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In fun sci-fi comedy BrainDead (2016current), Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Laurel, a documentary filmmaker who’s working for her politician brother as a favour to their dad. Little does Laurel know that the US government is slowly being infiltrated by brain-munching alien insects and she’s in the middle.
Not that the horror genre is new 1
to the 31-year-old. She’s starred in The Ring Two (2005), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) and 10 Clover field Lane (2016). TV fans know her best though for her role as perfect daughter Jessica Bennett on soapie Passions (1999-2008) in 1999 and 2000.
Being famous hasn’t always been 2
a blessing – in 2014 she was one of the celebs whose phones were hacked and nude personal photos were posted online at thefappening.so.
Fame runs in the family though – 3
Mary Elizabeth is related to Hollywood icon Ava Gardner, who was married to Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra before passing away in 1990.
She loves social media and uses 4
her twitter account @M_E_Winstead to keep fans up to date with her work, like this post: “I thought #BrainDead had already given me the craziest scene of my career, but it just outdid itself #justwaitandsee”.
And if you’re wondering who the 5
guy in most of the photos with her is, that’s her movie director hubby Riley Stearns. They married in Austin, Texas in 2010 after meeting on a cruise in 2003.
Unlike many actresses, Mary Eliza6
beth refuses to be stick thin. “I’m from North Carolina, where it’s about greasy, fatty foods. I like having curves. It’s weird seeing girls who look like beanpoles. The most important thing to me is just being healthy,” she says.