Amanda Crew

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Amanda Crew
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Amanda Crew at the premiere of Repeaters in September 2010
Born (1986-06-05) June 5, 1986 (age 29)
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality Canadian
Education Brookswood Secondary School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Amanda Crew (born June 5, 1986)[1] is a Canadian actress and photographer. She is best known for her lead roles as Felicia Alpine in Sex Drive, Tess Carroll in Charlie St. Cloud, and Carrie Miller on the television series Whistler. Following her debut in Final Destination 3, she had supporting roles in the feature-length films She's the Man, The Haunting in Connecticut, The Identical, and The Age of Adaline. She also made guest appearances in shows such as Life as We Know It, Smallville, Suits, and Motive. As of 2015, she portrays Monica on the television series Silicon Valley.

Early life[edit]

Amanda Crew was born in Langley, British Columbia.[1] Her mother is a legal secretary and her father is a telecom worker.[2] 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.[3][4]

Career[edit]

2005–2009: Early work and Whistler[edit]

In 2005, at age 19, Crew 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. Crew won the role over Vanessa Hudgens and Alexz Johnson, the latter went on to portray Erin Ulmer, whom Crew also auditioned for. 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, 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, and Jessica Lucas. The film was released on March 17, 2006 to mixed reviews.

Amanda Crew in 2009

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 Seth Green, James Marsden, Katrina Bowden, Michael Cudlitz, and David Koechner, and featured cameos from 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 the film got stuck in development hell, they both dropped out from the project.

2010–2013: Rise to fame and Charlie St. Cloud[edit]

She starred in the supernatural romantic drama Charlie St. Cloud, which starred Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta, and Donal Logue. It is based on the novel The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. She plays Tess Carroll, a young woman who plans to sail solo around the world, but after she falls in love with the titular character, they decide to sail together. Crew won the role over Lindsay Lohan, who was rejected due to her ongoing legal problems at the time. The film was released on July 30, 2010 to negative reviews. She starred as Whitney Carmichael in Funny or Die's All That Glitters with Dakota Johnson and Bret Easton Ellis.

She starred alongside Dustin Milligan and Richard de Klerk in the crime thriller Repeaters as Sonia Logan, a drug addict who becomes trapped in a time loop that gives her multiple chances to resolve her life, but she is too afraid to reconcile with her sexually abusive father before he dies, and she spends her "repeats" on committing petty crimes instead. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2010, and received negative reviews from critics. Despite this, the film was nominated for nine Leo Awards, including Best Film. Crew herself was nominated for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture for her performance, she lost to April Telek for Amazon Falls.

She starred in the crime thriller Charlie Zone as Jan, a heroin addict who is kidnapped by a recently released convict. The film was released on September 16, 2011. She reunited with Repeaters co-star Dustin Milligan in the family drama Sisters & Brothers. She plays Nikki, an aspiring actress who comes into conflict with her older half-sister. The film starred Cory Monteith and Gabrielle Miller. 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.

Amanda Crew at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival with Alexia Fast, Richard de Klerk, and Dustin Milligan for the movie Repeaters

She made a minor appearance in the political thriller Knife Fight, which starred Rob Lowe, Julie Bowen, Saffron Burrows, Jamie Chung, and Eric McCormack. 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 after the affair is exposed to the public, she becomes the subject of harassment by the media, and she unsuccessfully attempts 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 later starred with Kim Coates, Katie Boland, and Michael Eklund 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 appeared in with his brother to the public. Initially released in 2012, the film had a wider release on October 1, 2013. Her performance earned her a nomination for the Leo Award 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, 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.

Crew made a minor appearance as Amanda in the romantic comedy Miss Dial, which starred Gabrielle Union. The film was released on February 16, 2013. In addition to starring with Sam Trammell, Aly Michalka, and Eva Longoria, 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 sexual relationship with the youngest son of a disfunctional family and later becomes pregnant with his baby after breaking up with him. The film is based on the 1995 novel Angel Angel by April Stevens. This was also her first film to have her breasts shown onscreen. The film was released on July 9, 2013.

2014–present: Breakthrough success and Silicon Valley[edit]

Since 2014, Crew 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 the first ever Golden Maple Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Broadcasted in the US. She guest starred on the CTV police procedural drama Motive as Robin Keaton, a young mother who becomes engaged to her boyfriend Ian Weaver, but unbeknownst to her, he is responsible for the murder of John Chisholm, her previous boyfriend and the father of her six-year-old son Ben.

Crew 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. Crew 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 collaborated with Carl Bessai for a third time in the crime comedy Bad City as Izzy Fontaine. The film premiered at the Whistler Film Festival on December 9, 2014. Crew's performance earned her 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 starred as Kikki Jones in the epic fantasy romance The Age of Adaline which starred Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, and Ellen Burstyn. The film was released on April 24, 2015, and despite mixed reviews from critics, it was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie - Drama. She is to appear with Michael Shannon in the upcoming western drama Poor Boy as Charlene Rox, a beleaguered prostitute and strip club bartender. The film is to be released sometime in 2015.

Crew starred as Alice 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, and Aly's younger sister, AJ Michalka. The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015. Crew 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 February 19, 2016. Crew was cast in the upcoming comedy-drama Table 19 in an unspecified role. The film is to star Anna Kendrick, Stephen Merchant, Lisa Kudrow, and Craig Robinson. The film will be released sometime in 2016.

She is to reunite with Ferocious co-star Michael Eklund in the comedy Chokeslam as Sheena, a notorious professional wrestler who is pursued by her former schoolmate at a high school reunion. The film has yet to have a release date.

Personal life[edit]

She co-runs the blog Granny Girls with her friend, actress Amber Borycki, which features their shared love of baking, cooking, crafting, and traveling.[5] Actors Dustin Milligan, Meaghan Rath, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who are close friends with the two, have appeared frequently on their blog.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Final Destination 3 Julie Christensen Film debut
2006 Meltdown: Days of Destruction Kimberly
2006 She's the Man Kia
2006 John Tucker Must Die Hallway girl Cameo
2008 That One Night Marie
2008 Monster Ark Joanna
2008 Sex Drive Felicia Alpine
2009 The Haunting in Connecticut Wendy Campbell Filmed in 2007
2009 The Break-Up Artist Britney
2010 Charlie St. Cloud Tess Carroll
2010 Repeaters Sonia Logan
2011 Sisters & Brothers Nikki Also writer
2011 Charlie Zone Jan
2012 Ferocious Leigh Parrish
2012 Knife Fight Helena St. John
2013 Jobs Julie
2013 Miss Dial Amanda
2013 Crazy Kind of Love Bette Mack Also known as Long Time Gone
2014 The Identical Helen Hemsley
2014 Bad City Izzy Fontaine
2015 The Age of Adaline Kikki Jones
2015 Weepah Way for Now Alice
2015 Poor Boy Charlene Rox post-production
2016 Race Peggy post-production
2016 Table 19 TBA post-production
TBA Chokeslam Sheena pre-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Diary Herself
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

Other[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 All That Glitters Whitney Carmichael
2013 Sexy Pool Party Herself Cameo
2014 Math Bites Various Web series
3 episodes
2014 The Slap Herself

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Maple Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2015 Silicon Valley Best Actress in a TV Series Broadcasted in the US Won

Leo Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Amanda Crew". TVGuide.com. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Amanda Crew Maxim interview
  4. ^ "Amanda Crew Photos, Gossip, Bio & Reviews - AskMen.com UK". Uk.askmen.com. 1986-06-05. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  5. ^ "Granny Girls". 

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