Childhood & Early Life
Sara Paxton was born on April 25, 1988. in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Steve Paxton, and her mother, Lucia, are both dentists.
Sara was a student of the ‘El Camino Real High School,’ from where she graduated in 2006
Despite having applied to the film studies program of the ‘University of Southern California’ and receiving offers from several schools, such as ‘New York University,’ she did not join any of the institutes.
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Sara was fascinated by acting since her early childhood. She used to dress up in different costumes, assuming different roles or characters, when she was in school.
Her interest in making an acting career did not let her attend university for higher studies. Her shooting schedules prevented her from attending classes regularly, and finally, she decided not to pursue academics seriously.
Sara made her first film appearance in 1997, bagging a minor role in the comedy film ‘Liar Liar.’ After this initial performance, she received numerous offers for both films and TV shows. Some of her notable acting projects were the soap opera ‘Passions’ (1999), ‘Action’ (1999), ‘Greetings from Tucson’ (2002–2003), and the ‘Disney Channel’ show ‘Lizzie McGuire’ (2001).
In 2002, Sara appeared as ‘Lana’ in the TV series ‘CSI: Miami.’ In 2003, she was seen in the 4D short film ‘Haunted Lighthouse,’ in which she played ‘Ashley.’
In July 2004, she earned her first major role, in a film titled ‘Sleepover.’ However, the movie mostly received negative reviews and was a failure at the box office.
During this time, two TV series, ‘Summerland’ and ‘Darcy's Wild Life,’ helped Sara in gaining popularity and acclaim. In ‘Summerland,’ she played ‘Sarah Borden.’ ‘Darcy's Wild Life’ featured her as ‘Darcy Fields.’
In 2006, Sara appeared as ‘Marnie Piper’ in the ‘Disney Channel Original’ film ‘Return to Halloweentown.’ The same year, she was seen playing the title role of a mermaid in ‘Aquamarine.’ She also hosted the first episode of the TV series ‘Planet H2O,’ named ‘The Secret Life of Water,’ and also appeared in another TV series, ‘Pepper Dennis.’
In March 2007, Sara appeared as ‘Jessie’ in the TV film ‘The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker.’ In September the same year, she was seen in the movie ‘Sydney White.’
In 2008, Sara appeared in the parody film ‘Superhero Movie’ and also worked as a playback singer for it. In 2009, she appeared as ‘Mari Collingwood’ in the film ‘The Last House on the Left.’ She also appeared in the TV series ‘The Beautiful Life: TBL’ the same year.
In 2001, Sara Paxton appeared in three movies, ‘Enter Nowhere,’ ‘The Innkeepers,’ and ‘Shark Night.’ In 2013, she appeared as ‘Mirabella’ in the TV film ‘Lovestruck: The Musical.’
In 2018, Sara appeared as ‘Donna Rice’ in ‘The Front Runner,’ a biographical film on American senator Gary Hart.
Family & Personal Life
From her father’s side, Sara Paxton is related to the late American actor and director Bill Paxton.
Her mother is of Jewish origin, and it is said that her father had to get converted to Judaism in order to get married to her mother. She is the only child of her parents.
Sara feels attached to her Jewish origin and also considers her inability to join the ‘Bat Mitzvah,’ the coming-of-age ritual for Jewish girls, because of her busy schedule a major loss.
Sara Paxton reportedly got engaged to her boyfriend, actor Zach Cregger, in 2018.