American actress Brittany Snow got her start as a child actress. At age 12, she made herself known to soap opera fans as the headstrong Susan Lemay on the CBS hit series “Guiding Light” (1998-2001), for which she took home a Young Artist Award. A year after leaving the show, the talented performer gained even more popularity playing spirited Meg Pryor on the Emmy Award-winning drama series “American Dreams” (ABC, 2002-2005). Other TV credits include guest roles in such series as “Nip/Tuck” and “Law & Order: SVU.” On the movie front, Snow, who made her movie debut in the Vin Diesel vehicle “The Pacifier” (2005), was seen in the highly successful “Hairspray” (2007), where she co-won a Hollywood Film Award. She also starred as bashful Kate on the moderate hit “John Tucker Must Die” (2006).
Recently appearing in “Prom Night” and “About Amanda” (both 2008), Snow will appear in the upcoming “Black Water Transit” (2008) and “The Vicious Kind” (2009).
Snow is Roman Catholic and best friends with actresses Arielle Kebbel, Ashanti, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Ashley Tisdale, Sophia Bush and Vanessa Lengies, her “American Dreams” co-star. Meg Ryan, Natalie Portman and Reese Witherspoon are her favorite actresses and Robin Williams is her favorite actor. She also idolizes Jewel. In 2007, in an interview with “People” magazine, the blonde beauty revealed that she had suffered from anorexia, bulimia and depression and her weight once went down to 85 pounds. Thanks to the support of her family and friends, she received help and eventually recovered.
“I always had it in my mind that being skinny was better, even as a little girl. But I was never chubby or overweight. At age 12, I was on 'The Guiding Light' and that forced me to grow up fast. I wanted to be accepted by all these adults I was working with. I started with the ‘Eat Right for Your Type’ diet. A friend of mine was doing it. I have a perfectionist personality, so I wanted to do the best job that I could. It was almost fun for me, like a little experiment. Then I started with other diets. Once I started losing weight, I got compliments from people I looked up to on the show. Suddenly, I was addicted to getting results. That's how it started, but it progressed rather quickly.” Brittany Snow
Apart from acting, Snow, who enjoys spending time with her family and old friends, is interested in all type of dance. She has been a member of LA Dance Force, Broadway Dance, the Pizazz Competitive Dance Group and LA Underground.
Childhood and Family:
Brittany Anne Snow was born on March 9, 1986, in Tampa, Florida, to Cinda Snow, an employee at the Prentice Hall, and John Snow, Sr., who operated an insurance agency before managing the career of his daughter. A straight-A student, she attended Carrollwood Day School for kindergarten through second grade, and Ben Hillfor middle school. In 2004, she graduated from Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida. Brittany has a half-sister and a half-brother who reside in Ohio.
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, at age three Brittany Snow landed a modeling gig for a print ad. With full support from her mother, she attended auditions and by age 6, she had moved on to television commercials. Among her notable clients were Kmart, Nabisco, Disney and McDonald’s. An active youth, Snow also took dance lessons and participated in regional theater where she acted in such productions as “Pirates of Penzance,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific” and “Annie.”
Led by her exposure to regional theater, Snow had the chance to make her small screen acting debut as a young girl in a 1994 episode of the Spielberg-produced action series “SeaQuest DSV,” which starred Roy Scheider. She was invited back to the series the following year. Also in 1995, she did voice-over work for the animated film “Whisper of the Heart” (1995).
“My greatest accomplishment is receiving my role on ‘Guiding Light.’” Brittany Snow
Realizing their daughter's promising talent, Snow's father quit his job to become her full-time manager and in 1998, they recruited an agent for her. It soon paid off when Snow won a regular role on the long-running soap opera “Guiding Light,” which she kept from 1998 to 2001. Playing a disobedient young girl named Susan Lemay, she was handed a Young Artist award for Best Performance in a Daytime TV Series - Young Actress and a Soap Opera Digest nomination for Outstanding Child Actor (both 2001). During her “Guiding Light” days, in an attempt to secure a normal teenage life, Snow maintained her residence at Tampa, Florida, and traveled to New York City to film her scenes three days a week. She also kept busy working in other projects like the HBO miseries “From the Earth to the Moon” (1998) and guest starring in a 1999 episode of the drama series “Safe Harbor,” which was shot in Florida.
After she left the CBS hit series, Snow was cast alongside Kathy Baker, A.J. Buckley and Dane Christensen in a pilot episode of “Murphy's Dozen” (2001), which was not picked up by any networks. The following year, the young actress was cast in the starring role of Meg Pryor in the ABC period drama “American Dreams.” She received three Teen Choice nominations for Choice TV Breakout Star- Female (2003) and Choice TV Actress - Drama/Action Adventure (2003, 2004) and two Young Artist nominations for Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) (2003) and Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress (2004) for her performance. “American Dreams” ran for three seasons until 2005, during which time Snow left her hometown and stayed in a Los Angeles apartment with her mother.
With a new home base, Snow had more of a chance to find work. In 2005, she secured a recurring role in the FX popular series “Nip/Tuck,” where she portrayed a teen neo-Nazi named Ariel Alderman, and more importantly, she kicked off her film career with a role as Zoe Plummer in the comedy/action “The Pacifier,” directed by Adam Shankman. Her movie career soon took off when she landed a starring role, opposite Jesse Metcalfe, in the Betty Thomas teen comedy “John Tucker Must Die” (2006). Also in 2006, she appeared as Jamie Hoskins in an episode of “Law & Order: SVU.”
Snow's real big screen breakthrough, however, arrived a year later when Adam Shankman hired her to play Amber Von Tussle in the movie version of the Tony-winning Broadway musical “Hairspray” (2007), which went on to become one of the biggest hits in 2007 and is regarded as the third highest grossing musical of all time. Costarring with John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden and Queen Latifah, she jointly nabbed a 2007 Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year. About starring in “Hairspray,” she said, “It's really funny, because when I told all my friends I was doing this project with John Travolta and Queen Latifah, they were like, ‘Oh, that's awesome,’ but when I said I was going to be working with Zac Efron, they all went crazy and were like, ‘NO WAY!’”
Subsequently, Snow was put on the map. Later that same year, she landed a starring role in the drama film “On the Doll,” and returned in a leading role for the next year's horror remake “Prom Night,” directed by Nelson McCormick. In the movie, she played Donna Keppel, a role originally cast with Jamie Lee Curtis. She also costarred with Matthew Broderick in the comedy/drama “About Amanda.”
As for her upcoming projects, the 22-year-old Snow is set to play Sardoonah in the based-on-novel “Black Water Transit” (2008), opposite Aisha Tyler. She also has a starring role as Emma in the comedy/drama “The Vicious Kind” (2009).
Hollywood Film: Ensemble of the Year, “Hairspray,” 2007
Young Artist: Best Performance in a Daytime TV Series - Young Actress, “The Guiding Light,” 2001