Tina Majorino

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Tina Majorino
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Majorino at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
BornTina Marie Majorino
(1985-02-07) February 7, 1985 (age 29)
Westlake, California, U.S.
Years active1992–1999, 2004–present
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Tina Majorino
Tina Majorino by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Majorino at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
BornTina Marie Majorino
(1985-02-07) February 7, 1985 (age 29)
Westlake, California, U.S.
Years active1992–1999, 2004–present

Tina Marie Majorino[1] (/mɵˈrn/;[2] born February 7, 1985) is an American film and television actress. She started her career as a child actor, starring in films such as Andre; When a Man Loves a Woman; Corrina, Corrina; and Waterworld.

Despite her early success, she took a sabbatical from 1999 to 2004. She returned for one of her best known roles to date, the character Deb in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. Since her return to acting, Majorino has been in television series such as Veronica Mars, Big Love, True Blood and Grey's Anatomy. Majorino returned to the role of Mac in the Veronica Mars movie, and has played the part of Maggie Harris on TNT's Legends TV series.

Early life[edit]

Majorino was born in Westlake, California, the daughter of Sarah (née Black) and real estate agent Robert "Bob" Majorino.[3] Her father is of Italian, Cuban, and French descent, and her mother has English and German ancestry.[4][5] She has an older brother, Kevin, with whom she has formed a rock band, The AM Project.[6]


Majorino began her acting career in a 1992 sitcom[7] called Camp Wilder. Her first film role was in 1994's When a Man Loves a Woman. She subsequently starred in leading roles in the family films Corrina, Corrina and Andre, both of which were released in August 1994.[8] Her next film was the 1995 action film Waterworld, playing a child named Enola.[9]

She played the title role in the 1999 television film, Alice in Wonderland. After Alice, Majorino took time off from the business. She has since cited burnout as the reason for her hiatus from acting. Majorino did not appear in another film until the 2004 cult film Napoleon Dynamite.[10] From 2004 onward, she played a recurring role on UPN's series, Veronica Mars, as the computer-savvy Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie. This role began in the show's eighth episode, "Like a Virgin", and continued until the show's series finale, "The Bitch is Back". Show creator Rob Thomas created the role with her in mind. Majorino had met Thomas while interviewing him for a report on one of his books.[8] Majorino became a series regular in the show's third and final season.[11] During her time on Veronica Mars, she also started appearing in a recurring role on the cable television series Big Love with Waterworld costar Jeanne Tripplehorn and fellow Veronica Mars cast members Amanda Seyfried and Kyle Gallner.[10] In 2005, she appeared in the music video for the song "Blind" by rock group Lifehouse.[12][13]

She started filming for The Deep End, a television show for ABC in 2009. She played the role of Addy Fisher, a meek and insecure first-year associate at a high profile law firm.[14][15][16] The show was canceled after only six episodes were aired.[17]

She returned to television in 2011 playing the recurring role of Special Agent Genny Shaw on Bones. She also starred in the music video for "Fuckin' Perfect" by Pink.

In 2012, she reprised her role as Deb in the animated TV version of Napoleon Dynamite. She was also seen playing the role of the vampire Molly in Season 5 of the HBO television series True Blood, an uncredited role as a pregnant woman in the Fox show, Raising Hope, in an episode titled "Tarot Cards," and the role of intern Dr. Heather Brooks in Season 9 of the ABC series Grey's Anatomy, with her character being killed off in the two-part premiere of Season 10. In 2014 she appeared in the Veronica Mars film as her character Mac, a project financed by fans through Kickstarter.[18]



1994When a Man Loves a WomanJess Green
1994Corrina, CorrinaMolly Singer
1994AndreToni Whitney
1995WaterworldChild "Enola"
1997Santa FeCrystal Thomas
2004Napoleon DynamiteDeb
2006Think TankSal
2006Sharp, AA SharpThe DaughterShort film
2007What We Do Is SecretMichelle
2012Should've Been RomeoAlice
2014Veronica MarsCindy "Mac" Mackenzie


1992–1993Camp WilderSophie WilderMain role (19 episodes)
1996New York CrossingTV film
1997True WomenYoung Euphemia AshbyTV film
1997Before Women Had WingsAvocet Abigail 'Bird' JacksonTV film
1997Merry Christmas, George BaileyJanie BaileyTV film
1999Alice in WonderlandAliceTV film
2004Without a TraceSerena Barnes / AndrewsEpisode: "Lost and Found"
2004–2007Veronica MarsCindy "Mac" MackenzieRecurring / Main role (34 episodes)
2006–2011Big LoveHeather TuttleRecurring role (26 episodes)
2010In SecurityTV film
2010Deep End, TheThe Deep EndAddy FisherMain role (7 episodes)
2011CastleReese HarmonEpisode: "One Life to Lose"
2011–2012BonesSpecial Agent Genevieve ShawEpisodes: "The Hole in the Heart", "The Male in the Mail", "The Bump in the Road"
2012Napoleon DynamiteDeb (voice)Main role (6 episodes)
2012True BloodMollyRecurring role (6 episodes)
2012–2013Grey's AnatomyDr. Heather BrooksRecurring role (22 episodes)
2014LegendsMaggie HarrisMain role; post-production


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
  2. ^ Interview with Billy Zane, Matt Long, Tina Majorino, Leah Pipes, Mehcad Brooks and Ben Lawson – Outside the Box
  3. ^ Tina Majorino Biography (1985–)
  4. ^ Steele, Tyler. "Albertina Majorino Interview! (Aґrchived version)". Turtle Soup. Archived from the original on 2006-01-12. Retrieved 2006-11-30. 
  5. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/tina-majorino
  6. ^ Dransfeldt, Jeffrey (2006-10-06). "Tina Majorino reflects on time away from show-biz". Oregon Daily Emerald. Retrieved 2009-07-24. [dead link]
  7. ^ 1992 Fall Preview, TV Guide – it was a sitcom
  8. ^ a b DuBois, Stephanie. "TV RISING STAR: 'VERONICA MARS' TINA MAJORINO SHUNS HOLLYWOOD RAT RACE". Netscape. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  9. ^ Maslin, Janet (1995-07-28). "WATERWORLD; Aquatic Armageddon With Plenty of Toys". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  10. ^ a b Kuhn, Sarah. "Majorino Feeling the Love – "Big Love" actress brings genuineness to outsider roles". Back Stage West. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  11. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (2006-10-24). "Tina Majorino (Mac) Teases Veronica Mars' Next Big Mystery". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  12. ^ "LoL sits down for an interview with Tina Majorino!". Lifehouse on Lefora. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  13. ^ "LoL sits down for an interview with Nigel Dick!". Lifehouse on Lefora. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  14. ^ O'Connell, Joe (2009-07-21). "ABC series 'The Deep End' expected to begin filming in North Texas". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  15. ^ Patterson, Troy (January 20, 2010). "Nice Teeth". Slate. Archived from the original on November 29, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  16. ^ Hinckley, David (January 28, 2010). "ABC's 'The Deep End' firmly unoriginal". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on November 19, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  17. ^ Owen, Rob (2010-05-19). "For fall, ABC adding 6 shows, making most changes on Tuesdays, Fridays". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. 
  18. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (2013-06-12). "Veronica Mars' Movie: Tina Majorino to Return as 'Mac". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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