"i don't believe should be defined by sex, race, or age. it doesn't need to be categorized but just appreciate. love doesn't come around that often; true love isn't everlasting and can flash before you eyes before you know it. i've learned to cherish what i have before it's gone."
Charlotte "Charlie" Eliza Grace Winthrop (born April 10, 1984) is an Australian actress. She was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia to oncologist, Dr. Henry Winthrop
, and ABC News
anchor, Elisabeth Winthrop
. She's the eldest of two children, winthrop
has a younger sister, Olympic gymnast, Mia Winthrop
had small roles in criminal procedure dramas, CSI: Brisbane
, until she made her big appearance playing the role of Lucy Connor
on the hit, long-running, soap opera, Forever Drama
at age twelve.
winthrop re-located to Los Angeles, California, when she was sixteen years old with her father after her parents' divorce in 1995 to pursue her budding acting career.
started her career as small roles on shows such as, CSI: Brisbane
until she landed the role as Harry Connor
's younger daughter, Lucy Connor
, on the long-running, australian soap opera Forever Drama
at age twelve.
winthrop left the show in 2001 when she re-located to California with her father. winthrop landed the popular role as Stacey Danvers' character's daughter, Olivia, in the cult horror film, Silence which landed her recognition in the States.
From there, winthrop was casted as a recurring character, Sienna Day, in the teen, paranormal drama, Starlight. the show was about a young girl named starlight hayes who found out she comes from a legacy of powerful witches and how she has to help save her town from disaster. winthrop's character was a quirky, cynical, young witch that comes to help starlight from time to time. it was rumored that her character was going to become a main character in season three of the show, but the show was cancelled due to low ratings.
winthrop became an indie queen by starring in several independent drama films but her main success came from her role as Jennifer Porter in the independent, psychological thriller, Don't Let Go which her portrayal of the complicated character was raved about and went on to being a top pick at the 2003 Sundance Festival and went on to being released in movie theaters that winter. She went on to being the director's star actress and starred in two of his movies that followed Don't Let Go which was the 2005 drama, coming-of-age film, daylight where winthrop played a seventeen year old, southern belle named daisy lou monroe who struggles as she tries to find herself, and the 2009 dramatic film you and i where winthrop played the young, college student named lana starkova meets actor here's character, janie sawyer, while the two are in moscow, russia, and fall in love throughout their adventures in moscow society. winthrop commented about the director at the premiere of you and i, "i have never met someone who is as artistic and talented like him [director]. i feel like it was fate that i randomly walked into the casting call for don't let go six years ago. i feel so blessed for being able to work with him this closely after all of these years and i am glad to call him not only one of my inspirations but one of my very dear friends."
after her film in 2009, winthrop took two years off from acting in order to purse her other love, art. she went on to savannah college of art and design's in savannah, georgia, to study art. "i grew up not acting but painting. painting, drawing, anything i could do to let my creative juices flow! but acting is an art form to me too. instead of using a paint brush to create my art, i can use my body and my soul to paint a character on to the scene."
currently winthrop is filming director's dramatic thriller, barton hollow which is about winthrop's character, ava dawson, who is haunted by her past memories in the small, mining town barton hollow. she has to face her past though when her older brother, christopher, is found murdered outside one of the old mining shacks. ava under covers the corruption and dark secrets that lie hidden within the town, and someone doesn't want her to find out what really happened to her brother. the film is set to release in Winter 2013.
her other independent drama of the same director, Straw Dogs is set for limited release in Summer 2012. winthrop plays amy sumner who is a tv actress and is married to her screenwriter husband, david sumner. after amy's father's recent death, she returns to blackwater, mississippi, to rebuild her childhood home. danger happens though when amy's ex-boyfriend, charlie venner, wants amy back and won't stop until he gets her back. the film is said to have a violent and disturbing scene where winthrop's character is brutally raped twice.
winthrop has also recently signed on to the newest spiderman re-boot as gwen stacy in the new The Amazing Spiderman.
is very close with her Olympic silver medalist gymnast sister, Mia.
winthrop spends a majority of her free time surfing near her home in Santa Barbara, California, and playing with her two-year old, golden retriever, Dolly, named after winthrop's favorite singer, Dolly Parton.
winthrop has expressed that she loves listening to country music and loves to go to country saloons. she likes to just sit in the backyard, with a cold beer, and daisy dukes on on her days off.
winthrop is also an animal rights and gay rights activist. She supports PETA and Green Peace organizations and has been a vegetarian since she was eighteen.
winthrop has expressed that she is neither straight nor gay saying that she doesn't choose to categorize what her sexual orientation is. winthrop stated at the a gladd event in 2011, "if i want to be someone i look at them based off as a person. i've had successful relationships with both men and women. if you want to stereotype then i go both ways, but it's more than that. love is love and it isn't defined by any boundaries: sex, race, or age."
winthrop was with her long-term, screenwriter boyfriend, scott, for seven years, who she was introduced to by a mutual friend at an event, until the two split in December 2011. winthrop said, "... Scott and I are still close friends but it was for the best," about the break-up. she ignores any further questions about him in interviews, expressing that she doesn't want to talk about it.
FACTS AND TRIVIA
• Winthrop has traveled to five continents
• Winthrop says her character, Jennifer Porter, in Don't Let Go was the most challenging role to play but is very dear to her still
• Winthrop is a self-professed comic book geek and it was an honor for her to be casted as Gwen Stacy in the new Spiderman movie
• She has stated that she's an atheist and that she is a Liberal. she voted for president, barack obama, back in 2008.
• Winthrop has three tattoos: one on her inner, left wrist; her right shoulder; and her ankle. she got the one on her ankle on her eighteenth birthday. she drew all three of them and had them done by one of her close friends in savannah.
• Winthrop loves to participate in yoga and is a tea addict.
• Winthrop says that she likes to volunteer at animal shelters when she's very stressed out to relax.
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