Briana Evigan

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Briana Evigan
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Evigan at the premiere of Step Up 2 the Streets, 2008
BornBriana Barbara-Jane Evigan
(1986-10-23) October 23, 1986 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActress, dancer, singer-songwriter, choreographer
Years active1996–present
 
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Briana Evigan
Briana Evigan LF adjust.jpg
Evigan at the premiere of Step Up 2 the Streets, 2008
BornBriana Barbara-Jane Evigan
(1986-10-23) October 23, 1986 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActress, dancer, singer-songwriter, choreographer
Years active1996–present

Briana Barbara-Jane Evigan (born October 23, 1986) is an American actress and dancer. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Andie West in the Step Up series and Cassidy Tappan in Sorority Row. She started dancing at the age of 9 and is still dancing as part of her career today. Evigan has been noted as a Scream Queen for starring in many horror and thriller films, such as Sorority Row, Burning Bright, Mother's Day, The Devil's Carnival, Stash House, and Mine Games.

Early and personal life[edit]

Evigan was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Pamela C. Serpe, a dancer, model, and actress, and actor Greg Evigan.[1][2] She has Polish (from her paternal grandmother), Italian (from her maternal grandfather), and English, ancestry.[3][4] She is the youngest of three siblings, with brother Jason and sister Vanessa Lee.[2] She has studied dance since she was nine.[5] She is one of the singers and plays keyboards in the group Moorish Idol.[6] She also undertook a speech and communication degree at Los Angeles Valley College. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Career[edit]

A professional dancer, Evigan has appeared in music videos for Linkin Park, Flo Rida, T-Pain and Enrique Iglesias. She has also had small roles in television series and films such as Bottom's Up, Something Sweet and Fear Itself.

In 2008, she won the breakout role of Andie West in the sequel to the 2006 dance drama Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets. Filming took place in late 2007 in Baltimore and was released February 14, 2008. The film, which met with negative reviews with Rotten Tomatoes (receiving 24%), achieved box office success earning a worldwide gross of $148,424,320. Both Evigan and co-star Robert Hoffman earned the Best Kiss Award at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards.

In 2009, S. Darko, a sequel to the 2001 cult-hit horror Donnie Darko, was released. Evigan played Samantha Darko's best friend, Corey. The film stars James Lafferty and Ed Westwick. A theatrical release was scrapped and was released Straight-to-DVD on May 12, 2009. Unlike Donnie Darko, the film received negative reviews.

In August 2008, Summit Entertainment announced Briana has signed on to portray the central character Cassidy Tappan in the remake of the low-budget horror film Sorority Row. The screenplay was written by Good Luck Chuck writer Josh Stolberg and directed by Stewart Hendler. The film was budgeted at $12,500,000. Briana stars alongside Audrina Patridge, Rumer Willis and Jamie Chung. Sorority Row was released on September 11, 2009 and debuted at No. 6 at the box office and earned worldwide $26,735,797. Critical reception was mixed to negative. Evigan's performance was well received by critics. The leading female cast members earned a ShoWest Award for "Female Stars of Tomorrow" in April 2009. The DVD release was February 23, 2010.

In February 2009, Evigan announced in an interview she has signed on for another remake. The film will be a remake of the cult slasher horror film Mother's Day and will be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman best known for his work with previous Lionsgate films such as the Saw trilogy. Darryn previously directed Briana in an episode of Fear Itself in 2008. The film will co-star A. J. Cook and Jaime King. The film has suffered numerous push backs, and was finally released on May 8, 2012 on DVD and Blu-ray. The film was also part of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

In January 2009, Evigan was confirmed by Lionsgate to star in Burning Bright. She plays the lead female role, Kelly Taylor. In the film, "A young woman and her autistic brother find themselves trapped in their house with a ravenous tiger during a hurricane". Critical reception was extremely positive. Despite this, the film was announced to be released Straight-to-DVD on August 17, 2010.[7]

In 2009, Evigan was announced the central character in the indie drama romance film Subject: I Love You. She portrays the role of 'Butterfly'. The film was announced completed on May 17, 2010. A distributor and release is yet to be announced.

She stars in The Devil's Carnival, a short film that got a 30 city world tour that began in April 15, 2012.[8]

On 2011, during a UStream, Evigan announced that she was working in a TV series with her family, but no new information has been announced.

In 2014, Evigan reprised her role as Andie West in the fifth installment of the Step Up series, Step Up: All In.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996House of the DamnedAubrey South
2004Something SweetWannabe Actress #1/Feature Pool
2006Bottoms UpHigh School Girl
2008Step Up 2: The StreetsAndie West
2009S. DarkoCorey Richardson
2009Sorority RowCassidy Tappan
2010Burning BrightKelly TaylorSings end credit song, I'm Free
2010Subject: I Love YouButterfly
2010Monster HeroesSvector Orlaff
2010Mother's DayAnnette LangstonCo-wrote and sang end credit song, Better Than Yesterday
2011Rites of PassagePenelope
2012Stash HouseEmma Nash
2012Devil's Carnival, TheThe Devil's CarnivalMs. MerrywoodShort Film
2013Mine GamesLyla
2013She Loves Me NotCharlotteCompleted
2013CaretakerIvyPost-production
2014LapdanceTashaPost-production
2014Puncture WoundsTanya
2014Step Up: All InAndie West
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Fear ItselfHelenEpisode: "New Year's Day"
2012A Star For ChristmasCassieTV Movie
2013LongmireBrandyEpisode: "Carcasses"
Music Video
YearTitleArtist
2003Numb[9]Linkin Park
2008Low[10]Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
2008Push[11]Enrique Iglesias
2008Church[12]T-Pain
2008I Don't Think When I Dance[13]Herself
2009Get U Home[14][15]Shwayze
Songs
YearTitleArtist
2012Beautiful StrangerHerself & Kevin "Ogre" Ogilive
2010I'm FreeHerself
2010Better Than YesterdayHerself
2008I Don't Think When I DanceHerself
Singles
YearTitleArtistAlbum
2008I Don't Think When I DanceHerselfI Don't Think When I Dance - Single

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2008MTV Movie AwardsBest Kiss (with Robert Hoffman)[16]Step Up 2: The StreetsWon
2009Sho West AwardsFemale Star of Tomorrow[17]Sorority RowWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greg Evigan Biography (1953-)
  2. ^ a b Virginia Rohan (March 9, 1999). "New sitcom's dad role is a familiar job for Greg Evigan". The Record. 
  3. ^ brianaeviganfanchat (November 14, 2011). "Briana Evigan on UStream.tv - November 24, 2011". UStream. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0263759/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  5. ^ BRIANA EVIGAN Interview at Dizzy Feet Foundation Dance Show November 29, 2009 on YouTube.
  6. ^ Moorish Idol at MySpace Music.
  7. ^ Michael Allen (August 15, 2010). "A Tiger is Burning Bright on DVD August 17th". 28dayslateranalysis.com. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Numb | Linkin Park | Music Video | MTV
  10. ^ FLO Rida feat. T.Pain Music from the Movie Step Up 2 'Low' on YouTube.
  11. ^ Enrique Iglesias - Push ft. Lil Wayne on YouTube.
  12. ^ Video Clip T-Pain : Church at clipzik.com.
  13. ^ I Don't Think When I Dance at Sammy Smith's website
  14. ^ Shwayze - Get U Home on YouTube.
  15. ^ Eric Ditzian (August 28, 2009). "Shwayze Stages 'Hot, Sweaty, Sexy Dance Party' For 'Get U Home' Video". mtv.com. Retrieved September 16, 2010. .
  16. ^ "MTV Movie Awards 2008". mtv.com. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Past Award Winners". showest.com. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 

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