Annalise Basso is an American film and TV actor and model. She has been a member of the Hollywood fraternity since the age of 9. She is most popular for her roles in films such as ‘The Good Time Girls,’ ‘Captain Fantastic,’ ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil,’ and ‘Nikita.’ Born into a family of actors, Basso started her acting career at the tender age of 8, making appearances in TV commercials and series. Known for her freckles, ginger red hair, and hazel eyes, Basso made her feature-film debut with the horror flick ‘Ghost Image.’ She then appeared in a guest role in the popular American night-time soap opera ‘Desperate Housewives.’ However, it was her role as ‘Eden Hamby’ in the TV series ‘True Blood’ that grabbed the attention of the film fraternity. Basso’s first lead role was in the feature film ‘Standing Up,’ written and directed by DJ Caruso. The film was a coming-of-age story based on the novel ‘The Goats’ by Brock Cole. The film debuted in 2012, at the ‘Cannes Film Festival.’ Basso’s older siblings, Alexandria Basso and Gabriel Basso, are also actors.
Childhood & Early life
Annalise Nicole Basso was born on December 2, 1998, in St Louis Missouri, US. She was homeschooled as a child, just like her two older siblings.
She attended ‘Campbell Hall School,’ a private high school in Studio City, Los Angeles, which had actors Ariel Winter and Dakota Fanning as its alumni. There, Basso honed her acting skills.
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In 2007, Basso began her film career as ‘Susan Zellan’ in the horror flick ‘Ghost Image.’
In 2008, Basso bagged a guest role in the popular night-time soap opera ‘Desperate Housewives.’ She appeared as ‘Denise’ in one of its episodes, ‘Me and My Town.’ The same year, she also made a small appearance in the American fantasy–comedy film ‘Bedtime Stories,’ as ‘Tricia Sparks,’ and shared screen space with actors such as Keri Russell and Adam Sandler.
In 2009, Basso received her breakthrough role when she was cast as ‘Eden Hamby’ in an episode of the TV series ‘True Blood,’ titled ‘Keep This Party Going.’ She also appeared as ‘Lillian’ in the made-for-TV Christian drama film ‘Love Takes Wing.’ She was seen in movies such as ‘Alabama Moon’ (as ‘Alice’) and the supernatural horror film ‘Dark House’ (as a red-headed girl). She starred in the American crime-drama series ‘Lie to Me’ (as ‘Maggie Ambrose’ in the episode ‘Better Half’) and in the American medical drama ‘Three Rivers’ (as ‘Mary’ in the episode ‘The Luckiest Man’). She also participated in the popular ‘Fox’ quiz game show ‘Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?’ when she was only 10.
In 2010, Basso played the role of ‘Morgan,’ a cancer-affected girl, in an episode of the American black comedy web series ‘Childrens Hospital,’ titled ‘I See Her Face Everywhere.’
In 2011, Basso appeared in guest roles in the American crime procedural comedy-drama series ‘Bones’ (as ‘Amber Tremblay’ in the episode ‘The Change in the Game’) and in the American political satire ‘Parks and Recreation’ (as ‘Abigail’ in the episode ‘Pawnee Rangers’).
In 2012, Basso appeared in the American sitcom ‘New Girl’ (as ‘Sarah Shiller’ in the episode ‘Kids’) and in another TV series, ‘Nikita’ (as ‘Liza Abbott’ in the episode ‘Innocence’).
In 2013, Basso clinched her first lead role, in the feature film ‘Standing Up.’ The movie featured her as ‘Grace,’ one of the two children on whom the film was centered. Her performance in the movie earned her a nomination for the ‘Young Artist Award’ for the ‘Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film’ in 2014. Following this critical success, she earned another important role, in the horror film ‘Oculus.’ The film featured her as the younger version of ‘Kaylie Russell.’
In 2014, Basso bagged a recurring role in the ‘Sundance TV’ series ‘The Red Road,’ which featured her as ‘Kate Jensen’ in eight episodes.
In 2014, Basso essayed the role of ‘Vesta Whitney’ in an episode of the American horror TV series ‘Constantine,’ titled ‘Waiting for the Man.’
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In 2016, Basso appeared in the role of ‘Vespyr Cash’ in the American comedy–drama film ‘Captain Fantastic.’ She was also seen as ‘Paulina “Lina" Zander’ in the critically and financially successful supernatural horror film ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil.’ She played the central character of 16-year-old ‘Isla Wallis’ in the critically acclaimed crime–drama web series ‘Cold.’ She was nominated for the 2017 ‘Streamy Award’ for the ‘Best Acting in a Drama,’ for her role in ‘Cold.’
In 2017, Basso featured in the short film ‘The Good Time Girls,’ portraying the character ‘Ellie.’
In 2018, Basso appeared in the movie ‘Nostalgia’ and ‘Slender Man’ in the roles of ‘Tallie Beam’ and ‘Katie Jensen,’ respectively. She also appeared in the science-fiction anthology series ‘Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams’ (as ‘Foster Lee’ in the episode ‘Safe & Sound’), based on the works of Philip K Dick. The same year, she played the critical role of ‘Piper’ in the movie ‘Ladyworld,’ which is currently in the post-production stage and scheduled to release in 2019.
Awards & Achievements
In 2014, her role of ‘Grace’ in the feature film ‘Standing Up’ earned Basso a nomination for the ‘Young Artist Award’ for the ‘Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film.’
In 2017, Basso was nominated for the ‘The Streamy Award’ for the ‘Best Acting in a Drama,’ for her portrayal of ‘Isla Wallis’ in the critically acclaimed crime-drama series ‘Cold.’
Family & personal life
Born into a family of actors, Basso is the youngest of the three children of her parents, Marcia and Louis J Basso.
Basso completed her high school with a distinction in 2017, despite her busy and intense work schedule. She undertook four advanced placement (AP) classes to complete her high school.
With a keen eye on college education, Basso applied to the ‘University of Edinburgh,’ though with a gap year, in which she planned to work.
Basso is an American national but is of German, English, Irish, and Italian descent through her paternal grandfather.