Portia Doubleday

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Portia Doubleday
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Born (1988-06-22) June 22, 1988 (age 26)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Portia Ann Doubleday (born June 22, 1988) is an American actress. She has appeared in the 2009 film Youth in Revolt as Sheeni Saunders, in the 2011 film Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son as Jasmine Lee and most recently in the 2013 film Carrie as Chris Hargensen.

Early life[edit]

Doubleday was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Christina Hart and Frank Doubleday. She grew up in a show business family: her parents are former professional actors and her older sister, Kaitlin, is also an actress.[2] Her mother now works in the entertainment industry as a writer, and also produces plays.[1] Doubleday attended the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, a magnet school in west Los Angeles.

Career[edit]

Doubleday first appeared in a commercial for Goldfish crackers at the age of eight and had a small role in the film Legend of the Mummy (1997). Her parents insisted that she finish high school before pursuing a career in acting.[1] Doubleday was cast in the pilot episode of United States of Tara, a television series created by Diablo Cody. Doubleday played 15-year-old Kate, the daughter of Toni Collette's character. Doubleday was replaced, however, when the series' creative team chose to go in a different direction with the character.[2] She appeared in the short film 18 in 2009, about a girl dealing with the end of her mother's life.[3]

Doubleday starred opposite Michael Cera in the teen comedy Youth in Revolt (2009), based on the 1993 novel of the same name by C.D. Payne. Doubleday described her character as "mean" and "really complex" to the Los Angeles Times.[4] She plays Sheeni Saunders, an imaginative girl with a dreary life who meets Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) while on a family vacation.[2] The film, directed by Miguel Arteta, premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

As of January 2010, Doubleday studies psychology in college and was considering pre-med. She described herself as a "tomboy" to the Los Angeles Times; Doubleday played soccer for twelve years.[4] She is working on the film Touchback, based on an award winning short film and is working on another short with actor Alex Frost, directed by Marvin Jarrett (the founder of Nylon magazine).[3]

Doubleday appeared regularly in the ABC network comedy Mr. Sunshine, a midseason replacement for the 2010–2011 season.[5][6]

She played the popular and monstrous Chris Hargensen in the 2013 adaptation of Carrie. Doubleday dyed her hair brown for the role of Chris, who is a natural brunette in the novel.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Legend of the Mummy Young Margaret
2009 18 Becky Short film
2009 Youth in Revolt Sheeni Saunders
2010 In Between Days Lindley Short film
2010 Almost Kings Lizzie
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Jasmine Lee
2012 K-11 Butterfly
2012 Howard Cantour TBA Short film
2013 Carrie Chris Hargensen
2013 Her Isabella
2014 Paper Towns Becca Arrington Pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Mr. Sunshine Heather Series regular

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stein, Ruthe (January 6, 2010). "Youth in Revolt's Portia Doubleday making a name for herself". Houston Chronicle (Houston). Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Ouzounian, Richard (January 5, 2010). "Portia Doubleday: Michael Cera's transformer". Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Ordoña, Michael (January 7, 2010). "Where you've seen Portia Doubleday". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles). Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Ordoña, Michael (January 7, 2010). "Brains and beauty in 'Youth in Revolt'". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles). Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 12, 2010). "Matthew Perry project a go at ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 25, 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ Hibberd, James (May 18, 2010). "ABC's new fall schedule". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 18, 2010. [dead link]

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