Bella Thorne played Ruthy Spivey in the television series My Own Worst Enemy, Tancy Henrickson in the fourth season of Big Love, and CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up. She also appeared as Hilary/”Larry” in Blended and as Celia in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In 2015, she played Madison in The DUFF, Amanda in Perfect High and Hazel in Big Sky. Thorne currently stars as Paige on the Freeform series, Famous in Love.
Years active: 1998–present
Age: 35 years and 11 months
Sun Sign Pisces
Hair Color She has dyed her hair blonde.
Eye Color Green
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Measurements 36-25-35 in or 91.5-63.5-89 cm
Bra Size 34B
She has both Ashkenazi (from Poland) and Tunisian Sephardic (from Tunisia) ancestry.
Occupation Actress, model, singer, writer, director
Father – Pierre Laurent (Voiceover actor)
Mother – Annick (Ballerina)
Siblings – Mathieu Laurent (Brother)
She graduated from Lycée Hector Berlioz in Vincennes, France.
She is represented by these agencies –
Tavistock Wood Management
Genre Pop, rock
Born to a Jewish family, she was introduced to acting at the age of sixteen by Gérard Depardieu, who cast her in a minor role in the romantic drama The Bridge (1999). The recipient of two César Awards, an Étoiles d’or du cinéma français, and a Lumières Award, Laurent has established herself as an accomplished actress in the French film industry.
Laurent gained recognition for her supporting work in several French films, most notably the 2006 comedy Dikkenek, for which she won Étoiles d’Or for Best Female Newcomer. Her breakthrough role came in the 2006 drama film Don’t Worry, I’m Fine, for which she later won the César Award for Most Promising Actress, and the Prix Romy Schneider. Laurent made her Hollywood debut in 2009 with the starring role as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino’s blockbuster war film Inglourious Basterds. She garnered critical acclaim for her performance and won the Online Film Critics Society and the Austin Film Critics Association Best Actress Awards.
While she has worked mainly in independent films, including Paris (2008) and Enemy (2013), Laurent also appeared in commercially successful Hollywood films, including the comedy drama Beginners (2011), and the caper film Now You See Me (2013), the former earning her a nomination at the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress. Laurent’s other notable works include the art-house drama The Round Up (2010), the comedy drama Et soudain, tout le monde me manque (2011), and Night Train to Lisbon (2013). She is also known for voicing Mary Katherine and Disgust in the French dubs of Epic (2013) and Inside Out (2015) respectively.
In addition to her film career, Laurent has appeared in stage productions in France. She made her theater debut in 2010 in Nicolas Bedos’s Promenade de santé. The short film De moins en moins (2008) marked her debut as a filmmaker. Her feature film directorial debut is The Adopted (2011). Respire (2014), her second feature film as a director, was screened at the International Critics’ Week section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. She made her singing debut with a studio album En t’attendant in May 2011; the album contains twelve songs, five of which are co-written and co-produced by Irish folk musician Damien Rice.
“I’d thank Gérard Depardieu. I’d tell him ‘Thanks for speeding things up.’”
—Melanie Laurent, when asked who’d she write to thank for her career.
Laurent was born in Paris, France the daughter of Annick, a ballerina, and Pierre Laurent, a voiceover actor (who dubs the character Ned Flanders in the French version of The Simpsons). She is Jewish, of both Ashkenazi (Polish-Jewish) and Sephardic (Tunisian-Jewish) ancestry. Her grandfather survived deportation by the Nazis. Her maternal grandparents were film poster editors. She grew up in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Her Polish-Jewish grandfather was deported from Poland during the Nazi occupation.
Laurent visited the set of Asterix and Obelix with her friend and the latter’s father. Her acting career began when actor Gérard Depardieu, seeing Laurent there, asked her if she wanted to be in films. Laurent replied, “Why not?”. He strongly advised her not to take acting classes because he believed she already had the necessary skills. When Laurent was 16, Depardieu gave her a part in The Bridge, a drama he starred in and co-directed with Fréderic Auburtin. Laurent played the role of Lisbeth Daboval, the daughter of one of the protagonists of the film, Claire Daboval.
Debut and early success (2006–08)
Laurent played minor roles in a number of films early in her career. She appeared in Michel Blanc’s drama Summer Things, Jackie Chan’s comedy-drama Rice Rhapsody, Jacques Audiard’s drama The Beat That My Heart Skipped and the war film Days of Glory about the Free French Forces.
Laurent breakthrough role came in 2006, when she played a sullen 19-year-old who longed for her lost twin brother, in Philippe Lioret’s Don’t Worry, I’m Fine. She won a César Award for Most Promising Actress for her performance. In a review for Variety, Ronnie Scheib praised Laurent and wrote that she, “makes her vibrant character’s downward spiral totally believable without indulging in moody sullenness”. That same year, she and Belgian actor Jérémie Renier were awarded France’s Romy Schneider and Jean Gabin Prizes for most promising actor and actress. Laurent then starred in the Franco-Belgian Dikkenek, a comedy directed by Olivier Van Hoofstadt that has attained a cult film over the years owing to its Belgian-style humour, in which she co-starred alongside Marion Cotillard, Jérémie Renier, Jean-Luc Couchard and Dominique Pinon. For her performance in the film, Laurent won the Étoiles d’Or for Best Female Newcomer.
In 2007, Laurent appeared in films including Le tueur and Hidden Love. She was nominated for the Lumières Award for Best Actress for her performance in La Chambre des morts. Laurent next appeared in Cédric Klapisch’s 2008 comedy drama Paris, a French film concerning a diverse group of people. The film has an ensemble cast including Laurent, Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, and François Cluzet. The film was well received by the critics with praise directed majorly towards Laurent and the rest of its cast.
Hollywood debut and breakthrough (2009–10)
Laurent was scheduled to direct her first play, Mi-cuit cœur pistache (the name of a dessert she particularly likes) in January 2009 at the Théâtre Marigny in Paris. She had to abandon the project when she was cast as Shosanna Dreyfus, a Parisian who seeks revenge on Nazis in the Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds alongside Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger and Christoph Waltz. It was a French-language role for which she learned to speak English for a few scenes. The film was a huge commercial and critical success, grossing over $321 million in theaters worldwide. Laurent’s performance was praised by several critics. Kyle Buchanan of Movieline wrote: “Mélanie Laurent provides Inglourious Basterds its heart and soul. It falls to the 26-year-old French actress to anchor some of the World War II film’s most challenging scenes as Shosanna.
Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Laurent should have received the nomination at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards saying, “In drawing attention to one performer, in particular, whom they left out of the Best Supporting Actress category, I flat-out adore this performance and I suspect that many others do too,” and further lauding Laurent’s performance added, “Laurent is radiant and, in a unique Tarantino way, heartbreaking. Sexy and luminous in the heat of her valor. Putting out fire – and setting it. It becomes an anthem of noirish dread and excitement, a sign that Laurent, as Shosanna, has found her destiny.”
In an interview, Laurent said that she went into Inglourious Basterds with an adoration for Quentin Tarantino. “The French don’t see him like an independent director; we just see him as the best director, ever, from the United States.” About the process of auditioning, Laurent said that she knew right from the start that this was a film she had to be in as she felt a connection to her role in the film, because the history of her Jewish family.
In addition, Laurent won a number of accolades for her portrayal of Shosana including Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, and nominations at the Detroit Film Critics Society Awards, Empire Award for Best Actress, and Saturn Award for Best Actress among others. The highly anticipated film, which had been in development since 1998, marked Laurent’s first major role in an American film and Laurent found herself pushed into mainstream success in North America.
Laurnet’s partner Julien Boisselier, as well as Marie Denarnaud, Mélanie Doutey, and Louise Monot were to act in the production while short film clips were to be projected on stage, some of them shot at the nightclub Le Baron, which Laurent used to frequent during the writing period.
In 2010, Laurent starred in The Round Up, a French film directed by Roselyne Bosch, and produced by Alain Goldman, alongside Jean Reno, Sylvie Testud, and Gad Elmaleh. Based on the true story of a young Jewish boy, the film depicts the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup, the mass arrest of Jews by French police who were Nazi accomplices in Paris in July 1942. The film and the Laurent’s performance was well received by the critics, with Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian deeming it “well acted”. John Anderson of Newsday lauded Laurent saying that she gave an “inspiring performance as a gentile nurse”.
Continued success (2011–present)
Laurent had also planned another feature film, Putain de pluie!, produced by Alain Attal’s Productions du Trésor, whose script she co-wrote with Morgan Perez and which she intended to direct. Originally set for filming in the spring of 2009, it was postponed because of her work on Inglourious Basterds. Knowing that she could speak French, and had already acted in French in one of the short films in Paris, je t’aime, she offered the first role to Natalie Portman, who declined because of the script’s language.
Laurent played the part of the violinist in Radu Mihăileanu’s Le Concert—she called it “a smart movie and a popular movie”, and added that she was, “glad because French people wanted to watch a movie with classical music.” Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle called it a “role with great technical demands” and praising Laurent wrote, “she’s extremely subtle and reserved “The Concert” constitutes a breakthrough for her, in that it unlocks her emotional floodgates”.
Laurent hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 64th Cannes Film Festival. In 2011, she teamed with Mike Mills, appearing opposite Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer in Beginners, a comedy drama that marked Laurent’s second English-speaking role in Hollywood. Laurent plays Anna, an irreverent French actress. Loosely based on Mills’ own life, the film depicts the story of a father coming out of the closet at the age of 75 after the death of his wife of 45 years. The film opened to critical acclaim and Laurent’s performance was well received, with Calvin Wilson of St. Louis Post-Dispatch remarking that Laurent imbued a “soulful charisma” into the role.
Laurent then starred opposite Jeremy Irons in Night Train to Lisbon, a 2013 drama film based on the novel of the same name directed by Bille August. Jessica Kiang of Indie Wire noted that Laurent was “given less to do” but lauded her performance writing that she, “makes the most of her truncated screen time”.
Laurent appeared in the Louis Leterrier’s 2013 caper film Now You See Me as a French Interpol agent who investigates the bank theft alongside Mark Ruffalo and an ensemble cast. The film was a major commercial success grossing over 351.7 million dollars, receiving mixed reviews but praise for the performances of the entire cast. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter gave Laurent the highest praise and wrote, “Laurent is responsible for the only measurable amount of warmth the film exudes.”
Laurent’s next release, the Canadian-Spanish psychological thriller film Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve, was screened at the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Loosely adapted by Javier Gullón from José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double, the film opened to critical acclaim. The film starred Jake Gyllenhaal as two men who are physically identical, but different in terms of personality. Laurent and Sarah Gadon co-star as the romantic partners of the men.
In 2014, Laurent appeared in Aloft, a 2014 drama film written and directed by Claudia Llosa, alongside Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy. The film premiered in competition at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Laurent voiced Mary Katherine in Blue Sky Studios’ Epic, and Disgust in Pixar’s Inside Out in the French dubs of the animated films.
In 2015, Laurent starred alongside Laurent Lafitte, in François Favrat’s French drama film Booemerang adapted from the bestseller entitled A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay. The film released on 23 September 2013 to positive critical reviews. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Boomerang is a solid if somewhat conventionally made whodunit that benefits from a strong cast and a plot that hooks you for most of the running time.” Laurent then starred as Léa in Angelina Jolie’s By the Sea, an American drama film, written and directed by Jolie. The film also stars Jolie and Brad Pitt, and was released on 13 November 2015, by Universal Pictures.
Filmmaker career (2008–present)
Laurent made her debut as a director with the 2008 short film De moins en moins, which she also wrote, a 7-minute film about a patient who “remembers less and less” in front of her psychiatrist. The film was nominated for Best Short Film at the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival. She also directed À ses pieds, an erotic short film aired on the French television channel Canal+ on 25–26 October 2008, as part of a series of short films, called X Femmes.
In 2011, she directed her first feature film, The Adopted. Her second film, Respire, was screened at the International Critics’ Week section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was highly acclaimed. She the co-directed the 2015 documentary Tomorrow, which earned her a César Award for Best Documentary Film.
In an interview with Indiewire in 2014, Laurent admitted that she loves writing: “Writing is especially super exciting because you have everything to do and most of your ideas come from that first part… you just imagine things, and you imagine actors.” She described the shooting process as “the fun part” because of: “working with people I love—it’s always a great human moment because we’re sharing things and it’s good to see people who are here for you and your story, to tell your story. It’s really beautiful, it’s why I love making movies.”
In November 2016, it was announced that Laurent will make her English-language directorial debut with Galveston, the film adaptation of Nic Pizzolatto’s novel of the same name, starring Ben Foster and Elle Fanning.
Laurent made her singing debut in May 2011 with a studio album En t’attendant, under the label of Atmosphériques. Produced by Joel Shearer, the album contains twelve songs, five of which are co-written and co-produced by Irish folk musician Damien Rice. The album peaked at number 22 and number 35 on the Belgian Albums Charts and French Albums Charts respectively. She recorded the album with Rice, living between Woodstock, New York and his home in Ireland. In an interview, Laurent revealed that spending time at Rice’s home in Ireland inspired her to maintain a compost heap and eat organic food.
Personal life and off-screen work
Laurent was in a long-term relationship with fellow French actor Julien Boisselier which ended in 2009. In March 2013, she revealed that she had married but refused to name her spouse. She told The Independent , “he was a crew member and I was an actress.” Her first child with her husband, a son named Léo, was born in September 2013.
Laurent described recording artist Damien Rice and filmographer Quentin Tarantino as two “masters” in terms of their art.
She has established herself as a major young talent in French cinema. In a 2009 interview, Laurent explained that she does not have ambitions to be a crossover actress. She stated that she loved France, her street, her café, and not having to use a car. Rather than go on to work on a big budget American film after Inglourious Basterds, her next role was in a small theater piece in France.
Laurent visited a Climate Defenders Camp in the peatlands of the Indonesian Rainforest with Greenpeace activists. She is one of the Climate Ambassadors for Kofi Annan’s Global Humanitarian Forum “Tck Tck Tck” Campaign. She joined the campaign against overfishing at the invitation of the Blue Marine Foundation, and was cast for the voice-over of the documentary The End of the Line. She was also one of the leading celebrities in the successful campaign Fish Fight France, which asked for a new European law lowering the level of fish discards in European seas.
Best Known For
Appearing in films like Inglourious Basterds (2009), and Don’t Worry, I’m Fine (2006).
When she was dating Irish singer, Damien Rice in 2009, Melanie started recording her debut album, En T’Attendant and released it on May 2, 2011.
It consists of twelve singles, making the album about 50 minutes long. It charted at #22 in Belgian Albums Chart and the hit single from the album “En t’attendant” climbed to its personal highest at #23 in the charts.
Melanie appeared in 1999 French film Un pont entre deux rives for her role as Lisbeth.
First TV Show
In 1998, she guest appeared in the TV series Les malheurs de Sophie and played the role as “Young Madeleine de Fleurville” in just 1 episode titled “Retour en France”.
Mélanie Laurent Favorite Things
Movies – Hiroshima Mon Amour, The War is Over
Mélanie Laurent Facts
Laurent’s maternal grandparents were film poster editors.
Melanie’s grandfather was able to survive deportation by the Nazis.
Her dad has dubbed the character of Ned Flanders in the French version of “The Simpsons”.
She didn’t opt for any drama or acting classes before becoming an actress as she was advised by actor Gérard Depardieu, not to do so. According to Gerard, she was already well versed with the necessary skills.
She is friends with Marion Cotillard and Mélanie Doutey.
She hosted the 64th Cannes Film Festival held in 2011.
She gave birth to her first child at the age of 30.
Laurent started filming the movie Boomerang (2015), after 6 months of giving birth to her first child, son Leo.
In 2010, she appeared in the theater play Promenade de santé by Nicolas Bedos.
Kimberly Stewart is the daughter of singer Rod Stewart and actress and model Alana Stewart.
Age: 39 years and 5 months
Occupation: socialite, TV personality, model, and fashion designer.
Parents: Rod Stewart (father), Alana Stewart (mother)
Relatives: Sean Stewart (brother), Ashley Hamilton (maternal half-brother)
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Bra Size: 32B
Eye color: Blue
Hair color Light Blonde Platinum
Agency: Storm Model Management
Kimberly Stewart has worked with companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, American Vogue, Elle, Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, and many others.
Stewart was born on August 20, 1979, in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. She is the second of Rod Stewart′s eight children and second of Alana Stewart′s three children. After graduating from Buckley school in Sherman Oaks, California, she spent several years studying acting with coaches Janet Alhanti and Ivana Chubbuck. Stewart studied in London with theatre coaches Barbara Houseman (Central School of Speech and Drama/Royal Shakespeare Company coach) and Penny Dyer (Rada and Central School of Speech & Drama coach) and with singing coach Mark Meylan, who works with The Royal National Theatre.
She is close with both her parents, and also George Hamilton; the father of her older half-brother Ashley Hamilton. She and her brother Sean both consider George to be their stepfather due to his close friendship with their mother.
Career – Acting
Stewart has worked as an actress and brand ambassador. Stewart’s American television work includes a leading role in Going to California, written by Scott Rosenberg and directed by Ted Demme, and appearing in one episode of Judd Apatow’s series, “Undeclared.” Stewart′s first film was James Toback′s Black and White, which also starred Robert Downey, Jr. and Jared Leto. In 2011 Stewart starred in the movie Homecoming, written and directed by Sean Hackett.
Stewart has appeared on the covers for Tatler and German Vanity Fair, which Bryan Adams shot; and she has worked with fashion companies including Tommy Hilfiger, American Vogue, L’uomo Vogue, Elle, Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, MaxMara, Richard Tyler, Catherine Malandrino, underwear line Ultimo (in a £100,000 deal), Tatler, InStyle, House of Field, and Chrome Hearts.
She realized an early ambition, at age 19, when she launched her own fashion collection – “Pinky Starfish.” Known for its dresses made from French vintage fabrics, the range was sold in Tracey Ross, Lisa Kline and Barney’s. She started her own clothing label, but it foundered because she couldn’t get the supply chain to work.
On September 9, 2008 the Atlanta-based band, “Elevation”, released the music video for its single, “Razoreyes”, starring Stewart, marking a first in her career.
Stewart posed nude in 2008 in the British society magazine Tatler, along with Peaches Geldof, daughter of the Boomtown Rats′ Bob Geldof, and Leah Wood, daughter of the Rolling Stones′ Ronnie Wood. The photographer was Canadian rocker and photographer Bryan Adams. Stewart had previously posed nude with a crucifix in Italian Vogue, dismaying the Vatican.
In 2005, Stewart became engaged to one of the stars of the MTV reality show Laguna Beach, Talan Torriero, after knowing him just a few weeks. At the time, he was 19 and she was 26. The couple called off their engagement less than two weeks after announcing it.
On April 11, 2011, Benicio del Toro’s publicist announced that Stewart was pregnant with their child. Stewart gave birth to a daughter, Delilah Genoveva del Toro (b. 2011), although they were never a couple, on August 21, 2011. Delilah is Rod Stewart’s first grandchild.
Her first television appearance was in 2001 when she played the role of Claire in the pilot of Going to California. The following year, she appeared as Amanda Haythe in the series Undeclared.
In 2007, she starred in her own reality show called Living with… Kimberly Stewart, and starred as Doris in Hercule Poirot. Her film work includes Homecoming and Lost Lake.
2011, Homecoming, role: Jane
2012, Lost Lake, role: Kim
2001, Going to California, role: Claire
2002, Undeclared, role: Amanda Haythe
2007, Living with… Kimberly Stewart
2010, Hercule Poirot, role: Doris
2008, Razoreyes, Elevation
Hilary Duff Best Known For Working as an actress and singer too. She is identified by her role in the Disney Channel Original series Lizzie McGuire from 2001 to 2004. She did her role as Elizabeth Brooke McGuire.
Years active: 1993–present
Relatives: Haylie Duff (sister)
Musical career genre: Teen Pop, Contemporary Pop / Rock, Pop, Dance Pop
Labels: Buena, Vista Hollywood, RCA Records
Born: September 28, 1987, 31 years and 3 months, Houston, Texas, United States
Nick Name Hil, HDuff, Hils
Sun Sign Libra
Eye Color Light Brown
Hair Color Dyed blonde, natural hair color is brown
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm
Measurements 34-27-34 in or 86-68.5-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Father – Robert Erhard Duff (a partner in a chain of convenience stores in the two areas)
Mother – Susan Colleen (Homemaker turned Film/ Music Producer)
Siblings – Haylie Duff (Older Sister) (Actress and Singer)
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Entrepreneur, Author
Due to her involvement in the acting and show business from an early age, Hilary Duff didn’t go to school due to lack of time. So, she had been home schooled from the age of 8.
Hilary Duff began her acting career at a young age, and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the title character of the Disney Channel comedy series Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004). The series proved to be a hit, leading to a film adaptation of the series to be released. Duff began working on numerous projects with the Disney Channel, including the film Cadet Kelly (2002). She later began work on an album, releasing the Christmas themed Santa Claus Lane (2002) through Walt Disney Records. Upon signing with Hollywood Records, Duff began working on her second studio album, Metamorphosis (2003). The album achieved critical and commercial success, topping the U.S. Billboard 200 and selling over three million copies in the nation. It also found success in both Canada and Japan. Duff’s success in both acting and music led to her becoming a household name, with merchandise such as dolls, clothing, and fragrances being released.
Duff began to expand her career into theatrical films, with leading roles in projects such as Agent Cody Banks (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005). She continued to have success in music, with her albums Hilary Duff (2004) and Most Wanted (2005) achieving Platinum status in the United States. Following the release of her fourth studio album, Dignity (2007), Duff released a greatest hits album and parted ways with Hollywood Records. During this time, she began appearing in independent films such as War, Inc. (2008), According to Greta (2009), and Bloodworth (2010).
She later released the novel Elixir (2010), which became a New York Times best seller. The book was followed by the sequels Devoted (2011) and True (2013). She currently stars in the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger as Kelsey Peters. She returned to music in 2014, and signed with RCA Records for her fifth studio album Breathe In. Breathe Out. (2015). Duff has worked with numerous charities and organizations throughout her career.
Hilary Duff has received much media attention since the beginning of her career, with focuses including her romantic relationships, friendships, and her public image. Her romances with Aaron Carter and Joel Madden were often reported in the media. In 2010, she married former professional hockey player Mike Comrie, with whom she has a son. The two of them finalized their divorce six years later. She has been described by later Disney actresses as an inspiration, with artists such as Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez claiming they looked up to Duff and emulated her career. Duff has sold an estimated 15 million records since her debut in 2002.
Life and career
1987–2000: Early life and career beginnings
Hilary Duff parents are Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of convenience stores, and Susan Colleen (née Cobb), a homemaker turned film and music producer. Duff has one older sister named Haylie. Hilary was raised between Houston and San Antonio, the locations of her father’s convenience stores. Encouraged by their mother, both Hilary and her sister enrolled in acting, singing, and ballet classes. The siblings earned roles in local theater productions, and later participated in a touring BalletMet production of The Nutcracker in San Antonio. Increasingly interested in the pursuit of show business, the Duff sisters and their mother moved to California in 1993, while their father stayed in Houston to take care of his business. The sisters auditioned for several years and were cast in many television commercials. Due to her acting career, Duff was home-schooled from the age of eight. The pair also modeled for various clothing brands. Duff stated, “My sister and I really showed an interest in performing and dedication, and our mother was like, ‘How can I tell my kids no?’ It’s the same as kids that are going into sports. Parents support them and push them.”
During her initial acting years, Hilary Duff primarily played minor roles, such as her uncredited part in the Hallmark Entertainment western miniseries True Women (1997) and as an uncredited extra in the ensemble comedy-drama Playing by Heart (1998). The same year, Duff landed her first major role as Wendy in Casper Meets Wendy, based on the Harvey Comics characters. After appearing in the supporting role of Ellie in the television film The Soul Collector (1999), Duff received a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress). In March 2000, Duff appeared as a sick child in the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope. She was next cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC sitcom Daddio. Her Daddio co-star Michael Chiklis stated, “After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife, ‘This young girl is gonna be a movie star.’ She was completely at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin.” However, producers dropped Duff from the cast prior to the airing of the show.
2000–2007: Mainstream success with acting and music
A week after being dropped from Daddio, Duff landed the title role of a newly developed Disney Channel series, Lizzie McGuire. Lizzie McGuire premiered on January 12, 2001 and became a ratings hit, with an estimated 2.3 million viewers per episode. Duff quickly became labeled as a teen idol and household name, particularly within the show’s pre-teen adolescent target demographic. Disney began marketing the series through soundtracks, books, dolls, toys, and video games based on Duff’s character; the company reportedly made an estimated $100 million from the show’s merchandise alone. That same year, it was confirmed that Duff was in a relationship with fellow teen star Aaron Carter. Carter later guest-starred in an episode of Lizzie McGuire with Duff. The relationship garnered media attention with reports of a love triangle between Duff, Carter, and actress Lindsay Lohan. Duff and Carter continued an on-again-off-again relationship for three years, before ultimately ending their relationship for good. Duff made her feature film debut in Human Nature (2002), in which she portrayed the younger version of Patricia Arquette’s character. Duff also starred in the 2002 Disney Channel television film Cadet Kelly, which became the network’s most watched program in its 19-year history.
Hilary Duff began making appearances on various soundtracks for the Disney channel, recording a cover of the Brooke McClymont song “I Can’t Wait” for the soundtrack to Lizzie McGuire. She later recorded a cover of “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” for DisneyMania. Upon expressing interest in a music career, production on Duff’s debut Christmas themed album began. Santa Claus Lane was released in October 2002, charting in the lower portion of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album was initially distributed through Walt Disney Records, with Buena Vista later re-releasing the project. It went on to receive a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments exceeding 500,000 copies. Despite initially only being released in North America, the album received numerous re-releases in the following years. Duff later signed a recording contract with Andre Recke of Hollywood Records to release future recordings. Though her early music recordings garnered much success on Radio Disney, Recke and Buena Vista Records envisioned Duff appealing to a more mature audience.
In 2003, Hilary Duff earned a co-starring role in the children’s action comedy film Agent Cody Banks with Frankie Muniz. Scott Foundas of Variety called Duff’s performance “charming,” and thought she was “sidelined with little to do much of the time.” The same year, Duff reprised her role as Lizzie McGuire for The Lizzie McGuire Movie. The film saw her also portraying the character of Isabella Parigi, an Italian pop star who McGuire is later mistaken for. Duff recorded the original song “What Dreams Are Made Of” for the film’s finale, which was later included on the film’s soundtrack. She also recorded the song “Why Not,” which released as Duff’s debut single, though the song was not released as a single release in North America. The song became a top-twenty hit in Australia and New Zealand, becoming her first song to chart worldwide. The soundtrack to The Lizzie McGuire Movie went on to be certified Platinum in Canada and 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
Hilary Duff released her second studio album, Metamorphosis, in August 2003. The album received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, though it went on to reach the top of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album became a major hit for Duff, going on to sell over five million copies within its first two years of release. The album sold over three million copies in the United States, becoming her highest selling album to date and earning a 3x Platinum certification from the RIAA. The album spawned the successful singles “So Yesterday” and “Come Clean”. While “So Yesterday” achieved Platinum status in Australia, “Come Clean” went on to become her first hit in the United States. “Come Clean” was used as the theme song to the popular MTV series Laguna Beach and went on to receive a Gold certification from the RIAA. Metamorphosis earned Duff multiple awards and nominations following its release. Duff further promoted the album with the Metamorphosis Tour that ran from November to December 2003. Later that year, Duff co-starred as one of the twelve children of Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in the family comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, which remains her highest-grossing film to date. Slant Magazine reviewer Nick Schager wrote that Duff “does nothing more than look perky and stylish.”
Lizzie McGuire aired its final episode on February 14, 2004 following the fulfillment of Duff’s 65-episode contract. Despite reports that the series was in talks for a second film and further television spin-off, these plans fell through as Duff’s salary for the proposal was insufficient. The same year, she starred opposite Chad Michael Murray in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story. The film went on to become a moderate box office hit despite negative reviews. Duff’s self-titled third studio album was released in September of that year. Duff was more involved in the production of this album than she had been in the production of her previous record, hoping of departing from the image she had developed during Lizzie McGuire. The album, featuring prominent rock elements and drawing comparison to works from Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell over 1.8 million copies in the United States. The album contained one single released as such in the United States, which failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Later in the year, Duff starred in the musical drama Raise Your Voice. The film, however, was panned by just about everyone and unsuccessful at the box office. Several reviews, however, while indifferent to Duff’s acting performance, were critical of her vocals, a number finding fault with what appeared to be her digitally enhanced voice. Her performances in A Cinderella Story and Raise Your Voice earned Duff her first Razzie nomination for Worst Actress in 2004. In July 2004, a 16-year-old Duff began dating Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, who was then 25 years old. After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff’s mother Susan announced their relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine. Madden worked with Duff on her compilation album, Most Wanted. In November 2006, Duff and Madden broke up. Duff launched her first clothing line, “Stuff by Hilary Duff,” in 2004. The line was distributed by Target in the U.S., Kmart in Australia, Zellers in Canada, and Edgars Stores in South Africa from March 2004 onwards.
In 2005, Hilary Duff had a starring role in the film The Perfect Man, starring alongside Heather Locklear. The Village Voice’s Matt Singer wrote, “Duff plays her standard character—an introverted romantic who falls for a guy whose hunky exterior belies an artistic soul.” That August, Duff released her first compilation album, entitled Most Wanted. The album featured songs from Duff’s previous albums, as well as remixes and new material and included the hit single “Wake Up,” which went on to become her second single to be certified Gold by the RIAA. The compilation debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and had sold over one million copies a month after its release. Duff later appeared in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, which resulted in her second Razzie nomination for Worst Actress in 2005. Mike Clarke of USA Today said, “Duff just looks like she’d rather be in a different movie.”
Hilary Duff co-starred with her sister Haylie in the satirical comedy Material Girls (2006). The film earned both sisters a shared Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress, becoming Duff’s third consecutive nomination in three years. The sisters were also nominated for Worst Screen Couple. Hilary and Haylie collaborated on a cover of Madonna’s single “Material Girl” for the film’s soundtrack. Duff released her first perfume, “With Love Hilary Duff,” in September 2006. The line was distributed by the Elizabeth Arden company. Initially only sold in Macy’s department stores, the fragrance became available in Europe, Japan, and Canada and was one of the three best-selling fragrances launched in department stores in 2006. That same year, Duff was stalked by a 19-year-old Russian immigrant identified as Max and his 50-year-old roommate David Joseph Klein. She filed for restraining orders against the two men, claiming that Max “threatened to kill himself” to get her attention. She also alleged that he threatened to “remove enemies” who stand in his way, including Duff’s boyfriend at the time Joel Madden. Max, later identified as Maksim Myaskovskiy, was sentenced to 117 days in prison. In 2007, it was confirmed that Duff’s parents had separated following her father’s infidelity.
2007–2010: Dignity, new image and television
In the midst of drama in her personal life, Duff began working on material for her fourth studio album. Duff co-wrote thirteen of the album’s fourteen songs, along with writers such as Kara DioGuardi. The finished product, Dignity (2007), featured production from Rhett Lawrence, Tim & Bob, and Richard Vission, resulting in a dance and electropop sound for the record. The album received critical praise, despite some critics noting Duff’s “weak” vocals. The album was praised for its lyrical content and new musical direction. The album dealt with topics such as her parents’ divorce, her breakup with Joel Madden, and the stalking incident during the prior year. Despite a positive critical reception, Dignity failed to match the commercial success of her previous releases. Debuting at number three on the Billboard 200, the album failed to receive higher than a Gold certification from the RIAA. Despite the album’s lackluster performance, it included the single “With Love,” which went on to become her highest charting single in the United States. Both “With Love” and the album’s third single, “Stranger,” topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States. A television special titled Hilary Duff: This Is Now was produced to chronicle Duff’s return to music. The two-part project aired on MTV before the album’s release. The series reportedly took sixty weeks to complete filming, and saw Duff both recording and preparing for the release of Dignity.
Hilary Duff began dating Canadian NHL player Mike Comrie in 2007. Following the release of Dignity and the music videos for “With Love” and “Stranger,” Duff began to adapt a more mature image. Duff’s new image inspired some to consider her a “sex symbol.” This image was reinforced by her appearance in the political satire film War, Inc. (2008), in which Duff portrayed an “oversexed” Central Asian pop star named Yonica Babyyeah. The film received a limited release in the United States, and grossed $580,862 domestically. Duff recorded the songs “Boom Boom Bang Bang” and “I Want to Blow You Up” for the film’s soundtrack. Despite initially announcing a deluxe edition of Dignity for a 2008 release, Duff later confirmed that she would release a greatest hits album to fulfill her contract with Hollywood Records. Best of Hilary Duff (2008) received no promotion prior to its release, entering the Billboard 200 at number 125. It became her first album released in the United States to not receive a certification from the RIAA. The compilation included the single “Reach Out,” which sampled the Depeche Mode song “Personal Jesus.” The song featured provocative lyrics referencing sex, while its music video saw Duff both humping a statue and sucking a man’s thumb. The song became her third consecutive single to top the Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States. She announced to MTV that she would begin writing another album in December 2008, but it was never developed. That same year, Duff ceased to have control over “Stuff by Hilary Duff”, thus the line was discontinued.
Hilary Duff had a leading role as the title character of the film According to Greta (2009), which chronicled the life of a suicidal and rebellious teen. Her performance received mixed reviews. Andrew Barker of Variety magazine criticized Duff’s “child star” approach to acting and wanted her to stay away from teen roles. However, Los Angeles Times critic Robert Abele wrote that her attempt to “transform her bright-eyed wholesomeness into rebellious snark” in Greta “is a valiant one.” Later that year, she co-starred as a narcissistic seductress in What Goes Up. Brian Lowry of Variety magazine stated that Duff’s performance “amounts to a near-adult role,” yet labeled her role and the film “confused.” Despite having previously turned down a role in The CW drama 90210 to avoid projects within the “teen” genre, it was later confirmed that Duff would appear as a recurring character in the third season of the hit series Gossip Girl. Duff portrayed famous actress Olivia Burke, who enrolled at New York University in search of a traditional college experience. Duff’s character sparked a romantic relationship with male lead character Dan Humphrey, and was later the center of controversy when the two had a threesome with Humphrey’s friend Vanessa Abrams. Enid Portugez of the LA Times praised her performance by giving a positive review to her involvement in this adult role. The following year, she won a Teen Choice Award for Best Female Scene Stealer for her appearance on Gossip Girl. In 2009, Duff collaborated with DKNY Jeans where she co-designed a collection of special pieces. With the objective of designing a clothing line for women her own age, the collaborative apparel line, titled Femme for DKNY Jeans, debuted in the United States in August 2009 and was around for a limited time.
2010–2014: Marriage, motherhood, and other endeavors
Hilary Duff continued to appear in film roles, starring in the ABC Family television film Beauty & the Briefcase (2010). The film saw Duff as a fashion magazine columnist who wrote about her dating struggles in the city. The film inexplicably attracted 2.4 million viewers during its premiere. Following this appearance, she showed up in an episode of the NBC sitcom Community. She then co-starred as Raven Halfacre, the teenage daughter of a promiscuous alcoholic, in the drama Bloodworth, in which, despite not warming to the film, Los Angeles Times reviewer Sheri Linden thought she “acquits herself well.” The Examiner also wrote that the “biggest surprise performance in the film probably belongs to Hilary Duff.” Duff and Comrie announced their engagement in February 2010, and married on August 14, 2010 in Santa Barbara, California. In 2010, Duff set up a book-writing deal with Simon & Schuster. Published in October 2010, the first young adult novel to result from her and Elise Allen’s collaboration was entitled Elixir. It was subsequently released internationally and became a New York Times best-seller.
The following year, Hilary Duff co-starred in the Polish brothers’ comedy Stay Cool (2011) to neither much critical nor commercial acclaim or success. The independent film saw Duff in a major role alongside Winona Ryder among others. Devoted, the sequel to Duff’s authorial debut, was released in October 2011. Devoted picks up where its predecessor left off and continues the story of the original novel. That same month, Duff alluded to working on her fifth studio album to E!. In January 2012, she confirmed, through her official website and Twitter, that she had again begun recording songs. Throughout the recording sessions in 2012, Duff primarily worked with songwriter Ali Tamposi, musicians Matt Squire and Jason Evigan. However, those songs did not make the final cut on Duff’s album. The same year, she co-starred in Rob Margolies’ comedy She Wants Me, as a well-known starlet who enters a love triangle. In August 2012, Duff signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop and produce a sitcom in which she would star. According to the deal if the thirty-minute sitcom failed to work, Duff would be cast in a different show. However, this plan failed to develop. She appeared as a guest judge in Project Runway that September.
Hilary Duff announced her pregnancy in 2011, and gave birth to a son named Luca Cruz Comrie in March 20, 2012. Duff herself announced Luca’s birth, tweeting, ““Welcome to the World Luca Cruz Comrie! Tuesday evening, we became proud parents of a healthy 7 pound 6 ounce beautiful boy. We are overjoyed and feel like the luckiest parents in the world He is surrounded by so much love!! Mom and baby are both doing extremely well.” In early 2013, Duff guest starred in the Fox sitcom Raising Hope, her first role since the birth of her child. She later guest starred in the tenth season finale of the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. Duff provided voice work for the animated film Wings, alongside Jesse McCartney and Josh Duhamel; she later appeared in its sequel the following year. By July 2013, Duff had finished filming the independent film Flock of Dudes, which moved into post-production in August 2013. That same year, Duff released the third and final novel in her Elixir trilogy, titled True (2013). The novel serves as her final book release to date.
2014–present: Divorce, Younger, and Breathe In. Breathe Out.
On January 10, 2014, Duff and Comrie announced that they had amicably separated and would continue to co-parent their son. On January 15, 2014 it was announced that Duff had signed on to co-star opposite Sutton Foster in the comedy-drama pilot Younger. The series is based on a Pamela Redmond Satran novel, and created and executive produced by Darren Star for TV Land. Duff was cast as Kelsey Peters, an “ambitious 20-something” who persuades Foster’s character to work in a publishing firm. In April 2014, it was announced that the pilot was picked up for a series with a 12-episode deal and would premiere in the fall; the premiere date was later changed to 2015. The show marks Duff’s first starring role in a television series since her appearance on Lizzie McGuire. Younger premiered on March 31, 2015. The series has received generally positive reviews from critics and was renewed for a second season in April 2015 and a third season on January 6, 2016. The show was renewed for a fourth season on June 14, 2016.
Hilary Duff attended the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 1, 2014, where she confirmed that she was working with songwriter Savan Kotecha and English singer Ed Sheeran. On July 23, 2014, it was revealed that Duff had signed with RCA Records to release her upcoming fifth studio album. She released the album’s lead single, “Chasing the Sun” and its accompanying music video on July 29, 2014. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 79, becoming her first song to enter the chart since “Stranger” (2007). The song’s music video garnered fourteen million views in its first week of release on popular video sharing website YouTube, making it her fastest viewed music video to date. The album’s second single, “All About You,” was released as the album’s official lead single on August 12. It failed to enter the Hot 100 chart, but became her first song to chart on the Mainstream Top 40 chart since “With Love” (2007). It became a top-twenty hit in Australia, where it later earned a Gold certification from the ARIA. This made it her second song to receive a certification in the country, following “So Yesterday” (2003) eleven years prior. In November 2014, Duff provided voice work for a Dora the Explorer special episode as Ice Witch.
In February 2015, Duff filed for divorce from Comrie, citing irreconcilable differences, and requesting primary physical and legal joint custody of their son. The divorce was finalized in February 2016.
Hilary Duff released the single “Sparks” from her fifth studio album titled Breathe In. Breathe Out. on April 6, 2015, which debuted and peaked at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her fourth top ten hit on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Breathe In. Breathe Out was released on June 12, 2015. It debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, becoming her fifth top five album. Duff had planned to tour in support of the album in early 2016, but announced in February 2016 that she would not be touring. The album was however Duff’s first studio effort to not have received any certification from RIAA. On the Billboard 200 charts, it slipped from #5 to #65 in the second week before falling to #134 in its third week.
In June 2016, Duff revealed that she has been working on a new album. In contrast to Breathe In. Breathe Out, she said that the new album has a “darker and heavier tone”. She teased a new song via her Snapchat post, which was then confirmed to be titled “Tied to You”.
With her debut, Duff’s music featured prominent pop and pop rock elements. Duff cited listening to rock music as a child for the main influence behind the theme. She worked heavily with The Matrix for her second studio album, leading critics to compare the effort to releases from artists such as Avril Lavigne, Ashlee Simpson and Lindsay Lohan. These themes were featured more prominently on her third studio album, Hilary Duff. The album makes further use of strong drum and guitar beats. Duff co-wrote multiple songs for the album, with the lyrics speaking on topics such as criticism, following your dreams, and love. The new material featured on her Most Wanted (2005) compilation album began to see Duff transfer towards a more pop and dance friendly sound. This was later expanded upon for her fourth studio album, Dignity (2007). Dignity was heavily influenced by Europop, hip hop, and rock ‘n roll. Duff described the music as “dance,” “rock,” and “electro.” Duff co-wrote all but one of the songs on the album, which dealt with topics including her stalker, her breakup with Joel Madden, and her parents’ divorce. Following its release, someone said the album was “slightly ahead of its time.” Her 2014 releases, featured a more folk influenced, earthy indie pop sound compared to her last release. The album’s lead single was planned to be “All About You” (2014) and, among other instruments, it featured a banjo  and an acoustic sound. Instead of the original plans, Duff released a dance-pop record which balanced EDM with the folk pop sound originally planned for the record.This album consolidated Duff as a dance-pop singer.
Following the launch of Lizzie McGuire, Hilary Duff received a significant amount of fame and media attention. The series proved to be a major hit for the network, and led to a string of merchandising that included Lizzie McGuire dolls, video games, plush figures, and even McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys. The success of The Lizzie McGuire Movie “indicated that Duff’s television fanbase could be migrated to film.” Following her success from her Lizzie McGuire days, Richard Huff of the New York Daily News called Duff “a 2002 version of Annette Funicello” but admitted that the character of Lizzie McGuire was both a blessing and burden for her. In 2003, Huff stated that Duff’s public image is “tied” to Lizzie McGuire. In 2005, Katie Long from the Centre of Parent/Youth Understanding wrote an analysis about Duff and her suitability as an idol for young teens. Duff, she wrote, “is not like Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera yet,” celebrities who seem to use their sex appeal to sell albums, but remains “someone that adolescent girls can relate to.” However, while Duff is a “positive role model” who has a “close relationship” with her family, the writer acknowledged that as Duff matures, “her looks and message will most likely mature as well.”
Hilary Duff was credited with the revival of Hollywood Records following the release of Metamorphosis (2003). The San Fernando Valley Business Journal wrote that the album was “giving Hollywood Records a needed shot in the arm” after a decline in CD sales during the previous two years had forced the label to reduce costs and alter its operation. Hilliard Lyons analyst Jeffrey Thomison cited Metamorphosis as a reflection of Disney’s ability to develop “great synergy between their cable, film and music segments” Duff’s transition from Disney star to successful singer became a formula that Hollywood Records tried to implement with future acts such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Jesse McCartney among others. Artists such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer have all cited Duff as influences on their careers.
Her song “Come Clean” (2003) was used as the theme song to the MTV reality series Laguna Beach, which is in turn credited with helping promote the song in the United States. Her song “Sweet Sixteen” (2003) was used as the theme for the MTV reality series of the same name. Multiple dates on her Most Wanted Tour to promote Hilary Duff (2004) sold out in minutes. Her success with music led to her selling over fifteen million albums by 2014.
Her transition from teenage star to adult actress has been praised by critics, while her transition is often compared to the less successful transitions of her peers. In 2007, Duff’s appearance on the cover of Maxim was accompanied by the declaration that she had gone “from the queen of teen to breakout sex symbol.” Following this, Duff placed at #23 on the annual Hot 100 Women list compiled by Maxim. She has remained on the list ever since in addition to being regularly listed on the annual FHM list of the 100 Sexiest Women (she peaked at #8 in 2008). The Associated Press wrote that this sudden provocativeness was representative of “a clear move on Duff’s part to put her Lizzie McGuire past behind her,” and that more provocative imaging of her would help her singles to garner mainstream radio play: “Ultimately, nature, time and genetics may help Duff in a way Disney, despite all its might, cannot.” However, despite “the fact that she is grown up,” Duff “has managed to maintain her sweet persona,” wrote Young Hollywood.
Following the birth of her son, Duff was the center of criticism for her post-pregnancy body. In 2013, Duff revealed that it took her a year for her to lose her baby weight and that she lost nearly 50 pounds since the birth of her son. Duff stated that she revamped her diet and hired a personal trainer to train her in boxing, which was one of the ways she lost her weight other than piloxing and spin cycling. Duff’s slow but healthy method in shedding off her post-pregnancy weight was praised by health experts and was looked up by actress Tia Mowry, who cited Duff as her idol in taking up a healthy and safer way to lose the excess weight gained during pregnancy. Duff is very vocal about her disapproval of paparazzi photographing children. In 2014, Duff expressed her anger on Twitter regarding two paparazzi who were taking pictures of her son without her consent. She tweeted, “I chose to let them off with a stern warning, next time I will not be so nice. #NoKidsPolicy” The hashtag refers to a bill that was pushed by actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, which prohibits paparazzi from taking pictures of celebrities’ children.
Hilary Duff has involved herself with various philanthropic activities. For natural disasters, she donated $250,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in addition to donating over 2.5 million meals to Hurricane Katrina victims in southern US in 2005. In August 2006, Duff traveled to a New Orleans elementary school and worked with USA Harvest to distribute meals.
She also has helped various youth charities and is a member of Kids with a Cause. Duff has also served on the Advisory Board of the Audrey Hepburn Child Benefit Fund and the Celebrity Council of Kids with a Cause. In October 2008, Duff starred in a public service announcement for The Think Before You Speak Campaign by Ad Council and GLSEN to prevent youth from using anti-LGBT vocabulary, such as the phrase “That’s So Gay.” In July 2009, Duff was named as a Youth Ambassador to the children of the Colombian capital, Bogotá. As a Youth Ambassador, she spent five days in the country, distributing backpacks filled with food to needy children.
Hilary Duff is a strong animal rights supporter and commented when asked what she would do if she was not a celebrity, “I always wanted to be a veterinarian when I was younger, but then I figured out that animals actually die there, so that was not the job for me. Definitely something with kids or animals or something like that.”
In 2012, a few months after giving birth to her son, Duff was actively involved in the Johnson’s Baby Cares campaign. The campaign included activities such as sending care kits and care cards to new mothers across the U.S. as a motivation. It also raises funds for children and poor families together with Save The Children.
Towards the start of the Christmas shopping season in November 2013, Duff teamed up with Duracell in Canada for a campaign especially for kids in hospitals. The campaign called Powering Holiday Smiles donated 20,000 batteries to hospitals across Canada in order to power lifesaving medical devices and the thousands of playroom toys and games that children and their families will be using the holiday season of 2013 and beyond. The campaign encourages Canadians to buy Duracell Quantum AA-16 batteries, in which for every packet sold, one dollar will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. The campaign began on November 22 and commenced on December 27, 2013. In order to promote the campaign, Duff paid a visit to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario to hand out brand new toys supplied by Hasbro. She has discussed the campaign on Breakfast Television Toronto, a radio show and in numerous magazine interviews.
She debuted in the music industry with her first studio album – Santa Claus Lane, released on 15 October, 2002 under the label Buena Vista. It charted at number 154 in US charts (Billboard 200) and at 134 in Japanese charts (Oricon). In just US only, it was able to sell 477,000 copies. The album consists of 11 singles with a total length of 36:41 minutes.
1998 film Casper Meets Wendy was Duff’s debut movie. It was a direct-to-video film and the prequel of the 1995 film Casper. She did the role in her debut movie as Wendy. She was nominated with “Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie”.
First TV Show
In 1997, she got the chance to appear in the TV series True Women, which is a mini series. But, her role in the show is uncredited. The show is based on the 1993 novel by Janice Woods Windle.
Hilary Duff Favorite Things
Accessory – Louis Vuitton Bags (She likes to collect them)
Hilary Duff Facts
She had taken after her elder sister (who is 2 years older than her).
Being in the same profession, the two sisters have worked together and acted in local theaters.
She is a big fan of Janis Joplin.
She is a philanthropist too. In 2005, she donated $250,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims.
“With Love… Hilary Duff” is her own perfume launched in 2006.
She had a book writing deal with Simon & Schuster. Elixir is the first novel co-written by her.
Some of her studio albums – Dignity (2007), Hilary Duff (2004), Metamorphosis (2003), Santa Claus Lane (2002).
She told to Cosmopolitan that she applies a spray on her face before applying foundation to make it glowing for the whole day.
Emily VanCamp, known for her lead roles on the WB series Everwood (2002–06), the ABC dramas Brothers & Sisters (2007–10) and Revenge (2011–15), and as Sharon Carter / Agent 13 in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and its sequel Captain America: Civil War.
Years active: 1999–present
32 years and 8 months
Sun Sign Taurus
Height 5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Dark Brown
Measurements 34-24-35 in or 86-61-89 cm
Bra Size 32B
She was passionate about dancing since childhood and is learning it since the age of three. To learn dancing professionally, she took admission into ballet school École supérieure de ballet du Québec at the age of 12.
Father – Robert VanCamp (Animal Nutritionist)
Mother – Cindy VanCamp
Siblings – Katie VanCamp (Oldest Sister) (Children’s book writer and former dancer), Molly Dawn VanCamp (Younger Sister), Alison VanCamp (Older Sister)
Thruline Entertainment, Inc.
She has appeared in television commercials about Chevy, Pepsi, Time Warner Cable, etc.
VanCamp was born in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada. She is the third of four daughters born to Cindy and Robert VanCamp. Her father is an animal nutritionist and her first job was working for her father, delivering food to clients in and around her hometown. VanCamp grew up in an English- and French-speaking household and is fluently bilingual.
VanCamp started studying dance at age three, and wanting to become a professional dancer, at the age of 11 convinced her parents to let her attend a summer training program in Montreal. At 12, she was accepted at the École supérieure de ballet du Québec, the training program of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and moved in with a local French Canadian family.
1998–2002: Career beginnings
In 1998, VanCamp became interested in acting after visiting her sister Katie on the set of the film Ladies Room. She started taking acting classes on Saturday afternoons, found an agent and, after working on a few commercials, was cast in the second part of the three-part season-seven premiere of the Canadian children’s horror anthology television series Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Her character was present in one scene and spoke no dialogue, playing opposite a 17-year-old Elisha Cuthbert.
VanCamp followed this with a turn as a teenage Jackie Bouvier in the Emmy-nominated CBS TV movie Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and a guest spot on YTV sitcom Radio Active. The following year saw the release of her first theatrical feature, the lesbian-themed drama Lost and Delirious, in which she played a supporting role as Jessica Paré’s sister, and another television guest spot on an episode of the short-lived medical horror series All Souls, where she played a hit-and-run victim with spinal trauma. VanCamp also had roles in the miniseries Dice, directed by Rachel Talalay and in the TV film Redeemer, directed by Graeme Clifford, which aired in early 2002.
2003–10: Breakthrough and television work
VanCamp experienced her big break at 15 when she was cast as regular Sam Dolan in the WB mid-season show Glory Days (known in Europe as Demontown), the third TV series from Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson. The horror mystery received mildly positive reviews, but was a ratings disappointment and was cancelled after nine episodes. VanCamp’s performance as the lead character’s younger sister caught the eye of former Dawson’s Creek writer Greg Berlanti. Her performance reminded him of Katie Holmes, and he “desperately wanted to work with her”. He cast her in his forthcoming first show, Everwood, also for the WB. VanCamp played Amy, Dr. Abbott’s daughter, who immediately forms a friendship with Dr. Brown’s son Ephram, played by Gregory Smith. A significant portion of the show was devoted to the relationships between the two families, and in particular to Amy and Ephram. The young actress gained a certain amount of recognition for the role, in which her character was confronted with drugs, depression, and an alienation from her family, receiving four Teen Choice Awards nominations and one Young Artist Awards nomination during the course of the show’s run.
While on breaks from Everwood, VanCamp starred in a few film projects, including the thrillers No Good Deed and A Different Loyalty, as well as Rings, a horror short film that bridges the events between The Ring and The Ring Two, and ties directly into her appearance in the opening scene of the latter film.
VanCamp filmed the post-apocalyptic horror film Carriers in the summer of 2006. Early 2007 had the broadcast of a season-eight Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode, in which her drug-addict character Charlotte Truex cannot recall her actions on the night her mother was murdered, and the premiere of the independent drama Black Irish, where her character Kathleen McKay, the sister of lead actor Michael Angarano’s character Cole, has to deal with teenage pregnancy.
VanCamp’s next big role came at age 20 when Everwood creator Greg Berlanti cast her as a regular midway into the first season of the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, which he was showrunning, offering her the part directly. The Jon Robin Baitz-created series chronicles the lives of the Walkers, a wealthy family who owns a food company, after their patriarch dies and it is revealed he has a secret child from a long-standing affair, Rebecca Harper, whom VanCamp plays.
VanCamp remained a regular on Brothers & Sisters during the show’s first four seasons, and returned as a guest for a few episodes in the fifth and final season to wrap up her character’s storyline. While working on the show, she found the time to star in the independent dramedy Norman in mid-2008, which earned her awards from the San Diego Film Festival and the Breckenridge Festival of Film, her only wins to date. The film has her playing the girlfriend of main character Norman Long, played by Dan Byrd, who pretends he is dying of cancer. VanCamp also starred in the two-part TV film Ben Hur, the latest adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel.
2011–present: Revenge and other projects
VanCamp starred in Hallmark Hall of Fame film Beyond the Blackboard, based on the true story of teacher Stacey Bess, whom VanCamp portrays. The film aired on CBS on April 24, 2011. She was then cast as Amanda Clarke/Emily Thorne in the ABC drama Revenge, which was given a series order in May 2011. As the first TV show VanCamp has truly headlined, Revenge has garnered her a significant amount of recognition, including multiple Teen Choice Awards nominations.
VanCamp co-starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Sharon Carter, a potential loyal friend of Chris Evans’ titular hero and the niece of the previous film’s Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell. The film was shot from April through June 2013 and was released on April 4, 2014. VanCamp reprised her role in the 2016 sequel Captain America: Civil War.
VanCamp starred in the independent drama The Girl in the Book, which started filming in mid-June 2013 in New York City. Based on a true story, the film centers on VanCamp’s character Alice, a 28-year-old assistant book editor and aspiring writer. To fund its post-production, the film’s producers launched a crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign on June 17, 2013, which successfully surpassed its $65,000 goal on July 1.
In 2016, she starred in the French-Canadian independent drama Boundaries, also known as “Pays” in French, which was her first bilingual role where she spoke in fluent French.
In March 2017, VanCamp was cast as the female lead in the upcoming FOX medical drama, The Resident, where she will play Nicolette Nevan, a nurse who also happens to the on-again, off-again romantic fling of Matt Czuchry’s Conrad. In May 2017, the pilot was ordered to series on behalf of FOX.
VanCamp has three sisters, Katie, Alison, and Molly. Her eldest sister, Katie, is a former dancer and now a children’s book writer.
VanCamp speaks French fluently and says she “feels at home” when she hears the language. She has also studied Spanish and is an accomplished dancer, having studied ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap as a child, which she credits with helping her through her fight scenes on Revenge. She believes that if she had not gone into acting, she would have probably either continued dancing or done something related to cooking.
Emily VanCamp has been dating Revenge co-star Josh Bowman since late 2011. On May 11, 2017, the couple announced they are engaged.
Best Known For
Playing Amy Abbott in The WB’s drama series Everwood from 2002 to 2006, as Rebecca Harper in the ABC’s drama series Brothers & Sisters from 2007 to 2010, and as Emily Thorne / Amanda Clarke in the ABC’s Revenge since 2011.
In 2000, she appeared in a TV film Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis for her role as Jackie Bouvier – age 13.
First TV Show
In 2000, she appeared in the very first episode of YTV’s horror / fantasy-themed TV series Are You Afraid of the Dark? for her role as Peggy Gregory in season 7.
Emily VanCamp Favorite Things
Exercise – Pilates
Sport – Ice Hockey
Team – Montreal Canadiens
Idol – Audrey Hepburn
Designers – Michael Kors, Gucci, Versace
Stone – Emerald
Emily VanCamp Facts
She is a ballet dancer also. Emily started taking interest in dancing at the age of three.
She can speak English, Québécois French, and Spanish.
She was into photography in and around 2002. She was cast in Everwood in 2002 and wanted to buy F100 Nikon Camera.
Emily is also skilled in horse riding.
Her job was to deliver food to people in her hometown, thus helping her father.
She is skilled in various dance forms such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop.
If she weren’t into acting, she would probably be either a dancer or a cook.
She is also an ice hockey fan. She supports Montreal Canadiens team.
In 2003, Emily was named as one of the E! Online’s Sizzlin’ 16.