Actress of the Day: CAMILLA BELLE
Next in: Push coming out February 6 2009.
Her Character: Alyssa English
The Buzz: Now famous for dating a Jonas brother, Camilla Belle is in the spotlight in a big way. Her upcoming movie, Push, looks pretty cool so we look forward to see what she can do in it.
She was born Camilla Belle Routh in Los Angeles, California. Belle attended St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in West Los Angeles and, later, the Marlborough School, an all-girls school in Los Angeles. She is currently a student of Columbia University.
She began appearing in print ads at the age of nine months. Camilla Belle progressed into commercials and began working in movies for network and cable television. Throughout the 1990s, she appeared in several made for television and direct to video movies including Trapped Beneath the Earth, Annie: A Royal Adventure!, Poison Ivy II: Lily and Marshal Law. She had minor roles in several widely-released films including A Little Princess, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Practical Magic, as well as the lead role as Lizzie in Back to the Secret Garden. She was also in a commercial for America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) during the late 1990s. The Disney channel original movie, Rip Girls, earned Belle a Young Artist acting nomination.
In 2005, Belle starred in the film The Ballad of Jack and Rose, playing the daughter of Daniel Day-Lewis’ character. The film only received a limited theatrical release but Belle was labeled an “impressive newcomer” by film critic James Berardinelli. The film was her first in nearly four years. Her role as Rose also earned her the Gotham Award nomination for the Breakthrough Award. The same year, Belle also had a major role in The Chumscrubber, which received only a brief and limited theatrical release.
Belle was subsequently cast in the lead role in Screen Gems’ horror film remake, When a Stranger Calls. The film was released on February 3, 2006 and was considered successful at the United States box office, grossing over $45 million after an opening of over $21 million. A sequel to When A Stranger Calls has been confirmed but according to rumors Camilla Belle has been replaced by Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere. The sequel is expected to be released sometime in 2009 or 2010. Later in 2006, she acted opposite Elisha Cuthbert and Edie Falco in The Quiet.
In the spring of 2006 the Warner Bros. film 10,000 BC, a prehistoric epic directed by Roland Emmerich, began production with Belle as the lead female role. Filmed in New Zealand, South Africa and Namibia, the film was released on March 7, 2008. Also in 2008, Belle starred alongside actors Chris Evans and Djimoun Hounsou in the thriller Push. Recently, Camilla Belle was been cast in a lead role in actor Bruce Willis’s directorial debut on the indie film Three Stories About Joan. The psychological drama follows a young woman at three points in her life and the family tragedies that cause her to lose her grip on reality. Shooting was expected to start in early October in Shreveport, Louisiana as a production of Willis Brothers Films.
Read all our Push coverage here.