Dominique Swain

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Dominique Swain
Dominique Swain and Mandalynn Carlson at 2015 film screening of The Sparrows: Nesting
Born Dominique Swain
(1980-08-12) August 12, 1980 (age 35)
Malibu, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present

Dominique Swain (born August 12, 1980) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as the title character in the 1997 film adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita, and as Jamie Archer in the film Face/Off.

Early life[edit]

Swain was born on August 12, 1980 in Malibu, California, the daughter of Cindy and David Swain, Sr., an electrical engineer.[1] She has two sisters, Chelsea (born 1982/1983) and Alexis (born 1978/1979), and a stepsister and brother from her father's first marriage. Swain grew up in Malibu where she attended Malibu High School, and enjoyed playing sports, making art, and listening to music. Swain excelled at learning, earning straight A's and becoming Valedictorian like her sister before her. Her parents are separated.[2]


Swain started her career in Hollywood as a stunt double; she appeared under the ice as Macaulay Culkin's younger sister in Joseph Ruben's The Good Son (1993). In 1995, at the age of fourteen she was chosen out of 2,500 girls to play the title role in Adrian Lyne's controversial second screen adaptation of Lolita (1997 film) as Lolita Dolores "Lolita" Haze. She was 15 during filming and her performance was praised by critics. She later then played the rebellious teen "Jamie Archer" in John Woo's Face/Off (1997).[3][4][5] She starred in the drama film Girl in which she plays a high-schooler who is determined to lose her virginity in 1998.[6] In 2009, Swain appeared in Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema which discussed the depiction of sex in film.[7] That same year, she was featured in the movie Noble Things, a movie about the country star Jimmy Wayne Collins, which also starred country musician Lee Ann Womack.[8] Swain also starred in the horror/slasher film Fall Down Dead as the main character, Christie Wallace.[9] She starred in Monte Hellman's romance thriller Road to Nowhere in 2010.[10] In 2011, Swain was featured in David Ren's action thriller The Girl from the Naked Eye.[11] She starred in the direct-to-video science fiction film Nazis at the Center of the Earth in 2012.[12] In 2013, Swain starred in Gregory Hatanaka's drama film Blue Dream as Gena Townsend.[13]

Currently, Swain is set to star in the independent action film Skin Traffik alongside Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts and Michael Madsen[14] and the slasher film The 6th Friend.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, Swain was in a relationship with Charlie Bambrook. Swain was in a relationship with Dean Paraskevopoulos from 2001-2003. She was then in a relationship with Justin Strock from 2006-2007. She was engaged to producer Andrew Bennett in 2008. She has been in a relationship with director/screenwriter Marc Clebanoff since 2012. [16] Swain was ranked #63 in FHM's top 100 hottest women in the world in the June 2001 issue of FHM. Stuff magazine selected her as #79 of their 102 sexiest women in 2007.


In 2001, at the age of 21, Swain became the youngest person to pose nude for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur" campaign.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Face/Off Jamie Archer
1997 Lolita Dolores 'Lolita' Haze
1998 Girl Andrea Marr
2000 Intern Jocelyn Bennett
2000 Smokers, TheThe Smokers Jefferson Roth
2001 Happy Campers Wendy
2001 Mean People Suck Kate Short film
2001 Tart Cat Storm
2002 Pumpkin Jeanine Kryszinsky
2002 Dead in the Water Gloria
2002 New Best Friend Sidney Barrett
2003 Plain Dirty Inez Macbeth
2003 As Virgins Fall Ellen Denver
2003 Job, TheThe Job Emily Robin
2004 Freediver, TheThe Freediver Maggie
2004 Out of Season Kelly Phillips
2005 Devour Dakota
2005 Journeyman Dominique
2005 Locrian Mode, TheThe Locrian Mode Jill Short film
2006 Alpha Dog Susan Hartunian
2006 All In Ace
2007 Dead Mary Kim
2007 Pacific and Eddy, TheThe Pacific and Eddy Chelsea
2007 White Air Christie
2007 Fall Down Dead Christie Wallace Also associate producer
2008 Borders Ashley Short film
2008 Stiletto Nancy
2008 Prairie Fever Abigail
2008 Noble Things Amber Wades
2008 Capers Mercy
2009 Nightfall Quinn
2009 Stuntmen Mindy Danger
2010 Trance Laura
2010 Toxic Nadia
2010 Road to Nowhere Nathalie Post
2012 Private War LCpl. Roberts
2012 Girl from the Naked Eye, TheThe Girl from the Naked Eye Alissa
2012 Nazis at the Center of the Earth Dr. Paige Morgan
2013 Blue Dream Gena
2014 Rock Story Sammy Carlson
2014 Fatal Instinct Aly
2014 The 6th Friend Heather
2014 Boudoir Colette Short film
2014 6 Ways to Sundown Steph Garcia Completed
2014 Widows Amanda Brandt Short film, completed
2014 Spreading Darkness Fiona Funari Completed
2014 The Lost Girls Lucy Post-production
2014 Hunted Alexandra Hayes Post-production
2014 A Horse Trail Sydney Post-production
2015 State of Desolation Tina Post-production
2015 Boone: The Bounty Hunter Olivia Post-production
2015 The Mourning The Suited Woman
2015 The Performance Young Maggie Post-production
2015 Embers Woman in the Long Dress Post-production
2016 Skin Traffik Anna Peel Completed
2016 Hate Horses Wendy Lou Perrin
2016 Magik Calysta (voice) Post-production, also writer


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel, TheThe Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel Monica TV movie
2005 JAG Lt. Eve Sorrens 1 episode ("The Sixth Juror")
2006 Ghost Whisperer Stacy Chase 1 episode ("Friendly Neighborhood Ghost")
2006 Punk'd Herself 1 episode
2006 Totally Awesome Lori TV movie
2015 Fatal Flip Alex Saunders TV movie
2015 Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre Honey TV movie
2016 The Wrong Roommate TV movie

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
1998 "Lullaby" Shawn Mullins
Year Title Artist
2002 "We Are All Made of Stars" Moby

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
1998 Saturn Awards Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actress Face/Off Nominated
1999 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actress Lolita Nominated
1999 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Jeremy Irons) Lolita Nominated
1999 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie / Pilot / Mini-Series: Leading Young Actress Lolita Won
1999 YoungStar Awards Best Young Actress in a Mini-Series/Made for TV Film Lolita Nominated
2003 DVD Exclusive Awards Best Actress Tart Nominated
2007 Silver Lake Film Festival Best Actress The Pacific and Eddy Won
2013 Downbeach Film Festival Lifesaver Achievement Award N/A Won


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  2. ^ Gliatto, Tom (August 17, 1998). "Problem Child". People 50 (5): 57. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Kyle (August 18, 2009). "‘Lolita’ Invades America: Wake-Up Video". MTV. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Berardinelli, James (1998). "Review: Lolita (1997)". Reel Reviews. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ James, Caryn (July 31, 1998). "Movie Review: Lolita (1997) TELEVISION REVIEW; Revisiting a Dangerous Obsession". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (May 18, 2010). "Director of Obscure Dominique Swain Movie Refashions Himself as Tea Party Martyr". Movieline. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ MacIntyre, April (November 4, 2009). "Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema unzips on November 10". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lee Ann Womack Steps Off The Stage And Onto The Big Screen". March 10, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ ""FALL DOWN DEAD" Release News". Oh My Gore!. October 18, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ Anderson, John (May 12, 2010). "Elder Statesman’s New Story". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ Allen, Michael (July 11, 2011). "Action Thriller The Girl from the Naked Eye Serves Up Cold Revenge". 28 Days Later Analysis. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dominique Swain and Jake Busey Find Nazis at the Center of the Earth". Dread Central. December 1, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ Brown, Todd (February 2, 2013). "MAD COWGIRL Director Returns With BLUE DREAM". Twitch Film. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (August 13, 2013). "Eric Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Mickey Rourke to Star in ‘Skin Traffik’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ Turek, Ryan (August 13, 2013). "Dominique Swain Tops Cast of the Slasher Film The 6th Friend". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Colman, David (September 27, 1998). "A NIGHT OUT WITH: Dominique Swain; The Age of Insouciance". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ Malkin, Marc S. (December 17, 2001). "December 17, 2001". New York. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 

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