“I don't wanna be stuck doing movies like 'American Pie.' For someone my age, once you get started doing them it's hard to get out.” Agnes Bruckner
Actress Agnes Bruckner rose to fame portraying a teenager involved in an affair with her teacher (played by David Strathairn) in the independent film “Blue Car” (2002), in which she took home an Independent Spirit nomination for her performance. She said, “Some sex scenes turn people on, but the one between Meg and Mr. Auster is really uncomfortable. It makes you close your eyes when you’re watching it.”
The bilingual ambitious performer went on to win a Young Artist nomination for her performance in “Murder by Numbers” (2002, as Lisa Mills) and a Method Fest Award for “Dreamland” (2006, as Audrey). She is also known for playing roles in films such as “The Glass House” (2001), “Haven” (2004), “Venom” (2005), “The Woods” (2006), “Peaceful Warrior” (2006), “Blood & Chocolate” (2007) and “Kill Theory” (2009) and the TV series “The Bold and the Beautiful” (1997-1999, as Bridget Forrester), “Alias” (2002, as Kelly McNeil), “24” (2003, as Linda ) and “Private Practice” (2009, as Heather).
In 2002, Bruckner was named Star of Tomorrow by the Motion Picture Club. She has appeared in TV commercials for Chuck E. Cheese and McDonalds.
Currently, Bruckner is single. She mentions Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Julia Stiles, Natalie Portman, and Christina Ricci as her inspirations. She can speak English, Russian and Hungarian.
Childhood and Family:
Agnes Bruckner was born on August 16, 1985, in Hollywood, California. Her father is of Hungarian lineage and her mother is of Russian descent. Agnes’ parents met in Hungary and moved to the U.S. in 1984 through a refugee camp in Italy. Agnes has one brother and two sisters. She was raised in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, before her family moved to Portland, Oregon, where she lived for five years from age 5 to 10. The Bruckners returned to Los Angeles to support Agnes' acting career. They currently reside in Burbank, California.
An active girl with an early aspiration of becoming a dancer, Agnes began studying ballet, dance and tap at age 5. Three years later, she became a child model thanks to support from her mother and also competed in a beauty pageant.
In her free time, Agnes enjoys traveling or staying at home with her family. The green eyed beauty loves hip hop, rap and R&B music and cites The Killers and The Fray among her favorites.
Agnes Bruckner received her first role in the short film “Girl” (1997), which was directed and written by Amanda Michener. The same year, she made her television debut playing Bridget Forrester in the daytime soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” She was on the well known CBS show for two years until 1999. Meanwhile, in 1998, the talented Bruckner also starred in the independent movie “The Shrunken City” (1998).
In 2000, Bruckner appeared with Gary Cole, Helen Slater and Michael Welch in an unsold television series pilot titled “American Adventure.” She went on to score guest spots in USA Network's “Pacific Blue” (2000), CBS' “The Fugitive” and “Touched by an Angel” (both 2001) before giving a notable supporting performance as Zoe in the thriller “The Glass House” (2001) for director Daniel Sackheim and writer Wesley Strick. However, she did not experience a real breakthrough until she was cast as Megan Denning in Karen Moncrieff's drama “Blue Car,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 11, 2002. For her acting job, the actress was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Female Lead.
Still in 2002, Bruckner costarred with Erika Christensen, Busy Philipps and Victor Garber in the drama “Home Room” (2002), which was written and directed by Paul F. Ryan, and supported Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt in the psychological thriller “Murder by Numbers,” from filmmaker Barbet Schroeder. She received a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress for her performance as Lisa Mills in the latter film. On the small screen, she portrayed Kelly McNeil in two episodes of J.J. Abrams' “Alias.”
The following year found Bruckner playing the daughter of Rick O'Lette (played by Bill Pullman) in the painful drama “Rick,” directed by Curtiss Clayton and written by Daniel Handler, and in the recurring role of Linda in five episodes of the Fox series “24,” starring Kiefer Sutherland. She continued to build her film career by teaming up with Kip Pardue, Anne Archer and Mia Kirshner for the mystery movie “The Iris Effect” and Jonathan Tucker and Rachael Leigh Cook in Reverge Anselmo's drama “Stateside,” which won the Jury Award for Best American Indie at the Sonoma Valley Film Festival (both 2004). She also memorably portrayed Bill Paxton's daughter, Pippa Ridley, in the Toronto premiered “Haven” (2004, released in the U.S. in September 2006), which was written and directed by Frank E. Flowers, and starred as Eden Sinclair in “Venom” (2005), a horror movie helmed by Jim Gillespie.
Bruckner was next cast as Susie in “Peaceful Warrior” (2006), adapted from Dan Milman's novel “Way of the Peaceful Warrior.” The dramatic film was helmed by Victor Salva and starred Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte and Amy Smart. Later that same year, she starred as Heather Fasulo in the psychological horror movie “The Woods,” opposite Patricia Clarkson, Rachel Nichols and Bruce Campbell and offered a good performance as Audrey in the film “Dreamland,” which was directed by Jason Matzner and written by Tom Willett. Costarring with Kelli Garner, Justin Long and John Corbett, she picked up a Method Fest for Best Actress and the Rising Star Award for her work in the film. She shared both honors with Garner. Also in 2006, she made a guest appearance in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” where she played May in the episode “Country Crossover.”
2007 saw Bruckner portray Vivian in director Katja von Garnier's “Blood & Chocolate,” a film loosely based on the young adult novel of the same name by Annette Curtis Klause. Distributed by MGM, the drama was considered a box office dud when it grossed only $2.1 million in the U.S. on its opening weekend. After the disappointment, she resurfaced as Jennifer in the thriller “Kill Theory,” opposite Ryanne Duzich, Patrick Flueger, Teddy Dunn, Taryn Manning and Steffi Wickens, and Jessica in “Vacancy 2: The First Cut,” a prequel to the 2007 “Vacancy” (both 2009). She costarred with Trevor Wright, David Moscow, and Gwendoline Yeo in the latter movie. 2009 also found the attractive performer on television playing Daphne in the “Dirty Sexy Money” episode “The Bad Guy” and Heather in three episodes of the ABC medical drama “Private Practice,” a spin off of “Grey's Anatomy.”
Bruckner has completed filming “Say Hello to Stan Talmadge,” a comedy starring Gary Cole that was written and directed by David Moreton.
“I want to create a new road for myself instead of following in someone else's footsteps.” Agnes Bruckner
Method Fest: Best Actress, “Dreamland,” 2006
Method Fest: Rising Star Award, 2006