Carmen Llywelyn

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Carmen Llywelyn
Born August 16, 1973[1]
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Spouse(s) Jason Lee (1995–2001)

Carmen Llywelyn (also known as Carmen Lee) is an American actress and fine art photographer.

Career[edit]

Llywelyn is an actress and photographer.[2][3] She starred in the 1996 film Drawing Flies, a View Askew production directed by Matthew Gissing and Malcolm Ingram, and produced by Kevin Smith.[4][5] She portrayed Kim in the 1997 film Chasing Amy directed by Kevin Smith; co-stars included Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, and Joey Lauren Adams.[6][7] She appeared in the 2000 film Cowboys and Angels alongside actors Radha Mitchell and Mia Kirshner.[8] She was the lead actress in Free opposite Corin Nemec, also starring Randall Batinkoff and Ione Skye.

Personal life[edit]

Llywelyn married actor Jason Lee in 1995.[9][10] Llywelyn had been Lee's love interest for a long time prior to their marriage.[11] She became a member of the Church of Scientology, after marrying Lee.[2] In March 2001, the couple lived together in Southern California.[12] Llywelyn and Lee obtained a divorce in 2001.[13][14] Lee stated of their separation, "Our breakup had nothing to do with Hollywood or my career."[15] According to Llywelyn, her resistance to becoming more involved with Scientology was a cause of problems in their relationship.[16] In a 2006 interview with The New Zealand Herald, Lee had said about his former wife, "I know that Scientology gets a bad rap, but it has got me through some rough times with friends, family and even my ex-wife. Carmen used to be a pretty heavy druggie and Scientology worked wonders for her."[17] After the two separated, Llywelyn spoke out critically about Scientology, and stated the organization had harassed her.[2] She explained, "Scientologists followed me down the street. They took pictures of my kids. They’d stake out my house, wait until we came out and follow us."[18]

She said she disliked Scientology after researching the organization, and became what Scientology members refer to as a "Suppressive Person" or "SP".[16] Llywelyn stated that the marriage with Lee ended abruptly due to her issues with Scientology, "He comes home and he says 'I'm divorcing you. Get out.'"[16] In an interview on Inside Edition, Llywelyn said that her manager and agent both left her soon afterwards. "I got a letter a week later from him saying 'I'm not in your life anymore. I'm gone, and I don't represent you and by the way, I called your agent, she doesn't represent you either.'"[16] Llywelyn criticized Lee and Scientology in a 2010 interview with The National Enquirer.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Director
1996 Drawing Flies Cassidy Matthew Gissing, Malcolm Ingram
1997 Chasing Amy Kim Kevin Smith
A Better Place Augustine Vincent Pereira
1999 The Mod Squad Alley Prostitute Scott Silver
Never Been Kissed Rob's Girlfriend Raja Gosnell
2000 Cowboys & Angels Dana Gregory C. Haynes
2001 Free (Film) Laura Andrew Avery
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Redhead Beauty Kevin Smith

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1998 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Joey Lauren Adams) Chasing Amy Nominated[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carmen Llywelyn - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Lu, Anne (April 5, 2010). "Jason Lee’s Ex-Wife Claims Scientology Ruined Her Life". All Headline News (www.allheadlinenews.com). Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  3. ^ Heldman, Breanne L. (November 24, 2008). "Earl Star Jason Lee Adds Husband Moniker". E! Online (www.eonline.com). Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  4. ^ Eisner, Ken (November 25, 1996). "Drawing Flies". Variety (Reed Elsevier Inc.). p. 76. 
  5. ^ "IndieDVD Releases 'Lost' Kevin Smith Production Drawing Flies; Filmed Between 'Mallrats' and 'Chasing Amy' and Never Finished Until Now". Business Wire (Business Wire, Inc.). February 12, 2002. 
  6. ^ Kleemann, Brian (April 18, 1997). "Characters chase sexuality, self-identity in 'Amy'". Sun Publications (Illinois). p. 5. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Malcolm (April 18, 1997). "'Chasing' is simply charming - A young man falls for wrong woman - She's a lesbian". The Hartford Courant (The Hartford Courant Co.). p. E3. 
  8. ^ Vice, Jeff (February 9, 2001). "' Cowboys and Angels ' is a pretty sweet ride". The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Publishing Company). p. W05. 
  9. ^ Bryant, Adam (November 25, 2008). "Jason Lee's Name Is Married Man". TV Guide (www.tvguide.com). Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  10. ^ "Jason Lee Latest Celeb to Reveal Secret Marriage". Fox News Channel (www.foxnews.com). November 25, 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  11. ^ Ginsberg, Merle (New York Times Feature Service) (March 22, 2001). "Playing it cool; With his skateboarding and partying days behind him, Jason Lee is focused on acting". The Record (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada). p. D12. 
  12. ^ Westbrook, Bruce (March 14, 2001). "'Almost Famous' star keeps looking for box-office buzz". Houston Chronicle. p. 1. 
  13. ^ "tv today's: Star file Jason Lee". The Western Mail. April 10, 2008. p. 23. 
  14. ^ ""Earl", la bague au doigt !". Allocine (in French) (www.allocine.fr). November 26, 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  15. ^ Wolf, Jeanne (New York Times News Services) (September 11, 2002). "Skateboarding champion turns actor; He likes to grab plenty of sleep, but Jason Lee has career desires". The Record (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada). p. E4. 
  16. ^ a b c d Norville, Deborah (May 13, 210). "Inside Edition". Global Broadcast Database (iNewsNetwork). 
  17. ^ "Jason Lee a karma comedian". The New Zealand Herald. March 30, 2006. 
  18. ^ Ortega, Tony (April 5, 2010). "Jason Lee and Scientology". The Village Voice (Village Voice Media). Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  19. ^ O'Connor, Maureen (April 3, 2010). "Jason Lee's Ex-Wife Blasts Scientology, Travoltas, and Cruises". Gawker (gawker.com). Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  20. ^ "Awards for Carmen Llywelyn". Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com, Inc.). 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Muir, John Kenneth (2002). An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith. Applause Books. pp. 85, 118, 137, 180, 182. ISBN 1-55783-586-1. 

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