When it comes to sheer numbers, the Arizona actress’s portfolio does not match that of many of her contemporaries. However, among her relatively few projects, she has cherry-picked some of the best ones to prove her acting skill. Movies and TV shows Amelia Heinle has appeared in include the likes of the ultra-popular daytime TV show The Young and the Restless, and the neo-noir crime film, The Limey.
Heinle started her acting career in 1993 in Loving, where she played Stephanie Brewster. She has appeared in more made-for-TV movies and shows than big-screen projects. For those who love the actress’s talent, we’ve made a round-up of some of her most known movies and TV shows. These include some of her best work and some of her more forgettable involvements.
Amelia Heinle’s Movies
1. The Limey (1999)
This crime drama was made with the help of some veteran names like Luiz Guzman, Terrence Stamp, and Peter Fonda, brother of actress Jane Fonda. The Limey tells the story of Wilson (Stamp), a British career criminal who is released from prison after nearly a decade behind bars. Upon his release, he hears of this daughter’s death and teams up with Eduardo (Guzman) to find the man responsible for her demise. Here, Heinle plays the role of Adhara, girlfriend to Valentine (Fonda), the man being hunted by Wilson.
The movie was hailed for having the right amount of moodiness and grit. It was given a rating of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it performed poorly in the commercial sense. It managed only a $3.2 million gross, a fraction of its $10 million production budget.
2. Loving (1993 – 1995)
This soap opera was the first of Amelia Heinle’s movies or TV shows. It announced her to the world when she played Stephanie Brewster in a few episodes in the last few years of the show before it was canceled in 1995. Loving is set in the fictional town of Corinth, Pennsylvania, and follows the lives of the noble Alden family, and samples themes like love, betrayal, and the battle for power.
The series began in 1983 but was eventually canceled by ABC in 1995 as a result of low ratings. It was replaced by its spin-off The City in the same year. Loving won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991, and a Writers Guild of America Award in 1994.
3. The Young and the Restless (2005 – 2019)
This daytime television drama is one of the longest-running soap operas in the history of American television. First broadcast by CBS in 1973, the cast and scripts have undergone significant changes throughout the show’s lifetime. At the time of Amelia’s involvement, the show followed the core families of the Abbotts, the Williamses, the Newmans, and the Barber-Winters.
Since 2005, Heinle has made the show her home, appearing as Victoria Newman in over 1,800 episodes. The Young and the Restless has earned itself 10 Daytime Emmy Awards during its run and had already appeared at the top of the weekly Nielsen ratings for over 1000 weeks, counting from 1988.
4. Ghost Whisperer (2009)
This supernatural TV series aired on CBS for 5 seasons from 2005 to 2009. It follows the Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character, Melinda Gordon, who see and talk to the ghosts of dead people. Her role in the series primarily revolves around helping these dead people deal with issues that keep them from passing over.
Amelia Heinle appeared in the 20th episode of the 4th season as Professor Brooke Dennis. the episode followed a ghost causing trouble during a shoot for a soap opera happening in Melinda’s store. Throughout its run, the show clinched 2 Saturn Awards and 3 Young Artist Awards.
5. Purgartory (1999)
Also referred to as Purgatory West of the Pecos, this western fantasy film puts a new twist on the concept of purgatory. Set in the Old West, it follows outlaw Blackjack Britton (Eric Roberts) as he and his gang are running from the law after they rob a bank. Their escape soon lands them in a weird little city known as Refuge where gunslingers like Britton are extended the highest hospitality with only one condition – that they remain on their best behavior. Soon Britton and his gang realize that Refuge is purgatory for some the greatest outlaws before him, where they seek to find redemption and hopefully make it to heaven. In this Amelia Heinle movie, the actress plays the role of Rose/Betty McCullough.
The movie was enjoyed by the majority of its audience as evidenced by its 78 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Purgatory also received positive ratings from the likes of Radio Times, Variety, and The New York Times.
6. Earth vs. The Spider (2002)
Next up on our list of Amelia Heinle movies is Earth vs. The Spider. In this sci-fi horror thriller, Quentin Kimmer (Devon Gummersall) is a security guard at a research lab. He is also an obsessive fan of comic books and secretly wishes he could become a superhero. He gets his wish after a series of events tempt him into injecting himself with an experimental serum from the lab. While he does gain the powers he wished for, things do not go as planned, and pretty soon, he has morphed into a grotesque looking human-spider hybrid and loses control over himself. Amelia plays Stephanie Lewis, next-door neighbor and secret crush of Quentin.
The critics and audience alike thought the movie to be sub-par, goofy, and largely unoriginal. The audience on Rotten Tomatoes gave it an abysmal rating of 18 percent. Film-focused publications like TVGuide and Filmthreat gave the film a rating of 2/4 and 1/4 respectively.
7. Black Cat Run (1998)
Johnny Del Grissom (Patrick Muldoon) is a gas station attendant who is in love with Sara Jane Bronnel (Amelie Heinle), although their relationship is against her father’s wishes. Things go sour after Sara’s father is found dead shortly after confronting Johnny and she is kidnapped by escaped convicts. Everyone believes Johnny is his murderer. This sets the tone for the rest of the movie as Johnny is hot on the trail of the convicts and the police hot on his trail.
Some independent critics praised the film for its casting and character performances. However, the action thriller earned an average rating of 5.7 stars out of 10 from 525 users on IMDb.
8. All My Children (2001 – 2004)
Next on our list of Amelia Heinle’s movies and TV shows is All My Children. The soap opera ran for 41 years on ABC and for a few more years as webisodes by production company Prospect Park. The show was created by Agnes Nixon (Loving, One Life To Live). In its more than four decades of existence, the show was centered around the life of Erica Kane as she plowed through a long line of husbands.
The show experienced a lot of pushback and was even shelved for a while by Nixon before it eventually received the green light in 1970 following the success of another of Nixon’s shows One Life To Live. All My Children holds a rating of 6.5 out of 10 stars from over 2,300 IMDb users. Heinle plays Mia Saunders in 40 episodes of the show.
9. At Sachem Farm (1998)
In this Amelia Heinle movie about love and redemption, Ross (Rufus Sewell) is part of a family that owns a famous wine collection. In his bid to reverse the decline of his financial situation, he decides to sell off his family’s wine collection to raise some money he wants to put in an obsolete manganese mine that promises to make him wealthy. But to achieve this, he has to contend with his Uncle Cullen (Nigel Hawthorne) who has plans for the family estate that are vastly different from anything Ross has in mind. In this Amelie Heinle’s role in this movie sees her portray the supporting character, Laurie.
This dramedy cum romcom received high praise from movie lovers who rated it 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes from 584 users and gave it a consensus 6.3 out of 10 stars on IMDb from 539 users. At Sachem Farm also goes by other titles such as Higher Love, Uncorked, and Trade Winds.
10. Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)
Our last Amelie Heinle movie on this list is Sally Hemings: An American Scandal. This made-for-television historical drama tells the story of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, and his thirty eight-year-long-affair with one of his teenage slaves, Sally Hemings. The affair takes place after Jefferson has lost his wife. The political figure exposes Sally to life, unlike anything she ever thought she would experience, especially in terms of her freedom and education. Jefferson started to see her during his time in France as the U.S. Ambassador to France. In this film, Jefferson is played by Sam Neill, Sally Hemings by Carmen Ejogo, and Amelia Heinle plays Harriet Hemings, a product of Jefferson and Sally’s relationship.
The movie was received well, partly due to the fact that it was reflecting a real piece of American history. On IMDb, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal received a favorable rating of 7.1 out of 10 stars from 420 users on the website. The favorable rating was matched by users on Rotten Tomatoes as well. the historical drama earned itself a positive approval rating of 72 percent from 194 users on the platform.