Jocelin Donahue

Jocelin Donahue

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Jocelin Donahue
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Jocelin Donahue
Born (1981-11-08) November 8, 1981 (age 36)
Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Jocelin Donahue (born November 8, 1981) is an American actress. She is best known for her lead role in Ti West‘s critically acclaimed horror film The House of the Devil, winning Best Actress at the 2009 LA Screamfest, [1] and for playing a young version of Barbara Hershey‘s character in Insidious: Chapter 2. [2] In 2015 Donahue starred in the crime thriller “The Frontier” directed by Oren Shai. [3]

Early life[edit]

Donahue was born and raised in Bristol, Connecticut,[4] and graduated from Bristol Central High School in 1999. After high school, she attended New York University, where she earned a degree in sociology.[5]


After a supporting role in the Western horror film The Burrowers (2008), Donahue was cast as the lead in The House of the Devil in 2009. She went on to play leading roles in The Last Godfather by Korean filmmaker Shim Hyung-rae, and in the independent film Live at the Foxes Den. In 2012 she appeared in The End of Love, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and worked with director Terrence Malick on Knight of Cups. In 2016 she appeared in the anthology horror film Holidays (2016), which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in a segment directed by Anthony Scott Burns.[3]

As a commercial actress, she has appeared in numerous national campaigns, including ads for Levi’s, Zune, Vitamin Water, Apple, and Subway.[6] In campaigns for Ketel One and Old Navy, she worked with directors David O. Russell and Roman Coppola.


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Heartbreaker Jessie Short film
2007 Boundaries Vanessa Short film
2007 Masquerade Young Woman Short film
2007 Roman Candles Wendy Short film
2007 Not Another High School Show Melissa Television film
2008 Express 831 Star Short film
2008 The Burrowers Maryanne Stewart
2009 He’s Just Not That Into You Cute Girl
2009 The House of the Devil Samantha Hughes Screamfest Award for Best Actress
2010 Wes and Ella Ella
2010 The Last Godfather Nancy Bonfante
2011 Butterfinger the 13th Betty Short film
2012 The End of Love Jocelin
2012 Free Samples Paula
2013 Distant Places Mia Short film
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Young Lorraine
2013 Live at the Foxes Den Kat
2014 The Crumb of It May Short film
2014 The Living Molly
2014 Knight of Cups Jocelin
2015 The Frontier Laine
2015 Furious 7 Advisor
2015 Midnight Sex Run Jennifer Peters
2016 Holidays Carol
2016 Boomtown Emma Turner
2016 Startup Maddie Pierce Television series, main role
2016 Dead Awake Beth/Kate
2017 20 Weeks Eileen
2020 Doctor Sleep


Dunkin' Donuts TV Spot, 'Dunkin' Dream Room' - 2250 commercial airings
DUNKIN’ DOUGHNUTS 3D Virtual Try-On TV Spot, 'A Better Way to Look' - 1785 commercial airings
Charles Schwab TV Spot, 'Morning Jog' - 1446 commercial airings
Honda Summer Clearance Event: 2015 Civic LX TV Spot, Long Relationship - 530 commercial airings
Microsoft  Windows Laptop TV Spot, 'Scroogled' Featuring Rick Harrison - 295 commercial airings
Macy's VIP Sale TV Spot, '15 Percent Off Beauty' - 267 commercial airings
Bud Light TV Spot, 'Whatever, USA: Real' - 223 commercial airings
Sony TV Spot, 'Join Together' Song by The Who - 212 commercial airings

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