"I hate pretty-looking boys. I'd rather have a guy with a potbelly than one who's in the gym all the time and watches what he eats." Ali Larter.
In her feature film debut, the football drama Varsity Blues (1999, starring James Van Der Beek), Ali Larter first caught moviegoers' attention while playing Darcy Steers, a cheerleader wearing a whipped cream-bikini. Formerly noticed as part of Esquire Magazine’s 1996 hoax as hot young star Allegra Coleman, Larter then landed jobs on silver screen, in films like House on Haunted Hill (1999), Legally Blonde, American Outlaws and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (all three in 2001). Also known for playing character Clear Rivers in Final Destination (2000, opposite Devon Sawa) and its 2003 sequel Final Destination 2 (costarring A.J. Cook), Larter has appeared in such recent films as 3-Way (2004) and A Lot Like Love (2005). She is currently completing her upcoming film projects, Syriana, Crazy and Marigold: An Adventure in India.
Hazel-eyed, blonde-haired Ali Larter stands at 5'8" tall and has 34-24-34 measurements. She was listed as one of Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" in 2002. As for her personal life, close friend of Varsity Blues (1999) co-star Amy Smart, Larter was related to director Azazel Jacobs (son of Ken Jacobs).
Varsity Blues Cheerleader
Childhood and Family:
"I keep seeing the Backstreet Boys on TV and all their fans and I'm thinking, I was one of those girls when I was little. Oh my God." Ali Larter.
On February 28, 1976, Alison Gertrude Larter was born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Daughter of parents who met on a blind date (still happily married in the next 30 years), Ali has a sister named Kristen. She is a fan of hard-rock music and enjoys dancing to Guns n' Roses wearing a pair of tight jeans and boots.
13-year-old Ali Larter started her career as a model and traveled the world before she decided to move to Los Angeles in 1995, where she began taking acting lessons. In the next year, she was shot for Esquire magazine’s cover profile "Hollywood's Next Dream Girl", a satire article about fictional next starlet named Allegra Coleman.
Thanks for the prank, Larter landed an agent and subsequently appeared as a guest in the TV series "Suddenly Susan," the NBC’s "Chicago Sons" and "Chicago Hope." She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of "Just Shoot Me!" and twice on season two of the WB’s hit teen drama "Dawson's Creek," playing Joshua Jackson’s object of affection, Kristy Livingstone.
Along with "Dawson's Creek" star James Van Der Beek and close friend Amy Smart, Larter debuted in her feature film Varsity Blues (1999). In the football drama film directed by Brian Robbins, Larter played her breakthrough film role as sexy Texas cheerleader who wore whipped cream-bikini, Darcy Steers. The follow-up cast for Later was beautiful, willing and perpetually single supermodel Amber, who seduced Mark Feuerstein in Christopher Kublan’s romantic comedy Giving It Up (1999, a.k.a. Casanova Falling).
Larter became Adrian Grenier’s long-time girlfriend in John Schultz’s adaptation of Todd Strasser’s novel, the romantic comedy Drive Me Crazy (1999, starring Melissa Joan Hart). Also in that same year, director William Malone teamed her with Geoffrey Rush and Famke Janssen in his horror remake, House on Haunted Hill.
In 2000, Larter got her next breakout role as one of Devon Sawa’s French class friends, Clear Rivers, in James Wong’s teen thriller Final Destination. She later reprised her role in its 2003 installment, David R. Ellis-directed Final Destination 2 (costarring A.J. Cook). The role received applause, handed her the Young Hollywood Awards for Breakthrough Performance in 2001.
Larter costarred with Reese Witherspoon as murder-accused Brooke Windham in Robert Luketic’s film version of Amanda Brown’s novel Legally Blonde and played Colin Farrell’s affection object in Les Mayfield’s western drama American Outlaws (both in (2001). She also teamed with Shannon Elizabeth, Eliza Dushku and Jennifer Schwalbach Smith portraying a quartet of gorgeous jewel thieves in Kevin Smith’s comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).
More recent, Larter played roles in Scott Ziehl’s dark comic thriller based on Gil Brewer's 1963 pulp novel Wild to Possess, 3 Way (2004), and in Nigel Cole’s romantic comedy A Lot Like Love (2005, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet). She also portrayed Eugene Byrd’s lover in Stefan C. Schaefer’s political thriller Confess (2005).
As for her upcoming film works, Larter just completed Stephen Gaghan’s drama thriller film inspired by Robert Baer’s book, Syriana (with George Clooney, Matt Damon and Amanda Peet), and will soon finish Rick Bieber’s drama Crazy (costarring Waylon Payne). She is currently filming Willard Carroll’s comedy Marigold: An Adventure in India, in which she will portray the titular role Marigold.
- Young Hollywood Awards: Breakthrough Performance – Female, Final Destination, 2001.