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Amanda Schull (born August 26, 1978) is an American actress and former professional ballet dancer. She is known for her lead role in the 2000 film Center Stage, and for her recurring roles on the American television series One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars. She has since starred in the Syfy television series 12 Monkeys, and played a recurring role on the USA television series Suits before being promoted to series regular for the show's eighth season.

Amanda Schull
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Schull at the 2015 Television Critics Association’s Press Tour
Born (1978-08-26) August 26, 1978 (age 40)
OccupationBallerina, actress
Years active1999–2006 (ballet)
2000–present (acting)
Spouse(s)George Wilson[1]

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Early lifeEdit

Schull was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Susan Schull, the current president of Ballet Hawaii, and is one of three children.[2] She attended Punahou School,[2] and trained at Hawaii State Ballet under the instruction of John Landovsky.

Schull was offered a scholarship to Indiana University for ballet, and attended at age 17.[2] While at Indiana University, she joined Delta Delta Delta. During her sophomore year (as a ballet and journalism major), she attended the San Francisco Ballet School Summer Intensive. SFBS subsequently offered Schull a scholarship to continue her studies for an additional year.

When Schull's year-long scholarship ended in 1999, San Francisco Ballet's artistic director offered her an apprenticeship which she accepted.[2] After filming Center Stage,[2] she subsequently joined SFB as a full-time member of its corps de ballet.

CareerEdit

Schull was cast in the starring role of Jody Sawyer in the 2000 film Center Stage while still an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet.[2] Later that same year, she was cast as Davina Mayhan, the title character's older sister on the hit YTV sitcom My Family and Me.[citation needed] She portrayed the character from the show's third season to the last.

In April 2006, Schull retired from San Francisco Ballet. In May 2008 she went to Australia to film the movie adaptation of Li Cunxin's Mao's Last Dancer.[2][3] In Mao's Last Dancer, released in North America in 2010, Schull has a major role as Elizabeth "Liz" Mackey, the girlfriend (and later, first wife) of Li Cunxin.

In 2009, Schull had a guest star role on the Fox TV show, Lie to Me (season 1, episode 4). The same year, she was seen in the Lifetime Movie Sorority Wars starring Lucy Hale and Courtney Thorne-Smith. She also guest starred on The CW's One Tree Hill as Sara, the spirit and memory of the deceased wife of Clay (played by Robert Buckley), and also as Clay's wannabe lover who bears a striking resemblance to Sara—Katie Ryan.[2] She guest starred in an episode of Ghost Whisperer (Greek Tragedy) in 2009, and episode 14 of Bones, in 2010. Schull recurringly appeared as Meredith, who is Aria's (Lucy Hale's character) dad's former lover, in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.[2] She also appeared in an episode of Hawaii Five-0. In March 2012, she appeared in a McDonald's commercial for the Shamrock Shake and in April she guest starred in an episode of Psych.[2] Also in 2012 she appeared in an episode of Grimm as Lucinda, a character who resembles Cinderella, but with a twist.[2] Since 2013, Schull has appeared in the recurring role of Katrina Bennett in USA Network's Suits. In March 2018, she was promoted to series regular for the eighth season of Suits.[2][4]

In November 2013, Schull was cast as Cassandra Railly on the television series 12 Monkeys, based on the 1995 film of the same name.[2][5] The show premiered January 16, 2015.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Schull met her husband, George Wilson, while filming Mao's Last Dancer in Australia.[2]

FilmographyEdit

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Center Stage Jody Sawyer
2007 Women on Top Becca King
2009 Mao's Last Dancer Elizabeth Mackey
2011 J. Edgar Anita Colby [2]
2016 I Am Wrath Abbie [2]
2017 Devil's Gate FBI Special Agent Daria Francis [2]
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2000–2007 My Family and Me Davina Mayhan Van Buren Main role (seasons 3–9)[citation needed] (YTV series)
2008 The Cleaner Aileen Episode: "Five Little Words"
2008 Cold Case Allison 'Ally' Thurston Episode: "Wings"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Emily Harris Episode: "Greek Tragedy"
2009 Lie to Me Phoebe Headling Episode: "Love Always"
2009 Sorority Wars Gwen Television film (Lifetime)
2009–2010 One Tree Hill Sara Evans / Katie Ryan Recurring role; 13 episodes
2010 Bones Neviah Larkin Episode: "The Devil in the Details"
2010–2013 Pretty Little Liars Meredith Sorenson Recurring role (seasons 13), 7 episodes
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Nicole Duncan Episode: "He Kane Hewa' Ole"
2011 Castle Joy Jones Episode: "Pretty Dead"
2011 Two and a Half Men Alicia Episode: "Thank You for the Intercourse" [2]
2012 Psych Thea Summers / Dalia Towne Episode: "Santabarbaratown"
2012 Grimm Lucinda Jarvis Episode: "Happily Ever Aftermath"
2012 The Mentalist Marcy Victor Episode: "Red Rover, Red Rover" [2]
2012 Vegas Carol Reyes Episode: "Money Plays"
2012 Imaginary Friend Brittany Television film (Lifetime)
2013 Hunt for the Labrynth Killer Shelby Cook Television film (Lifetime)
2013 The Arrangement Melody Television film (USA)
2013–present Suits Katrina Bennett Recurring role (seasons 27); main role (season 8)[4]
2013 Nikita Naomi Ceaver Episode: "Black Badge"
2014 Suburgatory Linda Episode: "The Ballad of Piggy Duckworth"
2014 Betrayed Julie Television film
2015–2018 12 Monkeys Dr. Cassandra Railly Main role
2016 Murder in the First Melissa Danson Recurring role (season 3), 6 episodes
2018 Love, Once and Always Lucy Television film (Hallmark)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amanda Schull | TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Williams, Seran (October 1, 2015). "The Upside of Amanda Schull". Hawaii Luxury Magazine. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "All about this city for Kyle - Stay In Touch - Entertainment]". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 21, 2018). "Suits' Amanda Schull Promoted To Series Regular For Season 8 Of USA Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 4, 2013). "Aaron Stanford & Amanda Schull To Topline Syfy's 12 Monkeys Pilot, Jeffrey Reiner To Direct, Natalie Chaidez To Showrun". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 9, 2014). "12 Monkeys to Premiere Friday, January 16 at 9PM on Syfy". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2015.

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