Daveigh Chase

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Daveigh Chase
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Chase in 2008
Born Daveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier
(1990-07-24) July 24, 1990 (age 24)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Occupation Actress, singer, voice actress
Years active 1998–present
Official website (archived)

Daveigh Elizabeth Chase (born Daveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier; July 24, 1990) is an American actress and singer, best known for playing Rhonda Volmer in the HBO series Big Love, Samara Morgan in The Ring, Lilo Pelekai in Lilo & Stitch, Samantha Darko in Donnie Darko and its sequel S. Darko, and Chihiro in the English version of Spirited Away.

Early life[edit]

Chase was born Daveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier in Las Vegas, Nevada, but her name was changed to Daveigh Elizabeth Chase after her parents, Cathy Chase and John Schwallier, divorced. Chase lived with her mother and was raised in Albany, Oregon, before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue her career. She now has a younger brother, Cade (born in 2006). She wanted to perform from a very early age and began singing and dancing in her hometown and other local areas at community events and shows. One of the factors which inspired her was watching videos of Barney & Friends when she was 4 years old. "I wanted to be like them, the kids on the video," she later said.[citation needed] Her mother then entered her in a Little Miss America Pageant where Chase won the national vocal competition. Following her success, Chase was then signed by a talent agent who specialised in commercials and at the age of 7, she appeared in a Campbell's Soup advertisement. In 1998, she landed a starring role in a musical theatre production called "Utah!"[1]

Acting career[edit]

Chase's big break came in 2002 when she won the lead role as the voice of a Hawaiian girl, Lilo Pelekai, in the Disney animated feature, Lilo & Stitch. The film relates how Lilo befriends a strange and destructive blue alien thinly disguised as a dog, whom she calls "Stitch", and how she tries to teach him how to behave using Elvis Presley music as exemplars. For her performance, Chase would go on to win an Annie Award in 2003 and star in the follow-up TV series, Lilo & Stitch: The Series. Chase also voiced the role of the lead character, Chihiro Ogino, a 10-year-old Japanese girl, in the American dub of the animated Japanese feature, Spirited Away.[2]

In 2002, Chase starred in the role of Samara Morgan in the feature film, The Ring. Chase was awarded the 2003 Best Villain award at the MTV Movie Awards for her performance, beating out Mike Myers, Colin Farrell, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Day-Lewis. In the sequel to The Ring, The Ring Two (2005), Chase was credited for her role as Samara Morgan because of the use of archive footage from the first Ring, but Kelly Stables performed all of the new footage.

Chase's main other major film and TV credits between 2000 and 2005 were the film Donnie Darko (2001) as Donnie's younger sister, Samantha, and Oliver Beene (2003–2004), as Oliver's quirky girlfriend Joyce. Other credits include The Rats (2002), Carolina (2003), R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse (2003) in which she played a flying ghost called Annabel, and Beethoven's 5th (2003). She also made guest appearances in Touched by an Angel, Charmed, ER, Family Law, and The Practice.

In 2006, Chase was given the role of Rhonda Volmer in the HBO drama series Big Love which centers on a polygamist family and its patriarch, Bill Henrickson, played by Bill Paxton. The show focuses upon Henrickson's relationship with his three wives. Chase's character is the child bride of a prophet, Roman Grant, played by Harry Dean Stanton.

Leroy & Stitch, a follow-up to Lilo & Stitch, was released in 2006. Chase then appeared in the second season of Big Love, which aired in 2007. She also plays Betsy in the new PBS Kids show called Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures the same year. She reprised her role as Donnie Darko's younger sister, Samantha, in the film S. Darko.[3]* The story picks up seven years after the first film when Samantha Darko and her best friend Corey are now 18 and on a road trip to Los Angeles when they are plagued by bizarre visions.[4]

In 2010, Daveigh starred as Jenna in the psychological thriller Prettyface.[5] In addition, Daveigh has been cast as Audrey in the remake of the movie Jack's Back which will start filming in August.[6]

Singing career[edit]

In 1999, Chase joined a small band as lead singer and took the stage as the opening act for Reba McEntire.

She was selected by Steven Spielberg[citation needed] to sing "God Bless America" in his feature film A.I., although the scene was edited out of the final version of the film.

Chase performed "Holly Jolly Christmas" for the Schools Out Christmas album, and she sang "Tossin & Turnin" in the Oliver Beene episode "Oliver & Others." She has also sung several times on Big Love, such as in the episode "The Happiest Girl," in which she performs the Donna Fargo tune "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA."


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Robbers Dentist's Daughter
2000 Her Married Lover Granddaughter
2001 Donnie Darko Samantha Darko
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Child Singer Scenes deleted
2001 Spirited Away Chihiro Voice, English version
2002 Lilo & Stitch Lilo Pelekai (voice)
2002 Ring, TheThe Ring Samara Morgan
2003 Haunted Lighthouse Annabel Short
2003 Carolina Young Georgia
2003 Silence Rachel Pressman
2003 Stitch! The Movie Lilo (voice) Video
2003 Beethoven's 5th Sara Newton Video
2006 Leroy & Stitch Lilo (voice) Video
2009 S. Darko Samantha Darko
2010 In Between Days Kent Short
2012 Yellow Young Mary
2012 Little Red Wagon Kelley Bonner
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Little Girl Episode: "Christmas Amnesia"
1999 Michael Landon, the Father I Knew Shawna Landon, age 8 Movie
2000 From Where I Sit Anna Movie
2000 Edgar MaCobb Presents Sally Movie
2000 Charmed Young Christina Larson Episode: "Pardon My Past"
2000 The Practice Jennifer Wakefield Episode: "Appeal and Denial"
2000 ER Taylor Walker Episode: "The Greatest of Gifts"
2001 Say Uncle Lucy Janik TV movie
2001 Yes, Dear Brooke Episode: "The Big Snip"
2001 Lot, TheThe Lot Peggy Franklin Episode: "Kids"
2001 That's Life Mary-Ellen Episode: "Boo!"
2001 Touched by an Angel Heather Albright Episode: "Heaven's Portal"
2001 Inside Schwartz Randi Johnson Episode: "Comic Relief Pitcher"
2002 Family Law Jamie Garibaldi Episode: "Blood and Water"
2002 The Rats Amy Costello Movie
2003 Fillmore! Joyce Summitt
Tracy Mabini (voice)
Episode: "Of Slain Kings on Checkered Fields"
Episode: "Links in a Chain of Honor"
2003–2004 Oliver Beene Joyce 23 episodes
2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Lilo (voice) 65 episodes
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tessa Press Episode: "Turn of the Screws"
2004 Cold Case Ariel Shuman Episode: "The Sleepover"
2006–2011 Big Love Rhonda Volmer 32 episodes
2007–2010 Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures Betsy (voice) TV series
2008 Without a Trace Diana Reed Episode: "A Bend in the Road"
2009 Mercy Ashley Jeffries Episode: "I'm Not That Kind of Girl"
2014 Vanguard Princess (anime) Eri Hasumi/Kanae


Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
2002 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Guest Starring Young Actress Touched by an Angel
2003 Nominated Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female The Ring
Won MTV Movie Awards Best Villain
Won Annie Awards Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Lilo & Stitch
Nominated Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female
Won Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role: Age 10 or Under


Year Title
1998 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards
2001 Express Yourself
2002 American Veteran Awards
2003 The Art of 'Spirited Away'
2003 MTV Movie Awards
VH1 Big in 03
It's a Dog's Life: Behind the Scenes and Cast Interviews 'Beethoven's 5th'
2004 2004 MTV Movie Awards
The Teen Choice Awards 2004
'Donnie Darko': Production Diary
2005 The Story Room: The Making of 'Lilo & Stitch'
2009 The Making of 'S. Darko'
Utah Too Much


  1. ^ "Daveigh Chase Biography (1990-)". Theater, Film and Television Biographies. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Thill, Scott (September 20, 2002). "Spirited Away". PopMatters. Retrieved August 5, 2008. She also starred in the hit film Donnie Darko as Samantha Darko, the youngest sister of the Darko family (2001) 
  3. ^ Lindsay, Cam (July 15, 2008). "Ed Harcourt To Score Unwelcome Donnie Darko Sequel". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ S. Darko at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Prettyface official website
  6. ^ Jack's Back official website

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