Mary Elizabeth Winstead (born November 28, 1984) is a SAG- and Young Artist Award-nominated American actress. She has been called a scream queen, à la Jamie Lee Curtis, because of her roles in the horror films Final Destination 3, Black Christmas and Death Proof, but she has also branched out into other genres, including comedy (Sky High), drama (Bobby) and action (Live Free or Die Hard).
After the exposure Sky High provided, 2006 saw her forge a professional relationship with the creative team of James Wong and Glen Morgan, formerly best known for their memorable contributions to The X-Files. She and her co-star, Ryan Merriman, landed in the path of the grim reaper’s master plan in Final Destination 3. She had failed to land a part in the second film in the trilogy, but found her place in the third instalment, which to this day is the most successful of the trilogy. Morgan and Wong wanted to collaborate with her again and convinced her to appear in their sorority slasher Black Christmas. The film, however, failed with critics and viewers. One day, she inadvertently received a chance to lampoon horror scream queens when The Tonight Show host Jay Leno, unaware of who she was, knocked on her front door and included her in a comedy segment spoofing horror movies.
The same year, she appeared in Emilio Estevez's Bobby, a valentine to the politics and morals of Robert F. Kennedy, which drew moderate critical attention, and became a minor box office success. The film's cast included Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Hopkins, Ashton Kutcher, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, and Sharon Stone, but most of her scenes were with Shia LaBeouf and Brian Geraghty. She and her co-stars were nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture.
She is due to star in Make it Happen, a dance film to be shot in and around Chicago and Winnipeg. It was also announced on May 16, 2008, that Winstead would co-star opposite Michael Cera in forthcoming comic-book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Filming is due to start in the fall.
|Year||Title||Role||Notes||Domestic Box Office|
|2005||Checking Out||Lisa Apple||supporting role||$31,000|
|Sky High||Gwen Grayson||supporting role||$63,939,454|
|The Ring Two||Young Evelyn||minor role||$75,941,727|
|2006||Black Christmas||Heather Lee||supporting role||$16,235,738|
|Bobby||Susan Taylor||supporting role||$11,205,901|
|Final Destination 3||Wendy Christensen||lead role||$54,098,051|
|2007||Live Free or Die Hard||Lucy McClane||supporting role||$134,473,395|
|Grindhouse: Death Proof||Lee Montgomery||supporting role||$25,031,037|
|Factory Girl||Ingrid Superstar||minor role||$1,661,464|
|2008||Make It Happen||Lauryn||lead role||N/A|
|2009||Scott Pilgrim vs. The World||Ramona V. Flowers||lead role||N/A|
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