Samara Weaving

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Samara Weaving
Samara Weaving 2015 (cropped).jpg
Weaving in 2015
Born (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 28)
Adelaide, Australia
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2008–present
Partner(s)Jimmy Warden (engaged)
RelativesHugo Weaving (uncle)

Samara Weaving (born 23 February 1992) is an Australian actress and model. Weaving began her career in her home country, landing her first role on the series Out of the Blue (2008). She came to prominence with her portrayal of Indi Walker on the soap opera Home and Away (2009–2013), for which she received an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) nomination for Best Female Performance in 2011.

Following her departure from Home and Away, Weaving pursued roles in the United States. She guest starred on the series Ash vs Evil Dead (2015–2016) before becoming a series regular on SMILF in 2017, which she left before the second season aired in 2019. The same year she joined SMILF, Weaving starred in the films Mayhem and The Babysitter and had a supporting role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri that earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2019, Weaving received further recognition for headlining the critically and commercially successful Ready or Not (2019), her first lead role in a theatrical American film.

Weaving has alternated between film and television during her career, appearing the main cast of the miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018) and Hollywood (2020). Her film roles also include Guns Akimbo (2019), Last Moment of Clarity (2020), and Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020).

Early life[edit]

Weaving was born in Adelaide on 23 February 1992,[1] the daughter of an English father and Maltese mother.[2] She grew up in Singapore, Fiji, and Indonesia.[3] Her father, Simon Weaving, is a filmmaker and film professor at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, New South Wales,[4] as well as the artistic director of the Canberra International Film Festival. Her mother, Helena Bezzina, is an art therapist who teaches museum studies at the University of Newcastle.[4] Her younger sister, Morgan, is also an actress; their uncle is actor Hugo Weaving.[3][5]

Weaving and her family moved to Canberra in 2005, and she attended Canberra Girls Grammar School.[6] She became drama captain and appeared in various school and theatre productions.[6]

Career[edit]

Weaving's first major acting role was Kirsten Mulroney in the 2008 Australian-UK soap opera Out of the Blue. It was not commissioned for a second season.[7] In 2009, Weaving was cast as Indigo "Indi" Walker in the Australian soap opera Home and Away. She initially appeared for five weeks in a recurring capacity.[8] Weaving reprised the role the following year after producers brought her and her on-screen family back as part of the main cast.[7] She relocated from Canberra to Sydney for filming.[6]

Weaving at the AACTA Awards in January 2012

For her portrayal of Indi, Weaving received a nomination for the Audience Choice Award for Best Female Performance in a Television Drama at the 1st AACTA Awards in 2012.[9] In July 2013, Weaving confirmed that she had filmed her last scenes for Home and Away.[10] The actress felt that with the show's international success, it was the right time to pursue new roles.[10] That same year, she appeared in the crime film Mystery Road, alongside her uncle Hugo Weaving.[11] Weaving had a recurring role as Heather in the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead in 2015.[12] She also made a guest appearance in the online series Squirrel Boys.[citation needed]

Weaving began modelling for Australian underwear brand Bonds in 2012.[13] In 2016, she appeared in the action comedy Monster Trucks as Brianne. She was cast in the role during her first trip to Los Angeles in 2014.[14] The following year, she starred in the action comedy-thriller Mayhem,[15] and as the title character in the comedy-horror film The Babysitter, which was released in October.[16] She also had a role in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as John Hawkes' girlfriend[17] and appeared in the music video for Charlie Puth's song "Attention".[18]

From 2017 to 2019, she played Nelson Rose in the Showtime series SMILF.[17] In December 2018, it was announced that Weaving was leaving the show after the second season.[19] Weaving asked to be released from her contract after making a complaint about having to perform a nude sex scene. Daniel Holloway of Variety reported that Weaving felt uncomfortable with the behaviour of show creator and co-star Frankie Shaw during a similar sex scene in the first season, leading to an investigation of alleged misconduct by Shaw which found that there was no wrongdoing on Shaw's part.[19]

In 2018, Weaving appeared in the Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries as one of three students who disappear during a school trip to the titular Hanging Rock.[20] She starred in the comedy-horror film Ready or Not (2019). The film and her performance received positive reviews.[21] She then starred in the action comedy Guns Akimbo (2019)[22] and the drama thriller Last Moment of Clarity (2020).[23]

Weaving plays Thea Preston, the daughter of Alex Winter's character, in Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020),[24] and portrays Scarlett in the upcoming Snake Eyes (2021).[25] Weaving also joined the cast of upcoming Hulu drama series Nine Perfect Strangers, which is based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. Weaving portrays Jessica, one of the strangers who attends a health and wellness resort.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Weaving announced her engagement to creative producer Jimmy Warden on 10 March 2019.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Sprung Fran Short film
2009 Steps Herself Short film; Also director and writer
2013 Mystery Road Peggy
2014 Growing Young Minks Short film
Flex Off 2014 Herself Documentary
2015 He Who Has It All Serena Short film
2016 Bad Girl Chloe Buchanan / Jessica Cooper
Monster Trucks Brianne
2017 Mayhem Melanie Cross
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Penelope
The Babysitter Bee
2019 Ready or Not Grace Le Domas
Guns Akimbo Nix
2020 100% Wolf Batty (voice)
Last Moment of Clarity Georgia Outerbridge / Lauren Clerk
Bill & Ted Face the Music Thea Preston
The Babysitter: Killer Queen Bee
2021 Snake Eyes Shana O'Hara / Scarlett Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Out of the Blue Kirsten Mulroney Main role
2009–2013 Home and Away Indi Walker Main role
2011 1st AACTA Awards Herself / Presenter Television special
2015 Squirrel Boys Kelly Web series
2015–2016 Ash vs Evil Dead Heather Recurring role
2017–2019 SMILF Nelson Rose Main role
2018 Picnic at Hanging Rock Irma Leopold Main role
2020 Hollywood Claire Wood Main role
TBA Nine Perfect Strangers Jessica Upcoming miniseries

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Role Notes
2017 "Attention" Charlie Puth Love Interest

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actress Bad Girl Nominated [28]
2018 Gold Derby Awards Best Ensemble Cast Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Won [29]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won [30]
2019 Equity Ensemble Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a TV Movie or Miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock Nominated [31]
IGN Summer Movie Awards Best Lead Performer in a Movie Ready or Not Nominated [32]
Fright Meter Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Won [33]
2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Nominated [34]
HNiD Awards Best Actress Write-in [35]

References[edit]

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