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Samaire Armstrong



Samaire Armstrong's unique first name is Gaelic for "dawning sun," but despite choosing their daughter's name for its beautiful meaning, Armstrong's parents didn't actually know how to pronounce the name for the first three months of her life. They pronounced it "Sam-Air" until they happened to meet a Gaelic man, who explained that it was in fact pronounced "Sam-eer-ah." The girl with the curious name was born in Japan, and her family lived there, and then in Hawaii, before finally settling in Arizona, where young Armstrong did most of her growing up. She excelled in the theater arts in high school, and she briefly attended the University of Arizona before leaving, frustrated by the fact that freshmen weren't allowed to participate in theatrical productions.



Armstrong decided to get started with her career and by 2000, at age 20, she'd done so, appearing in two episodes of the cult favorite Freaks and Geeks. Roles followed in films like Not Another Teen Movie before she scored a career-making gig with a recurring role on the hit show The O.C. While she wasn't made a member of the regular cast, Armstrong became a fan favorite, playing the crucial third member of a love triangle between her character, Anna, her good friend Seth, and Seth's long-time crush, Summer. The O.C. eventually came to an end in 2006, but by 2004, Armstrong had a second series in which she regularly appeared, showing up on the hit HBO program Entourage as agent Ari's assistant, Emily, whom Eric dates briefly. The actress also began stretching her acting muscles on the big screen with roles in Just My Luck, It's a Boy Girl Thing, The Staircase Murders, and Rise: Blood Hunter.



Armstrong would faind continued success over the coming years, appearing most notably on shows like Dirty Sexy Money and The Mentalist.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Windsor Drive
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Heavenly Match
  • Casey Hart
2014
No Score Yet My Santa
  • Jen
2013
No Score Yet Concrete Blondes
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Concrete Blondes
  • Tara Petrie
2013
No Score Yet Around June
  • June
2012
No Score Yet Adopting Terror
  • Cheryl Broadbent
2012
No Score Yet 5 Souls
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Last Harbor
  • Actor
2010
33% Rise: Blood Hunter
  • Jenny
2007
63% It's a Boy Girl Thing
  • Neil Bedworth
2006
13% Just My Luck
  • Maggie
2006
9% Stay Alive
  • Abigail
2006
No Score Yet Would I Lie to You?
  • Sophie
2005
No Score Yet Would I Lie To You
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Darkwolf
  • Josie
2003
29% Not Another Teen Movie
  • Kara Fratelli
2001

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Brynn Roberts
62% Better with You
2010-2011
  • Jessica
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • Emily
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Summer Edgecombe Summer
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Natalie Gordon
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet NCIS: New Orleans
2014
  • Marion Watkins
No Score Yet Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
  • Laurie
No Score Yet The O.C.
2003-2007
  • Anna Stern Anna
  • Appearing
56% Resurrection
2014-2015
  • Elaine Dawson Elaine Richards
65% How to Make It in America
2010-2011
  • Jane

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