009–present
Labels Republic
Associated acts

JinJoo Lee (이진주; born November 15, 1990) is a South Korean musician and guitarist. She is best known as the guitarist for the pop rock band DNCE.[1]

Early life[edit]

JinJoo Lee was born in Incheon, South Korea on November 15, 1990. Lee taught herself to play guitar at the age of 12, to join her family’s band as the guitarist.[2] She moved to Los Angeles at 19, where she learned English and attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.[3] She is the sister-in-law of gospel singer Sohyang.[4]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

JinJoo has performed with JoJo, the Jonas Brothers, Charli XCX, Jordin Sparks, and CeeLo Green‘s all-female backing band, Scarlet Fever in 2010-11.[5]

She is the guitarist for the band DNCE (with Joe Jonas as lead singer) which debuted in 2015.[6][7]

DNCE[edit]

JinJoo met Joe Jonas in 2009, when touring with the Jonas Brothers Band. She is the only female in the band, and when asked about it said, “It’s the best thing ever…because they are very simple. Guys are so simple and easy. I don’t know, I love working with guys. It’s always been like that for my career. I was the only female in the band the entire time, so I’m very used to it. I’m very comfortable, and they’re funny and silly.”[8]

Lee Jin

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Lee Jin

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Lee Jin
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Born (1980-03-21) March 21, 1980 (age 36)
Alma mater Kyonggi University
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 1998–present
Agent King Kong Entertainment
Lee Jin
Hangul 이진
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Jin
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chin

Lee Jin (born March 21, 1980) is a South Korean actress. She made her entertainment debut as a member of the K-pop girl group Fin.K.L, along with Lee Hyori, Ock Joo-hyun, and Sung Yu-ri. After Fin.K.L disbanded, Lee became an actress.

Career[edit]

Lee Jin joined Fin.K.L after her friend Ock Joo-hyun—the first member to be selected for the group—introduced her to the casting director selecting the group’s members[citation needed]. She sang Eco’s “Heng Bok Han Na Reul” and was immediately selected to be in the group.

In 2002, the members from the girl group started solo activities. Lee had long expressed her interest in acting, before her debut she was in MBC‘s Police People. Subsequently, she starred in the popular sitcom Nonstop.

In 2005, Lee joined the variety program X-Man. On the show, Lee signalled that she had grown into a “lady” from her Fin.K.L teenage days via a change in her hairstyle and clothes. In X-Man, she became known for her stiff dance steps, so she had to create new stiff dance steps for the intro dance segment in each episode. She was also known for being the show’s ulzzang (“best/pretty face”), having been chosen by many of the male guests to be their partner in the couple game.

In 2010, Lee also appeared in Heroes where 12 artists competed in games to garner the popular title or will fall into the unpopular group. In this program, she showed her nice and warm-hearted personality.

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Film[edit]

  • Too Fragile to Be Loved (2009)

Variety shows[edit]

Music video[edit]

  • Daylight – “Hair Cut”

Personal life[edit]

Lee Jin got married in Hawaii on the 20th of February 2016.[1]

Park Jin-joo

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Park Jin-joo

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Park Jin-joo
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Born (1988-12-24) December 24, 1988 (age 28)
South Korea
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present
Agent Broomstick Ltd.
Korean name
Hangul
Revised Romanization Bak Jin-ju
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chinchu

Park Jin-joo (born December 24, 1988) is a South Korean actress. She starred in television series such as Jealousy Incarnate (2016), and 1% of Anything (2016).[1]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2011–2012 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Hong Bo-hee MBC
2012 Operation Proposal Jo Jin-joo TV Chosun
2013 Thorn Flower Park Nam-hee JTBC
A Faded Memory Soo-A’s friend KBS2
Waiting For Love (ko) Seo Do-kyung KBS2
2013–2014 Ruby Ring Go So-young
2014 Bride of the Century Oh Jin-joo TV Chosun
Her Lovely Heels (ko) Lee Soo-young SBS Plus
Wife Scandal – The Wind Blows TV Chosun
Angel Eyes Kim Yoon-jeong SBS
Only Love Saet-byul’s friend
(cameo)
Modern Farmer Han Sang-eun
2015 The Family Is Coming Park Jin-joo
(cameo)
The Girl Who Sees Smells Ma Ae-ri
My Unfortunate Boyfriend Mal-sook MBC Drama Net
Yumi’s Room (ko) Heo Se-ji O’live
My Fantastic Funeral (ko) Na-rae SBS
Love Detective Sherlock K (ko) Jin-joo Naver TV Cast
2016 Webtoon Hero Toondra Show season 2 – The Texts of the Joseon Dynasty Hwang Deok-jeong (15 years old) MBC Every 1
Spark Yang Jin-soon Naver TV Cast
Vampire Detective Radio staffer
(cameo, episode 2)
OCN
Dramaworld Park Jin-joo
(cameo, episode 1)
Viki
Jealousy Incarnate Nurse Oh SBS
1% of Anything Han Yoo-kyung Dramax (ko)
The Legend of the Blue Sea Nurse
(cameo, episode 5)
SBS
Click Your Heart Neoz High Teacher Naver TV Cast
2016–2017 The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop (ko) TBA
(cameo)
KBS2
2017 While You Were Sleeping SBS

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 Sunny Hwang Jin-hee in 1980s
2012 The Sleepless (ko) Park In-jeong
2013 Koala (ko) Han Woo-ri
2014 The Plan Man Eun-ha
2015 My Sister, the Pig Lady Mi-ja

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2011 Live Talk Show Taxi tvN Guest (episode 200)
2013 Mamma Mia KBS2 Guest (episodes 31–34)
2016 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as “Rain in the Sky Raincoat Girl” (episodes 81–82)
Panel (episodes 85–86)
Happy Together – Season 3 KBS2 Guest (episode 474)
I Live Alone MBC Guest (episode 181)
Get It Beauty OnStyle Guest as “Talking Mirror” (episode 38)

Annet Mahendru

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Annet Mahendru
Born Anita Devi Mahendru
Kabul, Afghanistan
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Anita Devi “Annet” Mahendru[1] is an American actress, best known for her role as Nina Sergeevna Krilova on the FX period drama series The Americans (2013–2018).

Early and personal life[edit]

Mahendru was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, the daughter of Olga and Ghanshan “Ken” Mahendru. Her mother is a Russian businesswoman and artist, and her father, a Hindu[2] Indian, is an educator and journalist.[1][3] She had what she calls a “gypsy” childhood, regularly travelling between St. Petersburg and Frankfurt before moving with her father to East Meadow, New York at the age of 13 after her parents separated.[4]

Mahendru attended East Meadow High School, where she was active in competitive cheerleading and kick line teams, and graduated in 2004.[1][5] She went on to earn an English degree from St. John’s University.[6]

Mahendru is fluent in German, Russian and English, and also speaks Hindi, French and Persian.[7] and initially wanted to use what she has called her “ethnic ambiguity” to work for the United Nations.[8] She was enrolled at New York University for a Master’s degree in international relations, but dropped out to pursue acting.[4] She then moved to Los Angeles and studied improv at The Groundlings.[4]

Career[edit]

Mahendru began her acting career in 2006, appearing in an episode of the sitcom Love Monkey, an episode of the drama Conviction, a Law & Order spinoff, and the short film The Art of Love. The following year, she appeared in an episode of the HBO comedy-drama Entourage. Her next significant roles came in 2011, in episodes of the sitcoms Big Time Rush and 2 Broke Girls. In 2012, she starred in an episode of the sitcom Mike & Molly.

In 2013, Mahendru began playing the recurring character Nina Sergeevna on the FX drama The Americans, appeared in an episode of the crime series White Collar, and played Agent Rosen in two episodes of the crime drama The Blacklist. She also starred in her first film, the fantasy horror Escape from Tomorrow, which drew attention because most of it was filmed on location at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland without permission from The Walt Disney Company, owner and operator of both parks.[3][9]

In 2014, Mahendru was promoted to a series regular for the second season of The Americans.[10] She also starred in the comedy-drama film Bridge and Tunnel, had a voice role in the 2014 animated film Penguins of Madagascar, and guest-starred in the 2016 X-Files miniseries as Sveta, a possible UFO abductee. She went on to play Nafisa Al-Qadi on the FX series Tyrant.

Mahendru stars in the title role of the independent feature film Sally Pacholok (2015), which premiered at and won Best Feature at the DC Independent Film Festival, in Washington, DC[11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Art of Love Kala Short film
2008 El Padrino 2 Serge’s Wife
2009 Erza: Fear of a Faceless God Erza
2010 Ungu Narrator Short film
2010 Duel of the Overmen Ausler Short film
2011 El Padrino II: Border Intrusion Serge’s Wife
2011 American Badass: Bernie’s Back! Janet
2011 The Hollow Katie Short film
2011 Missed Call Steph Short film
2011 Love, Gloria Katie
2011 Almaz Natasha Short film
2012 Got Rights? Afghani Female Short film
2012 Captain Planet 4 Scripty Short film
2013 Escape from Tomorrow Isabelle
2013 Metropolitan Stories Esmeralda Short film
2014 Bridge and Tunnel Kelly Jones
2014 Smokey Eyes Barbara Short film
2014 Penguins of Madagascar Eva Voice
2015 Sally Pacholok[1] Sally Pacholok

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Love Monkey Groupie Episode: “The Onone That Got Away”
2006 Conviction Waitress Episode: “180.80”
2007 Entourage French Girlfriend Episode: “The Cannes Kids”
2011 Torchwood: Web of Lies Pilot Voice
Episode: “Missing Day: Part 1”
2011 Big Time Rush Princess Svetlana Episode: “Big Time Wedding”
2011 2 Broke Girls Robin Episode: “And the Pop-Up Sale”
2012 Mike & Molly Flight Attendant Episode: “The Honeymoon is Over”
2013 The Blacklist Agent Rosen 2 episodes
2013 White Collar Katya Episode: “Ice Breaker”
2014 Grey’s Anatomy Ana Episode: “Only Mama Knows
2015 The Following Eliza 4 episodes
2016 The X-Files Sveta Episode: “My Struggle: Part 1″
2013–16 The Americans Nina Sergeevna Krilova 42 episodes
Nominated—Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2016 Tyrant Nafisa Al-Qadi 9 episodes

Holly Taylor

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Holly Taylor

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Born Holly Taylor
(1997-10-31) October 31, 1997 (age 19)
Middleton, NS, Canada
Occupation Actress, Dancer
Years active 2008–present

Holly Taylor (born October 31, 1997) is a Canadian-born American actress and dancer. She began her career in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot at the age of 11 as Sharon Percy (Ballet Girl) and continued in the role for almost 2 years. She is currently playing the role of Paige Jennings in the FX television series The Americans. She has also been cast in several television ads.

Life and career[edit]

Taylor was born in Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Halloween 1997, the daughter of Margaret and Mark. She has one sibling, an older brother named Philip. After her family moved to New Jersey in early 2000, she was enrolled in a dance class at the age of 3. About a year later she surprised her parents by announcing that she was going to dance on Broadway when she grew up. By the time she was 11 years old Taylor was dancing 8 shows a week as a member of the cast of Billy Elliot at the Imperial Theatre in New York City.[1]

Taylor attended middle school in her home town in New Jersey as much as the Billy Elliot schedule would allow and kept up her academics at the gifted and talented level. She was invited to attend the Johns Hopkins program for Gifted and Talented Children and the following year was invited to the International Student Exchange program for Gifted Children.[1]

Billy Elliot lasted 22 months. After that, she started looking into acting more, although she was so shy it was difficult at first. “But then, the more I started to do it, the more I came out of my shell and the more I enjoyed it.” she said.[1]

She did an audition tape for the spy thriller television series The Americans in Los Angeles and booked the show after having a chance to “meet the producers and stuff” in New York.[1]

Taylor has lived in Wayne, New Jersey, since she was two years old; she studies at Wayne Hills High School.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Love and Zombies Allie Short
2012 The Cook Gretchen Short
2013 Ashley Young Ashley
2013 The Otherworld Dannan
2014 Worst Friends Little Girl
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Celebrity Nightmares Decoded Daughter Television film
2013–present The Americans Paige Jennings 50 episodes

Alison Wright

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Alison Wright

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Alison Wright
Born (1976-07-12) 12 July 1976 (age 40)
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Alison Wright (born 12 July 1976) is an English actress, best known for her role as Martha Hanson on The Americans and Marjorie on Sneaky Pete.

Early life[edit]

Wright was born and raised in Sunderland. She began dancing at a young age. She studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and at The Barrow Group in New York City.[1]

Career[edit]

She made her television debut in 2013 as Martha Hanson on The Americans. She was promoted to a series regular for season 2, which premiered in January 2014.[2] Headline Talent Agency sued Wright in July 2013.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Nanny Diaries Bridget
2009 Nights Bartender Short film
2011 Braaains! Monique Gold Short film
2015 Good Ol’ Boy Mrs. Reynolds
2016 The Accountant Justine

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–16 The Americans Martha Hanson 34 episodes
2013 Blue Bloods Brijita Holden Episode: “Lost and Found”
2015–17 Sneaky Pete Marjorie 7 episodes
2016 Confirmation Virginia Thomas Television film
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan Pauline Jameson Upcoming series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2017 Satellite Awards[4] Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film The Americans Nominated

Karen Gillan (UPDATE)

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Karen Gillan

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Karen Gillan
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Born (1987-11-28) 28 November 1987 (age 29)
Inverness, Scotland
Residence Los Angeles, California, US
Alma mater Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 2006–present
Relatives Caitlin Blackwood (cousin)

Karen Sheila Gillan (born 28 November 1987) is a Scottish actress and former model. She is known for the role of Amelia Pond, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who (2010–13). In film, she has starred as Jane Lockhart in Not Another Happy Ending (2013), Kaylie Russell in the horror film Oculus (2013), and Nebula in the Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). She took part in the upcoming films Jumanji (2017), The Circle (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and its untitled sequel (2019). In 2017, she directed her first feature film Tupperware Party.

Early life[edit]

Gillan was born and raised in Inverness in the Scottish highlands, the only child of Marie (née Paterson) and Raymond Gillan, a singer and recording artist.[1] When she turned 16, Gillan moved to Edinburgh and completed an HNC Acting and Performance course at Telford College.[2] She moved to London at age 18 to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in acting.[3][4]

Modelling[edit]

While studying at Italia Conti, Gillan was scouted by a modelling agency.[5] Gillan has said she would not give up her acting career to return to modelling, stating that she enjoyed modelling but acting was always her main interest and goal.[6]

Acting[edit]

Gillan with Matt Smith, promoting series 5 of Doctor Who, March 2010

Gillan’s early television acting career included guest appearances on several drama series, with her first role being in an episode of Rebus, a role she obtained while still at Italia Conti.[7] Gillan then undertook a two-year stint as a member of the ensemble cast of the sketch comedy series The Kevin Bishop Show, in which she played multiple characters including celebrities such as Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie. She appeared in the Channel 4 film Stacked, playing the role of Ginny.[8] Gillan also appeared on TV in a leading role in a horror project entitled The Well, which was broadcast as a series of episodic short films on BBC Two and later as a web series on BBC.co.uk. Part of the BBC’s multimedia “switch” programming, the short episodes interconnect with online games that further explore the environments presented in the series.[9]

She was cast for the role of the Eleventh Doctor‘s first companion, Amy Pond, on the British sci-fi series Doctor Who in May 2009. She made her first on-screen appearance as Amy Pond in “The Eleventh Hour” with her cousin Caitlin Blackwood portraying a young Amelia (Amy) Pond.[10][11][12] She appeared in the following sixth series in 2011 and the first five episodes of the seventh series in 2012. She reprised the role in a cameo appearance in the 2013 Christmas special “The Time of the Doctor“. Gillan had appeared in Doctor Who once before in the series four episode “The Fires of Pompeii” in the role of a Soothsayer.[5]

Gillan made her first theatre appearance playing the role of Shirley in John Osborne‘s play Inadmissible Evidence along with Douglas Hodge.[13] The play debuted at the Donmar Warehouse on 16 October 2011.[13]

During an interview at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, Gillan revealed that she would be returning to Doctor Who for its seventh series.[14] On 15 December 2011, it was announced Gillan and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) would be leaving Doctor Who during the seventh series in 2012.[15] On 26 January 2012, Karen Gillan played the part of supermodel Jean Shrimpton in the television film We’ll Take Manhattan, which told the story of Shrimpton’s relationship with the photographer David Bailey.[16]

In August 2011, it was announced that Gillan would star in an indie Scottish rom-com called Not Another Happy Ending alongside Emun Elliott.[17] She was selected by director John McKay because he came to know her during the production of We’ll Take Manhattan, which he also directed, as “a very bubbly, vibrant, energetic, funny, slightly clumsy person” who was a perfect fit for the character.[18] Filming took place in July 2012,[17] though Elliott was replaced by Stanley Weber.[19] Gillan told journalists that she was happy to be involved in a Scottish production that “isn’t about drug use or fighting the English”.[20] The film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2013.[21][22][23]

Gillan starred in the lead role in the supernatural horror movie Oculus, which was filmed in Alabama and released in April 2014.[24] She also revealed that she has been cast in comedian Charlie Brooker’s TV series A Touch of Cloth.[25] Gillan has also been cast in a film titled The List which began filming in Los Angeles in May 2013.

FHM magazine ranked Gillan number 42 on their list of the 100 Sexiest Women 2011,[26] and in 2012, they also ranked her number 36.[27] Gillan has also voiced advertisements for eHarmony and The Royal Bank of Scotland. In May 2013, Gillan was cast as Nebula in the Marvel superhero science fiction film Guardians of the Galaxy, which was released in August 2014. Gillan had her head shaved bald for the role.[28]

Gillan joined the regular cast of Adult Swim‘s NTSF:SD:SUV:: for the show’s third season in 2013.[29][30] In November 2013 Gillan appeared on Broadway in a play called Time to Act, one of the plays included in “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway” to benefit the non-profit Urban Arts Partnership.[31]

In February 2014, Gillan was cast as the lead in Selfie, an American single-camera sitcom for ABC, which is produced by Warner Bros. Television and was greenlit for the 2014–15 US television season. Gillan played a social media-obsessed socialite named Eliza Dooley, a modern-day take on the main character from My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle. This is Gillan’s first time starring in the lead role of an American television series.[32][33][34] The series was cancelled by ABC on 7 November 2014 after seven episodes;[35] the remaining six episodes were made available on Hulu starting 25 November 2014.[36]

In May 2014, Gillan was cast in the Ti West-directed Western film In a Valley of Violence opposite John Travolta, Ethan Hawke and Taissa Farmiga. Gillan will portray Ellen, the older sister to Farmiga’s character.[37] Gillan also appeared in TV on the Radio‘s “Happy Idiot” music video, released on 3 October 2014. BuddyTV ranked her number six on its list of “TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2014”.[38] In 2015, Gillan appeared in the Adam McKay-directed drama film The Big Short alongside Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Melissa Leo.[39]

Gillan speaking at the 2015 Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

Gillan wrote and directed her first short film, Coward, which screened at the 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival, and nominated for several awards.[40][41] Later in the year she wrote, directed, and starred in another short film called Conventional.[42]

In October 2015, Gillan completed filming The Circle in which she was cast in a main role alongside Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega. The film was directed and written by James Ponsoldt, based on the novel by Dave Eggers.[43][44] Gillan reprised her role as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this time becoming a member of the film’s eponymous team.[45]

On 30 August 2016, it was announced that Gillan was cast in the lead female role in the Jumanji sequel. Gillan starred alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas.[46] On 2 November 2016, it was announced that Gillan will write, direct and star in her feature directorial debut with Burbank-based development and production company Mt. Hollywood Films’ indie drama project titled Tupperware Party. Set in her home city of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, filming began in January 2017[47] and wrapped in the next month.[48] Also in January 2017, principal photography for Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel began at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, and is expected to shoot back-to-back with its sequel until Fall 2017. Gillan is set to appear in both films as Nebula.

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Gillan helped promote Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC)[49] and the opening of Squirrel Ward in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.[50][51] During a 2012 interview on The Late Late Show, she stated that she had relocated to the US to star in the film Oculus and confirmed that she now lives in Los Angeles, California.[7]

She has stated that, though her family is Catholic, she was never baptized and is not religious, instead agreeing with the statement that, “we’re just minuscule dots in the vast cosmic emptiness of the universe”.[52]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Outcast Ally
2012 We’ll Take Manhattan Jean Shrimpton
2013 Not Another Happy Ending Jane Lockhart
2013 Oculus Kaylie Russell
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Nebula
2014 Bound for Greatness Maeve MacDonough Short film
2015 Warning Labels Mindy Short film
2015 Coward N/A Short film; director and screenwriter
2015 Conventional Rachel Milligan Short film; also director and screenwriter
2015 List, TheThe List Lily
2015 The Big Short Evie
2016 In a Valley of Violence Ellen
2017 The Circle Annie Allerton Post-production
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Nebula Post-production
2017 All Creatures Here Below Martha Post-production
2017 Jumanji Ruby Roundhouse Post-production
2017 Tupperware Party Lucy Post-production;[48] also director and screenwriter
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Nebula Filming
2019 Untitled Avengers film Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Rebus Teri Cotter Episode: “A Question of Blood
2008 Stacked Ginny Turner Television film
2008 Doctor Who Soothsayer Episode: “The Fires of Pompeii
2008 Harley Street Holly Episode 1
2008–09 Kevin Bishop Show, TheThe Kevin Bishop Show Various characters Main role (12 episodes)
2008 Coming Up Anna Episode: “Thinspiration”
2009 Well, TheThe Well Coll 4 episodes
2010–12, 2013 Doctor Who Amy Pond 34 episodes (Series 5, Series 6, Series 7, “The Time of the Doctor(cameo))
2010–11 Doctor Who Confidential Herself 26 episodes
2012 We’ll Take Manhattan Jean Shrimpton Movie
2012 In Love with Coward Laura
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Daisy Main role (9 episodes, season 3)
2014 Touch of Cloth, AA Touch of Cloth Kerry Newblood 2 episodes
2014 Selfie Eliza Dooley Main role (13 episodes)
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: “Karen Gillan Wears A Black and White Striped Pullover and Coral Skirt
2015 7 Days in Hell Lily Allsworth Movie
2015 Robot Chicken Anastasia Steele Voice
Episode: “Zero Vegetables
2016 Emo Dad Jessica Voice
5 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: City of the Daleks Amy Pond
2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: Blood of the Cybermen Amy Pond
2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: TARDIS Amy Pond
2010 Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth Amy Pond
2010 Doctor Who: Return to Earth Amy Pond
2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: Shadows of the Vashta Nerada Amy Pond
2011 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: The Gunpowder Plot Amy Pond

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Venue
2011 Inadmissible Evidence Shirley Donmar Warehouse
2013 Time to Act Karen Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2010 TV Quick Awards Best Actress Doctor Who Nominated [53]
2010 Cosmopolitan “Woman of the Year” Awards Best Actress Won [54]
2011 SFX Awards Best Actress Won [55]
2011 TV Choice Awards Best Actress Won [56]
2011 Scream Awards Best Sci-Fi Actress Nominated [57]
2012 National Television Awards Best Drama Performance: Female Won [58]
2012 Nickelodeon UK Kids’ Choice Awards Favourite UK Actress N/A Nominated [59]
2012 Scottish Fashion Awards Scotland’s Fashion Icon N/A Won [60]
2013 National Television Awards Best Drama Performance – Female Doctor Who Nominated [61]
2014 Fright Meter Awards Best Actress Oculus Nominated [62]
2014 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy Won [63]
2014 Nevada Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Cast Won [64]
2014 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Cast Nominated [65]
2015 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated [66]
2015 Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Guardians of the Galaxy and Oculus Won [67][68]
2015 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Oculus Nominated [69]
2015 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival Best Actress in a Short Film (Long) Bound for Greatness Nominated [70]
2015 IFS Film Festival Best Actress in a Short Film Won [71]
2015 IFS Film Festival Best Independent Short Coward Won [71]
2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated [72]
2016 London IFF Film Festival Best Lead Actress in a Short Film Bound for Greatness Won [73]
2016 FirstGlance Film Festival Best Actress in a Short Film Won [74]

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Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon
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Born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
(1976-03-22) March 22, 1976 (age 40)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Actress, producer[1]
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s)
Children 3

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (/ˈrs ˈwɪðərspn/; born March 22, 1976) is an American actress and producer. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and raised in Tennessee, Witherspoon began her career as a child actress, making her professional screen debut in The Man in the Moon, for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award.

Following a breakout role in Freeway, she starred in Pleasantville, for which she won the Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance. Her leading role of Tracy Flick in Election was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

Witherspoon’s breakthrough role was playing Elle Woods in the 2001 film Legally Blonde, for which she received international recognition and her second Golden Globe nomination. The following year, she starred in Sweet Home Alabama, which emerged as her biggest live-action commercial success. In 2005, Witherspoon received worldwide attention for her portrayal of June Carter in Walk the Line, which earned her numerous awards, including the Academy Award. In 2014, Witherspoon produced the thriller Gone Girl and received critical acclaim for portraying Cheryl Strayed in Wild, for which she earned her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Early life[edit]

Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976[2] in Southern Baptist Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana, while her father, Dr. John Draper Witherspoon, was a student at Tulane University medical school.[3][4] Her father was born in Georgia and served as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve.[5][6] He was in private practice as an otolaryngologist until 2012.[7] Her mother, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (née Reese), is from Harriman, Tennessee, and earned a BS and master’s degrees in Nursing, and a doctor of education;[8] she worked as a professor of nursing (child care and mental health) at Vanderbilt University.[6][9][10] In 1988, her mother began nursing babies back to health in the neonatal intensive care unit of Vanderbilt University Hospital until she retired. Witherspoon has claimed descent from Scottish-born John Witherspoon, who signed the United States Declaration of Independence;[11][12] however, this claim has not been verified by the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence genealogists.[13] Her parents are still legally married, although they separated in 1996.[14]

Because Witherspoon’s father worked for the U.S. military in Wiesbaden, Germany, she lived there for four years as a child.[9][15] After returning to the U.S., she spent her childhood in Nashville, Tennessee in the suburb of Belle Meade.[9][15][16] She was raised as an Episcopalian.[17] Her older brother, John Jr. is a real estate agent. She received high grades in school,[18] loved reading, and considered herself “a big dork who read loads of books.”[4] On mentioning her love for books, she said, “I get crazy in a bookstore. It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything.”[17] Witherspoon attended middle school at Harding Academy and graduated from the all-girls’ Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, during which time she was a cheerleader.[19][20] She attended Stanford University as an English literature major.[21] After completing one year of studies, she left Stanford to pursue an acting career.[20] Witherspoon is proud of the “definitive Southern upbringing” which she received. She said that it gave her “a sense of family and tradition” and taught her about “being conscientious about people’s feelings, being polite, being responsible and never taking for granted what you have in your life.”[20][22] Witherspoon is described as a “multi-achiever” and was given the nickname “Little Type A” by her parents.[23][24] On discussing her early achievements, she told Interview magazine, “I just don’t see any of it as that remarkable. Maybe that’s the attitude I choose to have to keep me sane and keep my feet on the ground. I grew up in an environment where women accomplished a lot. And if they weren’t able to, it was because they were limited by society.”[6]

At the age of seven, Witherspoon was selected as a model for a florist’s television advertisements, which motivated her to take acting lessons.[18][25] At age eleven, she took first place in the Ten-State Talent Fair.[18]

Acting career[edit]

1991–98[edit]

In 1991, Witherspoon attended an open casting call for The Man in the Moon, intending to audition as a bit player;[20] she was instead cast for the lead role of Dani Trant, a 14-year-old country girl who falls in love for the first time with her 17-year-old neighbor. Her performance was regarded as “memorably touching” by Variety magazine,[26] and critic Roger Ebert commented, “Her first kiss is one of the most perfect little scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie.”[18] For this role, Witherspoon was nominated for the Young Artist Award Best Young Actress.[27] Later that year, she made her television debut role in Wildflower with Patricia Arquette.[5][11] In 1992, Witherspoon appeared in the TV movie Desperate Choices: To Save My Child, portraying a critically ill young girl.[5]

In 1993, she played a young wife in the CBS miniseries Return to Lonesome Dove, Nonnie Parker in the Disney film A Far Off Place and had a minor role in Jack the Bear, which garnered her the Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actress Co-star.[5][28] The next year, Witherspoon had another leading role as Wendy Pfister in the 1994 film S.F.W., directed by Jefery Levy. In 1996, Witherspoon starred in two major films, the thriller Fear alongside Mark Wahlberg (whom she dated),[29] as Nicole Walker, a teenage girl who starts dating a man with obsessive tendencies, and the black-comedy thriller Freeway, alongside Kiefer Sutherland and Brooke Shields, where she had the lead role. Her character, Vanessa Lutz, is a poor girl living in Los Angeles, who encounters a serial killer on the way to her grandmother’s home in Stockton.[20] The film received positive reviews from the press. Among them was the San Francisco Chronicle, with Mick LaSalle commenting, “Witherspoon, who does a Texas accent, is dazzling, utterly believable in one extreme situation after the other.”[30] Witherspoon’s performance won her the Best Actress Award at the Cognac Police Film Festival and firmly established her as a rising star.[20][31] The making of the film also gave Witherspoon significant acting experience; as she said, “Once I overcame the hurdle of that movie – which scared me to death – I felt like I could try anything.”[21]

In 1998, Witherspoon had major roles in three movies: Overnight Delivery, Pleasantville and Twilight.[11][32] In Pleasantville, she starred with Tobey Maguire in a tale about 1990s teenage siblings who are magically transported into the setting of a 1950s television series. She portrayed the sister, Jennifer, who is mainly concerned about appearances, relationships and popularity. Her performance received good reviews and garnered her the Young Hollywood Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance.[33] Director Gary Ross said he firmly believed Witherspoon would be an outstanding movie star.[21]

1999–2000[edit]

In 1999, Witherspoon starred alongside Alessandro Nivola in the drama thriller Best Laid Plans; she played Lissa, a woman who schemes with her lover Nick to escape a small dead-end town.[5] Also that year co-starred with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe in the drama film Cruel Intentions, a modern take on the 18th-century French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The San Francisco Chronicle praised her performance as Annette Hargrove: “Witherspoon is especially good in the least flashy role, and even when called upon to make a series of cute devilish faces, she pulls it off.”[34] She also appeared in a music video by Marcy Playground for the film’s soundtrack and starred with Matthew Broderick in Election which is based on Tom Perrotta‘s novel.[5] For her portrayal of Tracy Flick, she received vast critical acclaim and won the Best Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics and the Online Film Critics Society, a first Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination.[35][36] Witherspoon also received a rank on the list of 100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time by Premiere.[37] Director Alexander Payne said of her, “She’s got that quality that men find attractive, while women would like to be her friend. But that’s just the foundation. Nobody else is as funny or brings such charm to things. She can do anything.”[22]

In spite of her success with Election, Witherspoon noted in an interview that she struggled to find work after completing the film, due to typecasting.[38] Analyzing the reasons behind her difficulty to find work, Witherspoon commented, “I think because the character I played was so extreme and sort of shrewish—people thought that was who I was, rather than me going in and creating a part. I would audition for things and I’d always be the second choice—studios never wanted to hire me and I wasn’t losing the parts to big box office actresses but to ones who I guess people felt differently about.”[6] In 2000, Witherspoon played a supporting role in American Psycho and made a cameo appearance in Little Nicky.[32] She also guest starred in season six of Friends as Rachel Green‘s sister Jill.[39] The next year, Witherspoon voiced Serena in the animated film The Trumpet of the Swan, produced by Crest Animation Productions.[citation needed]

2001–04[edit]

The 2001 film Legally Blonde marked a turning point in Witherspoon’s career; she starred as Elle Woods, a fashion-merchandising major who decides to become a law student in order to follow her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School. Witherspoon said about the role, “When I read Legally Blonde, I was like, ‘She’s from Beverly Hills, she’s rich, she’s in a sorority. She has a great boyfriend. Oh yeah, she gets dumped. Who cares? I still hate her.’ So we had to make sure she was the kind of person you just can’t hate.”[22] Legally Blonde was a box-office hit, grossing US$96 million domestically.[40] Witherspoon’s performance earned her praise from critics, as the press began referring to her as “the new Meg Ryan“.[41] Roger Ebert commented, “Witherspoon effortlessly animated this material with sunshine and quick wit”,[42] and Salon.com noted that “she [Witherspoon] delineates Elle’s character beautifully”.[43] Meanwhile, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer concluded, “Witherspoon is a talented comedian who can perk up a scene just by marching in full of pep and drive and she powers this modest little comedy almost single-handedly.”[44] For her work, Witherspoon garnered her second Golden Globe Best Actress nomination and an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.

In 2002, after the success of Legally Blonde, Witherspoon starred in several roles, such as Greta Wolfcastle in The Simpsons episode “The Bart Wants What It Wants“, and as Cecily in the comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde‘s play in which she received a Teen Choice Award nomination.[45][46] Later that year, she starred with Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey in Andy Tennant‘s film Sweet Home Alabama, where she played Melanie Carmichael, a young fashion designer who intends to marry a New York politician but must return to Alabama to divorce her childhood sweetheart, from whom she has been separated for seven years. Witherspoon regarded this as a “personal role”, in that it reminded her of experiences she had when she moved from her hometown Nashville to Los Angeles.[47] The movie became Witherspoon’s biggest live-action box office hit, earning over $35 million in the opening weekend and grossing over $127 million in the U.S.[40][48] Despite the commercial success, critics gave Sweet Home Alabama negative reviews. It was called “a romantic comedy so rote, dull and predictable” by The Miami Herald,[49] and the press widely agreed that Witherspoon was the only reason the movie attracted such a large audience.[50][51] When describing Witherspoon’s role in the movie, The Christian Science Monitor concluded, “She is not the movie’s main attraction, she is its only attraction.”[52]

In 2003, Witherspoon followed up the success of Legally Blonde by starring in the sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. Elle Woods has become a Harvard-educated lawyer who is determined to protect animals from cosmetics-industry science tests. The sequel was not as financially successful as the first film and it generated mostly negative reviews. USA Today considered the movie “plodding, unfunny and almost cringe-worthy”, but also noted that “Reese Witherspoon still does a fine job portraying the fair-haired lovable brainiac, but her top-notch comic timing is wasted on the humorless dialogue.”[53] Meanwhile, Salon.com concluded that the sequel “calcifies everything that was enjoyable about the first movie”.[54] Despite being panned by critics, the sequel took in over $39 million in its first five days in the U.S. box office charts and eventually grossed $90 million in the US.[55] Witherspoon received a $15 million paycheck for the role—a starting point to make her consistently one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses from 2002 until 2010.[22][56][57][58] In 2004, Witherspoon starred in Vanity Fair, adapted from the 19th-century classic novel Vanity Fair and directed by Mira Nair. Her character, Becky Sharp, is a poor woman with a ruthless determination to find fortune and establish herself a position in society. Witherspoon was carefully costumed to conceal that during the filming she was pregnant with her second child.[59] This pregnancy was not a hindrance to her work as Witherspoon believed the gestation had in fact helped her portrayal of Sharp’s character: “I love the luminosity that pregnancy brings, I love the fleshiness, I love the ample bosom—it gave me much more to play with”, she said.[60][61] The film and Witherspoon’s portrayal of Sharp received positive reviews, as The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Nair’s cast is splendid. Witherspoon does justice to the juicy role by giving the part more buoyancy than naughtiness.”[62] At the same time, The Charlotte Observer called her work “an excellent performance that’s soft around the edges” and the Los Angeles Times concluded that Becky is “a role Reese Witherspoon was born to play”.[63][64]

2005–06: Walk the Line and critical achievements[edit]

In late 2004, Witherspoon began working alongside Mark Ruffalo on the romantic comedy Just Like Heaven. Her character, Elizabeth Masterson, is an ambitious young doctor who gets into a car accident on her way to a blind date and is left in a coma; her spirit returns to her old apartment where she later finds true love.[65]

Witherspoon at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Walk the Line in 2005

Earlier that year Witherspoon was chosen to portray June Carter Cash, the second wife of country music singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix), in Walk the Line. She never had the chance to meet Carter Cash, as Witherspoon was filming Vanity Fair at the time Carter Cash died.[6] Witherspoon performed her own vocals in the film and her songs had to be performed in front of a live audience, she was so worried about needing to perform live that she asked her lawyer to terminate the film contract.[66] “That was the most challenging part of the role,” she later recalled in an interview, “I’d never sung professionally.”[67] Subsequently, she had to spend six months learning how to sing for the role.[66][68] Witherspoon’s portrayal of Carter Cash was well received by critics, and Roger Ebert wrote that her performance added “boundless energy” to the movie.[69] She won several awards for her performance, including the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild, the BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role. Besides critical success in the movie industry, Witherspoon and Phoenix received a nomination for “collaborative video of the year” from the CMT Music Awards.[70][71] Witherspoon expressed her passion for the movie: “I really like in this film that it is realistic and portrays sort of a real marriage, a real relationship where there are forbidden thoughts and fallibility. And it is about compassion in the long haul, not just the short easy solutions to problems.”[72] She also stated that she believed Carter Cash was a woman ahead of her time: “I think the really remarkable thing about her character is that she did all of these things that we sort of see as normal things in the 1950s when it wasn’t really acceptable for a woman to be married and divorced twice and have two different children by two different husbands and travel around in a car full of very famous musicians all by herself. She didn’t try to comply to social convention, so I think that makes her a very modern woman.”[72]

Witherspoon’s first post-Oscar role came in the modern-day fairy tale Penelope, as Annie, the best friend of Penelope (Christina Ricci), a girl who has a curse in her family. The film was produced by her company Type A Films, with filming commencing in March 2006, immediately following Witherspoon’s Oscar win for Walk the Line.[73] Although the movie premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival,[66][74] the final release date of Penelope was delayed twice before an eventual February 2008 release.[75][76]

2007–12: Creative struggles and “love triangle period”[edit]

Following her critical success with Walk the Line, Witherspoon admits to spending several years “kind of floundering career-wise”. Reflecting on this period of time in a December 2014 interview, Witherspoon attributed it to her separation from her first husband in October 2006 and their subsequent divorce, stating that she spent “a few years just trying to feel better. You know, you can’t really be very creative when you feel like your brain is scrambled eggs.” She claims that she “wasn’t making things I was passionate about. I was just kind of working, you know. And it was really clear that audiences weren’t responding to anything I was putting out there.”[77]

This period of Witherspoon’s career began with the filming of the abduction thriller Rendition in November 2006. In the film, she plays Isabella El-Ibrahim, the pregnant wife of a bombing suspect. The film was released in October 2007 and marked Witherspoon’s first appearance in theaters since the 2005 release of Walk the Line.[78] The movie received mostly negative reviews and was generally considered a disappointment at the Toronto International Film Festival.[79] Witherspoon’s performance was also criticized: “Reese Witherspoon is surprisingly lifeless”, USA Today wrote, “She customarily injects energy and spirit into her parts, but here, her performance feels tamped down.”[80]

Witherspoon at the Water for Elephants premiere in May 2011

In December 2007, Witherspoon began working with Vince Vaughn, filming the holiday comedy Four Christmases, a story about a couple who must spend their Christmas Day trying to visit all four of their divorced parents.[81] The film was released in November 2008. Despite receiving only average reviews by critics, the movie became a box-office success, earning more than 120 million US dollars domestically and 157 million US dollars worldwide.[82] In 2009, Witherspoon voiced Susan Murphy, the main character in DreamWorkscomputer-animated 3-D feature film Monsters vs. Aliens, released in March 2009, becoming her biggest hit at the time.[83] She also co-produced the Legally Blonde spin-off Legally Blondes, starring Milly and Becky Rosso.[84]

However, Witherspoon did not appear in a live-action film for two years after the 2008 release of Four Christmases. She told Entertainment Weekly that the “break” was unplanned, stating that, “I just didn’t read anything I liked… There are a lot of really, really, really big movies about robots and things—and there’s not a part for a 34-year-old woman in a robot movie.”[85] Witherspoon returned with three films released in 2010, 2011 and 2012, all centered on her as a woman caught in a love triangle between two men. In a 2012 interview with MTV, Witherspoon jokingly referred to this trio of films as her “love triangle period”.[86]

The first film was James L. Brooks‘s romantic comedy How Do You Know,[87][88][89] which starred Witherspoon as a former national softball player who struggles to choose between a baseball star boyfriend (Owen Wilson) and a business executive being investigated for white-collar crime (Paul Rudd). The movie was filmed in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. during the summer and fall of 2009[90][91][92] and released on December 17, 2010. The movie was both a critical and box office failure. Despite an over-$100 million budget, the film earned only $7.6 million in its opening weekend, leading the Los Angeles Times to call it “one of the year’s biggest flops”.[93] The movie earned mainly negative reviews from critics, scoring 35% on Rotten Tomatoes with 111 reviews as of late December 2010.[94]

Witherspoon’s second love-triangle movie was the film adaptation of the 1930s circus drama Water for Elephants. She began circus training in March 2010 for her role as Marlena, a glamorous performer stuck in a marriage to a volatile husband (Christoph Waltz) but intrigued by the circus’s new veterinarian (Robert Pattinson).[95] The movie was filmed between late May and early August 2010[96][97] in various locations in Tennessee, Georgia, and California. It was released on April 22, 2011[98] and received mixed critical reviews.[99]

In September 2010, Witherspoon began principal photography in Vancouver for the third love-triangle film, This Means War, a 20th Century Fox spy comedy directed by McG in which Witherspoon’s character is at the center of a battle between best friends (played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) who are both in love with her. The film had a “sneak-peek” release on Valentine’s Day, before fully opening on February 17, 2012.[100][101][102][103][104] The film was panned by critics (with a 25% Rotten Tomatoes rating),[105] and fared poorly at the box office, taking fifth place on its opening weekend with sales of $17.6 million. The New York Times remarked that this “extended the box office cold streak for the Oscar-winning Ms. Witherspoon.”[106]

2013–present: Renewed critical success – Wild and beyond[edit]

Witherspoon at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival premiere of Mud

Witherspoon’s subsequent films signaled a departure from the love-triangle theme. In September 2011, a year after beginning work on This Means War, she filmed a small role in Jeff Nichols‘s coming-of-age drama Mud in Arkansas, playing Juniper, the former girlfriend of a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey), who enlists two local boys to help him evade capture and rekindle his romance with her.[107][108] Mud premiered in May 2012 in competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, but did not win.[109][110] Following its American debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2013,[111] the film had a limited release in select North American theaters on April 26, 2013.[112][113]

Witherspoon next starred in Devil’s Knot, which is based on Atom Egoyan‘s true crime book of the same name and examines the controversial case of the West Memphis Three. Like Mud, the film is set in Arkansas. Witherspoon played Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of three young murder victims. In an interview subsequent to her casting in the film, Egoyan noted that although the role requires “an emotionally loaded journey”, he “met with Reese, and… talked at length about the project, and she’s eager to take on the challenge”.[114] The movie was shot in Georgia in June and July 2012.[115][116][117] Witherspoon was pregnant with her third child during filming.[118][119] The film’s world premiere was held on September 8, 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival.[120][121] It was then released in selected American theaters on May 9, 2014.[122]

In April 2013, Witherspoon began production in Atlanta on Canadian director Philippe Falardeau‘s film The Good Lie. It is based on real-life events, about a brash American woman assigned to help four young Sudanese refugees (known as Lost Boys of Sudan) who win a lottery for relocation to the U.S.[123][124] It was released on October 3, 2014.[125]

Witherspoon shot a small role in Inherent Vice (2014), an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s novel, in Pasadena, California in summer 2013.[126][127] Through her company Pacific Standard, Witherspoon served as a producer in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s novel Gone Girl,[128] though she did not star.[129][130] Indeed, Witherspoon and her producing partner “had little to do with the production of Gone Girl“,[131] leaving it to director David Fincher while focusing their efforts on another adaptation produced via Pacific Standard, that of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir Wild, which began production in fall 2013 on the same day as Gone Girl.[132] Witherspoon starred in the project, portraying Strayed herself on her 1,000-mile (1,600 km) hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.[133] Wild was released in December 2014 to critical acclaim;[134] Michael Phillips of Chicago Tribune wrote in his review, “Witherspoon does the least acting of her career, and it works. Calmly yet restlessly, she brings to life Strayed’s longings, her states of grief and desire and her wary optimism.”[135] Wild was promoted as Witherspoon’s primary “comeback” vehicle following her previous career slump,[136][137] and she earned her second Academy Award nomination for the role.[138]

In May 2014, Witherspoon began production in Louisiana on Hot Pursuit, a comedy in which she plays a police officer trying to protect a drug lord’s widow (Sofía Vergara).[139] The movie was released on May 8, 2015.[140] In 2016, she had a voice role in the animated film Sing, as well as serving as a major performer on the film’s soundtrack. The movie became Witherspoon’s biggest hit, being the first to make over $200 million domestically.[141]

Other ventures[edit]

Witherspoon at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2012

Witherspoon owned a production company called Type A Films, which the media believed was a moniker honoring her childhood nickname “Little Miss Type A.”[23][142] However, when asked about the company by Interview magazine, she clarified the name’s origin: “… people think I named it after myself… It was actually an in-joke with my family because at [age] 7 I understood complicated medical terms, such as the difference between type A and type B personalities. But I just wished I’d named the company Dogfood Films or Fork or something. You carry that baggage all your life.”[6] In March 2012, Witherspoon merged Type A Films with producer Bruna Papandrea‘s Make Movies banner to create a new production company entitled Pacific Standard.[143] In 2016, Witherspoon and Papandrea split up, with Witherspoon gaining full control over the company.[144]

In 2013, Witherspoon recorded a cover of the classic Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra duet, “Somethin’ Stupid” with Michael Bublé for his 2013 album, To Be Loved.[145]

In May 2015, Witherspoon launched Draper James, a retail brand with a focus on fashion, accessories and home décor inspired by the American South. The brand is named after Witherspoon’s grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon, who are said to be her greatest influences. Some of the products are being manufactured and designed in-house, and the brand launched direct to consumers online before opening its first brick and mortar store in fall 2015 in Witherspoon’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.[146]

In November 2016, Witherspoon and Otter Media formed Hello Sunshine, a joint venture focused on telling female-driven stories on film, TV and digital platforms.[147]

Philanthropy[edit]

Witherspoon is actively involved in children’s and women’s advocacy organizations. She is a longtime supporter of Save the Children, an organization that helps provide children around the world with education, health care and emergency aid.[148] She also serves on the board of the Children’s Defense Fund, a child advocacy and research group.[148] In 2006, she was among a group of actresses who went to New Orleans, Louisiana in a CDF project to publicize the needs of Hurricane Katrina victims.[149] During this trip, she helped open the city’s first Freedom School, as she met and talked with the children.[150] Witherspoon later called this an experience that she would never forget.[150]

In 2007, Witherspoon made her first move into the world of endorsements, as she signed a multi-year agreement to serve as the first Global Ambassador of cosmetic company Avon Products.[148][151] She acts as a spokeswoman for Avon’s cosmetic products and serves as the honorary chair of the Avon Foundation, a charitable organization that supports women and focuses on breast cancer research and the prevention of domestic violence.[152][153] Witherspoon is also committed to participating in cosmetics product development and appearing in commercial advertisements.[152] Explaining her motives for joining the foundation, she said, “As a woman and a mother I care deeply about the well being of other women and children throughout the world and through the years, I have always looked for opportunities to make a difference.”[152]

In the media[edit]

Witherspoon being interviewed at the premiere of Walk the Line in 2005

Witherspoon hosted Saturday Night Live on September 29, 2001, the first episode to air after the September 11 attacks.[154] In 2005, she was ranked No. 5 in Teen People magazine’s list of most powerful young Hollywood actors.[155] In 2006, Witherspoon was listed among the Time 100.[156] Her featured article was written by Luke Wilson.[157] In the same year, she was selected as one of the “100 Sexiest Women In The World” by the readers of FHM.[158] Witherspoon has been featured four times in the annual “100 Most Beautiful” issues of People magazine.[159] Witherspoon has appeared on the annual Celebrity 100 list by Forbes magazine in 2006 and 2007, at No. 75 and No. 80, respectively.[160][161] Forbes also put her on the top ten Trustworthy Celebrities list.[162] She was listed among CEOWorld Magazine’s Top Accomplished Women Entertainers.[163]

In 2006, Star fabricated a story saying Witherspoon was pregnant with her third child, which led to Witherspoon suing the magazine’s parent company American Media Inc in Los Angeles Superior Court for privacy violation.[164] She sought unspecified general and punitive damages in the lawsuit, asserting that the claim harmed her reputation because it suggested she was hiding the news from producers of her upcoming films.[165]

In 2007, she was selected by People and the entertainment news program Access Hollywood as one of the year’s best-dressed female stars.[166][167] The yellow dress she wore to that year’s Golden Globe Awards was widely acclaimed.[168] A study conducted by E-Poll Market Research showed that Witherspoon was the most likable female celebrity of 2007.[169] That same year, Witherspoon established herself as the highest-paid actress in the American film industry, earning $15 to $20 million per film.[170][171] In recent years, however, her appearance in a number of movies that fared badly at the box office caused a turnabout in her status, and she has been noted as one of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood in 2011, 2012 and 2013.[172][173][174] In April 2011, Witherspoon ranked 3rd on the 22nd annual People’s Most Beautiful issue.[175]

On December 1, 2010, Witherspoon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6262 Hollywood Blvd.[176]

In June 2013, Witherspoon filed suit against Marketing Advantages International Inc., claiming it used her name and image extensively in jewelry advertising without her permission, both throughout the United States and internationally. In December 2015, while Witherspoon’s trademark claims to her name were rejected, for she had not established secondary meaning to her full name, that she did not claim “emotional distress” and the “photos and facts were generally known by the public and the photos were taken in public with Plaintiff’s consent”, the court ruled that she could proceed with her right of publicity claims against a number of defendants.[177][178][179] Two months later, Witherspoon withdrew her lawsuit, having “come to private agreements with the various defendants, including Centerbrook Sales, Fragrance Hut, Gemvara, and others”.[180]

In 2015, Witherspoon made her second appearance among the Time 100, with her featured article being written by Mindy Kaling.[181] The same year, she was awarded, by a unanimous vote from the committee, the American Cinematheque for being “a perfect example of an actress flourishing in today’s world” and “an active and successful movie producer who is moving her career forward both behind and in front of the camera”.[182][183][184]

Personal life[edit]

Influences[edit]

Witherspoon has cited actresses like Meryl Streep, Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, Debra Winger, Diane Ladd, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster, Goldie Hawn, Sally Field, Sigourney Weaver, Lucille Ball, Carole Lombard, Judy Holliday, Gena Rowlands, and actors like Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, and Michael Keaton as influences in her acting.[17][185][186][187][188] Her favorite films are Splendor in the Grass and Overboard.[186][189]

Relationships[edit]

Witherspoon met actor Ryan Phillippe at her 21st birthday party in March 1997.[190] They became engaged in December 1998[191] and married near Charleston, South Carolina, on June 5, 1999, at Old Wide Awake Plantation.[192][193][194] The couple have two children together, daughter, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe (born 1999),[195] and son, Deacon Reese Phillippe (born 2003).[192] In October 2006, Witherspoon and Phillippe announced that they were separating.[196] The following month Witherspoon filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[197] In her petition, she sought joint legal and sole physical custody of their children, with full visitation rights for Phillippe.[197][198] With no prenuptial agreement, they would be entitled to half of all assets gained during the marriage under California law—with Witherspoon’s being the more significant.[199][200] Witherspoon requested that the court grant no spousal support for Phillippe, and he did not contest.[197] On May 15, 2007, he filed for joint physical custody of their children and made no motion to block Witherspoon from seeking support from him.[201] Witherspoon and Phillippe’s final divorce documents were granted by the Los Angeles Superior Court on October 5, 2007.[202][203]

Throughout 2007, there was persistent speculation in the mass media about a romantic relationship between Witherspoon and her Rendition co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. After her divorce was finalized in October 2007, they became more open about their relationship, mainly due to the release of paparazzi pictures of them vacationing together in Rome, Italy. They reportedly broke up in December 2009.[204]

In early February 2010, it was reported that Witherspoon had begun dating Jim Toth,[205][206][207] a talent agent and co-head of motion picture talent at the Creative Artists Agency, where Witherspoon is a client.[208] Witherspoon and Toth announced their engagement in December 2010,[209] and married on March 26, 2011 in Ojai, California, at Libbey Ranch,[210] Witherspoon’s country estate (which she since has sold).[211][212] The couple’s son, Tennessee James Toth, was born on September 27, 2012.[213]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Man in the Moon Dani Trant
1993 A Far Off Place Nonnie Parker
1993 Jack the Bear Karen Morris
1994 S.F.W. Wendy Pfister
1996 Freeway Vanessa Lutz
1996 Fear Nicole Walker
1998 Twilight Mel Ames
1998 Overnight Delivery Ivy Miller
1998 Pleasantville Jennifer / Mary Sue Parker
1999 Cruel Intentions Annette Hargrove
1999 Election Tracy Flick
1999 Best Laid Plans Lissa
2000 Little Nicky Holly Cameo
2000 American Psycho Evelyn Williams
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Serena (voice)
2001 Legally Blonde Elle Woods
2002 The Importance of Being Earnest Cecily Cardew
2002 Sweet Home Alabama Melanie Smooter
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Elle Woods Also executive producer
2004 Vanity Fair Becky Sharp
2005 Walk the Line June Carter Cash
2005 Just like Heaven Elizabeth Masterson
2006 Penelope Annie Also producer
2007 Rendition Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi
2008 Four Christmases Kate
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Susan Murphy / Ginormica (voice) Also in the video game
2010 How Do You Know Lisa Jorgenson
2011 Water for Elephants Marlena Rosenbluth
2012 This Means War Lauren Scott
2012 Mud Juniper
2014 Devil’s Knot Pamela Hobbs
2014 Gone Girl Producer
2014 Wild Cheryl Strayed Also producer
2014 The Good Lie Carrie Davis
2014 Inherent Vice Penny Kimball
2015 Hot Pursuit Rose Cooper Also producer
2016 Sing Rosita (voice)
2017 Home Again In post-production
2018 A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Whatsit Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Wildflower Ellie Perkins Television film
1992 Desperate Choices: To Save My Child Cassie Robbins Television film
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Ferris Dunnigan Miniseries
2000 King of the Hill Debbie (voice) 2 episodes
2000 Friends Jill Green 2 episodes
2001 Saturday Night Live Host / Various Episode: “Reese Witherspoon/Alicia Keys
2002 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Greta Wolfcastle (voice) Episode: “The Bart Wants What It Wants
2003 Freedom: A History of Us Various roles 3 episodes; documentary
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Susan Murphy / Ginormica (voice) Television special
2015 Saturday Night Live Host / Various Episode: “Reese Witherspoon/Florence + the Machine
2015 Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris Guest announcer Episode: “Reese Witherspoon”
2015 The Muppets Herself Episode: “Walk the Swine”
2017 Big Little Lies Madeline Martha Mackenzie Also producer

Accolades[edit]

Witherspoon has won numerous awards, including the BAFTA Award and the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Walk the Line in 2005.[70] In 2015, Witherspoon was nominated for another Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Wild.[214]

Naomie Harris (UPDATE)

 

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Harris in June 2014
Born Naami Melanie Harris
(1976-09-06) 6 September 1976 (age 40)
London, England, UK
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present

Naomie Melanie Harris,[1] OBE (born 6 September 1976)[1] is an English actress. She started her career as a child actress, appearing on the children television series Simon and the Witch in 1987. She played voodoo witch Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Selena in 28 Days Later, and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. She played Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre. In 2016, she starred in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight; a performance which earned her nominations for several Best Supporting Actress awards, including the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and the Academy Award.

Early life[edit]

Harris was born on 6 September 1976 in Islington, London, where she was raised. Harris’ mother, Lisselle Kayla, came to London as a child with her parents from Jamaica, and her father came there from Trinidad.[2] They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. Her mother later remarried and Harris has two younger half-siblings.[3] Her mother worked as a screenwriter on EastEnders and is now a healer.[4] Harris attended London’s St Marylebone School, before attending Woodhouse College as a 6th form student. She graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1998 with a degree in Social and Political Sciences. Harris gained her training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[5]

Career[edit]

Harris has appeared in television and film since she was nine, including a starring role on the remake of the science fiction series The Tomorrow People.[6] In 2000, she played Susan in The Witch of Edmonton at the Southwark Playhouse.[7] In November 2002, she starred in Danny Boyle‘s post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later.[1] In the same year, she starred in the television adaptation of Zadie Smith‘s White Teeth.[1] Since then, Harris has appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Michael Mann‘s Miami Vice.[1] She also did a comic turn in Michael Winterbottom‘s indie ensemble piece, A Cock and Bull Story.[8] She starred in Channel 4‘s adaptation of the novel Poppy Shakespeare, which was first shown on 31 March 2008. She also appeared in BBC’s historical drama Small Island in December 2009.[9][10]

She played Elizabeth Lavenza in Danny Boyle‘s stage production of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein for the National Theatre from 22 February to 2 May 2011.[11] She played the lead role in The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick, which premiered on 18 May 2011 in the Seattle International Film Festival.[12]

Harris co-starred in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, playing Eve Moneypenny.[4] She is the first black actress to play Moneypenny, and is the first Moneypenny to be given a first name.[13] In 2012, Harris was the voice-over for the Boss Nuit Pour Femme commercial starring actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Harris portrayed Winnie Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on the book of the same name, opposite actor Idris Elba.[14] The film was released on 29 November 2013. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on viewing the film told Harris that it seemed like she wasn’t acting, but channeling her and that it was “the first time she felt truly captured on film”.[15][16] Harris reprised her role as Eve Moneypenny in the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which was released on 26 October 2015.[17]

Harris was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Crust Receptionist
2002 Living In Hope Ginny
2002 Anansi Carla
2002 28 Days Later Selena
2004 Trauma Elisa
2004 After the Sunset Sophie
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Tia Dalma
2006 Miami Vice Trudy Joplin
2006 A Cock and Bull Story Jennie
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Tia Dalma/Calypso
2008 Street Kings Linda Washington
2008 Explicit Ills Jill
2008 August Sarah
2009 Morris: A Life with Bells On Sonja
2009 Ninja Assassin Mika Coretti
2009 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Denise
2009 My Last Five Girlfriends Gemma
2010 The First Grader Jane Obinchu
2012 Skyfall Eve Moneypenny
2013 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Winnie Mandela
2015 Southpaw Angela Rivera
2015 Spectre Eve Moneypenny
2016 Our Kind of Traitor Gail Perkins
2016 Moonlight Paula
2016 Collateral Beauty Madeleine
2018 Jungle Book Nisha (voice) Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1987–1988 Simon and the Witch Joyce 12 episodes
1989 Erasmus Microman Millie 1 episode
1992–1993 Runaway Bay Shuku 17 episodes
1992–1995 The Tomorrow People Ami Jackson 16 episodes
2000 Dream Team Lola Olokwe 1 episode
2002 Trial & Retribution V Tara Gray 1 episode
2002 White Teeth Clara 4 episodes
2002 The Project Maggie Dunn
2002–2003 Dinotopia Romana 2 episodes
2008 Poppy Shakespeare Poppy Shakespeare
2009 Small Island Hortense Roberts
2009 Blood and Oil Alice Omuka
2010 Accused Alison Wade 1 episode

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2010 Fable III Page
2012 007 Legends Eve Moneypenny

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 The Witch of Edmonton Susan Carter
2011 Frankenstein Elizabeth Lavenza