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Sara Paxton

Real name: Sara Paxton
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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Sara Paxton (born April 25, 1988) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress and singer. She grew up in California and began acting at an early age, appearing in many minor roles in both films and television shows, before coming to wider renown in 2004, after playing the title role in the series Darcy's Wild Life. Paxton has also starred in the films Sleepover, Aquamarine and Return to Halloweentown, and is branching out into music, with a CD, The Ups and Downs, due for release in 2007.

Paxton, an only child, was born in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California to what she has described as "a very mixed family". Her father, Steve Paxton, is a businessman of Irish and other European descent and is distantly related to actor Bill Paxton. Her mother, Lucia, is a dentist from Monterrey, Mexico, and as a result Paxton speaks some Spanish, although not fluently. Paxton's mother is Jewish and her father converted to Judaism upon marrying her mother. During her childhood, Paxton put on shows and wanted to perform, sometimes dressing up in costume and coming to school as a particular character. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended a public high school (and did not want to be home-schooled), graduating in June of 2006.

Paxton hosted The Secret Life of Water, the first episode of the series Planet H2O, which premiered in April of 2006 on public television stations. In May of the same year, she made an appearance on the television series Pepper Dennis, playing a teen actress. Paxton, who sees herself as an "evolving actress", then appeared in Return to Halloweentown, replacing Kimberly J. Brown in the fourth installment in Disney Channel's Halloweentown series; she dyed her hair brown for the role. The film aired on October 20, 2006. During the summer and early fall of 2006, Paxton filmed The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker, a Lifetime Television film, in Vancouver Island. In the film, she plays Jessie, a college student who falls victim to binge drinking. Paxton has described it as "very different" from her previous roles, and has specified that she was looking for a role that would be a "challenge"; the film aired in March of 2007. Paxton's next film role was in Sydney White, a college-set comedy starring Amanda Bynes and Matt Long; filming began on February 12, 2007 in Orlando, Florida and the movie was released on September 21, 2007. She has also been cast in Superhero!, a parody on superhero films scheduled to begin filming in September of 2007 for a March 28, 2008 release date.

Paxton was signed to a record deal with Sony during the time she was cast in Aquamarine. Her debut music CD, The Ups and Downs, featuring the single Here We Go Again, is due for release by Epic Records at some point "in the future"; as of March 2007, Paxton has not completed work on it. She has described the sound as "pop/rock".

Paxton has said that attending college is "very important" to her because "it is important to expand your mind". In 2006, Paxton applied to the University of Southern California's film studies program, and was not accepted. She has noted that she would like to major in business administration with a minor in history (as she is a "history fanatic") and to start a production company.

Paxton dyed her hair back to blonde immediately after playing the role of Marnie Piper in Return To Halloweentown, for which she had become a brunette.


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