Dominique Swain

Dominique Swain (born August 12, 1980) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her roles as the title character in the 1997 film adaptation of Lolita, and as Sean Archer's daughter, Jamie, in the action-thriller Face/Off (1997). She worked predominantly in independent films throughout the late 90s and early 2000s. Her other credits include Girl (1998), Happy Campers (2001), Tart (2001), Pumpkin (2002), and Alpha Dog (2006). She has since starred in a succession of horror films. In 2002, she appeared in the music video for the Moby song "We Are All Made of Stars".

Dominique Swain
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Swain in 2017
Dominique Swain

(1980-08-12) August 12, 1980 (age 39)
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1993–present

Early lifeEdit

Swain was born on August 12, 1980 in Malibu, California, the daughter of Cindy (née Fitzgerald) and David Swain, Sr., an electrical engineer.[1] She has two sisters, actress Chelse and Alexis, and a half sister and brother from her father's first marriage.[citation needed] Swain grew up in Malibu where she attended Malibu High School, and enjoyed playing sports, making art, and listening to music.[citation needed] Swain excelled at learning, earning straight A's and becoming valedictorian like her sister before her.[citation needed] Her parents are separated.[2]


Swain started her career in Hollywood as a stunt double; she appeared as the double for Macaulay Culkin's younger sister Quinn in Joseph Ruben's The Good Son (1993). In 1995, at the age of 15, she was chosen out of 2,500 girls to play the title role of Dolores "Lolita" Haze in Adrian Lyne's controversial 1997 screen adaptation of Lolita. She was 15 during filming and her performance was praised by critics. She later then played the rebellious teen Jamie Archer in John Woo's Face/Off (1997).[3][4][5] She starred in the 1998 drama film Girl, in which she plays a high-schooler who is determined to lose her virginity. She then played a central role in the 2006 film Alpha Dog.[6] In 2009, Swain appeared in Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema which discussed the depiction of sex in film.[7] That same year, she was featured in the movie Noble Things, about the country star Jimmy Wayne Collins, which also starred country musician Lee Ann Womack.[8] Swain also starred in the horror/slasher film Fall Down Dead as the main character, Christie Wallace.[9] She starred in Monte Hellman's romance thriller Road to Nowhere in 2010.[10] In 2011, Swain was featured in David Ren's action thriller The Girl from the Naked Eye.[11] She starred in the direct-to-video science fiction film Nazis at the Center of the Earth in 2012.[12] In 2013, Swain starred in Gregory Hatanaka's drama film Blue Dream as Gena Townsend.[13] In 2015 she was in the independent action film Skin Traffik alongside Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts and Michael Madsen,[14]

Currently, Swain is set to star in the slasher film The 6th Friend.[15]


In 2001, at the age of 21, Swain posed nude for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur" campaign.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Face/Off Jamie Archer
1997 Lolita Dolores "Lolita" Haze
1998 Girl Andrea Marr
2000 Intern Jocelyn Bennett
2000 The Smokers Jefferson Roth
2001 Happy Campers Wendy
2001 Mean People Suck Kate Short film
2001 Tart Cat Storm
2002 Pumpkin Jeanine Kryszinsky
2002 Dead in the Water Gloria
2002 New Best Friend Sidney Barrett
2003 Plain Dirty Inez Macbeth
2003 As Virgins Fall Ellen Denver
2003 The Job Emily Robin
2004 The Freediver Maggie
2004 Out of Season Kelly Phillips
2005 Devour Dakota
2005 Journeyman Dominique
2005 The Locrian Mode Jill Short film
2006 Alpha Dog Susan Hartunian
2006 All In Ace
2007 Dead Mary Kim
2007 The Pacific and Eddy Chelsea
2007 White Air Christie
2007 Fall Down Dead Christie Wallace Also associate producer
2008 Borders Ashley Short film
2008 Stiletto Nancy
2008 Prairie Fever Abigail
2008 Noble Things Amber Wades
2008 Capers Mercy
2009 Nightfall Quinn
2009 Stuntmen Mindy Danger
2010 Trance Laura
2010 Toxic Nadia
2010 Road to Nowhere Nathalie Post
2012 Private War LCpl. Roberts
2012 The Girl from the Naked Eye Alissa
2012 Nazis at the Center of the Earth Dr. Paige Morgan
2013 Blue Dream Gena
2014 Rock Story Sammy Carlson
2014 Fatal Instinct Aly
2014 Boudoir Colette Short film
2014 6 Ways to Die Steph Garcia
2014 The Lost Girls Lucy
2015 No Deposit Girl in Bar
2015 A Horse Trail Sydney
2015 The Mourning The Suited Woman
2015 Embers Woman in the Long Dress
2016 The Black Room Stacy
2016 State of Desolation Tina
2016 Skin Traffik Anna Peel
2016 Widows Amanda Brandt Short film
2016 Hate Horses Wendy Lou Perrin
2016 The 6th Friend Heather
2017 Spreading Darkness Fiona Funari
2017 Boone: The Bounty Hunter Olivia
2018 Battle Drone Alexandra Hayes
2018 1st Born Ingrid
2019 Rottentail Anna Banana
2019 Eminence Hill Gretchen
TBA Magik Calysta (voice) Post-production, also writer
TBA Holy Masquerade Maggie Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel Monica TV movie
2005 JAG Lt. Eve Sorrens 1 episode ("The Sixth Juror")
2006 Ghost Whisperer Stacy Chase 1 episode ("Friendly Neighborhood Ghost")
2006 Punk'd Herself 1 episode
2006 Totally Awesome Lori TV movie
2015 Fatal Flip Alex Saunders TV movie
2015 Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre Honey TV movie
2016 The Wrong Roommate Janice TV movie
2018 The Wrong Cruise Monica TV movie

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist
1998 "Lullaby" Shawn Mullins
2002 "We Are All Made of Stars" Moby
2004 "Rapid Hope Loss" Dashboard Confessional
2007 "Rockstar" Nickelback

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
1998 Saturn Awards Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actress Face/Off Nominated
1999 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actress Lolita Nominated
1999 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Jeremy Irons) Lolita Nominated
1999 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie / Pilot / Mini-Series: Leading Young Actress Lolita Won
1999 YoungStar Awards Best Young Actress in a Mini-Series/Made for TV Film Lolita Nominated
2003 DVD Exclusive Awards Best Actress Tart Nominated
2007[17] San Diego Film Festival Best Actress The Pacific & Eddy Won
2007 Silver Lake Film Festival Best Actress The Pacific and Eddy Won
2013[18] Downbeach Film Festival Lifesaver Achievement Award N/A Won


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  2. ^ Gliatto, Tom (August 17, 1998). "Problem Child". People. 50 (5): 57. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Anderson, Kyle (August 18, 2009). "'Lolita' Invades America: Wake-Up Video". MTV. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Berardinelli, James (1998). "Review: Lolita (1997)". Reel Reviews. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  5. ^ James, Caryn (July 31, 1998). "Movie Review: Lolita (1997) TELEVISION REVIEW; Revisiting a Dangerous Obsession". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  6. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (May 18, 2010). "Director of Obscure Dominique Swain Movie Refashions Himself as Tea Party Martyr". Movieline. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  7. ^ MacIntyre, April (November 4, 2009). "Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema unzips on November 10". Monsters and Critics. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  8. ^ "Lee Ann Womack Steps Off The Stage And Onto The Big Screen". March 10, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  9. ^ ""FALL DOWN DEAD" Release News". Oh My Gore!. October 18, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  10. ^ Anderson, John (May 12, 2010). "Elder Statesman's New Story". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  11. ^ Allen, Michael (July 11, 2011). "Action Thriller The Girl from the Naked Eye Serves Up Cold Revenge". 28 Days Later Analysis. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  12. ^ "Dominique Swain and Jake Busey Find Nazis at the Center of the Earth". Dread Central. December 1, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  13. ^ Brown, Todd (February 2, 2013). "MAD COWGIRL Director Returns With BLUE DREAM". Twitch Film. Archived from the original on January 15, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (August 13, 2013). "Eric Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Mickey Rourke to Star in 'Skin Traffik' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  15. ^ Turek, Ryan (August 13, 2013). "Dominique Swain Tops Cast of the Slasher Film The 6th Friend". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  16. ^ Malkin, Marc S. (December 17, 2001). "December 17, 2001". New York. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  17. ^ "Award Winners". October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on October 28, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  18. ^ "Lifesaver Award". Retrieved October 11, 2019.

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