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Laura Diane Vandervoort, born on September 22nd, 1984 in Toronto, Canada is an exceptional actress who is also adding the title of author to her accomplishments. For being listed in the Maxim Magazine Top 100 hottest women for two years in a row, to lately taking a part in a national PETA campaign, to starring in an upcoming studio film alongside Mark Wahlberg, adding more projects to her schedule makes her a superwoman. Venturing into new territory by writing a children's book series for young girls between the ages of 7-12 is just another accomplishment for this film and television actress best known for her roles on the television shows Smallville and V. And to top all these accomplishments off, Laura has been consistently working as an actress ever since she was only thirteen years old. Vandervoort contracted meningitis only six weeks after being born and was hospitalized for weeks.
She fought through the illness as an infant and it seems to have given her a fighting spirit ever since. A tomboy for years during her childhood, Laura was drawn to athletics and studied martial arts as well as playing on several school sports teams - soccer, karate (a second-degree black belt), basketball, tennis, gymnastics, and baseball. As a child she was also always playing the entertainer by acting out characters and putting on shows for her family and friends. Nowadays in her spare time, Laura enjoys working out, writing, photography, cooking, reading and antique shopping. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
She first began her career in background work on Canadian commercials and TV shows such as Road to Avonlea and Harriet the Spy. Laura landed her first speaking part at the ripe age of thirteen for the children's series Goosebumps and then Are You Afraid of the Dark?. She later took acting classes and booked other TV guest starring roles in such projects as the Disney movies of the week Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire and Alley Cats Strike. At nineteen years of age while attending York University where she was studying Psychology and English, she landed the lead role of "Sadie Harrison" on the CTV TV series Instant Star, a popular television series that ran on Canadian television for four seasons.
In 2006, Laura shot her first feature film The Lookout working with Jeff Daniels, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mathew Goode and Isla Fisher. Several TV appearances down the road in programs such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, led Laura into more opportunities with the CW Network. Getting the coveted role of Supergirl Kara on the hit The CW series Smallville, Laura gained tremendous attention during the 7th season of the popular sci-fi drama. Following Smallville, Laura booked the sequel to the Jessica Alba/Paul Walker feature film Into The Blue titled Into the Blue 2: The Reef.
Following The Reef, the highly in demand actress went directly into the filming of the indie The Jazzman, a TV movie Out of Control, where she played a forensic scientist and the indy film Damage. After Damage, she booked the lead role in a miniseries that was the SciFi channel's re-launch of Philip José Farmer's Riverworld. Vandervoort appeared in the two-part miniseries Riverworld in which she played Jessie Machalan, the fiancée of war correspondent Matt Ellman who wakes up after death on a planet populated by everyone who has ever lived on Earth. While shooting Riverworld, Laura also booked a regular spot on ABC's sci-fi series V working with Elizabeth Mitchell of Lost and Scott Wolf of Party of Five.
After V was cancelled, the industry's interest in Laura only grew stronger and she signed and shot five feature films back to back: the psychological thriller, The Entitled starring Ray Liotta, followed by McG's romantic comedy, This Means War starring Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine, the lead in Desperately Seeking Santa with Nick Zano, Broken Trust, a leading role psychological thriller for the Lifetime Network where she plays a lawyer, as well as a car sales associate and confidant for Mark Wahlberg in the comedy, Ted directed by Seth Macfarlane - starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis which premiered in July 2012. Laura has since continued on her superhero path voicing Mary Jane in the new Spiderman video game, which would be her second voiceover gig after doing three episodes of Family Guy.
A little trivia about Laura Vandervoort: Her third cousin is celebrated Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent from Newfoundland. She was on the cover of the final issue of Stuff Magazine in October 2007 and ranked Number 25 in the Wizard Magazine Sexiest Women of TV list in March of 2008. Voted one of Maxim Magazines Hot 100 Woman of 2010 as well as in the 2011 edition and ranked number 58 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World. In October 2011, she posed for PETA as part of the Exotic Skins campaign and she is slated to appear in Space's TV adaptation of the Kelley Armstrong novel Bitten, which will premiere in autumn 2013.
Laura Vandervoort in the Exotic Skins campaign for PETA
Yabanci is a book by a Dutch woman who moved from Holland to Turkey to start a new life in a Turkish village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A great read for those who are considering a move abroad or have lived in a different culture. Available in English as an ebook or in Dutch in both print and popular ebook formats...
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