Carmen Llywelyn

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Carmen Llywelyn
Born August 16, 1973 (1973-08-16) (age 43)[1]
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation Actor, photographer
Spouse(s) Jason Lee (1995–2001)

Carmen Llywelyn (also known as Carmen Lee) is an American actress and photographer.[2][3]

Career[edit]

She starred in the 1996 film Drawing Flies, a View Askew production directed by Matthew Gissing and Malcolm Ingram, and produced by Kevin Smith.[4][5] She portrayed Kim in the 1997 film Chasing Amy directed by Kevin Smith; co-stars included Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, and Joey Lauren Adams.[6][7] She appeared in the 2000 film Cowboys and Angels alongside actors Radha Mitchell and Mia Kirshner.[8] She was the lead actress in Free opposite Corin Nemec, also starring Randall Batinkoff and Ione Skye.

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, Llywelyn met Jason Lee, then a professional skateboarder.[9] In 1995, the couple was married in a ceremony presided over by actor Bodhi Elfman.[9][10][11] In March 2001, the couple lived together in Southern California.[12] Llywelyn and Lee obtained a divorce in 2001.[13][14] Lee stated of their separation, "Our breakup had nothing to do with Hollywood or my career."[15]

Llywelyn entered a long-term relationship in 2003 and the couple became parents of twins in 2004. As of 2015, the family lived together in Atlanta.[9]

Relationship with the Church of Scientology[edit]

Llywelyn was introduced to the Church of Scientology by her then-partner Jason Lee.[2] According to Llywelyn, her resistance to becoming more involved with Scientology was a cause of problems in their relationship.[16]

According to her account, when she revealed to her talent manager that she had read A Piece of Blue Sky, a book critical of the Church, she was labeled a Suppressive Person and shunned (or "disconnected") by her friends within the church. Llywelyn's manager, a member of the Church, also "disconnected" and allegedly convinced United Talent Agency to drop Llywelyn as a client.[17]

Since her departure, Llywelyn has spoken out critically about the Church of Scientology. She has expressed distaste for the classist undertones of Scientology.[9]

She has stated the organization has harassed her pursuant to its Fair Game policy.[2] Llwelyn reports being subjected to a campaign of surveillance and harassment. Writes Llwelyn: "Scientology has a sophisticated intelligence agency known as the Office of Special Affairs, which is essentially a complex system dedicated to ruining the lives of those it sees as enemies in any way possible. Those who work for the OSA do not follow the law."[17]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Director
1996 Drawing Flies Cassidy Matthew Gissing, Malcolm Ingram
1997 Chasing Amy Kim Kevin Smith
A Better Place Augustine Vincent Pereira
1999 The Mod Squad Alley Prostitute Scott Silver
Never Been Kissed Rob's Girlfriend Raja Gosnell
2000 Cowboys & Angels Dana Gregory C. Haynes
2001 Free (Film) Laura Andrew Avery
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Redhead Beauty Kevin Smith

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1998 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Joey Lauren Adams) Chasing Amy Nominated[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carmen Llywelyn - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Lu, Anne (April 5, 2010). "Jason Lee's Ex-Wife Claims Scientology Ruined Her Life". All Headline News. www.allheadlinenews.com. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  3. ^ Heldman, Breanne L. (November 24, 2008). "Earl Star Jason Lee Adds Husband Moniker". E! Online. www.eonline.com. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  4. ^ Eisner, Ken (November 25, 1996). "Drawing Flies". Variety. Reed Elsevier Inc. p. 76. 
  5. ^ "IndieDVD Releases 'Lost' Kevin Smith Production Drawing Flies; Filmed Between 'Mallrats' and 'Chasing Amy' and Never Finished Until Now". Business Wire. Business Wire, Inc. February 12, 2002. 
  6. ^ Kleemann, Brian (April 18, 1997). "Characters chase sexuality, self-identity in 'Amy'". Sun Publications. Illinois. p. 5. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Malcolm (April 18, 1997). "'Chasing' is simply charming - A young man falls for wrong woman - She's a lesbian". The Hartford Courant. The Hartford Courant Co. p. E3. 
  8. ^ Vice, Jeff (February 9, 2001). "' Cowboys and Angels ' is a pretty sweet ride". The Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Publishing Company. p. W05. 
  9. ^ a b c d Llywelyn, Carmen (June 23, 2015). "Why I Left Scientology". Gawker. Gawker Media. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Bryant, Adam (November 25, 2008). "Jason Lee's Name Is Married Man". TV Guide. www.tvguide.com. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  11. ^ "Jason Lee Latest Celeb to Reveal Secret Marriage". Fox News Channel. www.foxnews.com. November 25, 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  12. ^ Westbrook, Bruce (March 14, 2001). "'Almost Famous' star keeps looking for box-office buzz". Houston Chronicle. p. 1. 
  13. ^ "tv today's: Star file Jason Lee". The Western Mail. April 10, 2008. p. 23. 
  14. ^ ""Earl", la bague au doigt !". Allocine (in French). www.allocine.fr. November 26, 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  15. ^ Wolf, Jeanne (New York Times News Services) (September 11, 2002). "Skateboarding champion turns actor; He likes to grab plenty of sleep, but Jason Lee has career desires". The Record. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. p. E4. 
  16. ^ Norville, Deborah (May 13, 2010). "Inside Edition". Global Broadcast Database. iNewsNetwork. 
  17. ^ a b Carmen Llywelyn (June 23, 2015). "Why I Left Scientology". Gawker. Archived from the original on 2016-04-30. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  18. ^ "Awards for Carmen Llywelyn". Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com, Inc. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Muir, John Kenneth (2002). An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith. Applause Books. pp. 85, 118, 137, 180, 182. ISBN 1-55783-586-1. 

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