Garner in 2005
|Born||Kelli Brianne Garner
(1984-04-11) April 11, 1984
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Kelli Brianne Garner (born April 11, 1984) is an American actress. Garner made her feature film debut in Larry Clark‘s thriller Bully (2001), followed by a supporting role as Faith Domergue in Martin Scorsese‘s The Aviator (2004). Over the following several years, she had lead roles in the films Thumbsucker (2005), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and in the Disney animated film G-Force (2009).
Garner was born in Bakersfield, California. Although she described herself as a “shy” young girl, Garner caught the attention of a talent agent while attending a friend’s bar mitzvah, and was subsequently cast in an Eggo commercial. While a student at Thousand Oaks High School, Garner was cast in director Mike Mills‘s short film Architecture of Assurance in 2000. Garner was a talented soccer player in high school, and had planned on pursuing it as a career before she began working as an actress.
Garner had appeared in several short films before being cast in a supporting role in the television film Time Share in 2000. In 2001, she was cast in Larry Clark‘s controversial crime thriller Bully (2001), in which she portrayed Heather Swallers, a teenager who participates with her friends in an orchestrated murder of one of their peers; Clark cast Garner in the film after seeing her performance in Mike Mills’s short Architecture of Assurance. The film, which was based on the real-life 1993 murder of Bobby Kent, received critical acclaim.
Her next major role came at age nineteen in Martin Scorsese‘s The Aviator (2004), in which she portrayed actress Faith Domergue, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes. According to Garner, she wore brown contact lenses to her audition in order to further embody Domergue; she has said that she tripped and fell when entering the audition room in front of director Scorsese and star DiCaprio. “I thought I’d lost the job,” she recalled, “But I think it was that moment that made it work [because] the character was someone who was trying to be much older than she was.” The following year, she appeared in the comedy Man of the House, and the independent teen drama Thumbsucker (2005), opposite Lou Taylor Pucci and Vince Vaughn. She had supporting parts in the independent films London (2005) and Dreamland (2006), the latter of which earned her a Best Actress award at Method Fest Independent Film Festival, shared with co-star Agnes Bruckner.
In December 2005, Garner starred in the Off-Broadway production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at the Century Center for the Performing Arts. She later appeared in two Green Day music videos, “Jesus of Suburbia” (with Thumbsucker co-star Lou Taylor Pucci) and the unreleased “Whatsername”.
In 2007, Garner appeared in a lead role in the critically acclaimed drama Lars and the Real Girl as Ryan Gosling‘s co-worker and love interest. In 2008, she appeared again onstage in an Off-Broadway production of Anton Chekhov‘s The Seagull opposite Dianne Wiest. She had a minor part in the comedy Taking Woodstock (2009), and in the Disney film G-Force (2009), which she followed with a supporting role in Going the Distance (2010), opposite Drew Barrymore. Between 2011 and 2012, she had a main role as Kate Cameron on the series Pan Am.
Garner was next cast in Alexandre Aja‘s horror-fantasy Horns (2014) with Daniel Radcliffe, and played the title role in the Lifetime mini-series The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, opposite Susan Sarandon as her mother. She also appeared in the independent film When I Live My Life Over Again (2015) with Christopher Walken and Amber Heard.
|2000||Architecture of Reassurance||Heather||Short film|
|2002||Love Liza||Huffer Girl|
|2004||The Aviator||Faith Domergue|
|2005||The Youth in Us||Alicia||Short film|
|2005||Man of the House||Barbara “Barb” Thompson|
|2006||Dreamland||Calista||Best Actress at Method Fest|
|2006||Return to Rajapur||Samantha Hartley/Samantha Doyle|
|2007||Normal Adolescent Behavior||Billie|
|2007||Lars and the Real Girl||Margo|
|2009||Taking Woodstock||VW girl|
|2010||Going the Distance||Brianna|
|2012||Neighbors||Maggie Jerritt||Short film|
|2015||One More Time||Corinne|
|2000||Time Share||Kelly, the Beach Girl||Movie|
|2001||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Kirstie||Episode: “The Body“|
|2001/02||Grounded for Life||Tracey||2 episodes|
|2002||Da Möb||Melanie Spores (voice)||Episode: “Lo Fidelity”|
|2003||Regular Joe||Nikki||Episode: “Boobysitting”|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Brittany O’Malley||Episode: “Mean”|
|2009||American Dad!||Waitress (voice)||Episode: “Stan Time“|
|2010||My Generation||Dawn Barbuso||Main role (2 episodes)|
|2011–2012||Pan Am||Catherine “Kate” Cameron||Main role (14 episodes)|
|2014/15||Looking||Megan Murray||2 episodes|
|2015||The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe||Marilyn Monroe||Movie|
|2019||The Enemy Within||Kate Ryan||Lead role|
|2005||“Jesus of Suburbia“||Whatsername||Green Day|