AnnaSophia Robb

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AnnaSophia Robb
Robb in 2013
Born (1993-12-08) December 8, 1993 (age 30)
EducationNew York University
Occupation(s)Actress, model
Years active2004–present

AnnaSophia Robb (born December 8, 1993) is an American actress and model. The films in which she starred include Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Race to Witch Mountain (2009), Soul Surfer (2011), and The Way, Way Back (2013). She also played the lead role of Carrie Bradshaw on The CW's series The Carrie Diaries from 2013 to 2014.

Early life[change | change source]

Robb was born in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Janet, an interior designer, and David Robb, an architect.[1][2] She was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Anna Sophie, and her paternal grandmother, Anna Marie.[3][4] Robb is of Danish, English, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish descent.[5] She grew up in a Christian home and was home-schooled.[6][7] She started taking an interest in acting and began by performing in front of 500 individuals on her church stage.[8] She competed in dance and gymnastics for four and a half years, but quit in order to focus on acting.[3] In 2009, the Arapahoe Herald reported that she was attending Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. She graduated in 2012.[9]

Career[change | change source]

At age 9, she was scouted by an agent, and she and her mother drove down to Los Angeles. After several auditions, she was given the opportunity to appear in a commercial, advertising Bratz dolls that would be aired nationally.[8] After appearing in a commercial for McDonald's, Robb had a small role in the episode, "Number One Fan" of the television series Drake & Josh. Her first major role was the title character in the television special, Samantha: An American Girl Holiday. She wore a long brown wig for the role.

Robb's two big-screen appearances in 2005 were both adaptations of popular children's books. She starred as Opal in Because of Winn-Dixie and as the competitive and rude Violet Beauregarde in Tim Burton's remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The latter was a major box office success worldwide, and helped escalate Robb's popularity among pre-teen audiences.

Robb at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con International

In 2005, Robb was the face of Trad Clothing, helping to design and model a fashion line for girls. In 2006, she had a guest role on the cartoon show, Danny Phantom as the voice of Danielle "Dani" Fenton. Robb played Leslie Burke in Bridge to Terabithia with Josh Hutcherson, which opened in U.S. theaters on February 16, 2007. She recorded a song for the soundtrack titled, "Keep Your Mind Wide Open", and the accompanying video received rotation on the Disney Channel.[3][10] The song peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of March 1, 2007, giving Robb her first charting single.[11] Robb was a fan of the book before being cast in the role, saying that it "touched me in a way I hadn't been touched by a book before".[4]

Robb went on to appear in The Reaping, Have Dreams, Will Travel, Jumper, and Spy School. Despite negative reviews of the film overall, Robb's performance in Sleepwalking garnered praise. Time film critic Richard Schickel said: "There is a wonderful range to Robb's work...this is extraordinarily mature acting from someone this young and she wins our sympathy without once begging for it."[12] In 2008, she recorded the voice of Mary Magdalene in The Word of Promise: Next Generation – New Testament: Dramatized Audio Bible.[13] She also starred in Race to Witch Mountain (2009).[14] In 2010, she appeared in The Space Between. She then starred in Soul Surfer, playing Bethany Hamilton, who continued to surf after losing her arm in a shark attack.[15]

In May 2011, Robb was announced to star as Wendy in a new and dark take on the classic story about Peter Pan, tentatively titled, Pan, but later dropped out of the project.[16] It was reported on February 3, 2012, that Robb had landed a role in Life at These Speeds.[17] Later that month, Robb was cast as Carrie Bradshaw in The CW's Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries,[18] and appeared in the summer comedy, The Way, Way Back.

In October 2013, Robb started filming for Jekyll Island, starring alongside Frank Grillo, Ed Westwick, Dianna Agron, John Leguizamo, Minnie Driver, and Maggie Q. The film is directed by Aram Rappaport and produced by Hilary Shor, Atit Shah and Aaron Becker. Jekyll Island is set to release in 2017.[19][20][21]

Robb played the role of Alice Green in the PBS Civil War historical drama series Mercy Street from 2016 to 2017.[22]

Personal life[change | change source]

In 2014, Robb was enrolled at New York University.[23][24]

Robb was one of the demonstrators at the 2017 Women's March held on January 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C..[25]

Filmography[change | change source]

Film[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Because of Winn-Dixie India "Opal" Buloni
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Violet Beauregarde
2007 Bridge to Terabithia Leslie Burke
2007 The Reaping Loren McConnell
2007 Have Dreams, Will Travel Cassie "Cass" Kennington
2008 Jumper Young Millie Harris
2008 Spy School Jackie Hoffman
2008 Sleepwalking Tara Reedy
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Sara
2010 The Space Between Samantha "Sam" Jean McClain
2011 Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton
2013 The Way, Way Back Susanna Thompson
2013 Khumba Tombi Voice
2014 Funny or Die's Little Mermaid Ariel Short film
2016 Jack of the Red Hearts Jacqueline "Jack" Ferguson
2017 The Crash Creason Clifton
2017 Freak Show Blah Blah Blah
2017 Down a Dark Hall Katherine "Kit" Gordy

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Drake & Josh Liza Episode: "Number One Fan"
2004 Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Samantha Parkington Television film
2006 Danny Phantom Danielle "Dani" Fenton Voice
Episode: "Kindred Sprits"
2013–2014 The Carrie Diaries Carrie Bradshaw 26 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken Yasmin / Cleo Voice
Episode: "Catdog on a Stick"
2016–2017 Mercy Street Alice Green 12 episodes

Soundtrack appearance[change | change source]

Year Single Album Chart position
2007 "Keep Your Mind Wide Open" Music from and Inspired by Bridge to Terabithia 90

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

On March 30, 2008, Robb won her first career award when she was named Leading Young Actress at the Young Artist Awards for her role in Bridge To Terabithia. The film itself won a Young Cast award.[26] On April 24, 2009, she received the Horizon Award at the 14th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival. She was awarded the Rising Star Award at the Denver Film Festival on November 12, 2009.[15]

Year Association Category Work Result
2004 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Nominated
2006 Best Performance in a Feature Film (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Because of Winn-Dixie Nominated
2007 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Bridge to Terabithia Won
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Bridge to Terabithia Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actress Bridge to Terabithia Nominated
2009 Denver Film Festival Rising Star Award[source?] Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Star The Carrie Diaries Nominated
Young Hollywood Awards Superstar of Tomorrow Won

References[change | change source]

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  16. Zakia Udin (May 11, 2011). Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean in 'Peter Pan' update.
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  21. The Deadline Team (November 26, 2013). "AnnaSophia Robb Joins 'Conspiracy On Jekyll Island'; Mark Henry Joins Blumhouse Thriller 'Incarnate'". Deadline. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  22. Steinberg, Brian (March 9, 2016). "'Mercy Street' Renewed for Season 2 by PBS". Variety. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
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