Samara Weaving

Samara Weaving (born 23 February 1992) is an Australian actress and model.

She began her acting career on the television series Out of the Blue (2008) and came to further prominence with her portrayal of Indi Walker in the Australian soap opera Home and Away (2009–2013). Weaving has since appeared in starring roles in the series SMILF (2017–2019) and Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018) and the films The Babysitter (2017), Mayhem (2017), and Ready or Not (2019).

For her portrayal of Indi, Weaving received a nomination for the Audience Choice Award for Best Female Performance in a Television Drama at the 1st AACTA Awards in 2012. In July 2013, Weaving confirmed that she had filmed her last scenes for Home and Away. The actress felt that with the show’s international success, it was the right time to pursue new roles. That same year, she appeared in the crime film Mystery Road, alongside her uncle Hugo Weaving. Weaving had a recurring role as Heather in the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead in 2015. She also made a guest appearance in the online series Squirrel Boys.

Weaving began modelling for Australian underwear brand Bonds from 2012. During the company’s first 2014 campaign, she appeared alongside surfer Owen Wright.

In 2016, Weaving appeared in the action comedy Monster Trucks as Brianne. She was cast in the role during her first trip to Los Angeles in 2014. The following year, she starred alongside actor Steven Yeun in the action comedy-thriller Mayhem, and as the title character in the comedy-horror film The Babysitter, which was released in October. She also had a role in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as the young girlfriend of John Hawkes’ character, and appeared in the music video for Charlie Puth’s song “Attention”.

From 2017 to 2019, she played Nelson Rose in the Showtime series SMILF, alongside series creator Frankie Shaw. In December 2018, it was announced that Weaving was leaving the show after the second season. Weaving asked to be released from her contract, after making a complaint about having to perform a nude sex scene. Daniel Holloway of Variety reported that Weaving felt uncomfortable by Shaw’s behaviour during a similar scene in season one, leading to an investigation of alleged misconduct by Shaw. The investigation found that there was no wrongdoing on Shaw’s part.

In 2018, Weaving appeared in the Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries as one of three students who disappear during a school trip to the titular Hanging Rock.

In 2019, Weaving starred in the comedic thriller Ready or Not, opposite Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, and Mark O’Brien, and directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett for Fox Searchlight. The film and her performance received positive reviews. She will next star in Jason Lei Howden’s action comedy Guns Akimbo with Daniel Radcliffe, Bill & Ted Face the Music as Thea Preston, and Snake Eyes as Scarlett.

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