Sadie Amara Calvano is an actress from America who has garnered fame for portraying Violet Plunkett in the CBS sitcom ‘Mom’. A California native, Calvano was initially interested in competitive gymnastics. However, she later decided to pursue a career as an actress. She made her screen debut in 2010 in an episode of the CBS show ‘NCIS’. Her big-screen debut occurred a year later in the biographical crime-drama film ‘J Edgar’. In the ensuing years, she has established herself as one of the most promising young actresses working in the industry today. For her performance in ‘NCIS’, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress 11–15 in 2011. In 2013, she was nominated for another Young Artist Award for her guest appearance in Disney XD’s comedy series ‘Kickin' It’. Calvano was part of the main cast of ‘Mom’ in its first three seasons and made several appearances in the fourth season. Her outing in ‘Mom’ garnered her the Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Actor – Rising Star in 2015.
Sadie Calvano was 13 years old when she made her screen debut in the season-eight episode, ‘Worst Nightmare’, of CBS’ action police procedural television series ‘NCIS’, portraying a character named Rebecca Mason. In 2011, she guest-starred as Julie in the season-one episode of Adult Swim’s comedy series ‘Eagleheart’. Later that year, she shared screen space with Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, and Naomi Watts in Clint Eastwood’s biopic ‘J Edgar’. DiCaprio essayed the role of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, while Calvano portrayed his niece.
She was also cast in the TV movie ‘Family Album’ that year. Also starring Rachael Harris and Rob Huebel, the telefilm was directed by Shawn Levy and based on a screenplay by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman. In 2012, she made a guest appearance as Lindsay in a second-season episode, ‘Wazombie Warriors’, of Disney XD’s comedy series ‘Kickin' It’. Her brief performance in the series was enough to earn her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress 14–16.
Calvano was cast as a pregnant teenager, Ione Wilson, in Meg DeLoatch’s sitcom ‘Village People’. She filmed a pilot for the series that also starred Dusan Brown and Rachel Cannon. However, DeLoatch never found any buyer for the pilot. In 2013, she appeared in a guest role in Disney XD’s live-action television comedy series ‘Crash & Bernstein’. She also portrayed the recurring role of Keira in three episodes of the third season of the Freeform sitcom ‘Melissa & Joey’.
In an episode of the TV miniseries ‘The Skinny’ (2016), she played a character named after herself. Calvano worked with Brady Smith and Reiley McClendon in the 2016 telefilm ‘The Perfect Daughter’. In 2018, she appeared in the second film of her career, Jake Szymanski’s teen comedy ‘The Package’. Calvano is set to appear in the upcoming film ‘Kingfish’ and TV series ‘Why Women Kill’.
Created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, and Gemma Baker, the situational comedy ‘Mom’ has been airing on CBS since September 2013 and stars Calvano, Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Nate Corddry, and Matt Jones. Calvano plays Violet Plunkett, the daughter of Christy Jolene Plunkett (Faris) and granddaughter of Bonnie Plunkett (Janney). After appearing in the first three seasons of the show as part of the main cast, she made a handful of appearances in season four. Calvano’s most recent outing as Violet was in the season-six episode, ‘Jell-O Shots and the Truth About Santa’, in 2018.
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Family & Personal Life
Sadie Calvano was born on April 8, 1997, in Los Angeles, California, USA. At present, she lives there with her parents, a cat named Piper, and a dog named Benji.
As a child, she was a gifted competitive gymnast and won a gold medal at the 2010 California State Games in San Diego. At the age of seven, she was cast in her first musical play. When she was in the fourth grade, she decided to pursue a career as an actress. She portrayed Alice in ‘Alice In Wonderland’ (2008) at the El Portal, Belle in ‘Beauty and The Beast’ (2008) at The Barnsdall Theatre, Sharpay in ‘High School Musical’ (2009), Tallulah in ‘Bugsy Malone’ (2011) at the Madrid Theatre, and Christina in ‘A Chicago Christmas Carol’ (2010) at Crown City Theatre.
Calvano obtained her high-school degree from LACHSA (Los Angeles County High School for the Arts). ‘Mom’ showrunner Chuck Lorre subsequently wrote her a college recommendation letter before her admission. In an interview, Lorre stated that the letter was “easy to write” as Calvano is “a hard worker, a joy to be around, and quite courageous”. In return, he just requested her to stay in Los Angeles, so she could continue acting in the show. She agreed and enrolled at Occidental College in Los Angeles to pursue a part-time degree in the fall of 2015.
Calvano has been trained in horse-riding; various forms of dancing, including Jazz, ballet, and modern; and singing. She continues to dedicate her summers to Stagedoor Manor, the acclaimed New York theatre intensive, where actors like John Cryer, Natalie Portman, and Shawn Levy previously studied. Calvano is affiliated with the charity initiative Bags4kids, which provides comfort packs to displaced foster children.