Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Sci-Fi’s next little darling.
She caught my eye as the star of CBS’s new summer sci-fi series, BrainDead (a review of my new favorite show can be found here), and now, she seems to be everywhere.
Born in North Carolina, at age 5 she moved to a suburb of Salt Lake City with her family. It was there that her natural creative talents were nurtured. Considered by the musical theater community to be a “triple threat,” MEW studied with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago and sang in the International Children’s Choir.
In 1997, she made her cinematic debut as a guest star on the television show Touched By An Angel and has been working consistently since...but naturally, I’m only really interested in her career in sci-fi.
She had a recurring role in 2001 in the TV series Wolf Lake and starred opposite Carmen Elektra and Nick Carter in 2004’s Monster Island (did anybody see that film?!) but it was her appearance in The Ring 2 in 2005 that secured her position as a sci-fi up and comer. Later that year, she was seen in Sky High, and the following year, three of her sci-fi films debuted: Final Destination 3, Black Christmas, and Grindhouse.
For me, the first time I really fell in love with MEW was when I saw her in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as Scott’s love interest, Ramona Flowers. She was so good! Dark, broody, and interesting...she was the perfect antithesis to Michael Cera’s famous awkward charm. In subsequent years she starred in The Thing as Kate Lloyd and
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as Mary Todd Lincoln.
Mostly recently, she was seen as a recurring character in A&E’s television series, The Returned and the thrilling sci-fi horror movie, 10 Cloverfield Lane, which was spectacular. To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of Cloverfield, but I have to admit, the sequel was AWESOME. MEW’s portrayal of Michelle was incredibly believable, and the storyline was really REALLY exciting.
So yeah, MEW is pretty awesome and a new sci-fi fan favorite. Oh, and did I mention she’s in the band, Got a Girl with Dan the Automater? Here’s to hoping we continue to see her on the big, and small screens, and maybe even dance to one of her tunes on the radio, for decades to come.