Kathryn Newton Biography
Kathryn Newton is an American actress best known for her role as Louise Brooks in the TV series "Gary Unmarried," as well as her appearances in the horror film "Paranormal Activity 4," the movie "Lady Bird," and TV shows "Supernatural" and "Big Little Lies."
Kathryn Love Newton was born on February 8, 1997, in Los Angeles and is the only child of Robin and David Newton. From a young age, Kathryn dreamed of becoming a Broadway star. "In New York, I used to watch the musical 'Gypsy' almost daily and even became friends with Bernadette Peters," shared Newton. Additionally, she took up golf at the age of eight.
Newton's dream partly came true as she began acting at a young age. Despite frequent film shoots and a busy schedule, she did not switch to homeschooling, though she attended regular classes sporadically.
“Every year I ran for school president, but few recognized me. My classmates probably wondered, ‘Who is Kathryn Newton? Does she really study here?’”
Kathryn Newton began her acting career at the age of four, debuting in several episodes of the soap opera "All My Children" and two short films.
At 10, she landed a role that made her globally recognized. The young actress portrayed Louise Brooks in the CBS series "Gary Unmarried." The sitcom follows a paint company employee going through a divorce, attempting to build new relationships while caring for his children. Kathryn Newton played the role of the main character's daughter— a mature-for-her-age girl, an honor student, cellist, who looks up to Mahatma Gandhi, Al Gore, and Che Guevara.
For her portrayal of Louise, Kathryn received two "Young Actor" awards, surpassing popular actresses Joey King (Lucy Morgan in "Grey's Anatomy") and Meaghan Jette Martin (Bianca Stratford in the series "10 Things I Hate About You").
In 2011, Newton appeared in the popular comedy "Bad Teacher" starring Cameron Diaz. In the film, which is about a brazen but utterly charming teacher, she played Chase Rubin-Rossi, a popular high schooler and the crush of the underachieving Garrett (Matthew J. Evans).
In the fourth installment of the horror series "Paranormal Activity" (2013), Kathryn landed the lead role, and her co-star was Matt Shively, well-known to Nickelodeon viewers. For her role in this popular horror film, the young actress secured another "Young Actor" award, outshining talented contenders Tara Lynne Barr and Kara Hayward.
From 2014, Newton has been a regular in the popular American fantasy TV series "Supernatural." Kathryn appears as Claire Novak, daughter of the "vessel" Jimmy Novak (Misha Collins) and the adoptive daughter of supernatural creature hunter Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes). The actress shared that after the first episodes featuring her were released, people began recognizing her on the streets. "And the people I met on set have profoundly changed my life," Kathryn reveals.
In 2016, the actress landed a role in the drama series "Halt and Catch Fire," set during the revolutionary computer era of the 20th century. The series starred Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, and others.
In 2017, Newton appeared in the HBO drama series "Big Little Lies," based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. She played high school student Abigail Carlson, the defiant daughter of actress Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon). Abigail struggles in her relationship with her mother and finds it easier to connect with her father (James Tupper), who is long divorced from Madeline.
Later, Kathryn took leading roles in movies like "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (2017) with Frances McDormand and "Ben is Back" (2018) with Julia Roberts. Interestingly, in both films, her character's brother was played by red-haired actor Lucas Hedges. Newton also worked with Hedges in 2017 on the film "Lady Bird," about an eccentric teenage girl (Saoirse Ronan) going through the stages of growing up in a small town.
In May 2018, Newton was seen in a lead role in the comedy "Blockers," where three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.
Kathryn Newton played a significant role in the movie "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" by Rob Letterman, based on the video game of the same name. The main character, Detective Pikachu, was voiced by Ryan Reynolds.
In 2019, the actress starred in the drama series "The Society," a modern take on the classic novel "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. The series revolves around a group of affluent young adults who return from a trip to their hometown only to find that all the adults have mysteriously disappeared, and they can't leave. Newton plays Allie Pressman, the de facto leader of the youth group, trying to figure out how to return to normalcy.
The show was warmly received and renewed for a second season, but filming was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and later it was canceled altogether.
In 2020, Kathryn teamed up brilliantly with Vince Vaughn in the horror film "Freaky." Her character, a high school girl bullied by her classmates, mysteriously switches bodies with a serial killer.
Kathryn Newton's Personal Life
Kathryn Newton is a sought-after young actress who dedicates all her time to work. Whether she has time for relationships is hard to say.
In late 2017, Kathryn shared a photo with Lucas Hedges, accompanied by a tender birthday greeting. This piqued the curiosity of fans. However, the rumors were unfounded; Kathryn and Lucas are just good friends.
In 2019, there were reports of Kathryn dating Brendan Thomas Lee, son of the infamous drummer of Motley Crue, Tommy Lee, and Pamela Anderson. It turned out that they have been friends since school and there is no romance between them.
Kathryn Newton Now
In 2023, Kathryn Newton appeared in the Marvel blockbuster "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania". She played the role of Cassie Lang, Scott Lang's (Paul Rudd) daughter.
For Newton, joining the Marvel universe had been a long-standing dream:
I've always wanted to be in a Marvel movie my whole life. Mainly because I'm a huge fan. I've watched every Marvel movie in theaters with my dad. For me, it's a dream come true, and I'll do everything I can to be the best superhero ever.
Also, in 2023, the actress took on a leading role in the comedy horror "Lisa Frankenstein" alongside Cole Sprouse and Carla Gugino, where she once again played an unpopular high school student who encounters paranormal things.
Additionally, Kathryn secured a key role in the dark biographical comedy "Reality Winner", which tells the story of an American servicewoman sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for reporting on Russia's potential interference in the 2016 elections.
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