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Amanda Catherine Crew (born June 5, 1986)[1] is a Canadian actress. She is best known for portraying Monica Hall on the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley (2014–present). Following her film debut in Final Destination 3 (2006), she had lead roles as Felicia Alpine in Sex Drive (2008) and Tess Carroll in Charlie St. Cloud (2010), as well as Carrie Miller on the television series Whistler (2006-2008).

Amanda Crew
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Crew at the premiere of Repeaters in September 2010
Born
Amanda Catherine Crew

(1986-06-05) June 5, 1986 (age 33)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
NationalityCanadian
EducationH. D. Stafford Middle School
Brookswood Secondary School
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
OccupationActress
Years active2005–present
Partner(s)Dustin Milligan (2010–present)

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Early lifeEdit

Amanda Crew was born in Langley, British Columbia.[1] Her mother, Debbie Crew, is a legal secretary and her father, Ian Crew, is a telecom worker.[2] She began acting when she was cast in the musical Dragon Tales in grade five. This led to talent-agency representation and doing commercials. She went on to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.[3]

CareerEdit

2005–2009Edit

 
Amanda Crew in 2009

In 2005, at age 19, Crew landed her first onscreen acting role as Polly Brewer in the ABC teen drama Life as We Know It. She made a cameo appearance as a sorority sister in an episode of Smallville, a television series based on the DC Comics character Superman. From 2005 to 2006, she played Tanis McTaggart on the YTV teen drama 15/Love which co-starred actress and close friend Meaghan Rath. From 2006 to 2008, Crew played Carrie Miller on the CTV drama Whistler, for which she earned her first Leo award.

In 2006, she made her film debut in the supernatural horror film Final Destination 3, the third installment in the Final Destination film series and the fourth chronologically. She played Julie Christensen, the younger sister of the film's protagonist Wendy Christensen (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Crew had originally auditioned for the role of Erin while Alexz Johnson auditioned for Julie, but ended up switching roles prior to filming. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the film became the biggest commercial success for Crew's career, earning $117.72 million at the box office worldwide. She made a cameo as a high school student in the romantic teen comedy John Tucker Must Die, which was negatively received.

She later appeared in the romantic teen comedy She's the Man, a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. She played Kia, a soccer player who helps her friend Viola Hastings (played by Amanda Bynes) pretend to be her brother in order the play on the boy's soccer team after their team gets cut by their misogynistic coach. In 2008, Crew landed her first lead role in the teen road comedy Sex Drive. She played Felicia Alpine, a high school student who goes on a road trip with her two best friends (played by Josh Zuckerman and Clark Duke, respectively).

She later starred as Marie in the romantic comedy That One Night, which premiered at the Omaha Film Festival on February 19, 2008. In 2009, she had a supporting role with Martin Donovan and Kyle Gallner in the supernatural horror film The Haunting in Connecticut. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film opened in second place at the North American box office and eventually grossed $77.5 million worldwide. She starred in the romantic comedy The Break-Up Artist as Britney, a breakup artist who becomes a matchmaker after her ex-boyfriend starts his own breakup company and steals her customers.

2010–2013Edit

In 2010, Crew co-starred with Zac Efron and Kim Basinger in the supernatural romantic drama Charlie St. Cloud, playing the love interest of the titular character. Despite negative reviews, it proved to be Crew's mainstream breakthrough. Later that year, she starred in the crime thriller Repeaters as Sonia Logan, a drug addict who becomes trapped in a time loop. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13 and received negative reviews from critics. Despite this, the film was nominated for nine Leo Awards, including Best Feature Length Film, losing to Gunless. Crew herself received a Best Actress nomination for her performance.

In 2011, Crew starred in the crime thriller Charlie Zone as a heroin addicted single mother.[4] After the film had its world premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival on September 16, 2011, the film was screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival on October 10, 2012, and later received a limited theatrical release on March 1, 2013. She later starred in the family drama Sisters & Brothers as Nikki, an aspiring actress who comes into conflict with her older half-sister. The film won six Leo Awards, including Best Feature Length Film, and Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture for Crew's performance.

Crew guest-starred on the USA Network legal drama Suits, as an expert hacker who has stolen money from her father's company. In 2012, Crew co-starred with an ensemble cast in the political thriller Knife Fight. She plays a woman involved in an affair with Larry Becker (played by Eric McCormack). The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2012. In 2013, Crew co-starred with Kim Coates and Katie Boland in the thriller Ferocious. She played Leigh Parrish, a small-town girl turned famous actress who goes to great lengths to keep her reputation from being destroyed.[5] Despite negative reviews, Crew received her fourth Leo nomination for her performance.

She later reunited with The Haunting in Connecticut co-star Virginia Madsen in the romantic comedy drama Crazy Kind of Love. She played Bette Mack, a woman who becomes intimately involved with the youngest son of a family nearly torn apart by the father's infidelity. She had a supporting role in the biopic Jobs, playing a hippie college student who has a one-night stand with Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs (played by Ashton Kutcher). The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 25 and was critically panned.

2014–presentEdit

Since 2014, Crew has starred as venture capitalist Monica Hall in Mike Judge's HBO sitcom Silicon Valley. In the first season, her character was originally an assistant to Peter Gregory (played by Christopher Evan Welch), but in the second season she becomes an associate partner with Laurie Bream (played by Suzanne Cryer) after Welch's death in 2013, and later leaves Raviga Capital to join Pied Piper as its CFO and business advisor. She guest-starred on the second season of the CTV police procedural drama Motive as Robin Keaton, a young widowed mother who becomes engaged unknowingly to the man responsible for the murder of her son's father.

She later co-starred with Brian Geraghty in the Christian musical drama The Identical, where they play a couple who gives one of their newborn twin sons to a sterile couple (played by Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd, respectively) as they cannot raise them both. The film premiered at the Nashville Film Festival on April 17, 2014 to negative reviews and was a box office bomb. In her third collaboration with director Carl Bessai, she starred as seductive librarian Izzy Fontaine in the crime comedy Bad City, which premiered at the Oldenburg International Film Festival on September 10, 2014. The film was nominated for nine Leo Awards, including Best Feature Length Drama and Best Supporting Actress for Crew's performance.

In 2015, she co-starred with Blake Lively and Ellen Burstyn in the fantasy romance The Age of Adaline, playing the college student daughter of William and Kathy Jones (played by Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker, respectively). Crew co-starred with musical duo Aly & AJ in the comedy drama Weepah Way for Now, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015.[6] In 2016, Crew starred in the biographical sports drama Race, playing the love interest of track and field coach Larry Snyder (played by Jason Sudeikis). The film received seven nominations at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture. She co-starred with Michael Shannon in the western drama Poor Boy, playing a roller girl who moonlights as a prostitute. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2016.

She later reunited with Ferocious co-star Michael Eklund in the romantic sports comedy Chokeslam. She played Sheena DeWilde, an ill-tempered wrestler who is romantically pursued by her ex-boyfriend Corey Swanson (played by Chris Marquette) despite being intimately involved with her manager Tab Hennessey (played by Niall Matter).[7] After the film premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival on October 2, 2016, it was released on February 10, 2017 to mixed reviews from critics. In 2017, Crew starred in the critically panned romantic wedding comedy Table 19. She played Nikki, the maid of honor at a wedding and the narcissistic girlfriend of the wedding's best man Teddy (played by Wyatt Russell).

She later co-starred with Ed Harris in the drama thriller A Crooked Somebody, playing a woman whose father was murdered when she was a child. The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 21, 2017, and was released in theaters on October 5, 2018 to critical acclaim. She co-starred with Stephen McHattie in the crime drama Juggernaut, playing a woman who gets caught in the middle of a family conflict between her boyfriend Dean Gamble (played by David Cubitt) and his outlaw younger brother Saxon (played by Jack Kesy). The film premiered at the San Diego International Film Festival on October 7, 2017.

In 2018, Crew co-starred with Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern in the science fiction thriller Freaks, playing the mother of a young girl with telekinetic abilities. The film had its world premiere in the Discovery section at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018, where it was nominated for Best Canadian Film, and will later be released worldwide on September 13, 2019. She co-starred with Adam Brody in the horror film Isabelle, playing a woman who begins seeing a supernatural entity following the death of her stillborn son.[8] The film had its world premiere in the Midnight Passion section at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival on October 6, 2018. In spite of the film being panned by critics, Crew was nominated for the Best Actress award at several film festivals for her performance.

In what would be her only film release in 2019, she starred in the home invasion horror comedy Tone-Deaf. She played Olive Smith, an entitled and obnoxious millennial who, after several failed relationships and being fired from her job, decides to flee to the countryside and rent a house from widowed baby-boomer Harvey Parker (played by Robert Patrick, who was also one of the film's executive producers). The film had its world premiere at the SXSW Festival on March 10, 2019 and was released worldwide on August 23. Reviews for the film have been predominantly mixed. She was cast in an unspecified role in the biographical crime thriller Gut Instinct, which will star Josh Hartnett.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Final Destination 3 Julie Christensen
2006 Meltdown: Days of Destruction Kimberly
2006 She's the Man Kia
2006 John Tucker Must Die Hallway girl
2008 That One Night Marie
2008 Monster Ark Joanna
2008 Sex Drive Felicia Alpine
2009 The Haunting in Connecticut Wendy
2009 The Break-Up Artist Britney
2010 Charlie St. Cloud Tess Carroll
2010 Repeaters Sonia Logan
2011 Sisters & Brothers Nikki Also writer
2011 Charlie Zone Janesca "Jan"
2012 Knife Fight Helena St. John
2013 Jobs Julie
2013 Miss Dial Amanda
2013 Crazy Kind of Love Bette Mack Also known as Long Time Gone
2013 Ferocious Leigh Parrish
2014 The Identical Helen Hemsley
2014 Bad City Izzy Fontaine
2015 The Age of Adaline Kikki Jones
2015 Weepah Way for Now Alice
2016 Race Peggy
2016 Poor Boy Charlene Rox
2016 Chokeslam Sheena "Smasheena" DeWilde
2017 Table 19 Nicole "Nikki"
2017 A Crooked Somebody Stacy Bishop
2017 Juggernaut Amelia Also known as Wrecking Ball
2018 Freaks Mary
2018 Isabelle Larissa Kane Also known as The Wanting
2018 American Murderer Jamie Short film
2019 Tone-Deaf Olive Smith
TBA Gut Instinct TBA post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Life as We Know It Polly Brewer 2 episodes
2005 Smallville Sorority girl Episode: "Recruit"
2005–2006 15/Love Tanis McTaggart Series regular (Seasons 1–2)
Guest (Season 3)
2006 Diary Herself
2006–2008 Whistler Carrie Miller Series regular
2011 Suits Lola Jensen / Mildred Wisnewski Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2014 Motive Robin Keaton Episode: "Raw Deal"
2014–2019 Silicon Valley Monica Hall Series regular
2017 Lifeline Haley Hooks 2 episodes

Music VideoEdit

Year Title Artist Notes
2017 "Rich White Girls" Mansionz Starred opposite Meredith Hagner as the titular characters
2017 "Take Me" Aly & AJ

OtherEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 All That Glitters Whitney Carmichael
2013 Sexy Pool Party Herself Cameo
2014 Math Bites Various Web series
3 episodes
2014 The Slap Herself

Director and ProducerEdit

Year Title Notes
2017 Butterfly Music video performed by Rhett George
2019 Star Maps Music video performed by Aly & AJ

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 Leo Awards Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Whistler Won
2011 Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture Repeaters Nominated
2012 Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture Sisters & Brothers Won
2013 Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture Ferocious Nominated
2015 Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture Bad City Nominated
Golden Maple Awards Best Actress in a TV Series Broadcast in the US[9] Silicon Valley Won
2016 Best Actress in a TV Series Broadcast in the US[10] Nominated
Newcomer of the Year in a TV Series Broadcast in the US[11] Won
2019 First Glance Film Festival Los Angeles Best Actress – Feature Film[12] Isabelle Nominated
Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival Best Performance in a Feature Film Nominated
Hamilton Film Festival Best Actress Nominated
Twister Alley Film Festival Best Actress – Feature Film Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Amanda Crew". TVGuide.com. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Schaeffer, Kyle (2010-07-30). "Smooth sailing for gal from Langley". The Province. Archived from the original on 8 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  3. ^ "Amanda Crew". UK.AskMen.com. 1986-06-05. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  4. ^ Nayman, Adam (1 March 2013). "'Charlie Zone': Down and out in a very scummy-looking Halifax". The Globe and Mail. Canada. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  5. ^ Kirkland, Brucer (7 March 2013). "It may be Ferocious, but it's not good". Toronto Sun. Postmedia Network. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Davis, Edward (June 15, 2015). "L.A. Film Festival Exclusive: Family Tension Explodes In Clip From 'Weepah Way For Now' With Aly And AJ Michalka". Indiewire.com. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Fuller, Cam (September 15, 2015). "Wrestling rom-com shoots in Sask". The StarPhoenix. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Retrieved September 15, 2015.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Adam Brody And Amanda Crew To Star In 'The Wanting'". Deadline. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Golden Maple awards celebrate Canadian talent making it in the U.S." CBC News. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  11. ^ "ACISE-LA announces 2016 Golden Maple Awards winners". TV, eh?. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Congratulations to the nominees in over 20 categories to be presented at the Closing Night Awards Presentation!". first glance films. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.

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