First appearing on television as The Demon Curupira (1999-2000) on the Australian TV series "BeastMaster," Emilie de Ravin became noticed in America while playing Tess Harding during the second season (2000-2002) of UPN’s teen sci-fi series "Roswell." She portrayed cruel classmate Chris Hargensen in the TV movie remake of Stephen King's classic horror film "Carrie" (2002) and now plays Australian plane crash survivor Claire Littleton (2004-current) on the hit ABC drama series "Lost," which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2006.
On the big screen, Ravin has starred in the films "Brick" (2005), "Santa's Slay" (2005) and "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006). She will co-star with Clifton Collins, Jr. in an upcoming true story-based drama film called "The Perfect Game" and will act opposite Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Michael Mann's new crime drama film, "Public Enemies."
This 5' 2" pretty Australian actress with French and British heritage was one of the Maxim magazine “Hot 100” in 2005, 2006, and 2008. In early 2007, she separated from her husband of six months, actor Josh Janowicz.
Childhood and Family:
In the Melbourne suburb of Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia, Emilie de Ravin, nicknamed “Em,” was born on December 27, 1981. Her great-great-grandparents were French, who immigrated to Australia. "De Ravin" means "from (the) ravine" in French. She also has British ancestors and two older sisters.
Having studying ballet since the age of 9 at the Christa Cameron School of Ballet in Melbourne and being home schooled by her mother, Ravin was accepted into the prestigious Australian Ballet School, in Melbourne, Australia, at the age of 15. She performed in productions of the Australian Ballet Company as well as Danceworld 301.
“I didn't go to normal high school. I went to full-time ballet school, so I led very regimented, disciplined years. The classes we took, like nutrition, anatomy, dance styles, choreography, music, all these wonderful things I’ve taken away with me. At the time my passion was ballet, so I didn’t have that normal high school experience, which I’m sure I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed anyway.” Emilie de Ravin
After a year, she dropped out of ballet school and took acting courses at Australia's Swinburne University and at the well-known National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Australia. She later moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at the Prime Time Actors Studio., in Los Angeles, California.
“I’m really close with my family and they’re in Australia, so I miss them a lot. It’ll always be home. I grew up in Melbourne, a very cosmopolitan city, very easy to live in. But LA’s great too. There are pluses and minus to moving to LA.” Emilie de Ravin
Ravin became engaged to actor Josh Janowicz (born on September 15, 1981) on January 1, 2005, when they visited her family in Australia. The couple exchanged wedding vows on June 19, 2006, in Melbourne, Australia. However, they separated after only six months of marriage in January 2007. Ravin now lives with her dog named Bella.
"It's actually fun to not know anyone and go out and find friends, or let them find you." Emilie de Ravin
The Perfect Game
After sharpening her craft at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Emilie de Ravin gained international attention with her performance in a recurring role on the popular Australian television series "Beastmaster" (1999-2002), which was loosely based on characters created by Andre Norton in her science fiction novel "The Beast Master." The show later aired in syndication on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States.
She then moved to Los Angeles to further her career and enrolled at the Prime Time Actors Studio. One month later, she landed the series regular role of Tess Harding during the second season (2000-2002) of UPN’s teen sci-fi series "Roswell."
“I like being scared. I like watching horror movies with my fiancé as opposed to being on my own. My favorite horror film as a child was ‘Halloween.’ I remember that movie so clearly because, as a kid, horror movies attend to affect you more. They’re scarier.” Emilie de Ravin
Afterward, Ravin starred in the television remake of Stephen King's classic horror film, "Carrie" (2002), in which she portrayed Chris Hargensen, who plots a cruel prank against Carrie (played by Angela Bettis). She was also spotted as a guest on the CBS police procedural drama "Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service," as well as the CBS crime drama series "The Handler" and "CSI: Miami."
In 2004, Ravin hit it big when she snagged the role of pregnant Australian Claire Littleton on the hit ABC survivor drama, "Lost." With other cast members, she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2006. She also provided her voice for a video game based on the show, "Lost: Via Domus."
“I’ve been around this long, so that’s a good thing. I connect with Claire being sort of a strong, driven character who goes through a lot. She has sort of come through with such a graceful way about her. She’s very strong and very focused on getting off the island.” Emilie de Ravin (on her “Lost” character)
Ravin also co-starred as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's heroin-addicted ex-girlfriend Emily in the teenage film that was first screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, "Brick" and supported Bill Goldberg in David Steiman's horror/comedy film "Santa's Slay" (2005).
In 2006, Ravin starred in Alexandre Aja's remake of the Wes Craven 1977 horror/thriller, "The Hills Have Eyes," in which she portrayed Brenda Carter, the second eldest daughter of Big Bob Carter (played by Ted Levine) and Ethel Carter (played by Kathleen Quinlan).
About her character in "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006), Ravin described, “My character is wielding a pickaxe and stabbing people in the face so she’s not really a damsel at all, which I guess is another thing that drew me to the character. She’s a very strong female character and goes through a huge change through the film. I mean she’s a young woman, still sort of figuring out who she is and then she practically grows up in three days, for what she has to deal with.”
Recently, it has been reported that Ravin's character on “Lost,” who mysteriously disappears with her dead biological father near the end of the fourth season (2008), will not return as a series regular for the fifth season.
Ravin said in an interview, “I guess I just sort of wondered where Claire’s at. Is she still on the island? Did she die? What happened to her? No, you don’t know what happens to Claire. That’s not one of the things that comes to a conclusion. The finale has more questions than answers. I have to be tight-lipped about the finale. What can I ever say? It’s big. There’s a lot going on. It’s sort of interesting what you see in the future.”
In 2008, Ravin appeared in Brin Hill's drama film "Ball Don't Lie." She has completed her new film, "The Perfect Game," a true story-based drama film about a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico, who became the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series. Directed by William Dear, the film features Clifton Collins, Jr., Jake T. Austin, and Moises Arias. She is now on set filming Michael Mann's new crime drama film, "Public Enemies," alongside Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum, Billy Crudup, and Leelee Sobieski.
"I want to pursue as much of a serious acting career as I can, not just a flimsy overnight career. I take it very seriously and I really want to pursue it for the rest of my life." Emilie de Ravin
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Lost," 2006