American model and film actress Sarah Roemer is relatively a new face in the motion picture industry but she has collected an impressive resume since making her debut in the festival favorite “Wristcutters: A Love Story” (2006). Predicted the upcoming “celluloid scream queen,” the blonde, blue-eyed beauty who had a supporting role in the sequel “The Grudge 2” (2006) enjoyed a box office hit with the D.J. Caruso teen thriller “Disturbia” (2007), where she starred opposite Shia LeBeouf. For her memorable turn as the hot girl next door, Roemer jointly netted an MTV Movie nomination. She stated, “We did as much as possible, which was great. I love that D.J. really made a point to do that. What I love about it is the movie is really fun. You really feel like you are a part of the spy team. I did when I watched it and there’s so many laughs and you’re having a really good time. It’s a good ride and then when it gets intense, it’s really scary. So, it’s a building story and that’s what I really like. It is a lot about the characters and I think that makes the end even scarier.”
After her breakthrough film, Roemer was seen in the thriller “Asylum” (2008) and the comedy “The Golden Door” (2008). Her upcoming credits include Will Gluck's “Fired Up” (2009), Katherine Brooks' “Waking Madison” (2009) and Lasse Hallström's “Hachiko: A Dog's Story” (2009).
Considering herself “the only person in California who enjoys country music,” Roemer is a fan of music by David Bowie and Fiona Apple.
Childhood and Family:
Sarah Christine Roemer was born on August 28, 1984, in San Diego, California. She was raised in the San Diego area of Coronado along with her older brother. She attended Horizon Jr/Sr High School.
Gangling, athletic and impressively appealing, Sarah was discovered when she was buying coffee at a local 7-Eleven. Shortly thereafter, the 15-year-old girl began modeling and by age 17, she had moved away from her family to try her luck in New York.
“...I left home when I turned 17 and ran away to New York. I did a lot of moving. I was based in New York and country-hopping, so I was always ‘the new girl.’”
Born and raised in San Diego, Sarah Roemer got her start in modeling at age 15 after being spotted at a local 7-Eleven. She modeled for CCS catalogs and in 2004 graced the cover of Sportswear International fashion magazine. Roemer, who relocated to New York at age 17, did not try her hand at acting until she arrived in Los Angeles, where she is currently signed with LA Models.
In 2006, at age 22, Roemer landed her first acting job playing the small role of Rachel in the dark independent comedy “Wristcutters: A Love Story,” which was directed and scripted by Goran Dukic. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2006, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic category, the movie went on to become a cult hit abroad and won the prestigious Best Feature at the 2006 Gen Art Film Festival in New York. The film continued to pick up the Best First Feature and the Best First Screenplay nominations at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, as well as the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2007 Wisconsin Film Festival and the Ashland Independent Film Festival, respectively. Later that same year, Roemer received a supporting role in the Columbia Pictures-produced “The Grudge 2,” the installment to the popular 2004 horror flick starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Under the direction of Takashi Shimizu, she portrayed a teenager from Chicago named Lacey.
2007 saw Roemer pose for Maxim Magazine and featured in the spring issue of Nylon Guys magazine in an article called “Model Behavior.” Her acting career gained a significant boost when she got a costarring role, opposite Shia LeBeouf and Carrie-Anne Moss, in the D.J. Caruso-directed thriller “Disturbia” (2007). Playing Ashley, the new girl in the neighborhood who gets pulled into attempting to catch a serial killer, she shared an MTV Movie nomination for Best Kiss with LeBeouf. Thanks to the film's success at the box office, where it impressively grossed $22 million in its opening weekend, Roemer subsequently emerged as a hot commodity.
After working with big names like Kurt Russell, Virginia Madsen and Kristen Stewart in the 16-minute drama “Cutlass” (2007), directed and written by Oscar nominated actress Kate Hudson, Roemer got her next major role in “The Golden Door,” a 2008 romantic comedy directed by David M. Rosenthal. As Scarlett Dowling, she starred in the movie opposite Joseph Cross, Snoop Dogg, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Mimi Roger as Meredith. Roemer returned to the horror genre with Hyde Park Entertainment’s “Asylum” (2008), which went straight to video release. In the movie she portrayed Madison, a college student who finds out that her dorm was once an insane asylum.
“I think I'm focusing on not doing a horror movie after this, but it’s been fun. Each project has been an entirely different experience.” Sarah Roemer
25-year-old Roemer recently completed shooting “Fired Up” (2009), which was directed by Will Gluck and written by Freedom Jones. A coming of age comedy about two guys in high school, the film casts Roemer as head cheerleader Carly. She will star also with Elisabeth Shue in the Katherine Brooks drama “Waking Madison” (2009), in which they play Madison Walker and Dr. Elizabeth Barnes, respectively, and play a character named Andy in “Hachiko: A Dog's Story” (2009), a drama based on the true story of a college professor's alliance with the derelict dog he takes into his home. Also starring in the film are Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Jason Alexander.