Mackenzie Firgens

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Mackenzie Firgens
Born(1985-03-06) March 6, 1985 (age 27)
Burbank, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present
 
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Mackenzie Firgens
Born(1985-03-06) March 6, 1985 (age 27)
Burbank, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present

Mackenzie Firgens (born March 6, 1985) is an American actress.

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Early life

Firgens was born in Burbank, California, close to Hollywood, and was raised by her musician/actor father and singer/artist mother. She has said that she knew she wanted to be an actor from a young age, and would put on plays for her parents and friends, often playing several roles. She enrolled in jazz dance and ballet at the age of 7. By 8 she was auditioning for commercials. Her imitation of Mae West landed her first television role on Disney's Contraption.

By junior high she had joined a touring theatre group and begun to take on serious dramatic roles that explored peer pressure and domestic violence. Her high school lacked a drama club so she started one and starred in its first production.

Continuing her pursuit of acting she moved to Chicago to study theatre at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University. She submerged herself in acting, voice, movement and speech, further honing those early dreams into marketable skills. Eventually she found her way back to the West Coast and performed with the Tony Award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. Soon after she finished an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University's Theatre Department.

Career

Firgens made her feature film debut starring as Harmony in the underground hit Groove, which was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival, and released by Sony Classics Pictures. Firgens originated the role of April in the film version of the Broadway sensation Rent, directed by Chris Columbus. As April, Firgens had the opportunity to create a new character for the classic musical, and shares the screen with Adam Pascal.

Firgens also starred in Quality of Life with Lane Garrison, which won a Special Mention Award at the Berlin International Film Festival as well as the Best Youth Film at the Stockholm International Film Festival. Additional film credits include Broken Arrows with Lori Petty and The Hamiltons with Brittany Daniel.

Firgens can be seen in David Carradine last film the action movie "Break" also with Michael Madsen and Chad Everett by the award winning director Marc Clebanoff.

Other films she is in are Bollywood favorite My Name is Khan, and the upcoming sequel to The Hamiltons The Thompsons opening summer 2012.

Film and television roles

YearTitleRole
2000GrooveHarmony Stitts
2005Quality of LifeLisa
RentApril
2006Sweet InsanityChristina
The HamiltonsDarlene Hamilton
Broken ArrowsAbby
2007Revolution SummerHope[1]
The Pink ConspiracyVictoria
The Unit (TV)Desperate Caller
2008The Book of CalebCole
The Village BarbershopAmy
BreakThe Mysterious Brunette[2]
Phoenix LightsAshley
2009GeraldHelen
My Movie GirlVivian
2010My Name is KhanPimple Girl
The Violent KindTrixie
2011Preston CastleLiz
2012Stitch in TimeSunny
The ThompsonsDarlene Hamilton


Awards and Accolades

Best Actress nomination at Down Beach Film Festival for her role as Helen in the film GERALD with Mickey Rooney- 09

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