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Stana KaticAn articulate polyglot film actress, Canadian-born Stana Katic perhaps best speaks to the inevitable lure of brains and beauty combined. Whether in film, on television or in new digital media, this busy yet down-to-earth actress, who happens to have a passion for archery, also has the skill to hit a bull's eye in every role she takes on.
Katic stars in the new Polish Brothers' film "For Lovers Only," premiering this summer, a sexy love story set in Paris and shot in the spirit of French New Wave. In "The Double" she plays Amber, a scheming prostitute who leads Richard Gere deep into the Machiavellian world of Washington's underbelly. And in "Big Sur," about writer Jack Kerouac's life after he wrote "On the Road," she portrays real-life legend Lenore Kandel -- a San Francisco poet who unwittingly ended up playing a pivotal role in the cultural revolution of the late 1960s by writing an 825-word graphic poem about love from a woman's point of view.
Katic has played opposite several major motion picture stars, including Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear ("Feast of Love"), Daniel Craig ("Quantum of Solice"), and Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendez ("The Spirit"). Beyond brains and beauty, Katic also has brawn, being a natural athlete who plays multiple sports and often performs her own stunts. In addition, she sings; producers used her alto-mezzo soprano voice for the sultry theme song in the movie of the week, "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice," in which Katic also starred.
Last year, in an effort to create a greater sense of community in Los Angeles and "to make Los Angeles its better self," Katic started the campaign The Alternative Travel Project (www.alternativetravelproject.com), which encourages everyone, everywhere - but especially in car-centric Los Angeles - to go car-free for just one day. The campaign was so successful, it started a movement, with people from across the globe writing, tweeting and blogging about it. She hopes someday to see all studios in LA linked by public transportation and cycling routes, and connected to LAX and Burbank airports.
Katic's commitment to her craft has caught the attention of industry A-listers and earned her the respect of her peers. Her goal is to fashion memorable characters so compelling that audiences lose themselves in the story for a transcendent moment that will reverberate long after the movie's end.
Katic currently resides in Los Angeles, speaks five languages and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.
HOMETOWN Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
BIRTHDATE April 26