Samara Weaving may not be one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry as yet but her steady and meteoric rise up the ladder is simply amazing and worth learning about. She is an Australian actress and model who is famed for her portrayal of Indi Walker in the Australian soap Home and Away. She has also starred in the Netflix film The Babysitter (2017). Here’s everything you need to know about the Aussie bombshell.
Who is Samara Weaving?
Samara Weaving was born on February 23, 1992, in Adelaide, Australia. A few years after her birth, she moved with her family and grew up in several parts of the globe including Singapore, Fiji, Indonesia (where she attended grade school), and then Australia. She went to Pittwater House School in her birth country in 2004 before joining the Canberra Girls’ Grammar School after her family moved to the nation’s capital in 2005.
While traveling the world within the first few years of her life afforded her the opportunity to explore cultures and visit places, she also spent those years performing in short films, dance and stage shows. She was a member of the Singapore Dance Company and also performed with the Canberra Youth Theatre. As a high school student, she became the drama captain and appeared in various school and theater productions.
With her past record, it became easy for her to assimilate into the larger acting scene. In 2008, Samara snagged her first major acting role as Kirsten Mulroney on the Australian-UK soap opera Out of the Blue. Although the series lasted for only one season, it gave her the exposure needed to advance successfully in showbiz. The following year, she was cast as Indigo “Indi” Walker on the Australian soap opera Home and Away.
She initially appeared as a recurring character for five weeks but went on to star in over 300 episodes after her on-screen family was brought back as part of the main cast in 2010 until 2013. For that single role, she relocated from Canberra to Sydney for filming. Moreover, she earned a nomination for the Audience Choice Award for Best Female Performance in a Television Drama at the 1st AACTA Awards in 2012 for her portrayal. Besides being nominated in that award category, she was also a presenter during the event.
Following her departure from the series in July 2013, the actress pursued new roles and is since, taking Hollywood by storm. She debuted on the big screen as Peggy in the crime drama Mystery Road. In 2015, she starred in 3 episodes of the web series Squirrel Boys and also had a recurring role as Heather in the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead for which she gained international attention. She followed it up with a role in the feature film Bad Girl as well as a major role in the comedy film Monster Trucks (2016) as Brianne which also starred veteran actors like Rob Lowe and Danny Glover.
2017 was a huge year for Samara Weaving. Therein she had a beehive of performances on the silver screen alongside prominent actors. She starred with Steven Yeun in the action comedy-thriller Mayhem as Melanie Cross and portrayed Nelson Rose in the Showtime series SMILF, alongside series creator Frankie Shaw. She clinched her first Hollywood film role as the title character in the teen comedy-horror film The Babysitter alongside Bella Thorne.
Furthermore, she landed a role in the Oscar-nominated film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as well as appeared in the music video for Charlie Puth‘s song Attention. She appears in the Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018) miniseries as Irma Leopold. In August 2018, joined the cast of the thriller Ready or Not which is set to release in 2019 and is also filming the upcoming action-comedy film Guns Akimbo alongside British co-star Daniel Radcliffe.
Everything to Know About Samara Weaving
The talented bombshell hails from a creative and famous family. She is the daughter of academic Simon Weaving, a writer, filmmaker and artistic director of the Canberra International Film Festival. His works include The Big Ride (2006), The Competition (2014) and Waiting for Robbo (2011). Her mother’s name is Helena Bezzina, a Maltese.
Other members of her famous family include her uncle, film and theatre actor Hugo Weaving with whom she appeared in the crime film Mystery Road. He is also known for blockbusters like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Her younger sister, Morgan (b. July 27, 1994) and cousin Harry Weaving are also in the showbiz arena.
Samara Weaving Has a Hollywood Doppelganger
Many people aren’t fortunate enough to find their real-life doppelganger, but for Samara, she doesn’t have to look far nor long to find hers. She has been compared with the Academy Award-nominated Margot Robbie. The comparison, however, goes beyond their career as Samara is already gaining momentum with her impressive roles and could clinch an Oscar nomination if not an eventual award soon. They could easily pass as twins.
She was once a victim of an internet hoax
In June 2016, the Aussie-born actress was almost mired in the midst of a Trump fake news scandal. A Facebook user identified as Greg McCurdy shared her injured-looking make-up from the set of Ash vs Evil Dead and claimed that she was a victim of fascism who was violently attacked by opponents because she supported Donald Trump in his presidential campaign.
He didn’t even identify the person in the post that went viral. However, the photo was identified by her co-star Bruce Campbell who then refuted the claim and clarified that the said picture was a makeup test from the series. Weaving later expressed her annoyance at the situation.
Samara, besides her explosive acting career, is also prominent as a model. She possesses a perfect body measurement that is ideal for lingerie commercials and she has had her fair therein including modeling for Australian underwear brand Bonds since 2012. She is active on social media and can be followed on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The blue-eyed beauty weighs 52 kg (114.5 lb) and stands 5 inches above 5 feet (1.65 m). Her body measurements are 32-23-32 inches (Breasts-Waist-Hips respectively).
She made headlines with her on-screen Home and Away love interest, Axel Whitehead when they dated from 2012 till October 2013 when they separated but they have remained good friends. He is a singer and contested in Australian Idol. From 2013 to 2016, she had it going with British model Rob Moore. They shared many posts on their social media profiles as well as attended many award ceremonies together. Besides, she has also been linked to Johnny Ruffo and Tyler Atkins.
Nevertheless, going by her Instagram story, it seems the beauty is currently dating Jimmy Warden who she met while filming The Babysitter.