Amber Benson

Amber Benson

Background:"I would love to develop my career on both sides of the camera in the way Woody Allen has done down the years." Amber BensonAmerican actress/director/writer/producer Amber Benson gained worldwide fame through her portrayal of Tara, the timid, introverted witch and lesbian love of Willow, in the well-liked television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (2000-2002). Initially, she gained notice in Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed film King of the Hill (1993), by portraying lovely, epileptic teenager Ella McShane. Amber received a Young Artist Award nomination for her performance in the film.Behind the scenes, Benson has contributed her talents in writing and directing to the television and film industry, including her work on the independent film The Theory of the Leisure Class (2001), the comedy/drama Chance (2002), Ghosts of Albion: Legacy (2003,TV) and Ghosts of Albion: Embers (2004,TV).Amber fans will soon catch her in Intermedio (2005), Race You to the Bottom (2005) and Angst (2006).The NutcrackerChildhood and Family:In Birmingham, Alabama, Amber Nicole Benson was born on January 8, 1977, to parents Herb Benson (psychiatrist) and Diane Benson. Along with younger sister Danielle (actress), she spent her joyful childhood in Birmingham before moving to Orlando, Florida when she was 12.As a young girl, Amber was interested in singing, dancing and acting. Taking dancing lessons from the Alabama Ballet Company, Amber performed in the Alabama Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker" when she was 6 years old. Amber also became a member of the Birmingham Children's Theater.While she was a teenager, Amber took parts in several productions with the local community theater. Following her family's relocation to Los Angeles, Amber's opportunity to pursue an acting career opened up."If I wasn't an actress, I'd want to be a writer or else find a job where I got to read books and watch movies all day, everyday, for the rest of my life." Amber BensonBlue-eyed, blonde-haired beauty Amber now lives in Los Angeles with her mom, her cat Benneton and her dog Pennsylvania. During her leisure time, the big fan of the late great musician Jeff Buckley enjoys listening to various kinds of music and is an avid reader whose favorite authors include Christopher Golden (the Body of Evidence series), J.K. Rowling (the Harry Potter series), Susan Cooper, Ray Bradbury and Marion Zimmer Bradley.ChanceCareer:"I started as a dancer when I was a little kid. I realized I didn't like dancing as much as being onstage and having people clap for me. That's how I segued into acting, the shortened version." Amber BensonStarting at age six, Amber was a dancer in the Alabama Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker." As a youngster, she was also seen in numerous stage productions in a local community theater.Arriving in Los Angeles in 1991, Benson got her first taste in front of the camera when film work knocked on her door in 1993. Amber played the small role of Alicia Silverstone's best friend Cheyenne in the thriller The Crush (1993). She also landed a role in Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed film King of the Hill (1993), portraying a lovely, epileptic juvenile and hotel renter Ella McShane. Delivering a fine performance, Benson received a nomination at the 1994 Young Artist Awards for Best Youth Actress Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Drama. The same year, she appeared as Brian Dennehy's daughter Nicole Reed in the NBC television film Jack Reed: Badge of Honor (1993).Benson continued to take on small parts in such movies as S.F.W. (1994), Anthony Drazan's epoch drama Imaginary Crimes (1994, with Fairuza Balk) and Bye Bye, Love (1995, opposite Lindsay Crouse, Paul Reiser and Eliza Dushku). She reprised the character of Nicole Reed in the made-for-TV Jack Reed: A Search for Justice (1994) and Jack Reed: One of Our Own (1995). In 1998, Benson got a bit part in the popular teen movie Can't Hardly Wait (1998). However, most of her scenes finished up on the cutting floor when the film was edited down from an R to a PG-13 rating. The following year, she dotted her resume with two independent films: Take It Easy (1999) and Deadtime (1999)."I got letters from girls saying that I changed their lives and I met people who would cry about it, and that had such an impact on me. You don't realize what an impact television has on people. But when you get letters from young girls saying, 'I came out and I have a girlfriend now because of you,' it's great." Amber Benson on her role as lesbian witch Tara in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."After a performance in the comedy The Prime Gig (2000), the actress was introduced to a wider audience when she was cast as Tara, the shy, introverted witch and girlfriend of Alyson Hannigan's character (Willow) in the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (2000-2002). During her stint in the show, Benson collected fans both nationwide and internationally.Benson followed it up with a role in the independent film Hollywood, Pennsylvania (2001), played Amy in Don's Plum (2001, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire), Abby in television's "The Enforcers" (2001), played Piper in Taboo (2002) and was seen as Traci Levine in Latter Days (2003) "The film was a while in coming. I spent a lot of time in my trailer on "Buffy" because they do so many stunts and CGI effects, so I'd just sit and write. I was tired of playing the love interest roles, but that's all that's written for women usually. "Buffy's the exception to that, but those kind of characters are few and far between, so I thought I'd better write one for myself." Amber Benson on her movie Chance (2002) Already an actress, Benson tried her hand at writing, directing and producing. In 2001, she served as a scriptwriter for the independent film The Theory of the Leisure Class (2001) before writing, directing, producing and starring in the comedy drama Chance (2002). She also wrote and directed the made-for-TV movies Ghosts of Albion: Legacy (2003) and Ghosts of Albion: Embers (2004). Additionally, she has written two comic books for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books series, "WannaBlessedBe" and "Wilderness," and collaborated with director James Kerwin to produce her play Albert Hall in Hollywood.Recently, Benson acted in two wide screen movies: Intermedio (2005, played Barbie) and Race You to the Bottom (2005, as Maggie). She is also scheduled to play a role in the upcoming Angst (2006).Awards:---------
Everybody's been faced with those kind of choices in their life,More Amber Benson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
“Maybe because she's smaller than me she might look taller.”More Amber Benson quotes [07/18/2006 12:07:00]
“Acting is fantastic, but to be able to create a whole world on celluloid is amazing. It's like taking your dreams straight from your head and projecting them onto a screen.”More Amber Benson quotes [07/18/2006 12:07:00]
“I can't wait to speak with the filmmaker when he comes.”More Amber Benson quotes [07/18/2006 12:07:00]
“I go, 'Yeah, this is rockin'; I totally dig this.' ”More Amber Benson quotes [07/18/2006 12:07:00]

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