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Samara Weaving

Samara Weaving
Samara Weaving 2015 (cropped).jpg
Weaving at the InStyle Awards on 13 May 2015
Born (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 25)
Adelaide, Australia
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2008–present
Relatives Hugo Weaving (uncle)

Samara Weaving (born 23 February 1992) is an Australian actress and model. Her first role was Kirsten Mulroney in the Australian-produced BBC TV series Out of the Blue. From 2009 to 2013, she played Indi Walker in Home and Away.

Early life

Weaving was born in Adelaide, but grew up in Singapore, Fiji and Indonesia.[1] Her father, Simon Weaving, is a filmmaker and the artistic director of the Canberra International Film Festival. Her younger sister Morgan is also an actor, and their uncle is film and theatre actor Hugo Weaving.[1][2] Weaving and her family moved to Canberra in 2005 and she attended Canberra Girls Grammar School.[3] She became drama captain and appeared in various school and theatre productions.[3]

Career

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.[4] 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.[5] Weaving reprised the role the following year after producers brought her and her on-screen family back as part of the main cast.[4] She relocated from Canberra to Sydney for filming.[3]

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.[6] In July 2013, Weaving confirmed that she had filmed her last scenes for Home and Away.[7] The actress felt that with the show's international success, it was the right time to pursue new roles.[7] That same year, she appeared in the crime film Mystery Road, alongside her uncle Hugo Weaving.[8] Weaving had a recurring role as Heather in the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead in 2015.[9] She also made a guest appearance in the online series Squirrel Boys.[10]

In 2016, Weaving starred in the action comedy Monster Trucks as Brianne. She secured the role during her first trip to Los Angeles in 2014.[11] In 2015, Weaving starred as the title character in the comedy-horror film The Babysitter, which was later released in October 2017.[12] She will also appear alongside actor Steven Yeun in action thriller Mayhem,[13] and in the upcoming Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries, alongside Natalie Dormer and Yael Stone.[14] Weaving stars in the music video for Charlie Puth's 2017 song "Attention".[15]

Weaving began modelling for Australian underwear brand Bonds from 2012. During the company's first 2014 campaign, she appeared alongside surfer Owen Wright.[16]

Online hoax

In June 2016, a Facebook user posted a photo of a bruised, bloodied, and scratched Weaving (without identifying that the woman in the image was Weaving or any actress). The photo was accompanied by the caption, "The result of Fascism in America...simply because she was a Trump supporter."[17] Although some news outlets[18][19][20] clarified that the photo was of Samara Weaving and that she was not really injured (she was actually in makeup for her role on Ash vs Evil Dead[21]), many supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump were convinced that the image was proof of liberal violence against Trump supporters. In support of this misinterpretation of the photo, the post was shared close to 30,000 times. To try to counter this misinformation, Ash vs Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell tweeted, "Check your facts, folks. This is an actress named Samara Weaving from #AshVsEvilDead. This is a make-up test. Sad."[22] Weaving herself tweeted, "I really hate this."[23]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Sprung Fran Short film
2009 Steps Samara Weaving Director, writer; Video short
2013 Mystery Road Peggy
2014 Growing Young Minks Short film
2014 Flex off 2014 Herself Documentary
2015 He Who Has It All Serena Short film
2016 Monster Trucks Brianne
2016 Bad Girl Chloe
2017 Mayhem Melanie Cross
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Penelope
2017 The Babysitter Bee

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Out of the Blue Kirsten Mulroney
2009–2013 Home and Away Indi Walker
2011 1st AACTA Awards Presenter
2015–2016 Ash vs Evil Dead Heather Episodes: "Ashes to Ashes"
"Bound in the Flesh"
"The Dark One"
2017 Picnic at Hanging Rock Irma Leopold Miniseries

Online

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Squirrel Boys Kelly 3 episodes; Web series
2017 Attention Love Interest Charlie Puth; Music video

References

  1. ^ a b Fox, Richard (19 August 2012). "Samara settles into a fine career". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 June 2017. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Clune, Richard (22 April 2012). "Summer Bay's new sister act with Samara Weaving and her sister Morgan". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Edwards, Laura (23 January 2013). "Weaving fame from a passionate past". Canberra CityNews. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Clune, Richard (6 June 2010). "Huge Weaving's as niece Samara takes up acting". news.com.au. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Vickery, Colin (16 August 2009). "Samara Weaving gets acting tips from uncle Hugo Weaving". news.com.au. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Vote for the AACTA award winners". The Advertiser. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Scott, Gavin; Miller, Erin (3–9 August 2013). "'It was time to go'". TV Week (31): 4–5. 
  8. ^ Lewington, Prue (15 August 2014). "Samara Weaving scores first role in Hollywood blockbuster". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Williamson, Brett (10 June 2016). "Home and Away star Samara Weaving unintended centre of US Election social media scam". ABC Online. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Vrajlal, Alicia (9 April 2015). "From Summer Bay school girl to sultry siren! Former Home And Away star Samara Weaving performs raunchy dance routine in new web series". Daily Mail Australia. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Parker, Lou (6 January 2017). "Former Home and Away sweetheart Samara Weaving's Monster start to the year". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (12 December 2016). "McG's ‘The Babysitter’ Moves to Netflix From New Line". Variety. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (16 March 2016). "'Walking Dead' Star Steven Yeun Tackles Action Movie 'Mayhem' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  14. ^ Pedersen, Erik (16 February 2017). "Natalie Dormer Leads 'Picnic At Hanging Rock' As Foxtel Sets Event Series Cast". Deadline.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  15. ^ "Samara Weaving's dramatic role in Charlie Puth’s video emerges after naked photo scandal". The Daily Telegraph. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "Samara Weaving sparkles in new Bonds ad". Now to Love. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  17. ^ ""This Actress Is Not Happy Her Photo Is Being Used In A Hoax About Trump Fans"". Buzzfeed. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  18. ^ ""Donald Trump fans duped into thinking Samara Weaving's bloody photo is of beaten supporter"". SFGate. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  19. ^ {{cite news|url=[www.nzherald.co.nz]"Trump supporters are claiming Samara Weaving is a victim of anti-Trumpers"date=June 8, 2016|work=[[]New Zealand Herald]|accessdate=26 July 2017}}
  20. ^ ""Samara Weaving caught in Donald Trump hoax"". The New Daily. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  21. ^ The Daily Mail. 6 January 2016 [www.dailymail.co.uk]. Retrieved 26 July 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ [twitter.com].  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ Samara Weaving [@Sweaving] (7 June 2016). "I really hate this." (Tweet) – via Twitter. 

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