Daveigh Chase

Daveigh Elizabeth Chase (/dəˈv/ də-VAY;[1] née Chase-Schwallier; born July 24, 1990) is an American actress, singer, and model. She began her career appearing in minor television roles before being cast as Samantha Darko in Richard Kelly's cult film Donnie Darko. She would subsequently provide the voices of Chihiro Ogino in the English dub of the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away, and Lilo Pelekai in the Disney animated feature film Lilo & Stitch and its subsequent franchise, before appearing as Samara Morgan, the child antagonist in the 2002 horror film The Ring.

Daveigh Chase
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Chase in 2008
Daveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier

(1990-07-24) July 24, 1990 (age 30)
OccupationActress, singer, model
Years active1998–present

Between 2006 and 2011, she played a supporting part in the HBO series Big Love, portraying Rhonda Volmer, a sociopathic teenager raised in a polygamist family. In 2009, she reprised her role as Samantha Darko in S. Darko, a sequel to Donnie Darko. She appeared in the 2016 horror film Jack Goes Home.

Early lifeEdit

Chase was born on July 24, 1990, in Las Vegas, Nevada.[2] Her name was changed to Daveigh Elizabeth Chase after her parents, Cathy Chase and John Schwallier, divorced.[3] Chase was raised in Albany, Oregon.[4]

Acting careerEdit

Chase's big break came in 2002 when she won the lead role as the voice of a Hawaiian girl, Lilo Pelekai, in the Disney animated feature, Lilo & Stitch. The film relates how Lilo befriends a strange and destructive blue alien thinly disguised as a dog, whom she calls "Stitch", and how she tries to teach him how to behave using Elvis Presley music as exemplars. For her performance, Chase would go on to win an Annie Award in 2003 and star in the follow-up TV series, Lilo & Stitch: The Series. Chase also voiced the role of the lead character, Chihiro Ogino, a 10 year-old Japanese girl, in the American dub of the anime Japanese feature, Spirited Away.[5]

In 2002, Chase starred in the role of Samara Morgan in the feature film, The Ring.[6][7] Chase was awarded the 2003 Best Villain award at the MTV Movie Awards for her performance, beating out Mike Myers, Colin Farrell, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Day-Lewis. In the sequel to The Ring, The Ring Two (2005), Chase was credited for her role as Samara Morgan because of the use of archive footage from the first Ring, but Kelly Stables performed all of the new archive footage.[8]

Chase's main other major film and TV credits between 2000 and 2005 were the film Donnie Darko (2001), as Donnie's younger sister, Samantha, and Oliver Beene (2003–2004), as Oliver's quirky girlfriend Joyce. Other credits include The Rats (2002), Carolina (2003), R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse (2003) in which she played a flying ghost called Annabel, and Beethoven's 5th (2003). She also made guest appearances in Touched by an Angel, Charmed, ER, Family Law, and The Practice.

In 2006, Chase was given the role of Rhonda Volmer in the HBO drama series Big Love which centers on a polygamist family and its patriarch, Bill Henrickson, played by Bill Paxton. The show focuses upon Henrickson's relationship with his three wives. Chase's character is the child bride of a prophet, Roman Grant, played by Harry Dean Stanton.

Leroy & Stitch, a follow-up to Lilo & Stitch, was released in 2006. Chase then appeared in the second season of Big Love, which aired in 2007. She also plays Betsy in the new PBS show called Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures the same year. She reprised her role as Donnie Darko's younger sister, Samantha, in the film S. Darko.[9] The story picks up seven years after the first film when Samantha Darko and her best friend Corey are now 18 years old and on a road trip to Los Angeles when they are afflicted by bizarre visions.

In 2015, she starred in the thriller film Killer Crush and in the horror/independent film Wild in Blue with Karen Black. In 2016 she starred in the thriller film American Romance with Nolan Gerard Funk, and appeared in the drama/thriller film Jack Goes Home with Rory Culkin, Britt Robertson, Lin Shaye and Nikki Reed.

Personal lifeEdit

Chase was arrested in November 2017 for riding in a stolen car.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Her Married Lover Granddaughter
2000 Robbers Dentist's Daughter
2001 Donnie Darko Samantha Darko
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Child Singer Deleted scenes
2001 Spirited Away Chihiro (voice) (English version)
2002 Lilo & Stitch Lilo Pelekai (voice)
2002 The Ring Samara Morgan
2003 Haunted Lighthouse Annabel Short film
2003 Carolina Georgia Mirabeau (young)
2003 Silence Rachel Pressman
2003 Stitch! The Movie Lilo Pelekai (voice) Direct-to-video
2003 Beethoven's 5th Sara Newton Direct-to-video
2005 Rings Samara Morgan Archive footage
2005 The Ring Two Samara Morgan Archive footage
2006 Leroy & Stitch Lilo Pelekai (voice)
2009 S. Darko Samantha Darko Direct-to-video
2010 In Between Days Kent Short film
2012 Yellow Mary (young)
2012 Little Red Wagon Kelley Bonner
2013 Madame Le Chat Klutzy Short film
2014 JacobJoseffAimee Aimee
2015 Wild In Blue Rachel
2016 Jack Goes Home Shanda
2016 American Romance Krissy Madison
2017 Rings Samara Morgan Archive footage


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Little Girl Episode: "Christmas Amnesia"
1999 Michael Landon, The Father I Knew Shawna Landon (age 8) Television film
2000 Charmed Christina Larson (young) Episode: "Pardon My Past"
2000 The Practice Jennifer Wakefield Episode: "Appeal and Denial"
2000 ER Taylor Walker Episode: "The Greatest of Gifts"
2000 From Where I Sit Anna Television film
2000 Edgar MaCobb Presents Sally Television film
2001 Yes, Dear Brooke Episode: "The Big Snip"
2001 The Lot Peggy Franklin Episode: "Kids"
2001 That's Life Mary-Ellen Episode: "Boo!"
2001 Touched by an Angel Heather Albright Episode: "Heaven's Portal"
2001 Inside Schwartz Randi Johnson Episode: "Comic Relief Pitcher"
2001 Say Uncle Lucy Janik Television film
2002 Family Law Jamie Garibaldi Episode: "Blood and Water"
2002 The Rats Amy Costello Television film
2003 Fillmore! Joyce Summitt, Tracy Mabini (voices) Episodes: "Of Slain Kings on Checkered Fields", "Links in a Chain of Honor"
2003 Oliver Beene Joyce Main role, 23 episodes
2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Lilo Pelekai, Victoria (voices) Lead role; 65 episodes
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tessa Press Episode: "Turn of the Screws"
2004 Cold Case Ariel Shuman Episode: "The Sleepover"
2006–2011 Big Love Rhonda Volmer Recurring role, 32 episodes
2007 Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures Betsy (voice) Lead role; 58 episodes
2008 Without a Trace Diana Reed Episode: "A Bend in the Road"
2009 Mercy Ashley Jeffries Episode: "I'm Not That Kind of Girl"
2015 Killer Crush Paige York Television film

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Disney's Lilo & Stitch Lilo
2002 Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise
2002 Lilo & Stitch: Hawaiian Adventure
2016 Let It Die Kiwako Seto [11]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Nominated Work Award Category Result Refs
2002 Touched by an Angel Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Guest Starring Young Actress Nominated
2003 The Ring Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female Nominated
2003 The Ring MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Won
2003 Lilo & Stitch Annie Awards Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Won
2003 Lilo & Stitch Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female Nominated
2003 Lilo & Stitch Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role: Age 10 or Under Won


  1. ^ Kutcher, Ashton; Chase, Daveigh (June 5, 2003). "2003 MTV Movie Awards". MTV Movie Awards.
  2. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (2011). Disney Voice Actors: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-786-48694-6.
  3. ^ "Daveigh Chase Biography (1990–)". Theater, Film and Television Biographies. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Gehrett, Les (August 16, 2002). "Big break: Albany girl follows her dreams of performing directly into the spotlight". Albany Democrat-Herald. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Thill, Scott (September 20, 2002). "Spirited Away". PopMatters. Retrieved August 5, 2008. She also starred in the box-office film Donnie Darko as Samantha Darko, the youngest sister of the Darko family (2001)
  6. ^ Wilson, Jess (May 1, 2015). "You won't believe what the girl from The Ring looks like now..." mirror. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Creepy Girl From The Ring Is All Grown Up and Beautiful!". Us Weekly. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Thill, cott (March 30, 2015). "Here's Why Daveigh Chase of 'The Ring' (Allegedly) Never Appeared At Monster-Mania…". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved August 5, 2008.
  9. ^ Lindsay, Cam (July 15, 2008). "Ed Harcourt To Score Unwelcome Donnie Darko Sequel". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2008.
  10. ^ Francesa, Bacardi (November 29, 2017). "'The Ring' actress arrested after riding in stolen car". Page Six. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  11. ^ "CAST|PlayStation®4用サバイバルアクションゲーム - Let It Die". letitdie.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved March 17, 2018.

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