Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Every Disney Hero Has a Voice ~ Lilo Pelekai


Every Disney Hero Has a Voice
Lilo & Stitch ~ Lilo Pelekai
Daveigh Chase
July 24th, 1990


Daveigh Elizabeth Chase (born Daveigh Elizabeth Schwallier; July 24, 1990) is an American actress, singer, and voice over artist best known for playing Rhonda Volmer in the HBO series Big Love, Samara Morgan in The Ring and Lilo Pelekai in Lilo & Stitch.

Early life

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. 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. 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!"

Acting career

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

Singing career

In 1999, Chase joined a small band as lead singer and took the stage as the opening act for Reba McEntire. She was picked by Steven Spielberg to sing "God Bless America" in A.I., although the scene was edited out of the final version of the film. She performed "Holly Jolly Christmas" for the "Schools Out Christmas" album, and 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."

Filmography

Film
Year
Title
Role
Notes
2000
Robbers
Dentist's Daughter
2000
Her Married Lover
Granddaughter
2001
Donnie Darko
Samantha Darko
2001
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Child Singer
Scenes deleted
2001
Spirited Away
Chihiro
Voice, English version
2002
Lilo & Stitch
Lilo Pelekai (voice)
2002
Ring, TheThe Ring
Samara Morgan
2003
Haunted Lighthouse
Annabel
Short film
2003
Carolina
Young Georgia
2003
Silence
Rachel Pressman
2003
Stitch! The Movie
Lilo (voice)
Video
2003
Beethoven's 5th
Sara Newton
Video
2009
S. Darko
Samantha Darko
2010
In Between Days
Kent
Short film
2012
Yellow
Young Mary
Post-production
2012
Little Red Wagon
Kelley Bonner
Post-production

Television
Year
Title
Role
Notes
1998
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Little Girl
Episode: "Christmas Amnesia"
1999
Michael Landon, the Father I Knew
Shawna Landon, age 8
TV movie
2000
From Where I Sit
Anna
TV movie
2000
Edgar MaCobb Presents
Sally
TV movie
2000
Charmed
Young Christina Larson
Episode: "Pardon My Past"
2000
Practice, TheThe Practice
Jennifer Wakefield
Episode: "Appeal and Denial"
2000
ER
Taylor Walker
Episode: "The Greatest of Gifts"
2001
Say Uncle
Lucy Janik
TV movie
2001
Yes, Dear
Brooke
Episode: "The Big Snip"
2001
Lot, TheThe Lot
Peggy Franklin
Episode: "Kids"
2001
That's Life
Mary-Ellen
Episode: "Boo!"
2001
Touched by an Angel
Heather Albright
Episode: "Heaven's Portal"
2001
Inside Schwartz
Randi Johnson
Episode: "Comic Relief Pitcher"
2002
Family Law
Jamie Garibaldi
Episode: "Blood and Water"
2002
Rats, TheThe Rats
Amy Costello
TV movie
2003
Fillmore!
Joyce Summitt
Tracy Mabini (voice)
Episode: "Of Slain Kings on Checkered Fields"
Episode: "Links in a Chain of Honor"
2003-2004
Oliver Beene
Joyce
23 episodes
2003-2007
Lilo & Stitch: The Series
Lilo (voice)
68 episodes
2004
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Tessa Press
Episode: "Turn of the Screws"
2004
Cold Case
Ariel Shuman
Episode: "The Sleepover"
2006
Leroy & Stitch
Lilo (voice)
TV movie
2006-2011
Big Love
Rhonda Volmer
32 episodes
2007-2010
Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures
Betsy (voice)
TV series
2008
Without a Trace
Diana Reed
Episode: "A Bend in the Road"
2009
Mercy
Ashley Jeffries
Episode: "I'm Not That Kind of Girl"

Awards

Awards
Year
Result
Award
Category
Nominated Work
2002
Nominated
Young Artist Awards
Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Guest Starring Young Actress
Touched by an Angel
2003
Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female
The Ring
Won
MTV Movie Awards
Best Villain
Won
Annie Awards
Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Lilo & Stitch
Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female
Won
Young Artist Awards
Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role: Age 10 or Under

Herself

Year
Title
1998
1998 VH1 Fashion Awards
2001
Express Yourself
2002
American Veteran Awards
2003
The 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'
2004
2004 MTV Movie Awards
The Teen Choice Awards 2004
'Donnie Darko': Production Diary
2005
The Story Room: The Making of 'Lilo & Stitch'
2009
The Making of 'S. Darko'
Utah Too Much


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