Kirshner at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
January 25, 1975 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mia Kirshner (born January 25, 1975) is a Canadian actress and social activist who works in movies and television series. She is known for her role as Jenny Schecter on the cable TV series The L Word (2004–2009), and for her recurring guest role as the terrorist Mandy on the TV series 24 (2001–2005).
Kirshner was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Etti, a teacher, and Sheldon Kirshner, a journalist who wrote for The Canadian Jewish News. Kirshner is a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors; her father was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1946, and met Kirshner's mother, a Bulgarian Jewish refugee, in Israel. Kirshner's paternal grandparents were Jews from Poland. Kirshner had a middle class upbringing and attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute but later graduated from the Jarvis Collegiate Institute. Kirshner studied Russian literature and 20th-century movie industry at McGill University in Montreal. Her younger sister, Lauren Kirshner, a writer, was involved in the I Live Here project.
Kirshner found a talent agent at the age of 12, and was acting professionally by the age of 15. She made her film debut in 1993 in Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains. She convinced her father to sign a “nudity waiver” to play a dominatrix. Kirshner won a Genie nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. The following year, she starred in Atom Egoyan's Exotica. In 1996, she appeared in The Crow: City of Angels.
Kirshner also appeared in the first three episodes of 24 as the assassin Mandy in 2001. She would later reprise the role for the second season's finale and in the latter half of the show's fourth season. Also in 2001, Kirshner played Catherine Wyler, The Cruelest Girl in School, in Not Another Teen Movie. The character is primarily a spoof of Kathryn Merteuil (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) in Cruel Intentions, and was partially based on Mackenzie Siler (played by Anna Paquin) from She's All That. In Marilyn Manson's music video for "Tainted Love", which was featured on the movie's soundtrack, she made a cameo appearance as her character Catherine Wyler.
In 2006, she starred in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia in which she plays the young aspiring actress, Elizabeth Short, who was mysteriously mutilated and murdered in 1947. While the film itself was critically panned, many reviews singled out her performance for acclaim. In 2010, Kirshner co-starred in the film 30 Days of Night: Dark Days which began filming in the fall of 2009. In 2010, she was cast as Isobel Fleming, a guest role on The Vampire Diaries.
In October 2008, after 7 years in production, Kirshner published the book I Live Here, which she co-produced with ex-Adbusters staffers Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons, as well as writer James MacKinnon. In the book, four different groups of women and children refugees from places such as Chechnya, Juárez, Burma and Malawi tell their life stories. The book features original material from well-known comic and graphic artists including Joe Sacco and Phoebe Gloeckner. It was published in the U.S. by Random House/Pantheon. It was supported logistically by Amnesty International, which will receive proceeds from the book. After the release of the book, the Center for International Studies at MIT invited Kirshner to run a 4-week course on I Live Here in January 2009.
In popular culture
Kirshner was ranked #43 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002. She and Beverly Polcyn were nominated for Best Kiss at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards for Not Another Teen Movie. In 2011 it was announced that Kirshner would be the face of Monica Rich Kosann's jewelry collection.
|1993||Love and Human Remains||Benita|
|1995||Murder in the First||Adult Rosetta Young|
|1995||Grass Harp, TheThe Grass Harp||Maude Riordan|
|1996||Crow: City of Angels, TheThe Crow: City of Angels||Sarah|
|1999||Out of the Cold||Deborah Berkowitz|
|2000||Cowboys & Angels||Candice|
|2001||According to Spencer||Melora|
|2001||Not Another Teen Movie||Catherine Wyler|
|2002||New Best Friend||Alicia Campbell|
|2002||Now & Forever||Angela Wilson|
|2005||Iris Effect, TheThe Iris Effect||Rebecca|
|2006||Black Dahlia, TheThe Black Dahlia||Elizabeth Short|
|2010||30 Days of Night: Dark Days||Lilith||Video|
|2011||388 Arletta Avenue||Amy|
|2012||Barrens, TheThe Barrens||Cynthia Vineyard|
|2013||The Surrogacy Trap||Christy Bennett||LMN Movie|
|2013||I Think I Do||Julia||Pre-production|
|1989||War of the Worlds||Jo||Episode: "Loving the Alien"|
|1990||Danger Bay||Catherine Walker||Episode: "Live Wires"|
|1990–1991||Dracula: The Series||Sophie Metternich||21 episodes|
|1991||My Secret Identity||Alana Porter||Episode: "My Other Secret Identity"|
|1991||Tropical Heat||Cathy Paige||Episode: "Runaway"|
|1992||Tropical Heat||Sandy||Episode: "Stranger In Paradise"|
|1992||Road to Avonlea||Emily Everett-Smythe||Episode: "High Society"|
|1992||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Dora Pease / Pam||Episode: "The Tale of the Hungry Hounds"|
|1995||Johnny's Girl||Amy||TV movie|
|2001–2002||Wolf Lake||Ruby Cates||9 episodes|
|2004–2009||L Word, TheThe L Word||Jenny Schecter||70 episodes|
|2007||They Come Back||Faith Hardy||TV movie|
|2009||Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner||April May||Episode: "Does Everybody Have a Drink?"|
|2009||CSI: NY||Deborah Carter||Episode: "Dead Reckoning"|
|2010–2011||Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries||Isobel Flemming||6 episodes|
|2012||Kiss at Pine Lake||Zoe McDowell||TV movie, completed|
|2013||Graceland||Ashika Pearl||Episode: "Pizza Box"|
|2013||Defiance||Kenya Rosewater||13 episodes|
|2013||Lost Girl||Clio, a nymph||Episodes: "In Memoriam" and "Sleeping Beauty School"|
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- "'Give yourself permission to write'". the Varsity (University of Toronto). 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
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- "About.com". Best Kiss nomination, 2002 MTV Movie Awards. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
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