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Sara Paxton (born April 25, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She grew up in Californiamarker and began acting at an early age, appearing in many minor roles in both films and television shows, before coming to wider renown in 2004, after playing the title role in the series Darcy's Wild Life and Sarah Borden in Summerland. Paxton has also starred in the films Sleepover, Aquamarine, Return to Halloweentown, The Last House on the Left, Sydney White, and Superhero Movie.

Early life

Paxton, an only child, was born in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Californiamarker to what she has described as "a very mixed family." Her father, Steve, is of Irish, Scottish and English descent, and is distantly related to actor Bill Paxton. Her mother, Lucia, was born in Monterreymarker, Mexicomarker and raised in Ciudad Acuña. Paxton's mother is Jewish and Paxton's father converted to Judaism upon marrying her mother. Paxton speaks some Spanish, although not fluently. Both her parents are dentists.

During her childhood, Paxton put on shows and wanted to perform, sometimes dressing up in costume and coming to school as a particular character. She grew up in the San Fernando Valleymarker, choosing to attend a public high school instead of accepting home-schooling. Paxton graduated high school in June of 2006.


Paxton has said that singing and acting "went hand in hand" during her early years, though she initially began working as an actress, appearing in musical theater and later in television commercials at a young age. Her first film role was a small part in the 1997 Jim Carrey comedy, Liar Liar. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, she appeared in a number of minor television and film roles, including a part on the soap opera Passions, regular roles on the series Greetings from Tucson and Action, and a guest starring role on the Disney Channel show, Lizzie McGuire starring Hilary Duff playing an ex-president of Lizzie's school. In 2003, Paxton starred in R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse, a short 3-D film attraction that still plays at several theme parks across the United States. She also appeared as Lana on CSI: Miami.

Paxton's first major role was in the teen-oriented film Sleepover, which opened in July 2004 to negative reviews and low box office revenue; during the same summer season, she appeared in several episodes of the series, Summerland, playing Sarah Borden, a mentally troubled teen who experimented with drugs and sex with Jesse McCartney's character. Paxton was subsequently cast in the lead role of the Discovery Kids television series, Darcy's Wild Life, playing Darcy Fields, a girl who works at a rural veterinary; the series was filmed on a farm in Toronto and aired from 2004 to 2006, often featuring Paxton's music track, Take a Walk. Paxton received an Emmy nomination for the role in 2006.

In 2005, Paxton spent three months working on the Australia-filmed Aquamarine, in which she played a mermaid, opposite Emma Roberts and JoJo, whom she befriended while filming. Paxton has said that she felt a sense of "female empowerment" while on set because "almost everyone" on set was female. The film opened on March 3, 2006 and grossed approximately $7.5 million in its opening weekend. Reviewers of the film compared Paxton, whose inspiration is Goldie Hawn, to actress Reese Witherspoon, saying that she has an "infectious, nutty energy." Paxton recorded a song for the film's soundtrack titled Connected, an English version of the Mexican group RBD's song Tenerte y Quererte from their 2004 album Rebelde, which has been used in Barbie and the Diamond Castle and covered by Katherine McPhee.

Paxton hosted The Secret Life of Water, the first episode of the series Planet H2O, which premiered in April 2006 on public television stations. In May of the same year, she made an appearance on the television series Pepper Dennis, playing a teen actress. Paxton, who sees herself as an "evolving actress," then appeared in Return to Halloweentown, replacing Kimberly J. Brown in the fourth installment in Disney Channel's Halloweentown series; she dyed her hair brown for the role. The film aired on October 20, 2006. During the summer and early fall of 2006, Paxton filmed The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker, a Lifetime Television film, in Vancouver Islandmarker. In the film, she plays Jessie, a college student who falls victim to binge drinking. Paxton has described it as "very different" from her previous roles, and has specified that she was looking for a role that would be a "challenge." The film aired in March of 2007. Paxton's next film role was in Sydney White, a college-set comedy starring Amanda Bynes and Matt Long; filming began on February 12, 2007 in Orlando, Floridamarker and the movie was released on September 21, 2007. She next starred in Superhero Movie, a parody on superhero films which began filming in September of 2007 and was released on March 28, 2008. She also helped co-star Drake Bell record his theme song for the movie, Superhero! Song.

Paxton was signed to a record deal with Epic Records during the time she was cast in Aquamarine. Her debut music CD, The Ups and Downs, featuring the titled single Here We Go Again, is due for release by Epic at some point "in the future"; as of March 2007, Paxton has not completed work on it. She has described the sound as "pop/rock."

Paxton starred in the remake of The Last House on the Left, playing the lead female character, Mari. The film opened March 13, 2009. Her next film may be Gravy, a horror-comedy with Jena Malone and Winona Ryder, and she will also guest star on the show JONAS.

Sara starred in the CW drama series The Beautiful Life alongside Corbin Bleu, Mischa Barton and Elle Macpherson. The show premiered on September 16, 2009, but was cancelled after 2 episodes.

Personal life

Paxton has said that attending college is "very important" to her because "it is important to expand your mind." In 2006, Paxton applied to the University of Southern Californiamarker's film studies program. She has noted that she would like to major in business administration with a minor in history (as she is a "history fanatic") and to start a production company.

Paxton, who keeps a journal, has a dog named Jenny (who was eleven years old as of 2007), and a Chihuahua puppy named Coco Chanel. She is friends with her Aquamarine co-stars, JoJo and Emma Roberts, and lives "five minutes apart" from Roberts. Paxton has credited her Jewish religion for feeling "very connected" to her family, who keep her "grounded" and are "always number one" in her life. She did not have a Bat Mitzvah because she was busy filming, though she has said that she "wanted to so bad."


Year Film Role Notes
1996 Small Talk Panelist #1 TV series, 10 episodes
1997 You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Christmas Party Patty TV movie
NewsRadio Sara TV series, 1 episode
Liar Liar Child at Party and School
1998 Music from Another Room Young Karen
Soldier Angie
Two of a Kind Homeless Girl Episode: "A Very Carrie Christmas"
Tunnel Vision Shauna
1999 Durango Kids Hilary
Working Amanda Baines TV series, 1 episode
Passions Young Sheridan TV series, 1 episode
Action Georgia Dragon TV series, 2 episodes
1999-present SpongeBob SquarePants Kid Fish, Little Girl, Monroe (voice)
2000 Perfect Game Sydney
Geppetto Featured TV musical
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Spirit of little girl "The Wailing"
2001 The Ruby Princess Runs Away Princess Sabrina
Hounded Tracy
Lizzie McGuire Old Class President
2002 Generation Gap TV movie
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jody Bradley Episode "Burden of Proof"
Greetings from Tucson Sarah Tobin TV series, 3 episodes
2003 Haunted Lighthouse Ashley 4D short film
CSI: Miami Lana Walker TV series, 1 episode
2004 Will & Grace Melanie TV series, 1 episode
Sleepover Stacie Blake
Malcolm in the Middle Angela Episode "Malcolm Dates A Family"
Summerland Sarah Borden
Quintuplets Chelsea 1 episode
2004–2006 Darcy's Wild Life Darcy Fields
2006 Aquamarine Aquamarine
Pepper Dennis April May/Chrissy Tyler TV series, 1 episode
Skater Boys Kayla Gordon TV series, 1 episode
Return to Halloweentown Marnie Piper/Young Splendora Agatha Cromwell TV movie
2007 The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker Jesse Brenner TV movie
Sydney White Rachel Witchburn
2008 Superhero Movie Jill Johnson
Wizards of Waverly Place Millie Episode "Credit Check"
2009 The Last House on the Left Mari Collingwood
The Beautiful Life Raina Marinelli TV series Cancelled
JONAS Fiona Skye Episode "Frantic Romantic"


  • 2010: The Ups And Downs


Year Song
2005 "Here We Go Again"
2006 "Temporary"
2008 "Kiss Me Like You Mean It"


Year Song Soundtrack
2005 "Take A Walk" Darcy's Wild Life
"There For You" Darcy's Wild Life
"Don't Wanna Be Alone" (with Jesse McCartney) Summerland
2006 "Connected" Aquamarine
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" Disneymania Vol. 4
2008 "I Need A Hero" Superhero! Movie


  1. Paxton's birth certificate lists no middle name, despite the sometime reported middle name of "Emily." See the California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At

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