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Born: Jessica Marie Alba
Date of Birth: April 28, 1981
Birth Place: Pomona, California, USA
Height; 5′ 6½” (1,69 m)
Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican and distant Sephardic Jewish, roots). Her family moved to Biloxi, MS, when she was an infant.
Three years later her father’s career brought the family back to California, then to Del Rio, TX, before finally settling in Southern California when Jessica was nine. In love with the idea of becoming an actress from the age of five, she was 12 before she took her first acting class. Nine months later she was signed by an agent. She studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet.
A gifted young actress, Jessica has played a variety of roles ranging from light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career. She made her feature film debut in 1993 in Hollywood Pictures’ comedy Camp Nowhere (1994). Originally hired for two weeks, she got her break when an actress in a principal role suddenly dropped out. Jessica cheerfully admits it wasn’t her prodigious talent or charm that inspired the director to tap her to take over the part–it was her hair, which matched the original performer’s.
The two-week job stretched to two months, and Jessica ended the film with an impressive first credit. Two national TV commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney quickly followed before Jessica was featured in several independent films. She branched out into TV in 1994 with a recurring role in Nickelodeon’s popular comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994). She played an insufferable young snob, devoted to making life miserable for the the title character, played by Larisa Oleynik.
That same year, she won the role of “Maya” in Flipper (1995) and filmed the pilot for the series. She spent 1995 shooting the first season’s episodes in Australia. An avid swimmer and PADI-certified SCUBA diver, Jessica was delighted to be doing a show that allowed her to play with dolphins. The show’s success guaranteed it a second season, which she also starred in. Her involvement in the show lasted from 1995 to 1997.
In 1996 she appeared in Venus Rising (1995) as “Young Eve”. The next year she appeared on The Dini Petty Show (1989), a Canadian talk show, and spoke about her role in “Flipper” and her general acting career. She began working on P.U.N.K.S. (1999), featuring Randy Quaid, in 1998. In early 1998 she appeared in Brooklyn South (1997) as “Melissa”. That same year she was in two episodes of Evimiz Hollywood’ta (1990) as “Leanne” and in two episodes of Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998).
She appeared in “Teen Magazine” in 1995 and various European magazines over the following years. More importantly, she was featured in the February 1999 issue of “Vanity Fair” magazine. She also had major roles in two movies that year: Gerçek öpücük (1999) and Idle Hands (1999). In 2000 she had roles in Paranoid (2000) and starred in the sci-fi TV series Dark Angel (2000), gaining worldwide recognition.
Her first starring role in a major studio film was the Honey (2003), Universal Pictures’ contemporary urban drama that grossed over $60 million worldwide. She has since made over 25 feature films that have earned a combined box-office total of over $800 million, including comedies and dramas, from gritty independents to major studio blockbusters.
In 2005 she starred opposite Bruce Willis and an all-star cast in the provocative and critically acclaimed Günah sehri (2005), directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. She next starred as Sue Storm–“The Invisible Girl”–in Marvel’s action-franchise blockbuster Fantastik dörtlü (2005), which was released by 20th Century-Fox in July 2005 and became a worldwide box-office success with over $300 million in revenue.
Jessica was part of Garry Marshall’s all-star ensemble romantic comedy, Sevgililer günü (2010), which broke box-office records with the largest opening on a four-day President’s Day weekend in history. She starred opposite Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson in director Michael Winterbottom’s controversial screen adaptation of Içimdeki Katil (2010), based on Jim Thompson’s novel, as well as Robert Rodriquez’s Ustura (2010). She co-starred in the third installment of the hit “Meet the Parents” franchise Zor baba 3 (2010), as well as the 4D family adventure Çilgin Çocuklar 4 (2011), marking her third of five collaborations with Robert Rodriguez. Jessica was part of an all-star voice cast for The Weinstein Company’s animated adventure, Kahraman Uzaylilar (2013), also featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, Brendan Fraser and James Gandolfini.
She appeared in the comedy A.C.O.D. (2013), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and starred Adam Scott, Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler. She made a cameo appearance in Ustura Dönüyor (2013) and co-starred in Robert Rodriquez’s highly-anticipated, star-studded sequel Günah Sehri: Ugruna Öldürülecek Kadin (2014).
That year she had a full slate of acting projects, including the period drama Dear Eleanor (2016)”; The Englishman opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek; the IFC parody mini-series The Spoils of Babylon (2014), produced by Funny or Die, with a stellar cast including Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Michael Sheen and Tim Robbins; and Stretch (2014), co-starring Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Ray Liotta, Ed Helms and Brooklyn Decker.
Jessica has received Golden Globe and People’s Choice Award nominations, was voted TV Guide readers’ Breakout Star of the Year, and won Favorite TV Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards for “Dark Angel.” She won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Female Actress for her performance in “Fantastic Four” and an MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance in “Sin City.”
She received another Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress in a Horror/Thriller for Göz (2008) and was honored by the Young Hollywood Awards as Superstar of Tomorrow in 2005. She has received ALMA Awards for her performances in “Dark Angel” and “Machete,” as well as a Fashion Icon in 2009.
Even by Hollywood standards, Keira Knightley’s rise to stardom has been meteoric. For this she has to thank her role as a soccer-mad tomboy in Brit smash Bend It Like Beckham, and now the 18-year-old has returned to Blighty to take a role in Love Actually from the makers of Four Weddings and Notting Hill…
So what was it like making the movie?
Keira Knightley: “I laughed my way through the whole thing – I never stopped laughing. In our scenes it was me and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Andrew Lincoln. Andy is fantastic and Chewy is one of the most exciting British actors around at the moment. It was really exciting to get the chance to work with two people I admired so much – and no corsets, which was nice.”
And how did you find Richard Curtis as a director?
Keira Knightley: “He’s a nice man, a really good bloke. I know that he was very nervous doing it, but having written it he knew everything inside out and knew what he was doing. You would get there in the morning and it was all there, done and dusted.”
You get married at the beginning of the film. How was that to shoot?
Keira Knightley: “It was quite possibly the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen. We had some real lads there, sparks (gaffers’ assistants) and assistant directors and the rest of the crew, and they were all standing there with little stupid grins on their faces. It was great!”
You play newly-wed Juliet, who finds herself in a strange situation with her husband Peter’s best man Mark…
Keira Knightley: “It’s a bit of a love triangle really. Juliet has always thought that Mark hates her but it turns out he is actually madly in love with her. The thing is, the entire story is played out in about five or six scenes. It could be a whole film, but Richard is so clever – everything you need to know is there. It’s beautifully written.”
What do you think of romantic comedies in general?
Keira Knightley: “I love romantic comedies, they are really important. They are 100 percent escapism – you just sit there and lose yourself in this world. I cry my eyes out or laugh or both. The thing about Richard is that he makes feel-good movies well and that’s very difficult to do. There is nothing more disgusting than a patronising, smarmy movie, so to be able to do it well is an amazing talent. There are so few people who can do it and Richard is at the top of that list, no question. It’s incredible how you can sit through all of his films with a grin on your face. You may say ‘Oh no, it’s not my sort of thing…’ but you still smile – I defy anyone not to.”
The first read-through must have been daunting…
Keira Knightley: “Agony! I had five scenes and I have never been more nervous in my entire life. I’ve done read-throughs before with the likes of Johnny Depp and that wasn’t terrifying. But here there were 50 people sitting around this huge table. It was astonishing – you looked up and there was Hugh Grant; over there is Alan Rickman. There’s Liam Neeson; there’s Emma Thompson. Can you blame me for being nervous? Just the fact all of those people turned up for this read-through shows how much respect they have for Richard. At the end of it I was like: ‘I can’t handle this!’ I got out of there as fast as I could.”
The film has a lot of different stories that converge at the end. Did you feel like you were working in your own little movie?
Keira Knightley: “Yeah you did really – we did our big wedding thing and we were the stars of the show. And then suddenly you’ve got all these other people with their stories. And it was like: ‘Excuse me! I know you’re Alan Rickman, but get out of my film please!’
You’re only 18. Shouldn’t you be at university or something?
Keira Knightley: “Well, my mum and dad think I’m going to university – they probably expect me to become a doctor or something. But no, I think I’ll stick with this. I’m having a very good time!
How do you deal with your new star status?
Keira Knightley: Well, so far I’ve been working so much that I haven’t realized how much my status had changed. Being on the set of the film is like being away, in a protective bubble, cut from the reality of the outside world. Very early, I learned not to read what’s written about you.
I don’t want to know what’s being written or spoken about me behind my back. I have accepted the status, the new found fame. It’s a little bit scary at times, especially when I have the paparazzi stalking to desperately take a picture of me. I never know the intentions of someone following me are. For the moment, I still don’t have a personal assistant or a publicist and it’s for the best. My mom handles the publicity requests and I love her.
Do you want to keep being the action girl on the screen?
Keira Knightley: Well, I have to admit I really enjoy action! You feel like an 11 year old on a playground. Even so, I have more fun when I do an intimate film on soccer with other girls. I just love to fight, jump and sweat on big action films. So yes, I see myself doing more action films. I’m open to any good stories and genres. In any case, our business is so volatile and unpredictable that for the moment I enjoy my success and don’t worry too much about tomorrow.
Does this sense of being grounded come from your education and your parents being in the entertainment business?
Keira Knightley: Sure, when you grow up in a showbiz family you have an early sense of the instability of that life and in a way you understand that it is necessary to put things in perspective and distance yourself from the business. You learn not to become too obsessive about your career because it doesn’t depend only on your focus and talent, but also on the perception that other people have of you.
I remember how my dad went on tour as a stage actor for months and then came back our family and could not get another job, and so he had to do some different type of work just to feed us. I think you need to be aware that in this business some days you’re first in the queue and you get a job and other days you’re last in the queue and you have to wait and be persistent. You are lucky if you’re a woman in your 30’s and still get a jobs. Really, it’s a tough and fragile life to be an actress.
For now you put your money into real estate?
Keira Knightley: Right, I just bought a cute little apartment in London. That’s the plan for now, to have my own place no matter what the future is made of!
What about Pirates of the Caribbean 2?
Keira Knightley: Well, I hope to be part of it, but for now I just finished a film called The Jacket, directed by John Maybury starring Adrien Brody. Also we are preparing to shoot another film called Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen’s novel) and Joe Wright will direct it. I keep busy, busy.
Between Bend It Like Beckham and King Arthur, you’ll be a role model for girls and women, but it’s a role model for everybody. Let’s face it. But do you think you’ll keep that in mind when you choose other parts?
Keira Knightley: No, I mean, yes. Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean definitely have characters who are role models. I mean, they’re positive beings. I wouldn’t say Guinevere is particularly a role model, a part from being strong, and myself as a moviegoer, that’s what I like when I go and see films. I want to see strong women; I want to see pro-active women, who aren’t just the girls in the movies. That’s what interests me. As far as her being a role model, I really wouldn’t [consider]. She’s pretty cold and fights a lot. I really recommend that. As far as my role choices, I think you can only do what interests you. Next I’m playing an alcoholic waitress, so I don’t think she’s a particular role model either. But yeah, certainly strong women, they are very positive images.
Could you just talk a little bit about your film The Jacket?
Keira Knightley: The Jacket that comes out, I think, later this year/early next year. It’s with Adrien Brody, Kris Kristofferson and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It’s directed by John Maybury, who’s a really exciting British director. It’s a thinking man’s thriller. It should be really interesting. It’s very different from this, but it should be good.
How about getting into the character of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice? Were you one of the schoolgirls who went rushing home to see Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy?
Keira Knightley: Yes, but it’s a fantastic opportunity to play Elizabeth Bennet as it was to play Guinevere. Those are two female roles that if they come your way, you just can’t turn them down. With Pride and Prejudice, it’s fantastic to say that it is an adaptation of the book, so if I have any questions, I have the book to run to. It should be good. I haven’t started yet. I start as soon as I get back and it’s very exciting.
How dizzying is all this? I mean, not to say that you’re young, but you’re not even 20 years old yet and look at all that has happened to you in a couple of years.
Keira Knightley: Yeah, it is amazing and all through my life, what I love doing is watching movies. I love reading books about movies. I love the escapism of film. I love stories. It is incredible to be in them as much as I am and to see them from the very first stitch in a costume to the end product.
That’s what I find really incredible and that’s what I’ve always wanted to spend my time doing. Luckily for me, at the moment I get to spend most of my time doing that. Acting is very much a profession that is you’re hot one minute and not the next. That is totally cool and for me, I think that’s what I find most fascinating and most exciting about it, it can be gone in a puff of smoke.
Has making movies lived up to your expectations? You’ve done everything from little movies to the big giants.
Keira Knightley: Yeah and I love it. I really do. I’m just fascinated in how they’re put together. It’s a fascinating medium. It’s absolutely incredible and to see somebody’s vision up on screen is amazing. To be able to act out somebody else’s ideas is fun as well. I totally love it.
Then along with that comes people like us getting very nosy about your personal life. Tatler announced that you’re the most desirable single woman in the UK.
Keira Knightley: For that month (laughs).
For the month of April. Is that a fair tradeoff when you realize that if you go out for a cup of coffee and somebody snaps a picture, It’s going to be in a paper or a tabloid, and suddenly you’re life is not your own anymore?
Keira Knightley: I have to say I am spending most of my time working, and on film sets it’s a very protective kind of bubble, which is fantastic, so I haven’t been overly aware of any of it. At the moment, what I want to do is make films, and therefore, all is good. When it isn’t, I’ll re-think and I’ll probably do something else. Who knows, but at the moment, it’s fine.
Because you work with different actors, do you pick up different acting styles and different techniques, or does everyone just go and do it?
Keira Knightley: No, I everybody has their own way of working, but it is fantastic to be able to work with people who really are at the top of their game and try and learn from them. I’m never quite sure how it happens, so you just think “Oh God, how did you do that? Can I mix something in, oh no I can’t, can I?” But yeah, it is fantastic to be able to see how all these great ones work.
I have a question about this upcoming film, Tulip Fever. What is that?
Keira Knightley: It didn’t happen. All the money fell out.
What’s your favorite CD that you’re currently listening to right now?
Keira Knightley: Jeff Buckley.
Why? What’s great about Jeff Buckley? And what’s the name of the record?
Keira Knightley: Oh my God, c’mon, have you not heard of Jeff Buckley? What’s the name of the album? He’s only done one and then he died. Jeff Buckley’s Grace is the most sensational album ever, I think one of the best. You can’t listen to it and not cry. Actually, Damien Rice’s album, O, is very good as well. If you see him live, he did a version of “Hallelujah.” Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” is just sensational and I saw him live in Glasgow and the tears were running down my face, so those two are completely fantastic.
Could we just get a little update on Pirates of the Caribbean 1 and 2? Are all the cast coming back for the sequel?
Keira Knightley: Honestly, I don’t know. You’ll have to ask Jerry. I think we all had a fantastic time on the first Pirates. Definitely, we will be up for doing the second one as well, so fingers crossed.
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Born: Cameron Michelle Diaz
Date of Birth: 30 August 1972
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA
Height: 5′ 8½” (1,74 m)
Born in San Diego, CA, on August 30, 1972, Diaz left school at 16 to become a model. For the next five years, she traveled the globe, working in Japan, Australia, Mexico, Morocco, and Paris. As a model for the Elite Agency, she did commercial work for such products as Coke, Nivea, and L.A. Gear.
She returned to California at the age of 21 and was unknown in the film industry when she was cast in her breakthrough role as the target of Jim Carrey’s hyper-animated lust in The Mask. Following the hoopla surrounding her performance — or, more specifically, her physical appearance — in the film, Diaz opted to take acting lessons and appear in a series of small, independent films, including The Last Supper (1995), She’s the One (1996), and Feeling Minnesota (1996).
After starring opposite Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle’s A Life Less Ordinary, Diaz further endeared herself to audiences and critics with her performance in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997). Proving herself an acceptable foil for the film’s star, Julia Roberts, she went on to greater success in the Farrelly brothers’ There’s Something About Mary in 1998. Starring as the film’s titular heroine, Diaz turned in an audience-pleasing performance in the cheerfully bawdy film, which proved to be one of the year’s biggest box-office successes.
The same year, Diaz made a cameo appearance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and starred as Jon Favreau’s unhinged fiancée in the black comedy Very Bad Things. Now fully established as one of Hollywood’s hottest properties, she went on to take lead roles in 1999’s Being John Malkovich, in which she played puppeteer John Cusack’s wife, and Any Given Sunday, in which she played the president and co-owner of a football team in Oliver Stone’s paean to American football.
In 2000 Diaz joined Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angels, the much-hyped big-screen remake of the television classic. A comically self-aware and fairly faithful adaptation of the original series, Charlie’s Angels served up Matrix-style action with retro-sensibilities, propelling the franchise into the new millennium.
The following year found Diaz endearing herself to younger audiences as the voice of Princess Fiona in the animated box-office smash Shrek, as well as using her wide eyed innocence to horrific effect in the Tom Cruise mindbender Vanilla Sky. Headlining the ill-fated comedy The Next Best Thing in 2002, Diaz would take a historical trip to the birthplace of America in director Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York before becoming the second (after Julia Roberts actress to join the “$20 Million Club” with Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Though the film would perform only moderately well at the box office, fans could be sure that they would get plenty more Diaz as production on Shrek 2 and Fun with Dick and Jane began to kick into full gear.
Born: Vanessa Anne Hudgens
Date of Birth: 14 December 1988
Birth Place: Salinas, California, USA
Height: 5′ 1″ (1,55 m)
Vanessa Hudgens was born in Salinas, California. Her family moved to San Diego whilst she was still a toddler. She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress. Her mother, Gina (Guangco), an officer worker, is from the Philippines. Her father, Gregory Hudgens, a firefighter, has Irish and Native American ancestry.
Vanessa was interested in acting and singing at a young age, inspired by her grandparents who were musicians. At the age of 8, she started appearing in musical theatre. She briefly attended Orange County High School of the Arts. She began auditioning and was successfully cast in a TV commercial. This prompted her family to move to Los Angeles. She started homeschooling so she missed out on the high school experience, until she landed her breakthrough role in High School Musical (2006).
In 2003, Hudgens played a minor role in the independent drama film Thirteen, where she plays Noel, a friend of a lead character (Tracy, played by Evan Rachel Wood). The film was critically successful, receiving generally favorable reviews, and its receipts surpassed its $4 million budget. Hudgens subsequently landed a role in the 2004 science fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds as Tintin. Unfortunately, the film was commercially and critically unsuccessful, and received heavy criticism through the Internet prior to its release.
In late 2005 Hudgens appeared in television shows such as Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers García, Drake & Josh, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
In late 2005 she landed her breakout role of shy and meek Gabriella Montez in High School Musical, opposite to Zac Efron. Her performance received numerous nominations and awards. With the success of the film, the BBC predicted that Hudgens would be a “household name” in the US.
In 2007, Hudgens reprised her role as Gabriella Montez in the sequel of High School Musical, High School Musical 2. Virginia Heffernan of TV Review described Hudgens in her performance in the movie as “matte” as she “glows like a proper ingénue”.
Hudgens reprised her role as Gabriella Montez in High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Her performance in the film made her win favorite movie actress in the 2009 Kids Choice Awards.
Post-High School Musical, Hudgens remarked that she will focus in her acting and films, while “taking a break” from her music career as a solo artist. She played a supporting role in a musical comedy Bandslam, which was released theatrically on August 14, 2009. Hudgens plays “Sa5m”, a 15-year-old awkward freshman with untapped talents.
Although Bandslam was commercially unsuccessful, Hudgens’s performance received praise from critics. David Waddington of the North Wales Pioneer noted that Hudgens “outshines the rest of the cast, failing to fit in with the outcast narrative and making the inevitable climactic ending all the more expected,” and Philip French of The Guardian compared her acting to Thandie Newton and Dorothy Parker.
Hudgens performed a musical number with other artists during the 81st Academy Awards. Hudgens later provided voice roles in an episode of Robot Chicken. Hudgens’ involvement in Beastly, a film based on Alex Flinn’s novel of the same name, was announced in early 2009. She played one of the main characters in the film as Linda Taylor, described by Hudgens as the “beauty” of the story but not the stereotypical beauty everyone thinks of. Along with Beastly co-star, Alex Pettyfer, Hudgens was recognized as ShoWest stars of Tomorrow. Hudgens was later cast in an action film directed by Zack Snyder, Sucker Punch, playing Blondie, an institutionalized girl in an asylum, which was released in March 2011.
After so many years, Hudgens returned to theater productions wherein she starred in the musical Rent as Mimi. The stage production ran from August 6–8, 2010 at the Hollywood Bowl. Her involvement in the production drew negative comments, but director Neil Patrick Harris defended his decision with casting Hudgens by saying, “Vanessa [Hudgens] is awesome. She’s a friend. I asked her to come in and sing to make sure she had the chops for it. And she was very committed and seemed great.”
In October 2010, it was announced that Hudgens will be joining the sequel to the 2008 film Journey to the Center of the Earth alongside Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson, playing Hutcherson’s love interest. In April 2011, it was reported that she would star in an indie film, Gimme Shelter with Brendan Fraser, written and directed by Ron Krauss.
Born: Amanda Michelle Seyfried
Date of Birth: 3 December 1985
Birth Place: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5′ 2½” (1,59 m)
Amanda Seyfried was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Ann (Sander), an occupational therapist, and Jack Seyfried, a pharmacist. She is of German, and some English and Scots-Irish, ancestry. She began modeling when she was 11, and acted in high school productions as well as taking singing lessons. She landed a recurring role in the long-running US soap opera As the World Turns (1956) when she was just age 15.
More soap work followed as she completed her schooling and had already secured a place at Fordham University when she was offered a role in the Tina Fey-penned teen hit Kötü kizlar (2004). She deferred her university education to complete the film. More TV work followed, raising her profile across America, while her appearances in Mamma Mia! (2008) and Kiz ve kurt (2011) helped establish her international fame.
With her notable roles in film and television, Amanda Seyfried has quickly captured the attention of audiences and established herself as a breakout star. Seyfried is currently in production on the Fox Atomic film Jennifer’s Body, written by Diablo Cody (Juno) and directed by Karyn Kusama. Seyfried will star as Needy, who is best friends with Jennifer (Megan Fox), a possessed cheerleader who turns into a killer.
Most recently, Seyfried has received critical praise for her starring role in HBO’s Golden Globe Award-nominated drama Big Love. She stars as Sarah Henrickson, the eldest teenage daughter of Bill (Bill Paxton) and Barb Hendrickson (Jeanne Tripplehorn), who struggles with growing up in a polygamist family. Big Love is returning for its third season in 2008.
The Pennsylvania native started her career with modeling at the age of 11. Seyfried soon turned to acting and landed her first contract role as Lucy Montgomery on As the World Turns in 2000. In 2002, All My Children signed her to the contract role of Joni Stafford.
Amanda Seyfried’s television credits include a heart-wrenching performance of a rape victim in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; a role as the girlfriend of an ill young man in House; Justice, in which she played a young woman who accidentally kills an older man whom she’d been dating and is successfully defended by Victor Garber’s character; and a role in the Veronica Mars pilot.
Her breakthrough role was in Mean Girls, the Lorne Michaels-Tina Fey- Paramount Pictures hit in the spring of 2004, in which Seyfried co-starred with Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. They won the Best On-Screen Team Award at the MTV Movie Awards that year.
In 2005, she starred in Nine Lives, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim. Written and directed by Rodrigo García, the film also starred Sissy Spacek, Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Robin Wright Penn and Dakota Fanning.
In 2006, Seyfried appeared in Alpha Dog, directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone, Emile Hirsch and Bruce Willis. Also in 2006, she starred in American Gun with Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker and Marcia Gay Harden.
Seyfried currently divides her time between Los Angeles and New York.
Born: Leighton Marissa Meester
Date of Birth: 9 April 1986
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Height: 5′ 4½” (1,64 m)
Leighton Marissa Meester (born April 9, 1986) is an American actress, singer and model. She is mostly known for her starring role as Blair Waldorf in the teen drama series Gossip Girl (2007–12). She has also appeared in the 2010 country drama film Country Strong, the 2011 thriller The Roommate, the 2011 romantic-comedy Monte Carlo, the comedies The Oranges (2011) and That’s My Boy (2012), and the comedy-drama The Judge (2014). Meester made her Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men (2014).
In addition to acting, Meester has also ventured into music. In 2009, she featured on Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad” which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, and released her first single “Somebody to Love” with Universal Republic. Her second single “Your Love’s a Drug” was released in 2011. Meester has also recorded songs for various soundtracks. Her debut album, Heartstrings, was independently released in 2014. She has also modeled, having been the face of brands such as Jimmy Choo, Herbal Essences and Vera Wang.
Leighton Marissa Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Constance (Haas) and Douglas Meester. Although born in Texas when her mother was serving a jail sentence for her part in a marijuana-smuggling ring, Meester spent her early years in Marco Island, Florida with her grandparents. There, she became involved with the local playhouse and made her stage debut in a production of “The Wizard of Oz”.
She moved to New York with her mother at the age of 11 and was soon working as a model and appearing in TV commercials. A few years later, at age 14, she and her mother moved again, this time to Los Angeles where she soon began to pick up TV work, making her debut in Law & Order: Disciple (1999).
A steady stream of TV work followed until in 2007 she landed the role in Gossip Girl (2007) which made her famous. This led to more TV and movie work, and in 2009 she launched a recording career with a single entitled, “Somebody to Love”.
Her surname, “Meester”, is Dutch for “master” or “teacher”. Her father is of approximately one quarter German, one quarter Dutch, one quarter Irish, and one quarter English, ancestry. Her maternal grandfather was the son of German immigrants, and her maternal grandmother had English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.
Born: Nicole Evangeline Lilly
Date of Birth: 3 August 1979
Birth Place: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
Height: 5′ 6″ (1,68 m)
Evangeline Lilly was born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, and raised in British Columbia by her mother and her father, a produce manager. Her father was raised in Nigeria, as her paternal grandparents were missionaries in Africa (her paternal grandfather was a Baptist minister). Lilly has English and Irish ancestry; one of her grandmothers was an English war bride.
Evangeline Lilly graduated from W. J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where she played soccer and was vice-president of the student council. While in college, she worked as a waitress, did “oil changes and grease jobs on big rig trucks”, and worked as a flight attendant for Royal Airlines to pay for her tuition. She grew up Christian and her faith influenced her decision to take part in a three-week mission trip to the Philippines when she was 18. Her interest in humanitarian causes and global development led her to major in International Relations at the University of British Columbia.
In 2008, Lilly starred in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker. She and the rest of the cast won the Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble. Lilly followed this role with a leading part in psychological thriller film Afterwards. In 2010, Lilly stated her intention to focus on children’s book writing and on feature film roles.
On May 11, 2010, Lilly announced on The View that she places writing and being a mother as top priorities, but she likes acting as a day job and she will continue acting when possible. In 2011, she appeared as Bailey Tallet in Real Steel. Despite having turned down a number of film offers, she traveled to Los Angeles to get the part after director Shawn Levy sent her the script. Levy said: “She’s magnificent to look at, she’s soulful, and she’s sexy. I needed someone who you believed had grown up in a man’s world. Bailey needed to have a strength and a toughness that was not at the expense of her being womanly.”
In 2012, Evangeline Lilly was cast as the Mirkwood elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The character, which does not appear in the original book by Tolkien, was created by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh as the head of the Elven guard who wields a bow and two daggers as weapons. Lilly, who had been a fan of Tolkien’s books since she was 13, underwent training for swordplay and archery, as well as in the Elvish language for the role. In 2015, Lilly played Hope van Dyne in the superhero film Ant-Man. In October of the same year, it was announced that Lilly would reprise her role in the sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel’s first movie to feature a female hero in the title.
The star, who is turning 19, may be keeping a low profile, but she has been busy.
Miley Cyrus used to be the teen queen. Between “Hannah Montana” and an extremely successful music career, Miley was on top of the world — and not a day went by where we didn’t see a photo or a headline about the Disney darling. But in the past year, the “Party in the U.S.A.” singer has kept a rather low profile. Why isn’t she ever photographed on the red carpet anymore, or shopping at Urban Outfitters? In honor of her 19th birthday, let’s take a look back at what Miley’s been up to.
The tough times for Miley began when her parents — Billy Ray and Tish — announced they were divorcing in October 2010. Upset by her parents’ split, Miley started acting out, wearing skimpy clothing and partying a lot. Despite her family angst, Miley put on a good show for her European fans at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Madrid, Spain.
Fortunately, Miley’s parents announced they were no longer getting divorced in March, and after her films wrapped, Miley shifted gears and in April kicked off her Gypsy Heart Tour in South America. But in between gigs, the singer managed to fit in a little fun in the sun along the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also got her sixth tattoo! While the tattoo artist couldn’t reveal exactly what he inked on her right wrist, he did share that Miley asked him to design something that would remind her of a “safe place.”
A red hot Miley then took her show Down Under! In June, she kicked off the Australian leg of her tour in front of 13,000 fans — including her Aussie boyfriend Liam Hemsworth — at the Brisbane Entertainment Center.
But during her concert in Melbourne, Miley got a little freaked out when an excited fan ran across the stage during her performance of “The Climb” and tackled her. “I’ve never been so thankful for my crazy fans,” the ever professional Miley joked upon returning to the stage to finish her set.
When she returned to the U.S., Miley got back to chillin’ with her boyfriend Liam, whose career is booming. Not only is the 21-year-old actor starring in the widely-anticipated “The Hunger Games,” but he’s also landed roles in “The Expendables 2” and “Arabian Nights.”
In August, Miley did come out of hiding to serve as a presenter at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in a “wild” Roberto Cavalli dress. We’ve missed her on the red carpet this year!
A couple of months later, Miley was all smiles after making her second trip to Haiti with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The singer helped distribute hearing aids to more than 400 Haitians. “After I went on my first mission to Haiti with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, I felt so drawn to helping others hear for the first time and immediately wanted to look for another chance to go back and help again,” Miley said in a statement. “This second mission to Haiti was just as impactful to me as the first one. I grew up around music and couldn’t imagine what it would be like for my siblings and me, if we couldn’t hear the magic of music. It’s had such an influence on my life, that I just want everyone to enjoy sound as it was intended.”
A little over a week later, Miley was back in La La Land shopping for pillows with her mom Tish. We presume she was decorating her new $3.9 million home in Studio City, California. The 5,173-square-foot house reportedly has five bedrooms, seven baths, and 10 parking spaces!
When she’s not nesting, Miley’s also been spending lots of quality time with her main squeeze Liam. Although her dad Billy Ray announced in July that she’d be working on a fourth studio album, Miley’s clearly taking a break. But we guess she deserves one since she’s been working since age 12. Do you think the former “Hannah Montana” star will rise again in 2012? Or has she been dethroned by Selena Gomez?
Famke Janssen starred in the original X-Men movies. Some of the original cast are returning for X-Men: Days of Future Past. She says that she is not sure if she will be appearing in the film.
So far, it has already been confirmed that a number of actors from the original X-Men trilogy will be appearing in the Bryan Singer movie X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, one person who is not so sure whether they will appear in the film is Famke Janssen.
Famke says that she would definitely be open to returning to the role but is not sure whether it would even be possible. Famke played the character Jean Grey, who went on to die, before coming back as the Phoenix, who also went on to die.
Janssen told, “I’m sitting by the phone waiting, call me up Bryan! I think their challenge is that I died as Jean Grey and I died as the Phoenix, so what else can they do? If they bring a younger version back, they’ll have to get a younger actress, so what is there left to do.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be home for the return of Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman and it is claimed that there will be more original stars in the film. X-Men: Days of Future Past begins shooting this month and is set to be released on July 18, 2014 in both the US and the UK.