Sierra McCormick

Sierra McCormick (born October 28, 1997[1][2]) is an American actress. She first became known for participating on the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (2007–2008) before shifting her focus onto acting, receiving attention for portraying Lilith on the television series Supernatural (2008). She then starred as Scout Thomas on the comedy television series Romantically Challenged (2010), and as Olive Doyle on the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm from 2011 to 2014.

Sierra McCormick
Born (1997-10-28) October 28, 1997 (age 23)
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
External image
image icon McCormick in 2014 (at IMDb)

McCormick made her film debut starring as Susan Kushner in the comedy film Ramona and Beezus (2010), and has since voiced Alice in the direct-to-DVD film Spooky Buddies (2011), starred as Moira in the indie film Some Kind of Hate (2015), and co-starred as Fay Crocker in the science fiction film The Vast of Night (2019).

Life and careerEdit

1997–2008: Early life and career beginningsEdit

McCormick was born in Asheville, North Carolina.[3] She moved to Los Angeles, California in 2006, after expressing an interest in acting.[3]

McCormick first began acting in 2007 at the age of nine, making an uncredited cameo on the television series 'Til Death.[4] In 2007, she beat out thousands of other children to be cast in the second season of the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? as one of the students.[5] Following a guest appearance on the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana in 2008,[4] she co-starred with China Anne McClain in the film Jack and Janet Save the Planet. In the same year, she appeared as Lilith on two episodes of the fantasy television series Supernatural.[6]

2010–2014: BreakthroughEdit

In 2010, McCormick starred in the comedy film Ramona and Beezus as Susan Kushner, the rival of the title character, Ramona Quimby. The film was received positively, with the acting ensemble being praised for their performances.[7] In the same year, she was cast as Scout Thomas, the daughter of Rebecca Thomas, in the comedy television series Romantically Challenged, which was cancelled after a season.[8]

In 2011, she appeared in the television film A Nanny for Christmas. In the same year, she voiced Alice in the Disney direct-to-video film Spooky Buddies.[9] McCormick, along with the cast of the film, won a Young Artist Award for their performances.[10] Later in 2011, McCormick was cast for the role of Olive Doyle, a girl with an eidetic memory, in the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm.[11] She was chosen after an audition where she continuously spoke about tigers. Dan Signer stated: "And as I heard her continually talking about tigers, I thought, 'That's just how Olive would sound.' Which is how Sierra got that part." According to an interview with McCormick, getting the role was easy because she and McClain were already friends from their previous work experience.[2]

From 2011 to 2014, McCormick had a recurring role on the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie as Connie, a girl obsessed with the main character, Luke.[12]

2015–present: Current workEdit

In 2015, McCormick starred in the horror movie Some Kind of Hate, which premiered at various film festivals.[13] Her performance, along with the rest of the cast, was received positively. For her performance, she received a Fright Meter Award nomination.[14] In 2016, she appeared as Sarah in the Lifetime television film Sorority Nightmare.[15] In 2017, she starred as Kara Gentry in the film Christmas in the Heartland, which was originally made for television, but was later released direct-to-video.[16] In 2018, McCormick starred in a series of indie films, which include The Honor List, The Neighborhood Watch and Pretty Little Stalker.

In 2019, she co-starred with Jake Horowitz in the science fiction film The Vast of Night.[17] Based on the Kecksburg UFO incident and the Foss Lake Disappearances, she starred as Fay Crocker, a young switchboard operator in high school.[18] The film received critical acclaim,[19] and the performances of the lead cast were praised.[20] For her role, she received a special mention from the Jury Awards at the Hamptons International Film Festival.[21] In the same year, she appeared in the horror film VFW, and starred in the Lifetime television film Who Stole My Daughter? as Katie Sullivan, the eponymous daughter of Samaire Armstrong's character.[22]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Land of the Lost Tar Pits Kid
2010 Ramona and Beezus Susan Kushner
2010 A Nanny for Christmas Jackie Ryland
2011 Spooky Buddies Alice
2015 Some Kind of Hate Moira
2018 The Honor List Charlotte
2018 The Neighborhood Watch Allie
2018 Pretty Little Stalker Bridget
2019 The Vast of Night Fay Crocker
2019 VFW Lizard
TBA We Need to Do Something Melissa Post-production[23]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 'Til Death Kid Episode: "Summer of Love"
2007–2008 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Herself 5th grade classmate (season 2)
2007–2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Emma Episodes: "The Bat Mitzvah", "The Reunion", "The Table Read"
2008 Boston Legal Daniella Episode: "Dances with Wolves"
2008 Supernatural Lilith Episodes: "No Rest for the Wicked", "Yellow Fever"
2009 Jack and Janet Save the Planet Molly Pilot (unaired)
2009 Criminal Minds Lynn Robillard Episode: "Bloodline"
2009 Hannah Montana Gillian Episode: "Welcome to the Bungle"
2009 Monk Anne Marie Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Dog"
2009 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Kara Bannister Television film
2010 Medium Allison (Young) Episode: "There Will Be Blood... Type A"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gracie Layman Episode: "Irradiator"
2010 Romantically Challenged Scout Thomas Main role
2011–2014 A.N.T. Farm Olive Doyle Main role
2011–2012, 2014 Jessie Connie 3 episodes
2013 The Breakdown Little Girl Television film
2016 Sorority Nightmare Sarah Television film; originally titled Twisted Sisters
2017 Christmas in the Heartland Kara Gentry Television film
2019 Who Stole My Daughter? Katie Sullivan Television film

Music videosEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2012 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a DVD Film – Young Ensemble Cast Spooky Buddies Won [10]
2015 Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actress Some Kind of Hate Nominated [24]
2019 27th Hamptons International Film Festival Jury Awards The Vast of Night Special Mention [25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HappyBirthdaySierra!!!". Radio Disney twitter. October 28, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
    "Happy birthday". China Anne McClain twitter. October 28, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "The Meet & Greet: Disney Star Sierra McCormick From 'A.N.T Farm'". Celebuzz!. June 24, 2011. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "SIERRA MCCORMICK "Olive Doyle"". Disney Channel Medianet. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "NYFA High School Students Receive Guest Talk from Disney Star Sierra McCormick". New York Film Academy Summer Camp. May 12, 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  5. ^ "Disney Star Sierra McCormick is Super Smart on 'A.N.T. Farm'". www.backstage.com. August 21, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "WebCite query result". www.webcitation.org. Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  7. ^ "Ramona and Beezus: A family film with a dose of reality". thestar.com. July 23, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Romantically Challenged cancelled, no season two". canceled + renewed TV shows - TV Series Finale. May 16, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  9. ^ "'Spooky Buddies' Blu-ray Announced | High-Def Digest". www.highdefdigest.com. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "33rd Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on April 4, 2012.
  11. ^ Hibberd, James (November 11, 2010). "Disney Orders Live Action Comedy 'Ant Farm'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 24, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "Disney's 'What the What?!?' Guest Star Weekend Sneak Peek: 'Jessie's' Luke Has a New Admirer, Lindy Gets an 'I Didn't Do It' Arch Nemesis, More". yahoo.com. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (April 28, 2014). "Disney Star Sierra McCormick Set for Horror Movie 'Some Kind of Hate'". Variety. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "2015 Fright Meter Awards Winners". Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  15. ^ "Lifetime Review: 'Sorority Nightmare'". Geeks. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  16. ^ "Film Review: 'Christmas in the Heartland'". Geeks. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  17. ^ "Texas Is Inextricable From Film Festival Darling 'The Vast of Night'". Texas Monthly. September 27, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  18. ^ Thompson, Anne; Thompson, Anne (June 1, 2020). "Amazon's 'The Vast of Night': Inside Oklahoma Indie Andrew Patterson's Dazzling Debut". IndieWire. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  19. ^ Hemphill, Jim. "There's Something in the Air: With The Vast of Night, Director Andrew Patterson Reinvents the UFO Movie". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  20. ^ Wilner, Norman (September 8, 2019). "TIFF review: The Vast Of Night". NOW Magazine. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  21. ^ "HIFF27 Award Winners". hamptonsfilmfest.org. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  22. ^ "Lifetime Review: 'Who Stole My Daughter?'". Geeks. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  23. ^ Vlessing, Etan (October 29, 2020). "Sierra McCormick, Vinessa Shaw, Pat Healy Star in 'We Need to Do Something' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  24. ^ "2015 Fright Meter Awards Winners". Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  25. ^ "HIFF27 Award Winners". hamptonsfilmfest.org. Retrieved April 6, 2020.

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Preceded by
Jacob Hays
(Season 1)
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Member of the Class
Occupant of Seat #3

Season 2 (2007–2008)
Succeeded by
Olivia Dellums
(Season 3)