"It's interesting how your look totally dictates what kind of auditions you get or what kind of roles you can play. Since the haircut, I'm getting all these lesbian scripts sent to me. I had really long hair when I first came out here, and I'd always get these really cutesy auditions. I was like, 'I'm not a sorority girl, guys!'" Samaire Armstrong.
First hitting the small screen as a guest on an episode of “Party of Five” in 2000, Samaire Armstrong later landed her most notable role to date, as the tomboy and stylish Anna Stern (2003 – present), the ex girlfriend to Adam Brody’s Seth Cohen, on Fox's ten drama “The O.C.” She is also known for playing Emily (2004-2005), the attractive assistant to a top Hollywood agent, on HBO original sitcom “Entourage.” On the big screen, Armstrong could be seen in Not Another Teen Movie (2001), DarkWolf (2003), Stay Alive (2006) and Just My Luck (2006). She will star in the upcoming films Rise and It's a Boy Girl Thing.
The young, beautiful, 5' 5'' tall blonde, who has appeared in Hanson's “Penny and Me” and Daniel Powter's “Bad Day” music videos, was named #55 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list. She also has her own fashion label, NARU, which available in a few exclusive boutiques in Hawaii. She was romantically linked to actor Aaron Paul (born on August 27, 1979).
Big Brat Sasa
Childhood and Family:
"My dad says that I was a big brat and really dark. I just remember being different all the time!" Samaire Armstrong.
Born on October 31, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan, Samaire Rhys Armstrong (means “dawning sun” in Gaelic), nicknamed Sasa, was trained in the martial arts of sword practicing and judo when she was 5 years old. She then followed her family moving to Hawaii and later in Arizona, where she went to Sedona Red Rock High School. Besides playing volleyball, she also active in acting and was cast in most of the high school's theatrical productions. After graduation, she went to summer school at Parsons School of Design in New York before enrolling to the University of Arizona for costume design and theatre. But after only a year, she dropped out to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles.
"When I was growing up, we had doughnut Sunday. We'd go and get doughnuts or croissants. Now I try not to eat that many sweets, but at least I can smell them!" Samaire Armstrong.
A Boy Girl Thing
"I am pretty impulsive. My judgments are based entirely on instinct. I have a lot of strong feelings, which impact both my designing and acting." Samaire Armstrong.
Proclaiming her self to be an actress when she was 3 years old, Samaire Armstrong began acting at high school and appeared in the school’s theatrical productions, including “The Miracle Worker” and “Impromptu.” When she was a freshman at her college, Armstrong dropped out and moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to give her acting talent a try.
In 2000, Armstrong landed on her first acting job guest starring on Fox’s soap opera “Party of Five,” where she shared the screen with young Hollywood veterans Jennifer Love Hewitt and Neve Campbell. She followed it up with other guest appearances on an episode of NBC’s teen dramedy "Freaks and Geeks," CBS family drama "That's Life," NBC’s long-running medical drama “ER” and CBS’ drama series "Judging Amy."
After several guest spots on TV series, Armstrong made her first appearance on the big screen in director Joel Gallen's hit teen movies spoof Not Another Teen Movie (2001; starring Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly and Chyler Leigh), playing hottie Kara, one half of the conjoined twins the Fratelli sisters. Following her full-length debut, Armstrong made a pivotal role in an exceptionally eerie episode of Fox’s popular sci-fi drama “The X-Files.” She also could be seen in writer-director Tom Sheppard's screwball romantic comedy video Would I Lie to You? (2002; opposite Brad Rowe), based on Oscar Wildes classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and in Chris Thompson's never-before-seen WB pilot comedy "Trash" (2003).
Armstrong played a role in the made-for-TV movie 111 Gramercy Park (2003) and returned to the big screen, starring as Josie, a young waitress who is unaware of her special power attracting werewolf in director Richard Friedman's horror movie DarkWolf (2003). Son after she chopped her long hair, Armstrong nabbed her most notable role to date on Fox’s teen drama comedy series “The O.C.,” as tomboy and stylish Anna Stern, the ex girlfriend to Adam Brody’s Seth Cohen. She initially appeared for one episode, but was brought back at fan request for several episodes. She has since returned to “The O.C.” starting episode 22 of season 3.
During her stint in “The O.C.,” Armstrong guest starred in the syndicated television talk show "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," ABC’s long-running cop drama "NYPD Blue" and the WB's sitcom "Living with Fran." She also landed a recurring spot on the HBO original sitcom “Entourage,” playing Emily (2004-2005), an attractive assistant to a top Hollywood agent.
After guest starring in an October 2005 episode of CBS mystery crime drama "Numb3rs," Armstrong went to costar with Jon Foster and Frankie Muniz in writer-director William Brent Bell's horror film Stay Alive (2006). She also costarred as Lindsay Lohan’s friend Maggie in Donald Petrie's romantic comedy Just My Luck (2006; also starring Chris Pine). Soon, she will complete filming her upcoming movies, writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez's supernatural thriller Rise (starring Lucy Liu) and Nick Hurran's body-swap teen comedy It's a Boy Girl Thing, in which she costarred opposite Kevin Zegers, playing his prim neighbor Nell.
"I didn't want to wear things that other people were wearing. So, I started making clothes that would fall apart less easily. In other words, I just started really trying to perfect clothes enough so they could be wearable through a whole day of school. Then I started making clothes for friends, and by my Senior prom, I was making prom dresses for my friends." Samaire Armstrong.
Besides acting, Armstrong, who loves vintage clothing and has a huge collection of skirts and jewelry, has branched out in fashion designing. She developed interest for fashion when sewing Halloween costumes with her mom and later made her own clothes in high school. Now when she is not busy filming, Armstrong is designing clothes for her own clothing brand called NARU. The brand, which has been featured in such fashion magazines as Vogue, Elle and YM, is now available in a few exclusive boutiques in Hawaii. But Armstrong is hoping stores across the States will eventually stock NARU as well.
"Sometimes you're so tired, you just wanna light some candles and soak in a tub. That's pure heaven!" Samaire Armstrong.