When a Stranger Calls
“I’m not a dark person at all, so those roles are the most challenging. I don’t think I’m necessarily drawn to dark things. It just seems to work out that way.” Camilla Belle
One of Hollywood young promising talents, Camilla Belle is best known as baby sitter Jill in the successful horror remake When a Stranger Calls (2006). She netted Young Artist nominations for her roles in films Practical Magic (1998), Replacing Dad (1999, TV), Rip Girls (2000, TV) and series “Walker, Texas Ranger” (1998), as well as received glowing reviews for work in the Showtime movie Back to the Secret Garden (2001) and the critically acclaimed indie The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005). The exotic Belle is set to star in Roland Emmerich’s 10,000 B.C. (2007).
Off screen, the multi-languages actress is friends with actors Jamie Bell and Justin Chatwin, whom she encountered during the production of 2005’s The Chumscrubber. A humanitarian, the American beauty of Brazilian ancestry has been highly involved in many charities, including becoming an international spokesperson for Kids With A Cause, a program founded for supporting children who suffer from poverty, starvation, abandon and abuse.
Childhood and Family:
Camilla Belle Routh was born on October 2, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. Her parents, Jack Routh (an American) and Cristina Gould (a Brazilian), named the future star after actress Renata Sorrah’s character in the Brazilian series “Cavalo de Aço.” Belle attended an independent all-girls school called the Marlborough School in Los Angeles, and has been offered a chance to study modern languages at the University of Edinburgh. Bella is an aspiring classical pianist and finds her downtime to study the craft. In addition to English, she is a fluent speaker of Portuguese (his mother’s native language) and Spanish.
A stunning brunette infant, Camilla Belle got her start in showbiz industry at the age of nine months old by appearing in a national print commercial. When she turned 7, the motivated youth moved to TV film with small parts in NBC’s Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth and director Paul Schneider’s drama Empty Cradle. She subsequently appeared as young Elizabeth in the drama/thriller telepic Deconstructing Sarah (1994), and was cast as the orphan Molly in the ABC TV-movie Annie L A Royal Adventure, the next year. Also in 1995, Belle made her silver screen debut in the director Alfonso Cuaron wonderful remake of A Little Princess, playing another orphan, Jane.
The following years saw the demanding Belle have a supporting part in the Alyssa Milano direct-to-video starring vehicle Poison Ivy 2 (1996), play the young daughter of Jimmy Smits in the Showtime film Martial Law (1996) as well as appear as Cathy Bowman in the widely-released The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) for filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Belle’s next outing on mainstream project came in 1998 when she landed a small role of young Sally Owens in Practical Magic, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. The role garnered Belle a Young Artist nomination for Best Supporting Young Actress. The same year, she also took home another Young Artist nomination, this time for Best Guest Starring Performance in a TV Drama Series in an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” and was cast as Steven Seagal’s daughter in the thriller The Patriot, which was premiered on HBO before its release on video. Belle received a third Young Artist nod for her supporting portrayal of Mandy in the CBS TV film Replacing Dad (1999), starring Mary McDonnell.
After a string of minor roles, Belle eventually scored a lead, playing Sydney Miller in Rip Girls (2000), a family television film helmed by Joyce Chopra. Giving a fine performance, she again earned a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama) in Leading Role. Belle then undertook the supporting role of the young incarnation of Phoebe (who grows up to be Jordana Brewster) in The Invisible Circus (2001) and was noted for her radiant portrayal of Lizzie in the Showtime film Back to the Secret Garden (2001).
Returning to filmmaking after a four-year hiatus, Belle made an auspicious comeback with the award-nominating performance of Daniel Day-Lewis’ daughter in the critically acclaimed independent film, The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005). Though the film received limited theatrical release, Belle’s bright presentation earned her the label of an “impressive newcomer” from film critic James Berardinelli. She also nabbed a Gotham nomination for Breakthrough Performance. Still in 2005, she landed major roles in films The Chumscrubber, an intriguingly satiric story about life breakup in the midst of an apparently tranquil suburbia, and the drama/thriller The Quiet.
Belle recently starred as Jill Johnson, a young baby sitter annoyed by a mysterious killer on the phone in the Screen Gems horror film remake When a Stranger Calls (2006). Released on February 2006, the film was considered booming at the United States box office, grossing over $45 million after an opening of over $21 million. The gifted player will play Evolet in the Warner Bros forthcoming film 10,000 B.C. The Roland Emmerich-helmed prehistoric epic will be release in 2007.