Briana Evigan

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Briana Evigan
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Evigan at the premiere of Step Up 2 the Streets, 2008
Born Briana Barbara-Jane Evigan
(1986-10-23) October 23, 1986 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actress, dancer, singer-songwriter, choreographer
Years active 1996–present

Briana Barbara-Jane Evigan (born October 23, 1986) is an American actress and dancer. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Andie West in Step Up 2: The Streets and Cassidy Tappan in Sorority Row. She started dancing at the age of 9 and is still dancing as part of her career today. Evigan has been noted as a Scream Queen for starring in many horror, and thriller films such as Sorority Row, Burning Bright, Mother's Day, The Devil's Carnival, Stash House, and Mine Games.

Early and Personal life[edit]

Evigan was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Pamela C. Serpe, a dancer, model, and actress, and actor Greg Evigan.[1][2] She has Polish (from her paternal grandmother), Italian (from her maternal grandfather), and English, ancestry.[3][4] She is the youngest of three siblings, with brother Jason and sister Vanessa Lee.[2] She has studied dance since she was nine.[5] She is one of the singers and plays keyboards in the group Moorish Idol.[6] She also undertook a speech and communication degree at Los Angeles Valley College. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Career[edit]

A professional dancer, Evigan has appeared in music videos for Linkin Park, Flo Rida, T-Pain and Enrique Iglesias. She has also had small roles in television series and films such as Bottom's Up, Something Sweet and Fear Itself.

In 2008, she won the breakout role of Andie West in the sequel to the 2006 dance drama Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets. Filming took place in late 2007 in Baltimore and was released February 14, 2008. The film, which met with negative reviews with Rotten Tomatoes (receiving 24%), achieved box office success earning a worldwide gross of $148,424,320. Both Evigan and co-star Robert Hoffman earned the Best Kiss Award at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards.

In 2009, S. Darko, a sequel to the 2001 cult-hit horror Donnie Darko, was released. Evigan played Samantha Darko's best friend, Corey. The film stars James Lafferty and Ed Westwick. A theatrical release was scrapped and was released Straight-to-DVD on May 12, 2009. Unlike Donnie Darko, the film received negative reviews.

In August 2008, Summit Entertainment announced Briana has signed on to portray the central character Cassidy Tappan in the remake of the low-budget horror film Sorority Row. The screenplay was written by Good Luck Chuck writer Josh Stolberg and directed by Stewart Hendler. The film was budgeted at $12,500,000. Briana stars alongside Audrina Patridge, Rumer Willis and Jamie Chung. Sorority Row was released on September 11, 2009 and debuted at No. 6 at the box office and earned worldwide $26,735,797. Critical reception was mixed to negative. Evigan's performance was well received by critics. The leading female cast members earned a ShoWest Award for "Female Stars of Tomorrow" in April 2009. The DVD release was February 23, 2010.

In February 2009, Evigan announced in an interview she has signed on for another remake. The film will be a remake of the cult slasher horror film Mother's Day and will be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman best known for his work with previous Lionsgate films such as the Saw trilogy. Darryn previously directed Briana in an episode of Fear Itself in 2008. The film will co-star A. J. Cook and Jaime King. The film has suffered numerous push backs, and was finally released on May 8, 2012 on DVD and Blu-ray. The film was also part of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

In January 2009, Evigan was confirmed by Lionsgate to star in Burning Bright. She plays the lead female role, Kelly Taylor. In the film, "A young woman and her autistic brother find themselves trapped in their house with a ravenous tiger during a hurricane". Critical reception was extremely positive. Despite this, the film was announced to be released Straight-to-DVD on August 17, 2010.[7]

In 2009, Evigan was announced the central character in the indie drama romance film Subject: I Love You. She portrays the role of 'Butterfly'. The film was announced completed on May 17, 2010. A distributor and release is yet to be announced.

She stars in The Devil's Carnival, a short film that got a 30 city world tour that began in April 15, 2012.[8]

On 2011, during a UStream, Evigan announced that she was working in a TV series with her family, but no new information has been announced.

It was confirmed in early 2013 that she would be back for Step Up All In, alongside Ryan Guzman, who played Sean Asa in Step Up Revolution, and Adam Sevani, who played Moose in Step Up 2, 3, and 4.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1996 House of the Damned Aubrey South
2004 Something Sweet Wannabe Actress #1/Feature Pool
2006 Bottoms Up High School Girl
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Andie West
2009 S. Darko Corey Richardson
2009 Sorority Row Cassidy Tappan
2010 Burning Bright Kelly Taylor Sings end credit song, I'm Free
2010 Subject: I Love You Butterfly
2010 Monster Heroes Svector Orlaff
2010 Mother's Day Annette Langston Co-wrote and sang end credit song, Better Than Yesterday
2011 Rites of Passage Penelope
2012 Stash House Emma Nash
2012 Devil's Carnival, TheThe Devil's Carnival Ms. Merrywood Short Film
2013 Mine Games Lyla
2013 She Loves Me Not Charlotte Completed
2013 Caretaker Ivy Post-production
2014 Lapdance Tasha Post-production
2014 A Certain Justice Tanya
2014 Step Up All In Andie West
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Fear Itself Helen Episode: "New Year's Day"
2012 A Star For Christmas Cassie TV Movie
2013 Longmire Brandy Episode: "Carcasses"
Music Video
Year Title Artist
2003 Numb[9] Linkin Park
2008 Low[10] Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
2008 Push[11] Enrique Iglesias
2008 Church[12] T-Pain
2008 I Don't Think When I Dance[13] Herself
2009 Get U Home[14][15] Shwayze
Songs
Year Title Artist
2012 Beautiful Stranger Herself & Kevin "Ogre" Ogilive
2010 I'm Free Herself
2010 Better Than Yesterday Herself
2008 I Don't Think When I Dance Herself
Singles
Year Title Artist Album
2008 I Don't Think When I Dance Herself I Don't Think When I Dance - Single

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Robert Hoffman)[16] Step Up 2: The Streets Won
2009 Sho West Awards Female Star of Tomorrow[17] Sorority Row Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greg Evigan Biography (1953-)
  2. ^ a b Virginia Rohan (March 9, 1999). "New sitcom's dad role is a familiar job for Greg Evigan". The Record. 
  3. ^ brianaeviganfanchat (November 14, 2011). "Briana Evigan on UStream.tv - November 24, 2011". UStream. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0263759/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  5. ^ BRIANA EVIGAN Interview at Dizzy Feet Foundation Dance Show November 29, 2009 on YouTube.
  6. ^ Moorish Idol at MySpace Music.
  7. ^ Michael Allen (August 15, 2010). "A Tiger is Burning Bright on DVD August 17th". 28dayslateranalysis.com. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Numb | Linkin Park | Music Video | MTV
  10. ^ FLO Rida feat. T.Pain Music from the Movie Step Up 2 'Low' on YouTube.
  11. ^ Enrique Iglesias - Push ft. Lil Wayne on YouTube.
  12. ^ Video Clip T-Pain : Church at clipzik.com.
  13. ^ I Don't Think When I Dance at Sammy Smith's website
  14. ^ Shwayze - Get U Home on YouTube.
  15. ^ Eric Ditzian (August 28, 2009). "Shwayze Stages 'Hot, Sweaty, Sexy Dance Party' For 'Get U Home' Video". mtv.com. Retrieved September 16, 2010. .
  16. ^ "MTV Movie Awards 2008". mtv.com. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Past Award Winners". showest.com. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 

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