Daveigh Chase

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Daveigh Chase
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Chase in 2008
BornDaveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier
(1990-07-24) July 24, 1990 (age 24)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
OccupationActress, singer, voice actress
Years active1998–present
Official website (archived)
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Daveigh Chase
Daveigh Chase LF adjusted.jpg
Chase in 2008
BornDaveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier
(1990-07-24) July 24, 1990 (age 24)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
OccupationActress, singer, voice actress
Years active1998–present
Official website (archived)

Daveigh Elizabeth Chase (born Daveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier; July 24, 1990) is an American actress and singer, best known for playing Rhonda Volmer in the HBO series Big Love, Samara Morgan in The Ring, Lilo Pelekai in Lilo & Stitch, Samantha Darko in Donnie Darko and its sequel S. Darko, and Chihiro in the English version of Spirited Away.

Early life[edit]

Chase was born Daveigh Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier in Las Vegas, Nevada, but her name was changed to Daveigh Elizabeth Chase after her parents, Cathy Chase and John Schwallier, divorced. Chase lived with her mother and was raised in Albany, Oregon, before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue her career. She now has a younger brother, Cade (born in 2006). She wanted to perform from a very early age and began singing and dancing in her hometown and other local areas at community events and shows. One of the factors which inspired her was watching videos of Barney & Friends when she was 4 years old. "I wanted to be like them, the kids on the video," she later said.[citation needed] Her mother then entered her in a Little Miss America Pageant where Chase won the national vocal competition. Following her success, Chase was then signed by a talent agent who specialised in commercials and at the age of 7, she appeared in a Campbell's Soup advertisement. In 1998, she landed a starring role in a musical theatre production called "Utah!"[1]

Acting career[edit]

Chase's big break came in 2002 when she won the lead role as the voice of a Hawaiian girl, Lilo Pelekai, in the Disney animated feature, Lilo & Stitch. The film relates how Lilo befriends a strange and destructive blue alien thinly disguised as a dog, whom she calls "Stitch", and how she tries to teach him how to behave using Elvis Presley music as exemplars. For her performance, Chase would go on to win an Annie Award in 2003 and star in the follow-up TV series, Lilo & Stitch: The Series. Chase also voiced the role of the lead character, Chihiro Ogino, a 10-year-old Japanese girl, in the American dub of the animated Japanese feature, Spirited Away.[2]

In 2002, Chase starred in the role of Samara Morgan in the feature film, The Ring. Chase was awarded the 2003 Best Villain award at the MTV Movie Awards for her performance, beating out Mike Myers, Colin Farrell, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Day-Lewis. In the sequel to The Ring, The Ring Two (2005), Chase was credited for her role as Samara Morgan because of the use of archive footage from the first Ring, but Kelly Stables performed all of the new footage.

Chase's main other major film and TV credits between 2000 and 2005 were the film Donnie Darko (2001) as Donnie's younger sister, Samantha, and Oliver Beene (2003–2004), as Oliver's quirky girlfriend Joyce. Other credits include The Rats (2002), Carolina (2003), R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse (2003) in which she played a flying ghost called Annabel, and Beethoven's 5th (2003). She also made guest appearances in Touched by an Angel, Charmed, ER, Family Law, and The Practice.

In 2006, Chase was given the role of Rhonda Volmer in the HBO drama series Big Love which centers on a polygamist family and its patriarch, Bill Henrickson, played by Bill Paxton. The show focuses upon Henrickson's relationship with his three wives. Chase's character is the child bride of a prophet, Roman Grant, played by Harry Dean Stanton.

Leroy & Stitch, a follow-up to Lilo & Stitch, was released in 2006. Chase then appeared in the second season of Big Love, which aired in 2007. She also plays Betsy in the new PBS Kids show called Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures the same year. She reprised her role as Donnie Darko's younger sister, Samantha, in the film S. Darko.[3]* The story picks up seven years after the first film when Samantha Darko and her best friend Corey are now 18 and on a road trip to Los Angeles when they are plagued by bizarre visions.[4]

In 2010, Daveigh starred as Jenna in the psychological thriller Prettyface.[5] In addition, Daveigh has been cast as Audrey in the remake of the movie Jack's Back which will start filming in August.[6]

Singing career[edit]

In 1999, Chase joined a small band as lead singer and took the stage as the opening act for Reba McEntire.

She was selected by Steven Spielberg[citation needed] to sing "God Bless America" in his feature film A.I., although the scene was edited out of the final version of the film.

Chase performed "Holly Jolly Christmas" for the Schools Out Christmas album, and she sang "Tossin & Turnin" in the Oliver Beene episode "Oliver & Others." She has also sung several times on Big Love, such as in the episode "The Happiest Girl," in which she performs the Donna Fargo tune "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA."


2000RobbersDentist's Daughter
2000Her Married LoverGranddaughter
2001Donnie DarkoSamantha Darko
2001A.I. Artificial IntelligenceChild SingerScenes deleted
2001Spirited AwayChihiroVoice, English version
2002Lilo & StitchLilo Pelekai (voice)
2002Ring, TheThe RingSamara Morgan
2003Haunted LighthouseAnnabelShort
2003CarolinaYoung Georgia
2003SilenceRachel Pressman
2003Stitch! The MovieLilo (voice)Video
2003Beethoven's 5thSara NewtonVideo
2006Leroy & StitchLilo (voice)Video
2009S. DarkoSamantha Darko
2010In Between DaysKentShort
2012YellowYoung Mary
2012Little Red WagonKelley Bonner
1998Sabrina, the Teenage WitchLittle GirlEpisode: "Christmas Amnesia"
1999Michael Landon, the Father I KnewShawna Landon, age 8Movie
2000From Where I SitAnnaMovie
2000Edgar MaCobb PresentsSallyMovie
2000CharmedYoung Christina LarsonEpisode: "Pardon My Past"
2000The PracticeJennifer WakefieldEpisode: "Appeal and Denial"
2000ERTaylor WalkerEpisode: "The Greatest of Gifts"
2001Say UncleLucy JanikTV movie
2001Yes, DearBrookeEpisode: "The Big Snip"
2001Lot, TheThe LotPeggy FranklinEpisode: "Kids"
2001That's LifeMary-EllenEpisode: "Boo!"
2001Touched by an AngelHeather AlbrightEpisode: "Heaven's Portal"
2001Inside SchwartzRandi JohnsonEpisode: "Comic Relief Pitcher"
2002Family LawJamie GaribaldiEpisode: "Blood and Water"
2002The RatsAmy CostelloMovie
2003Fillmore!Joyce Summitt
Tracy Mabini (voice)
Episode: "Of Slain Kings on Checkered Fields"
Episode: "Links in a Chain of Honor"
2003–2004Oliver BeeneJoyce23 episodes
2003–2006Lilo & Stitch: The SeriesLilo (voice)65 episodes
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTessa PressEpisode: "Turn of the Screws"
2004Cold CaseAriel ShumanEpisode: "The Sleepover"
2006–2011Big LoveRhonda Volmer32 episodes
2007–2010Betsy's Kindergarten AdventuresBetsy (voice)TV series
2008Without a TraceDiana ReedEpisode: "A Bend in the Road"
2009MercyAshley JeffriesEpisode: "I'm Not That Kind of Girl"
2014Vanguard Princess (anime)Eri Hasumi/Kanae


YearResultAwardCategoryNominated Work
2002NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Drama Series: Guest Starring Young ActressTouched by an Angel
2003NominatedPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: FemaleThe Ring
WonMTV Movie AwardsBest Villain
WonAnnie AwardsOutstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionLilo & Stitch
NominatedPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female
WonYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Voice-Over Role: Age 10 or Under


19981998 VH1 Fashion Awards
2001Express Yourself
2002American Veteran Awards
2003The Art of 'Spirited Away'
2003 MTV Movie Awards
VH1 Big in 03
It's a Dog's Life: Behind the Scenes and Cast Interviews 'Beethoven's 5th'
20042004 MTV Movie Awards
The Teen Choice Awards 2004
'Donnie Darko': Production Diary
2005The Story Room: The Making of 'Lilo & Stitch'
2009The Making of 'S. Darko'
Utah Too Much


  1. ^ "Daveigh Chase Biography (1990-)". Theater, Film and Television Biographies. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Thill, Scott (September 20, 2002). "Spirited Away". PopMatters. Retrieved August 5, 2008. She also starred in the hit film Donnie Darko as Samantha Darko, the youngest sister of the Darko family (2001) 
  3. ^ Lindsay, Cam (July 15, 2008). "Ed Harcourt To Score Unwelcome Donnie Darko Sequel". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ S. Darko at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Prettyface official website
  6. ^ Jack's Back official website

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