Tina Majorino

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Majorino at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Tina Marie Majorino

(1985-02-07) February 7, 1985 (age 34)
Years active1992–1999, 2004–present

Tina Marie Majorino[1] (/mˈrn/;[2] born February 7, 1985) is an American film and television actress. She started her career as a child actor, starring in films such as Andre; When a Man Loves a Woman; Corrina, Corrina; and Waterworld.

After her early success as a child actor, she returned to acting at age 18, with what remains one of her best known roles to date, the character Deb in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. Since her return to acting, she has been in television series such as Veronica Mars, Big Love, True Blood and Grey's Anatomy. She returned to the role of Mac in the Veronica Mars movie, and has played the part of Maggie Harris on the television series Legends. She later appeared in the recurring role of Florence in the television series Scorpion.

Early life[edit]

Majorino was born in Westlake, California the daughter of Sarah (née Black) and real estate agent Robert "Bob" Majorino.[3] Her father is of Italian, Cuban, and French descent, and her mother has English, Scottish, German, and Filipino ancestry.[4] She has an older brother, Kevin, with whom she has formed a rock band, The AM Project.[5]


Majorino began her acting career in a 1992 sitcom[6] called Camp Wilder. Her first film role was in 1994's When a Man Loves a Woman. She subsequently starred in leading roles in the family films Corrina, Corrina and Andre, both of which were released in August 1994.[7] Her next film was the 1995 action film Waterworld, playing a child named Enola.[8]

She played the title role in the 1999 television film Alice in Wonderland. After Alice, she took time off from the business. She has since cited burnout as the reason for her hiatus from acting. She did not appear in another film until the 2004 cult film Napoleon Dynamite.[9] From 2004 onward, she played a recurring role on UPN's series, Veronica Mars, as the computer-savvy Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie. It began in the show's eighth episode, "Like a Virgin", and continued until the show's series finale, "The Bitch is Back". Show creator Rob Thomas created the role with her in mind. She had met Thomas while interviewing him for a report on one of his books.[7] Majorino became a series regular in the show's third and final season.[10] During her time on Veronica Mars, she also started appearing in a recurring role on the cable television series Big Love with Waterworld costar Jeanne Tripplehorn and fellow Veronica Mars cast members Amanda Seyfried and Kyle Gallner.[9] In 2005, she appeared in the music video for the song "Blind" by rock group Lifehouse.[11][12]

She started filming for The Deep End, a television show for ABC in 2009. She played the role of Addy Fisher, a meek and insecure first-year associate at a high-profile law firm.[13][14][15] The show was canceled after only six episodes were aired.[16]

She returned to television in 2011 playing the recurring role of Special Agent Genny Shaw on Bones. She also starred in the music video for "Fuckin' Perfect" by Pink.

In 2012, she reprised her role as Deb in the animated TV version of Napoleon Dynamite. She was also seen playing the role of the vampire Molly in Season 5 of the HBO television series True Blood, an uncredited role as a pregnant woman in the Fox show, Raising Hope, in an episode titled "Tarot Cards," and the role of intern Dr. Heather Brooks in Season 9 of the ABC series Grey's Anatomy, with her character being killed off in the two-part premiere of Season 10. In 2014 she appeared in the Veronica Mars film as her character Mac, a project financed by fans through Kickstarter.[17]


Majorino at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con


Year Title Role Notes
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Jess Green
1994 Corrina, Corrina Molly Singer
1994 Andre Toni Whitney
1995 Waterworld Enola
1997 Santa Fe Crystal Thomas
2004 Napoleon Dynamite Deb
2006 Think Tank Sal
2006 A Sharp The Daughter Short film
2007 What We Do Is Secret Michelle
2012 Should've Been Romeo Alice
2014 Veronica Mars Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie


Year Title Role Notes
1992–1993 Camp Wilder Sophie Wilder Main role (19 episodes)
1996 New York Crossing TV film
1997 True Women Young Euphemia Ashby TV film
1997 Before Women Had Wings Avocet Abigail 'Bird' Jackson TV film
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Janie Bailey TV film
1999 Alice in Wonderland Alice TV film
2004 Without a Trace Serena Barnes / Andrews Episode: "Lost and Found"
2004–2007 Veronica Mars Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie Recurring role (seasons 1–2); main role (season 3); 34 episodes
2006–2011 Big Love Heather Tuttle Recurring role (26 episodes)
2010 In Security N/A Unsold TV pilot
2010 The Deep End Addy Fisher Main role (7 episodes)
2011 Castle Reese Harmon Episode: "One Life to Lose"
2011–2012 Bones Special Agent Genevieve Shaw Recurring role (seasons 6-7; 3 episodes)
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Deb (voice) Main role (6 episodes)
2012 True Blood Molly Recurring role (season 5; 6 episodes)
2012–2013 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Heather Brooks Recurring role (seasons 9–10; 22 episodes)
2014 Legends Maggie Harris Main role (season 1; 10 episodes)
2017–2018 Scorpion Florence Recurring role (season 4; 12 episodes)


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
  2. ^ "Television News, Reviews and TV Show Recaps – HuffPost TV". The Huffington Post.
  3. ^ "Tina Majorino Biography (1985–)". filmreference.com.
  4. ^ Steele, Tyler. "Albertina Majorino Interview! (Aґrchived version)". Turtle Soup. Archived from the original on 2006-01-12. Retrieved 2006-11-30.
  5. ^ Dransfeldt, Jeffrey (2006-10-06). "Tina Majorino reflects on time away from show-biz". Oregon Daily Emerald. Retrieved 2009-07-24.[dead link]
  6. ^ 1992 Fall Preview, TV Guide – it was a sitcom
  7. ^ a b DuBois, Stephanie. "TV RISING STAR: 'VERONICA MARS' TINA MAJORINO SHUNS HOLLYWOOD RAT RACE". Netscape. Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2007-05-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ Maslin, Janet (1995-07-28). "WATERWORLD; Aquatic Armageddon With Plenty of Toys". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  9. ^ a b Kuhn, Sarah. "Majorino Feeling the Love – "Big Love" actress brings genuineness to outsider roles". Back Stage West. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  10. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (2006-10-24). "Tina Majorino (Mac) Teases Veronica Mars' Next Big Mystery". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  11. ^ "LoL sits down for an interview with Tina Majorino!". Lifehouse on Lefora. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-07-24.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "LoL sits down for an interview with Nigel Dick!". Lifehouse on Lefora. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2009-07-24.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ O'Connell, Joe (2009-07-21). "ABC series 'The Deep End' expected to begin filming in North Texas". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  14. ^ Patterson, Troy (January 20, 2010). "Nice Teeth". Slate. Archived from the original on November 29, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ Hinckley, David (January 28, 2010). "ABC's 'The Deep End' firmly unoriginal". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on November 19, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  16. ^ Owen, Rob (2010-05-19). "For fall, ABC adding 6 shows, making most changes on Tuesdays, Fridays". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 2010-12-04.
  17. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (2013-06-12). "Veronica Mars' Movie: Tina Majorino to Return as 'Mac". The Hollywood Reporter.

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