PROFILE
Name:
Elisabeth Harnois
Birth Date:
May 26, 1979
Birth Place:
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Satan's Daughter Christina

Background:

“I would love being Satan's daughter... I mean, sometimes.” Elisabeth Harnois.

Starting acting at the age of 3, Elisabeth Harnois had landed her earliest film roles by age 5, playing the Young Artist Award-nominated role of Mary Steenburgen's daughter Abbie in the Disney movie "One Magic Christmas" (1985), and as Jill Clayburgh's kidnapped daughter Missy in the novel-based drama/thriller "Where Are The Children?" (1986).

On the small screen, Harnois voiced Zoe Richards in the animated cartoon series "Fantastic Max" (1988), and Rosie, an 8-year-old annoying brat, in the animated series "Potsworth & Co." (1990). She also starred as Alice in in Disney Channel's live-action children's television series "Adventures in Wonderland" (1991-1995), which won her a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Performers in a Childrens Program.

As she grows older, Harnois played Sarah Livingston (2000-2001) in the popular ABC soap opera "All My Children" and starred as Christina Nickson the Satan's daughter in the Fox Network's noir teen drama/mystery "Point Pleasant" (2005). She also played Shelley Simon (2006-2007) in the WB/CW teen drama series "One Tree Hill."

“To be clear, I was raised Catholic and am not the daughter of Satan.” Elisabeth Harnois.

The 5' 6" actress continued to add to her resume with roles in the films "Strangers with Candy" (2005), "Pretty Persuasion" (2005), "Chaos Theory" (2007), "Keith" (2007), "Ten Inch Hero" (2007), and "Solstice" (2008).

She has guest starred in such TV shows as "Highway to Heaven" (earned her a Young Artist Award nomination), "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Unhappily Ever After," "The Client," "Boy Meets World," "Brotherly Love," "Charmed," "Criminal Minds," "CSI: Miami," "Cold Case," and "Dirt."

“Ultimately, my reasons for wanting to be involved on the production side and starting at the bottom was that it was a step forward to doing my own independent projects.” Elisabeth Harnois.


Detroit-Born, California-Raised

Childhood and Family:

“I think San Diego is one of the most beautiful parts of the country.” Elisabeth Harnois.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 26, 1979, Elisabeth Rose Harnois was raised in Southern California, where her family moved to when she was 2 years old. She attended St. Mel's School in Woodland Hills, California, and in 2001, she graduated Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a degree in film studies. She is best friends with her “One Tree Hill” co-star, Hilarie Burton.


Adventures in Wonderland

Career:

“'I am so masochistic, I love to be scared, and I think 'The Exorcist' is one of the scariest movies ever made. I can watch it over and over, and I’m still frightened by it.” Elisabeth Harnois.

Moving to Southern California at age 2, Elisabeth Harnois began acting at age 3 and landed her first film at age 5 in director Phillip Borsos' holiday film from Walt Disney Pictures, "One Magic Christmas" (1985; starring Harry Dean Stanton and Mary Steenburgen). Playing Steenburgen's daughter Abbie in the film that also marked Sarah Polley's first role, Harnois' performance received a Young Artist Award nomination for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Feature Film - Comedy or Drama.

She followed it up with her second film, "Where Are The Children?" (1986), Bruce Malmuth's drama/thriller based on the novel of the same name by Mary Higgins Clark in which she played Jill Clayburgh's daughter Missy who is kidnapped and held for ransom by a madman.

In the following years, Harnois retreated to television. She was spotted as a guest in dual episodes of NBC drama starring Michael Landon and Victor French, "Highway to Heaven," which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress - Guest Starring in a Television Drama. She was also cast in the miniseries version of Judith Krantz's novel, "Till We Meet Again" (1989; starring Michael York and Courteney Cox).

Harnois provided her voice for Zoe Richards in the animated cartoon series "Fantastic Max" (1988), and for Rosie, an 8-year-old annoying brat and Nick's (voiced by Whit Hertford) big sister, in the animated series "Potsworth & Co." (1990).

She also played Emily in "Timeless Tales from Hallmark" (1990) and starred as Alice, who can go to and from the magical world of Wonderland simply by walking through her mirror, in Disney Channel's live-action children's television series based on Walt Disney's animated classic "Alice in Wonderland," "Adventures in Wonderland" (1991-1995), which won her a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Performers in a Childrens Program.

Harnois spent the rest of the decade on the small screen. She guest starred in an episode of NBC critically-acclaimed sitcom starring Will Smith, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," the WB sitcm "Unhappily Ever After," the short-lived legal drama/thriller starring JoBeth Williams and John Heard, "John Grisham's The Client," ABC sitcom "Boy Meets World," NBC/the WB sitcom starring the Lawrence Brothers, "Brotherly Love," and ABC sitcom "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place."

A teenage Harnois also appeared in two made-for-television movies, the fantasy "The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy" (1998; with John Corbett and Carolyn McCormick) and the romantic comedy "My Date with the President's Daughter" (1998), in which she portrayed the title role with Dabney Coleman as her President father and Will Friedle as her geeky date.

Entering the new millennium, Harnois joined the cast of popular ABC soap opera "All My Children," playing Sarah Livingston from 2000 to 2001. Meanwhile, she appeared as a guest in an episode of the WB supernatural drama "Charmed," as a girl who turns into a wolf by night, and returned to the big screen in Carl Colpaert's action/thriller "Facade" (2000; aka "Death Valley"), starring Eric Roberts and Angus Macfadyen.

Harnois subsequently added to her resume with roles in the films "Swimming Upstream" (2002; with Matt Czuchry, Ben Savage, and Kelly Rutherford), Robert J. Emery's lovely drama based on Don Robertson's novel, and "Strangers with Candy" (2005; starring Amy Sedaris), Paul Dinello's comedy which is a prequel to the critically acclaimed series featuring Jerri Blank.

“Amy [Sedaris] is one of the smartest and most daring female comedians of her time. On the set I just sat there in awe of the constant invention.” Elisabeth Harnois.

She was also cast with Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods, and Ron Livingston for Marcos Siega's dark comedy/satirical film "Pretty Persuasion" (2005), in which she co-starred as Wood's best friend Brittany who backs her to make a media frenzy by falsely accusing their Literature and Arts teacher (played by Livingston) of sexual harassment.

“It’s more fun to play the evil, simply because it’s not me, and the coolest thing I’ve done so far is shower a character in blood just by staring at her.” Elisabeth Harnois.

During this time, Harnois continued acting on television. She starred as Christina Nickson, a mysterious teenage girl whom apparently has ability to make people and events act on her behalf, in the Fox Network's noir teen drama/mystery "Point Pleasant," which was canceled in March 2005 due to poor ratings. From 2006 to 2007, she played Shelley Simon in the WB/CW teen drama series "One Tree Hill."

“The thing about this show [Point Pleasant] is that it’s a supernatural drama, but it’s very much grounded in the reality of normal human struggles.” Elisabeth Harnois.

Meanwhile, Harnois appeared as a guest in an episode of CBS crime dramas "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: Miami," as well as CBS police procedural drama "Cold Case." On the wide screen, she could be seen alongside Ryan Reynolds, Stuart Townsend, Emily Mortimer, and Sarah Chalke in Marcos Siega's romantic drama comedy "Chaos Theory" (2007), opposite Jesse McCartney in Todd Kessler's romantic drama "Keith" (2007), and with Clea DuVall and Jensen Ackles in David Mackay's romantic drama comedy "Ten Inch Hero" (2007).

“The protagonist is someone you're not sure you can trust.” Elisabeth Harnois.

Most recently, in 2008, Harnois co-starred with Hilarie Burton, Shawn Ashmore, and Amanda Seyfried in Daniel Myrick's supernatural thriller feature film "Solstice," in which she played dual characters of twins. TV viewers also could catch her in an episode of FX Networks' serial drama "starring Courteney Cox Arquette, "Dirt," guest starring as a Paris Hilton-type celebrity débutante named Milan Carlton who lands in jail after one too many drunk driving charges.

“Somewhere along the way, I realized how much I was missing from this creative side, so now I know I can still get to that goal of producing my own films and such, but I can also do this as well.” Elisabeth Harnois.


Awards:

  • Young Artist: Outstanding Performers in a Childrens Program, "Adventures in Wonderland," 1993

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