Daveigh Chase, born Daveigh Elizabeth Schwallier, is an American actress and voice over artist. A versatile young performer, she scared audiences worldwide with her creepy portrayal of Samara Morgan in the successful thriller The Ring (2002), from which she took home a MTV Movie Award. For her brilliant effort in voicing the lead heroine in Disney’s animated feature Lilo & Stitch (2002), she was handed an Annie Award and a Young Artist Award. She also earned a Young Artist nomination for her work in an episode of the TV series “Touched by an Angel” (2001). She currently plays Rhonda Volmer on the critically applauded drama series “Big Love” (2006-?), starring Bill Paxton.
In addition to acting, Chase is also a gifted singer. In 1999, she served as a vocalist for a small band and took the stage as the opening act for Reba McEntire. She was chosen by Stephen Spielberg to sing “God Bless America” in 2001’s film A.I., but her part ended up in the cutting floor. She also sang “Holly Jolly Christmas” for the Schools Out Christmas album and “Tossin & Turnin” in the Oliver Beene episode “Oliver & Others.”
As for her personal life, 5’ 7” tall Chase has participated in and donated her time to numerous charitable organizations, including the Camp Ronald McDonald Charity, Children Uniting Nations, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Red Cross. During a Los Angeles ‘Day of the Child event supported by CUN, she had the chance to be a mentor to a couple of LA area foster children. She also enjoys contributing in animal rescue organizations.
Childhood and Family:
Daveigh Chase was born Daveigh Elizabeth Schwallier on July 24, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada to John Schwallier and Cathy Chase. An only child, she was raised in Albany, Oregon by her mother after the divorce of her parents. Later, she relocated to Los Angeles to seek fame.
A charismatic, down-to-earth girl with a very keen intelligence, Daveigh enjoys surfing, horseback riding, swimming and hanging out with family and friends. She also likes dancing, cartooning and writing song lyrics. A passionate reader, she mentions a 1954 biographical novel by Helen R. Mann, “Gallant Warrior,” and “Under Northern Stars” (1932) by William MacLeod Raine as her favorite books.
Lilo & Stitch
A spirited child, Daveigh Chase longed to perform from a very early age and started dancing and singing in her hometown and other local areas at community events and shows. Inspired to become a performer after watching videos of Barney & Friends at age 4, she entered Little Miss America Pageant contest and ended up in being the winner of the national vocal competition. After the bright achievement, an agent signed her and by age 7, she had appeared in a Campbells Soup commercial. A year later, she scored even a bigger victory with her starring role in a musical theater production of “Utah,” playing a Mormon child. Scripted by prize-winning playwright Tim Slover, the play was regarded as “America’s Most Spectacular Outdoor Musical.”
The same year, Chase made her first TV appearance as little girl in an episode of the popular show “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” and added a film acting to her endeavors a year later with a bit part in the thriller Her Married Lover. Small roles in such films as Michael Landon, the Father I Knew (1999, TV), Robbers (2000), Edgar MaCobb Presents (2000, TV), David Paymer’s From Where I Sit (2000, TV) and Donnie Darko (2001, as Jake Gyllenhaal’s younger sister) as well as guest spots in hit shows “Charmed,” “The Practice” and “ER” (all 2000) followed. But, it was her fine guest performance, as Heather Albrigh, in a 2001 episode of “Touched by an Angel” that garnered the young performer a Young Artist nomination.
Also in 2001, Chase provided the voice of the lead character, Chihiro Ogino, a 10-year-old Japanese girl, in an American dub of the animated Japanese film, Spirited Away, a dark modification of Alice in Wonderland. The movie won a 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. An accomplished voice-over artist, Chase’s hard work eventually paid off when she picked up an Annie for Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production and a Young Artist for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role - Age Ten or Under for her outstanding effort in the Disney animated feature Lilo & Stitch (2002), in which she voiced the title role of an Hawaiian girl, Lilo Pelekai. This led to a starring role in the follow up TV series, “Lilo & Stitch: The Series” (2003-2006). Meanwhile, Chase’s frightening performance in the Naomi Watts-Martin Henderson blockbuster thriller The Ring (2002), playing Samara Morgan, won her a MTV Movie for Best Villain, beating out Mike Myers, Colin Farrell, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Next, Chase portrayed Joyce, Oliver’s eccentric girlfriend, in the comedy series “Oliver Beene” (2003), flying ghost Annabel in the Joe Dante-helmed adventure Haunted Lighthouse (2003, opposite Lea Thompson), Azura Skye’s young incarnation in Carolina (2003, starred Julia Stiles), Rachel in Silence (2003) and Sara Newton in the comedy/family Beethoven’s 5th (2003). The following year, she landed a guest spot in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” as Tessa Press.
More recently, Chase has a co-starring regular role in the critically acclaimed HBO drama series “Big Love” (2006), which focuses on a polygamist (Bill Paxton) and his relationship with his three wives. Here, she plays Rhonda Volmer, the child bride of a clairvoyant, Roman Grant, who is played by Harry Dean Stanton. Her voice could also be heard as Betsy in the PBS animated series “Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures” (2006) and as Lilo in newly released DVD Leroy & Stitch (2006), a follow up to Lilo & Stitch.