Sara Paxton
Birth Date:
April 25, 1988
Birth Place:
Woodland Hills, California, USA
5' 6
actress, musician
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“I mean, I am not Hilary Duff. Like, I have my own path that I’m going to go on. But I think it’s a compliment that people would say that.” Sara Paxton

Emmy-nominated actress Sara Paxton garnered critical acclaim as Darcy Fields on the TV Series “Darcy's Wild Life” (2004-2006). She also has appeared in such shows as "Working," "Lizzie McGuire," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Greetings from Tucson," "CSI: Miami," "Malcolm in the Middle," "SpongeBob SquarePants" (voice), "Will & Grace" and "Summerland." Additionally she replaced Kimberly J. Brown as Marnie Piper in the Disney Channel Original Movie "Return to Halloweentown" (2006).

“I want to play smart-girl roles. I want to do what Hilary Swank did, like in Million Dollar Baby, but I guess you have to look a certain way for that. They think I’m too sweet, that I can’t play roles like that and that’s kind of a bummer because you know, it’s stereotypical.” Sara Paxton

On the big screen, the California-native actress made her debut at age 7 with a small part in the hit comedy movie starring Jim Carrey, “Liar Liar” (1997). She has appeared with Kurt Russell in "Soldier" (1998) and Jude Law in "Music from Another Room" (1998). The 5' 6" green-eyed blonde star also played a significant role in the film "Sleepover" (2004) and took on the titular character of a mermaid in "Aquamarine" (2006). She will star opposite Amanda Bynes in the upcoming teen comedy movie "Sydney White."

“I really look up to like Reese Witherspoon and Goldie Hawn. I think those are my two favorite actresses.” Sara Paxton

Paxton, who has often been compared to Hilary Duff, is branching out into music and will soon release her debut music CD titled “The Ups and Downs.” She said, “I've been singing my whole life and I wanted to do singing and acting at the same time but acting just took off further than singing. Now I have my own album coming out so I'm really excited about that.”

Sara Emily

Childhood and Family:

The only child of the family, Sara Emily Paxton was born on April 25, 1988, in Woodland Hills, California. Her mother, Lucia, is a dentist from Monterrey, Mexico, and her father, Steve Paxton, is a businessman of Irish and European descent and is distantly related to actor Bill Paxton. Her mother is Jewish and her father converted to Judaism upon marrying her mother.

“I’ve led a totally normal life. I go to a totally normal school, not a school with other actors. My friends at school don’t really ask me questions about acting or anything. They don’t even think of me as an actor and that’s really cool. It kind of keeps you grounded.” Sara Paxton

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Paxton attended a public high school and graduated in June of 2006. Paxton, who is fluent in both English and Spanish and once dreamed about being a veterinarian, has noted that she would like to major in business administration with a minor in history.

Paxton keeps a journal and has a dog named Jenny and a Chihuahua named Coco Chanel. She is good friends with actresses Miriam McDonald, Shenae Grimes and Brie Larson. She is also friends with her “Aquamarine” (2006) co-stars JoJo and Emma Roberts. Paxton said, “Me and Emma live literally five minutes away from each other and JoJo lives on the east coast, but she comes over to visit all the time and we constantly keep in touch. We help each other with like guy problems and stuff like that and we've just really been keeping in touch. And on set, we hung out nonstop. We worked together every day for three months and it's a good thing that we all got along so well because we literally were like seeing each other every second of the day. So it's really a good thing we were really close.”

Darcy's Wild Life


By the time she was 6, Sara Paxton had appeared on television and in print ads. At around 7, she landed her first big break when she appeared in director Tom Shadyac's hit comedy movie, “Liar Liar” (1997), starring Jim Carrey. Following her big screen debut, Paxton shared the screen with Kurt Russell in Paul W.S. Anderson's sci-fi, action/thriller “Soldier” (1998). She also appeared alongside Jude Law, Jennifer Tilly and Gretchen Mol in writer/director Charlie Peters' independent romantic comedy “Music From Another Room” (1998), in which she portrayed the younger version of Mol's cynical sister Karen (the adult version was played by Martha Plimpton).

In 1999, Paxton was cast in the family/fantasy movie “Durango Kids,” directed by Ashton Root. She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC’s sitcom “Working” and the soap opera "Passions.” She was seen in two episodes of Fox’s short-lived sitcom "Action” and her guest appearance in “Working” won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Young Performer Age Ten or Under in 2000. She also scored recurring voice work on Nickelodeon's Emmy nominated animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" from 1999 to 2004.

Paxton guest starred on Disney Channel’s Original Series starring Hilary Duff, "Lizzie McGuire," and the popular Emmy winning CBS cop drama series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." The latter won Paxton her second Young Artist Award, this time for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress category in 2003.

During that time, Paxton also landed her first starring role, as Sarah Tobin (2002), on the WB short-lived sitcom “Greetings from Tucson.” Her performance later earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress.

In October 2003, Sara was spotted as guest in an episode of CBS’ forensic drama series "CSI: Miami," which handed her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress. The subsequent year, she enjoyed appearances in top-rated shows like NBC’s popular, critically acclaimed sitcom “Will & Grace” and Fox’s seven-time Emmy-winning sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.” She also had a recurring role, as Sarah Borden, the deceptive girl whom Jesse McCartney's character has promiscuous sex with, on the now defunct WB drama series “Summerland” (2004). That same year, Paxton landed a starring role in Joe Nussbaum's teen comedy movie “Sleepover.” Along with the film's other cast members, Paxton was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast.

From 2004 to 2006, Paxton played the title role in Discovery Kids and Family Channel's popular light-hearted comedy series "Darcy's Wild Life." Her stunning performance was awarded a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series and Young Artist Awards.

During her "Darcy's Wild Life" stint, Paxton landed a starring role in Elizabeth Allen's film adaptation of Alice Hoffman's children's book, “Aquamarine” (2006), playing the title role of a mermaid discovered by two 13-year-old best friends (played by Emma Roberts and Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque). Paxton, who also sings the song "Connected" in the film, earned a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress.

On playing a mermaid, Paxton described, “It was amazing. Being a mermaid has been like my dream since I was a little kid and it was really amazing getting to be one. I had to spend four hours in makeup a day, because it took two hours to do hair and makeup and then two and a half hours to squeeze my body into the tail, get it zipped up, glued in, airbrushed, painted. And then they would roll me onto a tarp and five guys on a stretcher would carry me like I was Cleopatra and then they'd set me on the ground and flop me into the pool. It was an interesting experience.”

Meanwhile, TV audiences could catch her in an episode of the WB short-lived comedy-drama "Pepper Dennis" and "Skater Boys." She also played the lead, replacing Kimberly J. Brown as Marnie Piper, in Disney Channel’s Original Movie "Return to Halloweentown" (2006).

Recently, in 2007, Paxton portrayed an 18-year-old promising track star who struggles with binge drinking in the TV movie “The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker,” which premiered on Lifetime Television. Next, she will star opposite Amanda Bynes in the upcoming film “Sydney White,” Paxton will play Rachel Witchburn, the evil campus witch. “Sydney White” will hit theaters on September 21, 2007.

A classic rock fan, Paxton has also branched out into music. She has been signed to a record deal with Sony and will soon release her debut CD, “The Ups and Downs,” featuring the single “Here We Go Again,” on Epic Records sometime in 2007. Her track “Take A Walk” is also featured on the “Darcy's Wild Life” soundtrack and sometimes plays at the end of episodes (during the episode outtakes). Paxton's name was also listed in the "Special Thanks" column on her “Aquamarine” co-star Emma Roberts' debut album, “Emma Roberts Unfabulous and More.”


  • Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 2003

  • Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Young Performer Age Ten or Under, “Working,” 2000

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