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Chase in 2008
|Born||Daveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier
July 24, 1990
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, voice actress|
|Official website (archived)|
Daveigh Elizabeth Chase (born Daveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier; July 24, 1990) is an American actress, singer, and voice over artist 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.
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. 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!"
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.
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.* 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.
In 2010, Daveigh starred as Jenna in the psychological thriller Prettyface. In addition, Daveigh has been cast as Audrey in the remake of the movie Jack's Back which will start filming in August.
In 1999, Chase joined a small band as lead singer and took the stage as the opening act for Reba McEntire. She was picked by Steven Spielberg to sing "God Bless America" in A.I., although the scene was edited out of the final version of the film. She performed "Holly Jolly Christmas" for the "Schools Out Christmas" album, and 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."
|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 film|
|2003||Stitch! The Movie||Lilo (voice)||Video|
|2003||Beethoven's 5th||Sara Newton||Video|
|2006||Leroy & Stitch||Lilo (voice)||TV movie|
|2009||S. Darko||Samantha Darko|
|2010||In Between Days||Kent||Short film|
|2012||Little Red Wagon||Kelley Bonner||Post-production|
|1998||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Little Girl||Episode: "Christmas Amnesia"|
|1999||Michael Landon, the Father I Knew||Shawna Landon, age 8||TV movie|
|2000||From Where I Sit||Anna||TV movie|
|2000||Edgar MaCobb Presents||Sally||TV movie|
|2000||Charmed||Young Christina Larson||Episode: "Pardon My Past"|
|2000||Practice, TheThe 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||Rats, TheThe Rats||Amy Costello||TV movie|
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|
|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|
|1998||1998 VH1 Fashion Awards|
|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|
- "Daveigh Chase Biography (1990-)". Theater, Film and Television Biographies. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
- 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)"
- Lindsay, Cam (July 15, 2008). "Ed Harcourt To Score Unwelcome Donnie Darko Sequel". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 5, 2008.
- S. Darko at the Internet Movie Database
- Prettyface official website
- Jack's Back official website