Olivia Thirlby was born on October 6, 1986 in New York City. When growing up she went to various performing arts festivals and summer camps an took classes at the American Globe Theatre and is trained in classical Shakespearian acting. Her first movie role was in United 93 and she also acted on TV in Kidnapped. Other movies she has starred in include Juno, The Wackness, New York, I Love You, Solitary Man, No Strings Attached, The Darkest Hour, Being Flynn, Dredd and The Wedding Ringer. Later this year she’ll appear in The Stanford Prison Experiment. Continue reading
Miles Teller was born on February 20, 1987 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Growing up he liked music and played both the drums and saxophone. He took part in a drama club and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts. His first work on camera was in various short films. In 2007 he was driving along with some friends when the car crashed. He flew out of the car and still has several scars on his face and neck as a result. In an interview he stated that those scars helped him to get the role in Rabbit Hole. He has acted in Footloose, Project X, The Spectacular Now, 21 & Over, Whiplash, That Awkward Moment, Divergent, Two Night Stand and will be Mr. Fantastic in the new Fantastic Four movie. Continue reading
Rachel McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario. Growing up she was into figure skating, which she did until she was eighteen. She went to Myrtle Street Public School and Central Elgin Collegiate Institute. She played sport in school and was very active taking part in various activities, like the student council and a help team. She got interested in acting at the age of seven and started appearing in theatre productions from the age of twelve. Later she decided to chase a career as an actress.
Her first appearance on the screen was an MTV pilot called Shotgun Love Dolls. She appeared in The Hot Chick and Guilt by Association, but she really got noticed when she played the bitchy Regina George in Mean Girls. It meant her breakthrough, which was cemented by her starring role in The Notebook in 2004. She since has appeared in many movies including Wedding Crashers, Red Eye, State of Play, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Sherlock Holmes, Morning Glory, Midnight in Paris, The Vow, To the Wonder, About Time and A Most Wanted Man. Continue reading
After watching Almost Famous recently for my 2015 Blindspot series I wanted to take a look at the career of one of its stars: Billy Crudup.
He was born on July 8, 1968 in Manhasset, New York. At age 8 he moved to Texas with his family and later to Florida where he graduated in 1986. He had a passion for acting and acted with the LAB! Theatre. The University of North Carolina had a show on which he acted called General College. After graduating he got a role on Broadway in Arcadia. He also started acting in films with one of his first roles in the movie Sleepers. He continued to work on stage as well and received various Tony awards. He appeared in movies like Big Fish, Mission: Impossible III, The Good Shepherd, Watchmen, Public Enemies, Eat Pray Love and Blood Ties Continue reading
Mia Wasikowska was born 14 October 1989 in Canberra, Australia. Her parents are photographers. When she was nine she started training as a ballerina, with the goal of becoming a professional dancer. Because an issue with her heel and dissatisfaction with the industry she quit when she was fourteen. She was shy, but after seeing The Piano and A Woman Under the Influence she became inspired. She looked for talent agencies and managed to get invited by one.
Her first role was on the Australian soap All Saints in 2004 and at age 15 she played in her first movie, Suburban Mayhem. Her first US role was in HBO’s drama In Treatment. She followed this by roles in Defiance, Amelia, That Evening Sun. Her first big role was in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Other movies she played in include The Kids Are All Right, Jane Eyre, Restless, Albert Nobbs, Lawless, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Double and Maps to the Stars. Continue reading
Mark Ruffalo was born on November 22, 1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During his teen year he lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He wrestled in competitions during his junior high and high school years. He later to moved to L.A., where he took classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory. After co-founding the Orpheus Theatre Company he wrote, directed and acted in various plays while working as a bartender. He played minor roles in various films and thanks to a meeting with Kenneth Lonergan he started collaborating with him and eventually got him a role in You Can Count on Me. Various other movies followed including XX/XY, My Life Without Me, In the Cut, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Collateral besides doing various romcoms. Other notable performances are those in Zodiac, The Brothers Bloom, The Kids Are All Right. Recently he played Bruce Banner and his alter ego The Hulk in the Avengers. Continue reading
It’s funny how an actor sometimes stands out in a specific movie and when you look back at her of his career it’s surprising how many movies you saw her/him in without remembering them. For me this was the case with Rosamund Pike. I have never noticed her until recently seeing her in Gone Girl. Looking back at her career it was shocking to see that I never noticed her in other films.
Rosamund Pike was born 27 January 1979 in Hammersmith, London. Her parents were opera singers, which means they travelled a lot through Europe. When she acted in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the National Youth Theatre (playing Juliet) she was noticed by an agent and it meant the start of her career. She gained experience doing plays and while still studying she started to do various TV shows including A Rather English Marriage, Wives and Daughters and Love in a Cold Climate. She almost considered a different career until she was offered the role of Bond girl in Die Another Day. This kickstarted her movie career and she has acted in various films including The Libertine, Doom, Pride & Prejudice, Fracture, Made in Dagenham, Barney’s Version, Wrath of the Titans, Jack Reacher, The World’s End and Gone Girl. Continue reading