Down the P.C.H
An American actress who started her professional career as a dancer and model, Elaine Hendrix gained prominence after playing Meredith Blake in Lindsay Lohan’s vehicle The Parent Trap (1998). More recently, she picked up a Baja Film Festival Award for her brilliant work in the drama feature Down the P.C.H. (2006). Hendrix is also known for having roles in such movies as Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997), Molly (1999), Superstar (1999), Here On Earth (2000) and Wish You Were Dead (2002). Her more recent and upcoming credits include Coffee Date (2006), LA Blues (2006), The Dukes (2007), Magic (2007), Within (2007) and Player 5150 (2007).
On the small screen, the prolific performer has guest starred in popular shows like “Days of Our Lives” (1994), “Married with Children” (1995-1997), “Friends” (2002), “Charmed” (2004), “Ghost Whisperer” (2005) and “ER” (2006), as well as has had regular roles on “Get Smart” (1995), “The Chronicle” (2001-2002) and “Joan of Arcadia” ( 2003-2005). Moreover, she has starred in several made-for-television films.
Off screen, Hendrix currently lives in Los Angeles, where she becomes a member of Women in Film, Women in Theatre and Women of Los Angeles. She is also involved with numerous humanitarian efforts on behalf of cancer research, children and environment. An animal lover, Hendrix keeps two birds, two turtles and a dog named Tiloc as her pets. As for her romantic life, the Tennessee-born beauty was once linked to actors Mark Sheppard and David Faustino.
Childhood and Family:
In Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Katherine Elaine Hendrix was born on December 28, 1970. She was raised in nearby Knoxville and Morristown until age 15, when she and her divorced mother relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. There, she attended the Northside School of Performing Arts. A classically trained jazz and modern dancer, Hendrix started dancing professionally with the Gary Harrison Dance Co. in her senior years of school, but quit after she was hit by a car while bicycling. She also added modeling and acting to her endeavors.
The Parent Trap
Elaine Hendrix began her professional career as a dancer and model. She danced in a jazz and modern company out of Atlanta and later became a model for companies such as Sun Computers, Levi’s, Nike, Mattel, etc. Moving to Los Angeles in 1992, Hendrix soon won an agent and made her film bow that same year with Tony Markes’ thriller Last Dance, costarring with Cynthia Basinet. This was followed by guest spots on shows like “Fallen Angels” (1993), “Days of Our Lives” (1994), “Ellen” (1995) and “Married with Children” (1995-1997) as well as a starring role on the Fox revival of “Get Smart” (1995), as Agent 66. She also was cast as Marilyn Munster in the made-for-TV film The Munster’s Scary Little Christmas (1996).
Hendrix revisited the big screen in 1996, when director Peter Shaner had her play the small role of Robin in the Bill Campbell-Jennifer Grey comedy Lover’s Knot, and went on to appear in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997), starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow. However, it was her role as Meredith Blake, the twin girls’ arch-rival, in the Nancy Meyers-helmed The Parent Trap (1998), starring Lindsay Lohan, that made the actress popular.
Following the star-making performance, Hendrix became a more frequent in films. She teamed up with Elizabeth Shue in Molly (1999), supported Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell in Superstar (1999), appeared with Chris Klein, Leelee Sobieski and Josh Hartnett in the drama/romance Here On Earth (2000) and acted in Max Mitchell’s Get Your Stuff (2000). She continued to have roles in Bad Boy (2002), Wish You Were Dead (2002), a comedy/thriller she starred in with Cary Elwes, Adam Goldberg’s comedy The Hebrew Hammer (2003) and Bam Bam and Celeste (2005).
Hendrix maintained her busy schedule on the small screen. In addition to making numerous guest starring performances, including in “Friends” (2002), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2003), “Charmed” (2004), “Crossing Jordan” (2004), “Ghost Whisperer” (2005), she starred on the short-lived comedy “The Chronicle” (2001-2002), as Kristen Martin, and on the drama/fantasy “Joan of Arcadia,” where she played Ms. Lischak from 2003 to 2005. Moreover, she found roles in TV-films The Big Time (2002), Mr. St. Nick (2002) and Bow (2005).
Recently, in 2006, Hendrix received recognition after portraying Samantha in Down the P.C.H. (2006), opposite Vincent Grashaw. For her bright effort, she was handed a Baja Film Festival for Best Actress. The same year, she shared the screen with Jonathan Bray, Wilson Cruz, Jonathan Silverman and Sally Kirkland in the comedy film Coffee Date, and appeared as Max’s mother in an episode of the popular medical show “ER.”
Hendrix will soon play Brenda Simon in the comedy feature LA Blues (2006), directed and written by Ian Gurvitz. In 2007, she can add The Dukes, a heist movie set to 50’s rock and roll, the John Penney adventure/family film Magic, director’s Hanelle M. Culpepper’s thriller Within and David Michael O’Neill’s drama Player 5150 to her impressive resume.
- Festival de Cine de Baja (Baja Film Festival): Best Actress, Down the P.C.H., 2006