Samaire Armstrong

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Samaire Armstrong
Samaire Armstrong, 2010.jpg
Armstrong in 2010
Born Samaire Rhys Armstrong
(1980-10-31) October 31, 1980 (age 34)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present

Samaire Rhys Armstrong (/səˈmɪərə/ sə-MEER;[1] born October 31, 1980) is an American actress, fashion designer and model. She is known for her roles in Stay Alive, The O.C., It's a Boy Girl Thing, and as Juliet Darling in the ABC television series, Dirty Sexy Money. She has most recently appeared on television as Elaine Richards in the ABC fantasy-drama Resurrection. She has also appeared in music videos for "Penny & Me" by Hanson and "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter.

Early life[edit]

Armstrong was born in Tokyo to a Scottish father, Hunter Armstrong, and an Italian mother, Sylvia Sepielli. Her mother designs spas for resorts and her father teaches soldiers close combat training. Armstrong lived in Japan for five years, before moving to Hawaii and later Sedona, Arizona where she grew up and attended Sedona Red Rock High School. She has also lived in Malaysia and China.[2]

Film career[edit]

Armstrong made her film debut portraying the role of Kara Fratelli, one of the conjoined twins in the parody film Not Another Teen Movie in 2001. Samaire has since appeared in notable small roles in films such as Would I Lie To You?, Gramercy Park and Trash. In 2006 Samaire co-starred alongside Lindsay Lohan in the film Just My Luck portraying the role of Maggie, Lohan's character's best friend. The film was a box office bomb and was negatively received by critics.

In 2005 The O.C. producer McG offered the leading female protagonist role in the horror film Stay Alive. She portrays the role of Abigail, an aspiring photographer and love interest to Jon Foster's character. The film was released on June 29, 2006 and debuted at #3 at the U.S. box office. Despite a worldwide gross of just $27,105,095 it was considered a box office success compared to the film's modest $9 million budget. The film was negatively received by critics with her performance receiving mixed reviews.

In 2006 Armstrong successfully auditioned for the role of Nell Bedworth in the Canadian comedy It's a Boy Girl Thing. The film was released on December 26, 2006 and received positive reviews from critics. Despite its limited release the film managed to be considered a box office success earning worldwide $7,385,434. Samaire's performance in this film was praised by critics.[citation needed]

In 2007 Armstrong starred in a relatively small supporting role as Jenny in the horror film Rise: Blood Hunter alongside Lucy Liu. The film was a box office and critical failure. She also had a leading role portraying Caitlin Atwater in the Lifetime film The Staircase Murders. The film follows the real-life crimes of Michael Peterson who was convicted in 2003 of pushing his wife down the stairs. The film received mixed reviews.

In 2008 Armstrong starred the independent romance film Around June. The film follows a young woman who finds love with an illegal immigrant whose love changes her life. Filming took place in San Francisco, California in 2008. The film played at the Santa Cruz Festival in 2009. Armstrong has since been cast in another independent film, a crime thriller The Last Harbor. No official release date has been announced as of January 2011. She will also star in another thriller, 5 Souls.

Television career[edit]

In 2000, Armstrong made her television debut guest starring in an episode of the teen drama television series Party of Five portraying Meredith. Throughout 2000 to 2001, Armstrong made guest roles on high profile television shows such as The X-Files, ER, Judging Amy and Freaks and Geeks.

In 2003, Armstrong was cast in the role of Anna Stern on the Fox teen drama television series, The O.C.. Armstrong was intended to only appear in one episode. But, after her character proved to be a fan favorite, she was brought back to appear in several more episodes. She portrays the role of a self-confessed comic book reader and a sarcastic socialite from Pittsburgh who is a recurring love interest for Seth Cohen. Despite the regular appearance of her character throughout the series first season, she was not promoted to series regular. In 2006, Armstrong was confirmed to return for the series third season for two-episodes. She did not return to the series which was cancelled after its fourth season.

In 2004, Armstrong appeared on the HBO television series, Entourage an assistant to Ari Gold and love interest for Eric Murphy. Critics noted many similarities to her character Anna Stern and Emily. However she was praised for her performance. She appeared in only eight episodes of the series' first two seasons. She went on to guest star in the television series CSI: Miami and Living with Fran.

In 2007, Armstrong was cast in her first series regular role on the ABC drama/comedy television series, Dirty Sexy Money. She portrayed the role of Juliet Darling, a spoiled heiress who aspired to be a serious actress. The series was an instant success and premiered on September 26, 2007 to 10.44 million viewers. The series received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Her character has been noted to have many similarities to real-life heiress Paris Hilton. However in March 2008 Armstrong announced she would not return for the series second season as a series regular. The series did not maintain its success and slipped in ratings throughout its run dramatically. The series was cancelled on August 8, 2009.[3]

In 2010, Armstrong guest appeared in the HBO television series How To Make It In America in the series first episode portraying the role of Jane.

In 2012, she appeared in a The Mentalist episode, "Pink Tops" as a prostitute turned confidential informant for the California Bureau of Investigation. Her character Summer shared a kiss with Tim Kang's character Kimball Cho in the episode "At First Blush" after Cho admitted having feelings for Summer.

In September 2013, she played the mother of the blond boy who perpetrated the school shooting in the Sons of Anarchy season six premiere "Straw".

Personal life[edit]

Armstrong entered an "outpatient facility" in October 2007.[4] She "decided to enter an outpatient facility to deal with some personal issues in a therapeutic atmosphere and is doing very well," her publicist said in a statement.[5] She checked out after six weeks, but returned and stayed for another three months.[6] She gave birth to her first child, a boy named Calin, in December 2012.[7]

She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Kara Fratelli
2002 Would I Lie to You? Sophie Video
2003 Dark Wolf Josie Video
2006 Stay Alive Abigail
2006 Just My Luck Maggie
2006 It's a Boy Girl Thing Nell Bedworth
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Jenny
2008 Around June June
2010 Last Harbor, TheThe Last Harbor Roxanne Hall
2013 Concrete Blondes Tara Petrie
2013 5 Souls Miranda
2013 My Santa Jen Robbins
2014 Lachrymist, TheThe Lachrymist Ms. Alice Alquist Short film
2014 Winter Rose, AA Winter Rose Simone
2015 Windsor Drive Brooke

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Party of Five Meredith Episode: "Taboo or Not Taboo"
2000 Freaks and Geeks Laurie Episodes: "Discos and Dragons", "Smooching and Mooching"
2000 That's Life Brittany Episode: "When Good Ideas Go Bad"
2001 ER Tasha Episode: "Sailing Away"
2001 Judging Amy Angie Becker Episode: "Look Closer"
2001 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Natalie Gordon Episode: "Lord of the Flies"
2003 Trash Gypsy TV film
2003-2006 O.C., TheThe O.C. Anna Stern Recurring role (15 episodes)
2004 Gramercy Park Jillene TV film
2004 NYPD Blue Christine Episode: "You're Buggin' Me"
2004-2005 Entourage Emily Recurring role (8 episodes)
2005 Numb3rs Skyler Watts Episode: "Obsession"
2006 CSI: Miami Brynn Roberts Episode: "High Octane"
2007 Staircase Murders, TheThe Staircase Murders Caitlin Atwater TV film
2007 Living with Fran Laurie Episode: "Plastered"
2007-2009 Dirty Sexy Money Juliet Darling Recurring role (11 episodes)
2010 How to Make It in America Jane Episode: "Pilot"
2011 Better with You Jessica Episode: "Better Without a Couch"
2011-2012 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Summer Edgecombe Recurring role (8 episodes)
2012 Adopting Terror Cheryl Broadbent TV film
2013 Sons of Anarchy Darvany Jennings Episodes: "Straw", "One One Six"
2014 Heavenly Match Casey Hart TV film
2014-2015 Resurrection Elaine Richards Main role (21 episodes)
2014 Winter Rose, AA Winter Rose Simone TV series, pre-production
2015 Stalker Lucy Episode: "Salvation"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Samaire 1980 Armstrong Biography (1980-)
  2. ^ Croce, Maria (2006-12-19). "It's a Boy Gael Thing". The Daily Record. Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  3. ^ Armstrong Dropped from Cast Buddytv.com. April 9, 2008
  4. ^ "Samaire Armstrong in Treatment". Eonline.com. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  5. ^ Jordan, Julie (2007-10-12). "Samaire Armstrong Enters Outpatient Facility for 'Personal Issues'". People. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  6. ^ White, Nicholas (2008-08-04). "Samaire Armstrong: I'm 'Better and Better' After Rehab". People. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  7. ^ "Samaire Armstrong gives birth to baby boy Calin". Wonderwall. December 16, 2012. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  8. ^ "Elaine Richards played by Samaire Armstrong". abc.go.com. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  9. ^ "Samaire Armstrong Elaine Richards". www.ctv.ca. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 

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