Per Wikipedia, a Scream Queen is “an actress who has become associated with horror films, either through an appearance in a notable entry in the genre as a frequent victim or through constant appearances as the female protagonist.” Notable Scream Queens of the 20th Century include: Jamie Lee Curtis, Heather Langenkamp, Marilyn Burns, and Janet Leigh.
While the 21st Century is still in its fledgling period, there’s already a long list of established Scream Queens working their way towards becoming bona fide icons. The list below includes top contenders and major up-and-comers. Enjoy!
Danielle Harris (born June 1, 1977 in Long Island, New York; Gemini) from Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), Cyrus (2010), Hatchet II (2010), Hatchet III (2013)
Fun Facts: Danielle packs mad sexiness and major skills into 5 petite feet. She took a turn in the director’s chair helming Among Friends in 2012. She endured real life terror back in the 1990’s when an obsessed stalker came to her house with a shotgun.
Famous Quotes: “I don’t know what I’d do if I was making a romantic comedy; I wouldn’t feel like I was earning my $100 a day.”
Tristan Risk (born November 2, 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Scorpio) from American Mary (2012), The Editor (2014), Mania (2015), Harvest Lake (2016), Frankenstein Created Bikers (2016)
Fun Facts: Tristan’s nickname is Little Miss Risk. She’s a well-known burlesque artist who works with reptiles, can hang by her hair, and recently experienced suspension.
Famous Quote: “I have a horseshoe up my ass sideways: I have weird luck. But they say that coincidence is the fabric of magic, so I kinda just take it with a grain of salt, if I can just have my West Coast hippie-raver movement there. Everything kinda happens for a reason, and I love the genre so much. I’m never going to be put in a romantic comedy. I’m never going to be cast in high drama. I’m in the underground where I belong. And I enjoy it ’cause these are my people, and I’m a fan.” (Source: IMDB)
Katharine Isabelle (born November 2, 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Scorpio) from Ginger Snaps (2000), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004), Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004), American Mary (2012), See No Evil 2 (2014)
Fun Facts: Katharine refuses to be filmed nude, an issue that caused friction with director Ronny Yu on the set of Freddy vs. Jason in 2003; she always employs a body double whenever her character appears naked. She and American Mary co-star Tristan Risk were both born in Vancouver, exactly 1 year apart.
Famous Quotes: “Horror movies scare me. I don’t really watch them. I’m not a big horror genre fan. I like certain classic horror – like Alien, Jaws, The Exorcist, and stuff like that.”
Alexandra Daddario (born March 16, 1986 in New York City, New York; Pisces) from Bereavement (2010), Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013), Burying the Ex (2014)
Fun Fact: Alexandra’s parents are lawyers; her father Richard C. Daddario, was named head of the NYC Police Department’s anti-terrorism units in 2010.
Famous Quote: “I went to an all-girls school for part of high school, and the idea of boys was amazing to me. Like, all I ever wanted to do was kiss boys and be around boys.”
Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980 in Santa Monica, CA; Aquarius) from Cursed (2005), After.Life (2009), Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)
Fun Facts: Christina was considered for the following roles: Ronna in Go (1999), Enid in Ghost World (2001), Young Amy in Little Women (1994), Claudia in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Ellie Creed in Pet Sematary (1989), Desi Brable in O (2001), Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo (2002), Lolita in Lolita (1997), Lauren in The Rules of Attraction (2002), Dora Diamond in Loser (2000), and Flora MacGrath in Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993).
Famous Quote: “My dream role would probably be a psycho killer, because the whole thing I love about movies is that you get to do things you could never do in real life, and that would be my way of vicariously experiencing being a psycho killer. Also, it’s incredibly romantic.”
Rose McGowan (born September 5, 1973 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy; Virgo) from Planet Terror (2007), Rosewood Lane (2011), The Tell-Tale Heart (2016)
Fun Facts: Rose’s parents were part of the Children of God cult; she escaped by running away at age 9. She suffers from agoraphobia, OCD, and hates fish.
Famous Quote: “At 13, when I was a runaway, I was taken in by the most amazing drag queens in Portland, Ore. We didn’t always know where our next meal was coming from, but there was so much camaraderie and love. Not to mention, those girls could paint a face, and I learned how because of them.”
Sheri Moon Zombie (born September 26, 1970 in San Jose, CA; Libra) from House of 1000 Corpses (2003), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), The Lords of Salem (2012), 31 (2016)
Fun Facts: Sheri has a clothing line called Total Skull; the hoodie “Laurie Strode” (Scout Taylor-Compton) wears in Halloween (2007) is from the line. She was a dancer and model before meeting her husband Rob Zombie. Sheri’s a vegan.
Famous Quote: “Nothing can shock me.”
Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Capricorn) from The Walking Dead (2011-Present), The Boy (2015)
Fun Facts: While born in America, Lauren enjoys dual citizenship: US and UK; her mother is Scottish and her father is American. She speaks with an English accent. Lauren claims to have had reoccurring dreams about zombies for her entire life.
Famous Quote: “I always end up hurting myself doing something mundane. If I have to do some complicated stunt, I’m fine.”
Lorenza Izzo (born September 19, 1989 in Las Condes, Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile ; Virgo) from Aftershock (2012), The Green Inferno (2013), Knock Knock (2015)
Fun Facts: Lorenza is married to horror heavyweight Eli Roth; they met on the set of Aftershock in 2012. She nearly drowned in the Amazon River during the filming of The Green Inferno.
Famous Quotes: “I go to shady places all the time.”
Lauren German (November 29, 1978 in Huntington Beach, California; Sagittarius) from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Hostel: Part II (2007), The Divide (2011)
Fun Facts: Lauren did all her own stunts in Hostel: Part II. She auditioned for the role of Erin in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) before landing the part of the Hitchhiker.
Famous Quote: “I always get cast as the girl who’s dying or the girl who’s killing or the girl who’s suicidal – all these heavy roles. But I like playing them.”
Chloë Grace Moretz (born February 10, 1997 in Atlanta, Georgia; Aquarius) from Let Me In (2010), Carrie (2013), The 5th Wave (2016)
Fun Facts: Before she turned 18, Chloë’s mom read all of her scripts before she was allowed to audition for parts. She loves video games, skiing, and has extremely eclectic taste in music. Chloë doesn’t drive or even have a driver’s license.
Famous Quote: “I used to have a sister, but I never got to meet her because she died after two days, I think. So if I got a tattoo, it would probably have to be something to do with my sister. I actually want to get a tattoo when I’m older of something about her.”
Milla Jovovich (born December 17, 1975 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union; Sagittarius) from Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), A Perfect Getaway (2009), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Fun Facts: Milla did almost all of her own stunts in the first Resident Evil movie (2002). In 2005, she launched her own clothing line called Jovovich-Hawk. She was named one of Hollywood’s most powerful celebrities by Forbes magazine in 2003. Milla Speaks fluent Russian, Serbian, and French.
Famous Quote: “There is all this controversy that women and girls are too skinny or too overweight. I say to just do martial arts and everything will be okay. You will tone up your body and find a confidence you can’t find just sitting around watching TV and hanging out with friends.”
Imogen Poots (born June 3, 1989 in Hammersmith, London, England; Gemini) from 28 Weeks Later (2007), Fright Night (2011), Green Room (2016)
Fun Facts: Imogen was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer award for 28 Weeks Later at the British Independent Film Awards in 2007. More recently, she was named one of the “most desirable” women of 2013 in Askmen’s list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
Famous Quote: “I’m not a huge fan of scary movies, but I love doing them because your character arc gets condensed, and everything is elevated, and so you kind of have this amazing opportunity to go in many different places.”
Agnes Bruckner (born August 16, 1985 in Hollywood, California; Leo) from Murder by Numbers (2002), Venom (2005), The Woods (2006), Blood and Chocolate (2007), Kill Theory (2009), The Pact (2012)
Fun Facts: In addition to acting, Agnes studies ballet, jazz and hip-hop dance. Her mother is Russian and her father is Hungarian; she speaks both languages fluently.
Famous Quote: “For me personally, I think I just enjoy movies about werewolves or vampires because it’s not like an everyday thing. It’s something you can really escape into.”
Kate Beckinsale (born July 26, 1973 in Chiswick, London, England ; Leo) from Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Vacancy (2007), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), Underworld: Awakening (2012), Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
Fun Facts: Before dropping out to pursue a career in acting, Kate studied French and Russian literature at Oxford University. She suffers from stomach ulcers and was anorexic as a teenager. According to an interview she gave on the UK show The Big Breakfast in December 2001, she hates wearing “knickers”. Kate has never learned how to drive.
Famous Quote: “What’s considered ideal in Hollywood is completely different than anywhere else in the world. I don’t think you can aspire to it, nor can I. Everybody is retouched, stretched, lengthened, slimmed and trimmed. I could look at a picture of myself from the past and think, ‘Why don’t I look like that now?’ It’s because I never have!”
Jennifer Carpenter (born December 7, 1979 in Louisville, Kentucky ; Sagittarius) from The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Dexter (2006-2013), Quarantine (2008)
Fun Facts: Jennifer married her Dexter co-star Michael C. Hall on December 31st, 2008. They subsequently divorced in December 2011 (citing “irreconcilable differences”), but continued to work together on the show. Jennifer was the voice of “Juli Kidman” in the video game, The Evil Within (2014).
Famous Quote: “One of the things I’ve started doing lately is tracking my dreams. I feel like there’s a lot of information there and you can really bring those emotions to the situations that may feel mundane or familiar. That gives them new life and gives you a new relationship with it – if that makes any sort of sense.”
Jessica Biel (born March 3, 1982 in Ely, Minnesota; Pisces) from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), The Tall Man (2012)
Fun Facts: Jessica collects vintage glasses with no lenses. While dating Justin Timberlake in 2007, she accompanied the Cry Me a River singer on his European tour. She hiked Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on a benefit climb called “Summit on the Summit”, to bring awareness and relief to the world’s clean water crisis in January 2010. She was considered for the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012); Anne Hathaway was given the role instead.
Famous Quote: “My Barbies were usually naked. Once, I took their heads off, cut their hair, drew on their short, spiky hair with some markers, then stuck the heads on Christmas lights. Every year, we’d string our tree with those Barbie heads. It looked demonic. My parents were so cool – they saw it as a form of self-expression.”
Melissa George (born August 6, 1976 in Perth, Western Australia; Leo) from Mulholland Drive (2001), The Amityville Horror (2005), Turistas (2006), 30 Days of Night (2007), Triangle (2009), A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
Fun Facts: Melisa was an Australian national champion in rollerskating; she won bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990 and a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991. She dropped out of high school when she was 16-years-old. Melissa described her role in the psychological thriller Triangle as one of the most difficult roles she has performed.
Famous Quote: “I think Australians do well here [in America] because we feel a bit naughty, like we’re in America and if they only knew how much fun we were having, we’d all get thrown out, you know.”
Odette Annable (born May 10, 1985 in Los Angeles, CA; Taurus) from Cloverfield (2008), The Unborn (2009), And Soon the Darkness (2010)
Fun Facts: Odette currently resides in Atlanta, GA, with her husband Dave Annable, their daughter Charlie Mae, and a dog named Navy. Her father is Columbian and her mother is Cuban; she was raised speaking Spanish. Odette is a huge fan of Angelina Jolie.
Famous Quote: “The Exorcist is absolutely my favorite horror film, and I watched it when I was, like, seven years old with my mother for the first time. I don’t know why my mom let me watch that. I couldn’t go to the bathroom by myself. I couldn’t go upstairs by myself. I couldn’t sleep.”
Amber Heard (born April 22, 1986 in Austin, Texas; Taurus) from All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006), Zombieland (2009), The Stepfather (2009), The Ward (2010), And Soon the Darkness (2010)
Fun Facts: Amber married Hollywood megastar Johnny Depp on February 3, 2015. She has a golden teacup Yorkie dog named Pistol. She “came out” to the crowd at the 25th anniversary celebration for GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) in December 2010; before marrying Depp, she was in a long-term relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree.
Famous Quote: “I grew up in Texas, and people love their American-made muscle cars there. I grew up around people who loved cars and took care of cars and my dad’s a big car nut, so I learned a little bit about cars – how to love them, most importantly. I think that from the time I could remember, I’ve always envisioned myself in a vintage muscle car.”
Quotes Provided by BrainyQuote.com unless otherwise noted.
Fun Facts culled from IMDB unless otherwise noted.
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