Amanda Crew at the premiere of Repeaters in September 2010
June 5, 1986 |
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Education||Brookswood Secondary School|
Amanda Crew (born June 5, 1986) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles in the television series 15/Love and Whistler, and in the feature-length films Final Destination 3, Sex Drive, The Haunting in Connecticut, Charlie St. Cloud, and The Age of Adaline. She made appearances in shows such as Life as We Know It, Suits and Motive. She is currently a main cast member on Silicon Valley as Monica.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Amanda Crew was born in Langley, British Columbia. Her mother is a legal secretary and her father is a telecom worker. She began acting when she was cast in the musical Dragon Tales during her fourth grade in elementary school. Three agents contacted her, and she has been acting ever since. As a child, she has appeared in a Coca-Cola commercial and acted in stage plays like Stalling, Cordstons Courts, and Langley, the Musical. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She cites Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, and Robin Williams as several of her favorite actors and Alanis Morissette as her idol.
2005–2009: Early work and Whistler
In 2005, at age 19, she made her acting debut on the ABC teen drama Life as We Know It as Polly Brewer. She made a cameo in an episode of Smallville, a television series based on the DC Comics character Superman. She plays an unnamed sorority sister who attempts to seduce a teenage Clark Kent, who would eventually become Superman. From 2005 to 2006, she played Tanis McTaggart on the YTV teen drama 15/Love with Meaghan Rath. She replaced Jaclyn Linetsky, who was killed in a car crash in 2003 while on her way to the set of the series. From 2006 to 2008, she played Carrie Miller on the CTV drama Whistler. Her role on the show earned her the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series.
She made her motion picture debut with Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the supernatural horror film Final Destination 3, the third installment in the Final Destination film series and the fourth chronologically. She plays Julie Christensen, a high school junior student who ends up on death's list after surviving a roller coaster crash, only to be killed in a subway crash along with her older sister, Wendy. After auditioning for the role of Erin Ulmer, which went to Alexz Johnson, she won the role of Julie Christensen over both Johnson and Vanessa Hudgens. The film was released on February 10, 2006, and despite mixed reviews from critics, the film was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film. That same year, she starred as Kimberly in the television film Meltdown: Days of Destruction with Casper Van Dien.
She made a cameo in the teen comedy John Tucker Must Die, which starred Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel, Penn Badgley, and Jenny McCarthy, and featured cameos from Taylor Kitsch, Meghan Ory, and the indie rock band People in Planes. The film was released on July 28, 2006 to negative reviews, however, it was a surprise box office hit, opening at #3 and number #1 at the U.S. and Australian box offices, respectively. She made a minor appearance as Kia in the romantic teen comedy She's the Man, which starred Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, David Cross, John Pyper-Ferguson, Robert Hoffman, Lynda Boyd, and Jessica Lucas. The film was released on March 17, 2006 to mixed reviews.
She landed her first lead role in the teen road comedy Sex Drive, a film based on the novel All the Way by Andy Behrens. The film starred Clark Duke, Seth Green, James Marsden, Katrina Bowden, Michael Cudlitz, and David Koechner, and featured cameos by Kyle Gass and the rock band Fall Out Boy. She plays Felicia Alpine, a high school senior student who goes on a road trip from Chicago to Knoxville with her childhood friend Ian Lafferty, with whom she secretly has a crush on. The film was released on October 17, 2008, and despite mixed reviews from critics, the film has generated a cult following since its release. Also in 2008, she starred as Marie in the romantic comedy That One Night, and as Joanna in the television film Monster Ark.
In early 2009, she auditioned for the role of Nancy Holbrook in the 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, but lost the role to Rooney Mara. She had a supporting role as Wendy Campbell in the supernatural horror film The Haunting in Connecticut with Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, and Martin Donovan. The film was released on March 23, 2009 to negative reviews, however, it opened at #2 at the box office. That same year, she starred as Britney in the romantic comedy The Break-Up Artist with Serinda Swan. When the thriller Breaking the Girls was still in pre-production, she and Adrianne Palicki were originally cast in the lead female roles, but after getting stuck in development hell, they both dropped out from the project.
2010–2013: Rise to fame and Charlie St. Cloud
She starred opposite Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta, and Donal Logue in the supernatural romantic drama Charlie St. Cloud. She plays Tess Carroll, the love interest of the titular character, Charlie St. Cloud, who's younger brother, Sam, is killed in a car crash. She won the role over Lindsay Lohan due to the latter's ongoing legal issues and notorious reputation at the time. It is based on the novel The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. The film was released on July 30, 2010 to negative reviews. About a week before the film's release, she made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
She starred alongside Dustin Milligan, Richard de Klerk, Alexia Fast, and Gabrielle Rose in the crime thriller Repeaters as Sonia Logan, a drug addict and former victim of sexual abuse who not only struggles with getting sober in rehab, but is also afraid to make amends with her abusive father before he dies. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2010, and received negative reviews from critics. Despite this, her performance earned her a nomination for the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture, she lost to April Telek for Amazon Falls. She starred as Whitney Carmichael in Funny or Die's All That Glitters with Dakota Johnson. She appeared in the September 2010 issue of Vancouver Magazine.
She starred in the crime thriller Charlie Zone as Jan, a heroin addict who, with the help of a recently released convict, try to search for her daughter, Lily. The film was released on September 16, 2011. She reunited with Repeaters co-stars Dustin Milligan and Gabrielle Rose in the family drama Sisters & Brothers. She plays Nikki, an aspiring actress who comes into conflict with her older half-sister, Maggie. The film starred Cory Monteith, Gabrielle Miller, and Camille Sullivan. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2011. Her performance earned her a second Leo Award, this time for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture. She guest starred on the USA legal drama Suits as Lola Jensen, an expert hacker who has stolen a large sum of money from her father's company.
She made a minor appearance in the political thriller Knife Fight, which starred Rob Lowe, Julie Bowen, Saffron Burrows, Jamie Chung, Eric McCormack, Jennifer Morrison, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Richard Schiff. She plays Helena St. John, a Winchester native working as an intern for Kentucky Governor Larry Becker, with whom she is having a sexual affair with behind his wife's back, but the affair is exposed to the public and the harassment she receives from media outlets causes her to attempt suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2012. She made a cameo in the viral video Sexy Pool Party with Nathan Fillion. She was to star with Tricia Helfer, Kevin Dillon, and Peter Facinelli in the science-fiction horror film Stranded, but for unknown reasons, they dropped out of the project.
She later starred in the thriller Ferocious as Leigh Parrish, a famous actress who goes to great lengths to prevent her reputation from being destroyed after a man threatens to leak a sex tape that she made with his brother to the public. The film starred Kim Coates, Katie Boland, Dustin Milligan, and Michael Eklund. Her performance earned her a Leo Award nomination for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture, she lost to Jennifer Copping for Becoming Redwood. She made a cameo as Julie in the Steve Jobs biographical drama Jobs, starring opposite Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Dermot Mulroney, J. K. Simmons, James Woods, and Lesley Ann Warren. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2013, and was released worldwide on August 16 to negative reviews.
She made a minor appearance as Amanda in the romantic comedy Miss Dial, which featured Beth Grant, Gabrielle Union, and Sara Rue. The film was released on February 16, 2013. In addition to starring with Sam Trammell, Anthony LaPaglia, Aly Michalka, Eva Longoria, Bobbi Sue Luther, and Christopher Atkins, she reunited with The Haunting in Connecticut co-star Virginia Madsen in the romantic comedy drama Crazy Kind of Love. She plays Bette Mack, a woman who begins a relationship with the youngest son of a disfunctional family and later becomes pregnant with his baby after breaking up with him. The film based on the 1995 novel Angel Angel by April Stevens. The film was released on July 9, 2013.
2014–present: Breakthrough success and Silicon Valley
Since 2014, she has starred as Monica in Mike Judge's HBO sitcom Silicon Valley, which stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Josh Brener, and Zach Woods. Silicon Valley has received widespread acclaim, and her performance earned her a nomination for the Golden Maple Award for Best Actress in a TV Series Broadcasted in the U.S. The series itself won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series, and was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. She guest starred on the CTV police procedural drama Motive as Robin Keaton, a woman who becomes engaged to her boyfriend, Ian Weaver who, unbeknownst to her, is responsible for the murder of John Chisholm, the father of her six-year-old son, Ben.
She reunited with Charlie St. Cloud co-star Ray Liotta and Sex Drive co-star Seth Green in the musical drama The Identical, which also starred Brian Geraghty, Ashley Judd, and Joe Pantoliano. She plays Helen Hemsley, a Great Depression-era woman from Alabama who gives birth to identical twin boys, only to give up one of the twins to a couple who cannot have children. The film premiered at the Nashville Film Festival on April 17, 2014, and was released worldwide on September 5. The film was universally panned by critics and was a box office bomb. She was a recurring cast member on the web series Math Bites, which was hosted by Danica McKellar. She later appeared in the viral video The Slap, which also featured Elizabeth Gillies, Haley Joel Osment, and Jessica Stroup.
She starred as Izzy Fontaine in the crime comedy Bad City, which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival on December 9, 2014. Her performance earned a Leo Award nomination for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture, she lost to Gabrielle Rose for Two 4 One. She reunited with She's the Man co-star Lynda Boyd in the epic fantasy romance The Age of Adaline. She plays Kikki Jones, a University of California, Berkeley student. The film starred Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, and Ellen Burstyn. The film was released on April 24, 2015 to mixed reviews. She is to appear in the upcoming western drama Poor Boy as Charlene Rox, a beleaguered prostitute and strip club bartender. The film stars Justin Chatwin, Michael Shannon, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Jon Foster. The film is to be released sometime in 2015. She appeared on the April 2015 issue of GQ Thailand.
She guest starred on an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly and on The Home and Family Show. She reunited with Crazy Kind of Love co-star Aly Michalka in the comedy-drama Weepah Way for Now. The film was narrated by Saoirse Ronan and stars Mimi Rogers, Jon Heder, Tyler Labine, Gil Bellows, and Aly's younger sister, AJ Michalka. The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015. She is to play Peggy in the upcoming biographical sports drama Race, which will star Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, and Carice van Houten. The film is set to be released on April 8, 2016. She was cast in the upcoming comedy-drama Table 19 in an unspecified role. The film is to star Anna Kendrick, Stephen Merchant, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, and Maria Thayer. The film will be released sometime in 2016.
She co-runs the blog Granny Girls with her friend, actress Amber Borycki, which features their shared love of baking, cooking, crafting, and traveling. Actors Dustin Milligan, Meaghan Rath, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who are close friends with the two, have appeared frequently on their blog.
|2006||Final Destination 3||Julie Christensen||Film debut|
|2006||John Tucker Must Die||Hallway girl||Cameo|
|2006||Meltdown: Days of Destruction||Kimberly|
|2006||She's the Man||Kia|
|2008||Sex Drive||Felicia Alpine|
|2008||That One Night||Marie|
|2009||The Break-Up Artist||Britney|
|2009||The Haunting in Connecticut||Wendy Campbell||Filmed in 2007|
|2010||Charlie St. Cloud||Tess Carroll|
|2011||Sisters & Brothers||Nikki||Also writer|
|2012||Knife Fight||Helena St. John|
|2013||Crazy Kind of Love||Bette Mack||Also known as Long Time Gone|
|2014||Bad City||Izzy Fontaine|
|2014||The Identical||Helen Hemsley|
|2015||Poor Boy||Charlene Rox||post-production|
|2015||The Age of Adaline||Kikki Jones|
|2015||Weepah Way for Now||TBA|
|2005||Life as We Know It||Polly Brewer||2 episodes|
|2005||Smallville||Sorority Girl||Episode: "Recruit"|
|2005–2006||15/Love||Tanis McTaggart||Series regular (Seasons 1-2)
Guest (Season 3)
|2006–2008||Whistler||Carrie Miller||Series regular|
|2010||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Herself|
|2011||Suits||Lola Jensen / Mildred Wisnewski||Episode: "Identity Crisis"|
|2014||Motive||Robin Keaton||Episode: "Raw Deal"|
|2014–present||Silicon Valley||Monica||Series regular|
|2015||Last Call with Carson Daly||Herself|
|2015||The Home and Family Show||Herself|
|2010||All That Glitters||Whitney Carmichael|
|2013||Sexy Pool Party||Herself||Cameo|
|2014||Math Bites||Various||Web series
Awards and nominations
Golden Maple Awards
|2015||Silicon Valley||Best Actress in a TV Series Broadcasted in the U.S.||Pending|
|2007||Whistler||Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Won|
|2011||Repeaters||Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2012||Sisters & Brothers||Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture||Won|
|2013||Ferocious||Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2015||Bad City||Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
- Schaeffer, Kyle (2010-07-30). "Smooth sailing for gal from Langley". The Province. Archived from the original on 8 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
- Amanda Crew Maxim interview
- "Amanda Crew Photos, Gossip, Bio & Reviews - AskMen.com UK". Uk.askmen.com. 1986-06-05. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
- "Granny Girls".
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