Mackenzie Foy

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Mackenzie Foy
Foy in 2015
Born (2000-11-10) November 10, 2000 (age 23)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2009–present

Mackenzie Foy (born November 10, 2000[1]) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Renesmee Cullen in the 2012 film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Supporting Young Actress in a Feature Film.[2][3] She portrayed young Murph in the 2014 space epic Interstellar, for which she received a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor among other awards nominations. She starred as Clara in Disney's 2018 film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Early life[edit]

Foy was born on November 10, 2000,[1] in Los Angeles, California, where she was raised.[4] Her father, a truck driver, and mother, a homemaker, had no connections to the film industry. Foy began modeling at age 3, and started acting at age 9.[5] Mackenzie Foy is a practitioner of Taekwondo.[6]


Foy began modeling in print ads in 2004, working for Garnet Hill, Polo Ralph Lauren and Guess.[4][7][8] From there, she modeled for companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Mattel and Gap.[9]

Foy's acting career began when she was nine years old, when she guest-starred in television shows such as 'Til Death, FlashForward and Hawaii Five-0. In 2010, she was cast as Renesmee Cullen in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's book Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final novel in the Twilight saga series. The first movie, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, in which Renesmee is shown only in a flash-forward, was released on November 18, 2011, while the second, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, on November 16, 2012.

Mackenzie Foy at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con International

In February 2012, she joined the cast of James Wan's horror film The Conjuring.[10] Shooting on the film began in February 2012 in North Carolina,[11] and it was released in July 2013. In February, she was also in the last episode of the second season of the horror TV series R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, in which she played Natalie, a girl who goes to live with her grandfather and discovers that one of the dolls is alive and has bad intentions.[12]

On October 10, 2012, Foy joined Wish You Well, the film adaptation of David Baldacci's book, where she played the lead.[13] On November 17, 2012, Foy was in another episode of R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, playing Georgia Lomin.[14] In 2014, Foy appeared in Erica Dunton's movie Black Eyed Dog.

Foy co-starred as the childhood version of Matthew McConaughey's daughter in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. She provided the voice of Celestine in the English dub of Ernest & Celestine (2012), Violet in The Boxcar Children (2014) and The Little Girl in The Little Prince (2015). In July 2016, it was announced that Foy would play the lead role of Clara in the film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.[15][16]

In May 2019 it was announced that Foy would co-star with Kate Winslet in a new adaptation of Black Beauty, which began filming in October of that year and was released in 2020.[17][18]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Renesmee Cullen
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Renesmee Cullen
2013 The Conjuring Cindy Perron
2013 Wish You Well Lou Cardinal
2014 Ernest & Celestine Celestine Voice role (English dub)
2014 The Boxcar Children Violet Voice role
2014 Black Eyed Dog Daisy
2014 Interstellar Young Murph
2015 The Little Prince The Little Girl Voice role
2018 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Clara Stahlbaum
2020 Black Beauty Jo Green


Year Title Role Notes
2009 'Til Death Little Girl Episode: "No Complaints"
2010 FlashForward Kate Erskine Episode: "Blowback"
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Lily Wilson Episode: "Ho'apono"
2012 R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series Natalie / Georgia Lomin Guest role; 2 episodes
2014 The Cookie Mobster Sally Television film
2015 Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise Jenny O'Neill Television film

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Refs
2013 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Couple
(shared with Taylor Lautner)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Won [19]
2013 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Screen Ensemble
(shared with cast)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Won [19]
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Nominated [3][20]
2014 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Interstellar Nominated [21]
2014 St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Interstellar Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Performer Interstellar Nominated [22]
2015 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Interstellar Won [23]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Interstellar Nominated [24]


  1. ^ a b Keira Knightley & Mackenzie Foy Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions (YouTube). February 15, 2019. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Breaking Dawn Filming News: Mackenzie Foy To Appear In Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2?". November 22, 2011. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on April 3, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Meet Renesmee! Mackenzie Foy of 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2'". Entertainment Weekly. June 15, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Mandell, Andrea (November 18, 2012). "Mackenzie Foy stands out in 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2'". USA Today. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Mackenzie Foy's Instagram Is Proof She Was Destined to Be a Disney Princess". W Magazine. November 3, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2022.
  7. ^ "Mackenzie Foy, 'Twilight' Star, On Shootfhhfzing 'Breaking Dawn' And Her Favorite Scene". Moviefone. July 13, 2012. Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  8. ^ "'Twilight' Star Renesmee Revealed: 5 Things to Know About Mackenzie Foy". June 13, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  9. ^ "Meet Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's baby (in Twilight)". Allvoices. January 27, 2011. Archived from the original on February 9, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "Mackenzie Foy On For The Warren Files". Empire Online. February 6, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  11. ^ "Horror pic taps 'Twilight,' 'Dark Knight' kids". Variety. February 6, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  12. ^ ""Twilight" star Mackenzie Foy battles an evil doll in "The Haunting Hour"". February 3, 2012.
  13. ^ "Mackenzie Foy of 'Breaking Dawn' Joins Adaptation of 'Wish You Well'". October 10, 2012. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  14. ^ "Mackenzie Foy is Guest Starring in a Brand New 'Haunting Hour'". Fanlala. November 12, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  15. ^ "'The Nutcracker' Casts 'Interstellar' Actress Mackenzie Foy as Clara". The Hollywood Reporter. July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  16. ^ "Disney's Nutcracker Movie Finds Its Lead Actress, Adds A Legend". Cinemablend. July 29, 2016.
  17. ^ "Mackenzie Foy, Kate Winslet to Star in 'Black Beauty'". Variety. May 7, 2019. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  18. ^ "'Black Beauty': Claire Forlani & Iain Glen Join Mackenzie Foy & Kate Winslet In Constantin Classic Redo, Shoot Underway". Deadline Hollywood. October 17, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  19. ^ a b "The 33rd Annual RAZZIE® Awards". Archived from the original on February 27, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  20. ^ "Actress, Hoover native Savannah Lathem wins Young Artist Award for 'California Solo' movie". May 5, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  21. ^ "D.C. Wants to Have a Talk About the Birds and the Boys" (PDF). The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association. December 8, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  22. ^ Siede, Caroline (December 15, 2014). "The Critics' Choice Awards enjoyed Birdman and Boyhood as well". The A.V. Club.
  23. ^ "'Interstellar' sweeps Saturn Awards 2015". Business Standard. June 27, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  24. ^ Longeretta, Emily (June 9, 2015). "Teen Choice Awards Pit One Direction Against Zayn Malik". Hollywood Life. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2015.

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