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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Net Worth: Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an American performer and recording artist that has a net worth of $2 million. She studied dancing and was in a kids’ choir. Her TV debut came in the show Touched by an Angel in 1997. In 1999 she had a recurring character on the show Passions and Winstead made her film debut in the 1999 movie The Long Road Home. From 2001 to 2002 she starred as Sophia to the show Wolf Lake. In 2005 she starred in the Disney movie Sky High which directed her a breakthrough. Winstead starred as Wendy Christensen in the 2006 movie Final Destination 3. Winstead formed the band Got a Girl with Dan the Automator as well as the group’s debut record premiered in July 2014. Mary wed Riley Stearns in 2010 and starred in his debut feature film Errors in 2014.

Quick Facts

Birth date: November 28, 1984
Birth place: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Profession:Actor, Singer, Film Producer
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Riley Stearns (m. 2010)

Interesting Facts

1Married Riley Stearns in Austin, TX. [October 2010]
2Announced her engagement to writer Riley Stearns in an interview on and said she will be getting married in her fiancé's hometown of Austin, TX in October 2010. [July 2010]
3Has a band under the name Got A Girl which consists of herself and Dan the Automator.
4Was raised as a Southern Baptist.
5Ranked #66 in Stuff's 100 Sexiest Women of 2007.
6Voted on FHM Australia's 100 Sexiest Women [2008] Ranked #75.
7Ranked #75 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2008.
8Voted by TC Candler's 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2008 [#100].
9Ranked #62 100 Hottest Women [2007].
10Lands at #13 in Portrait Mag's Top 30 Under 30.
11Good friends with Lacey Chabert, Rosario Dawson, Amanda Crew and Sydney Tamiia Poitier.
12Favorite movies include Sunset Blvd. (1950), Rosemary's Baby (1968) and Fargo (1996).
13Ranked #17 out of 101 for Men's Health 'Hottest Women of 2011'.
14Named as Hottest Girls of Comic-Con 2010.
15Was featured as The Women Of GQ.
16Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 20 "young, talented, and really happening right now" (2009).
17Represented by WME agent Warren Zavala.
18Ranked #88 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009.
19Ranked #91 on's 100 Most Desirable Women in the World (2008).
20Ranked #10 on Maxim's "Hottest Women of Horror Movies" list.
21Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#100). [2007].
22Mary Elizabeth is a second cousin, three times removed, of actress Ava Gardner. Mary Elizabeth's paternal great-great-great-great-grandparents, William Gardner and Cynthia Eliza Batts, were also the paternal great-grandparents of Ava Gardner.
23Ranked #92 on Maxim's Hot list 2007.
24Enjoys cooking, dancing, and singing.
25Born to James Ronald Winstead and his wife Betty Lou Knight.
26Has three older sisters and an older brother.


1Wide eyes and pale skin
2Her low voice


1I don't really just want to be the blockbuster star, and I don't necessarily want to sign onto seven films in a role that I'm not really passionate about. Because I do really want to do films like Smashed (2012). That's the majority of stuff I want to do. But unfortunately, you don't get paid to do films like this. You get enough to go to a nice dinner. That's basically the money that you get paid. So you do have to think about your career and making a living and how you're going to do that. That's kind of what I want to focus on, is always working with people with at least an independent point of view, even if it's not an independent film.
2I've realized you need to be ready for anything in this business and whatever comes your way you should be happy and grateful for it.
3[on Quentin Tarantino] He was always imparting wisdom and telling stories. He gave me a lot of confidence in casting me in Death Proof and saying how much he believed in me. As an actor, you go through lots of dark periods of not working so being given that kind of confidence by someone of his caliber was a big boost.
4My first paying job was guest-starring on Touched by an Angel (1994), when I was 12. It was very exciting. I couldn't believe you got free food all day and people were so nice to you. I was the catty best friend of the girl who was being helped by the angel. I had a few bitchy asides. Looking back, I was absolutely awful, I have no idea how I got the part but I was hooked.
5I always wanted to perform in some capacity since I was a kid - I was a ballerina, then a singer before acting. It segued into doing film and television work.
6I want to do more independent films. I've always wanted to but I got my start in a Disney film [Sky High], then a horror film.
7I don't feel I've been typecast in terms of roles but the people who have noticed me have been the people who make those types of bigger studio movies. I had to take control of my career and put things into my own hands to get that indie film.
8When the film first comes out I go on Rotten Tomatoes to see what people think. I was a little surprised by the hostility The Thing (2011) received from people who love the John Carpenter version. Everyone made the new film for sincere reasons and I believe it really stands up and is entertaining. It dovetails into the John Carpenter version perfectly.
9I'm a big fan of horror films - there's always something to be excited about and get invested in. Some of the first horror films I saw were The Shining (1980), Alien (1979) and Rosemary's Baby (1968), which have become three of my favorite films ever.
10[on The Thing (2011)] Luckily, we had things to react to on set; we weren't reacting to tennis balls on sticks, which you sometimes get making special effects films. We had things to run away from - sometimes a half-finished version of what was later blended with CGI. It helped immensely.
11[on Smashed (2012)] It was a 19-day shoot, so it was a bit of a whirlwind. It was great to do something small and character focused.
12Kate, from Smashed (2012), was probably one of the hardest characters to let go of. I loved playing her and living in that world with Aaron Paul. The last scene we filmed is actually the last scene in the movie, so it was sad on a bunch of levels.
13It's not the whiskers on the man, but rather the man beneath the whiskers.
14It seems like when women are kicking ass it's because we have some superpower. What's so great about Ripley, from Alien (1979), is that she's just a kick-ass woman. For younger women like myself growing up in the 1980s, to see something like that was really empowering so I really want to find roles like that for that same reason, so that other girls will be able to say, "Wow, she is a totally relatable woman who's able to be strong and kick butt."
15Hollywood really still is a boys' club, unfortunately. Everything is from a male perspective. When Bridesmaids (2011) came out it was like this huge revolution, the fact that here was a comedy about women and written by women. It's sad that it had to be such a big deal. Even though there are amazing female directors and executives it is still really off-balance.
16[on Death Proof (2007)] Immediately when I heard Quentin Tarantino was having a project, I just wanted to be a part of it in any way I possibly could, even before I read the script. So when I got the script, I was just so excited because there were eight strong female roles, and it's so rare for me to read a script like that. I'm usually going through the entire thing trying to find what part I'm supposed to be playing because it's so male oriented and driven.
17[on Death Proof (2007)] I haven't, no. I was never a cheerleader. It was funny, because we were asked to wear cheer-leading outfits to the audition, and most of the other girls had them because they were cheerleaders at one point and had them hanging in the closet, somewhere. So I went and found this kind of retro-looking, pseudo cheerleader outfit and it was pretty cool.
18[on breaking into the indie film world with Smashed (2007)] It's something I've been trying to do for years and years [...] It's almost like my first movie in a weird way, cause it's my first movie in this world, which is a world I've been trying to break into. [I've wanted] to be around filmmakers that are trying new things [sic] and not part of the system, so to speak, and they're doing things on their own terms.
19[on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)] I honestly don't know if they are things that Bryan would want out there, so I'll keep them quiet. But things about her family-she's kind of a tragic figure in a way. She's been through a lot, and that's why she's so guarded and mysterious.
20I just feel that I would be betraying a pact that I made with myself and a promise that I made to myself and my family. I'm comfortable with that. I don't want the people around me to have to feel differently about me or to have to feel uncomfortable. I don't want to be in a film that I can't show my family or my parents.
21It's sort of a personal thing. When I see nudity in film, I don't at all look down on the person who is doing it. I think great for them.
22I think at different phases of your life your opinions on things change dramatically. I mean I can't say that 10 years down the road I won't feel a lot more comfortable with that. I mean, I don't know, but at this point in my life, I feel it would be a little weird for me being a young woman in Hollywood and doing nudity, so I'm going to hold out for now. I think that I'll stick to it, but I'm not going to make any guarantees or promises.
23When I was 18, I went to clubs and did a lot of drinking for about a month. I got over it. Now it's about ordering pizza at home.
24I don't want the people around me to have to feel differently about me or to have to feel uncomfortable. I don't want to be in a film that I can't show my family or my parents.
25I'm pretty normal and definitely far from being anything Hollywood. I don't venture out to clubs very much. I keep to myself.
26I think actresses need to be more confident about their bodies, because I'm getting work right now and no one is telling me that I need to lose weight.
27I don't pretend to know anything about anything when it comes to the business side ... But I hope because of the way we handled the topic that these are people an audience will want to root for and hang out with.
28[on trying to get involved in independent film] - You know it's been really difficult for me a long time. I got my start doing studio films so I've worked my way backwards in a way because I always wanted to do independent films but I got my start in these genre horror type things, and those were the people that noticed me. The independent world didn't really notice me, so it's been a real struggle trying to break into this sort of thing. I spent years being told by independent financiers that I wasn't a big enough name to put in their films. I finally woke up one day, and I was like those aren't the only kind of independent films that are being made, there are just people out there who want to make good films. And they don't care how big the names are. It was during Sundance last year that I made that realization. And I finally made some calls and said introduce me to people at Sundance right now, introduce me to people because I want to be here next year, and it's kind of amazing how it worked out. The first person I met was Jonathan Schwartz, who produced the film [Smashed (2007)] and it all worked out. Last year, he produced Like Crazy (2011) and I was like okay, I want to meet those people. And, luckily, he slipped me the script [for "Smashed"], and I did a tape, and I eventually met with James [James Ponsoldt] and I just feel really grateful that I was able to put this goal in front of me and it was realized. It's kind of crazy.
29[on what her favorite horror movie is] - It's a toss up between The Shining (1980) and Rosemary's Baby (1968)" It's probably "The Shining"; that one terrifies me more than any other film and has since I was a kid. Anytime it's on TV, I'll leave it on for the whole movie and I get so drawn into it. It's just amazing.
30I'm from North Carolina, where it's all about greasy, fatty foods. I like having curves. It's weird seeing girls who look like beanpoles. The more famous girls get, the smaller they get. ...I consider myself a size 6 to be a pretty normal girl.I incorporate exercise into my daily routine. ...I recently started running and I do kick-boxing DVDs, too. At the end of the day, the most important thing to me is being healthy and fit.
31For some reason I never feared being type cast. I just take my roles based on the character, and the script, and the people that are doing the film and whether or not I think it would be fun to do the film. But as an actor you do want to challenge yourself and step outside what you have done in the past and that what I like to do, I like to jump around and try different things and stretch myself. I most likely won't do horror for a while but it's just because I've done it already and you move onto the next thing.
32I acted in theater and I took film classes when I was 12 and just obsessed over it. I loved it and spent hours and hours in the film studio learning and watching. I always knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. That is why I was home schooled. I was always busy, so normal school didn't work out for me.
33You find yourself in situations where you have to put on a front, where you have to put on a happy face even if you are frustrated or annoyed. I think actors are in those situations all the time because they are constantly being put in situations where you have to be smiling. If you are not happy that day, you have to be nice to everyone around you if you want to get ahead. So yeah, absolutely you have to. I don't feel that I do that too much because I am a pretty happy person in general, so it comes pretty easily to me.
34[on sex scenes]: I prefer to do a love scene with someone I've just met.
35You don't have to play masculine to be a strong woman.
36On what she is looking for in a man: I'd say someone who doesn't take themselves seriously. That's my biggest thing.
37On her career: I've been performing since I came out of the womb. I've been dancing and singing since I was a toddler. Acting seemed like a natural progression from that. I just started getting roles naturally because it was something I was interested in. I didn't plan on taking it out to Hollywood.
38On the "Die Hard" series: I think they're some of the best action movies ever made. Bruce Willis just brings such a great character to life, and John McClane is someone we can all relate to and root for. He's so much fun to watch on screen. It's iconic the character he's created and it's so much fun to be part of an iconic series.
39You have to believe that it is what you want to do with your life and you have to be dedicated to it.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding New Approaches - Original Daytime Program or SeriesThe Beauty Inside (2012)· P.J. Pereira, Jeffrey Ferro, Elisa Moore, Erin Davis, Drake Doremus, Richard Greenberg, Neil Ramanan, Topher Grace, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jaime Robinson, Jason Apaliski, Chaz Whitworth
2006Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearBobby (2006)· Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, David Krumholtz, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Svetlana Metkina, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodríguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Jacob Vargas, Elijah Wood

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014BloodGuts UK Horror AwardBloodGuts UK Horror AwardsBest ActressFaults (2014)
2013Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadSmashed (2012)
2013NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest ActressSmashed (2012)
2012PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleSmashed (2012)
2011Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: ActionScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
2010Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest T&A of the YearScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleBobby (2006)· Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Nick Cannon, Joy Bryant, Anthony Hopkins, Lindsay Lohan, Elijah Wood, Helen Hunt, Freddy Rodríguez, Ashton Kutcher, William H. Macy, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Shia LaBeouf, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Jacob Vargas, Svetlana Metkina, Harry Belafonte
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBobby (2006)· Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, David Krumholtz, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Svetlana Metkina, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodríguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Jacob Vargas, Elijah Wood
2001Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Daytime TV Series - Young ActressPassions (1999)
2000YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Young Actress/Performance in a Daytime TV SeriesPassions (1999)




So It Goes2016/IShort post-productionSamantha
Fargo2017TV SeriesNikki Swango
Mercy Street2016-2017TV SeriesMary Phinney
BrainDead2016TV SeriesLaurel Healy
Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio2016TV SeriesGuest Star
10 Cloverfield Lane2016Michelle
The Hollars2016Gwen
Swiss Army Man2016Sarah
The Returned2015TV SeriesRowan Blackshaw
Exposed2015TV MovieAnna Loach
Kill the Messenger2014Anna Simons
Alex of Venice2014Alex
Got a Girl: Did We Live Too Fast2014Video shortWife
A Good Day to Die Hard2013Lucy
The Spectacular Now2013Holly
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III2012Kate
The Beauty Inside2012TV Mini-SeriesLeah
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter2012Mary Todd Lincoln
Smashed2012Kate Hannah
The Thing2011/IKate Lloyd
Cost of Living2011ShortThe Computer (voice)
Brie Larson: Black Sheep2010Video shortRamona Flowers
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World2010Ramona Flowers
Make It Happen2008Lauryn
Gag Reel2007Video shortLucy McClane (uncredited)
Live Free or Die Hard2007Lucy Gennaro McClane
Death Proof2007Lee
Grindhouse2007Lee (segment "Death Proof")
Factory Girl2006Ingrid Superstar
Black Christmas2006Heather Fitzgerald
Final Destination 32006Wendy Christensen
Sky High2005Gwen Grayson Royal Pain
Checking Out2005Lisa Apple
The Ring Two2005Young Evelyn
Monster Island2004TV MovieMaddy
Tru Calling2004TV SeriesBridget Elkins
Then Came Jones2003TV MovieRina
Wolf Lake2001-2002TV SeriesSophia Donner / Sophia Kohanek
Passions1999-2000TV SeriesJessica Bennett
Father Can't Cope2000TV MovieTara
The Long Road Home1999Annie Jacobs
Promised Land1998TV SeriesChloe
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesKristy Cordis



The Cub2013Short executive producer
Magnificat2011Short executive producer



Money Monster2016writer: "Da Da Da"



Scott Pilgrim vs. The World vs. Funny or Die2010Video shortHerself
Analog Hero in a Digital World: Making of 'Live Free or Die Hard'2007Video documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Guys Choice2007TV MovieHerself
May All Your Christmases Be Black2007Video documentary shortHerself
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
Bobby: The Making of an American Epic2007Video documentary shortHerself
What Have You Done?: The Remaking of 'Black Christmas'2006TV Short documentaryHerself / Heather Fitzgerald
Dead Teenager Movie2006Video shortHerself - Final Girl
Kill Shot: The Making of 'FD3'2006Video documentaryHerself
Death's Design: Making 'Final Destination 3'2006TV Short documentaryHerself / Wendy Christensen
Planned Accidents2006Video documentary shortHerself
2005 BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016TV SeriesHerself 2016 Tony Awards Special2016TV MovieHerself
The Making of '10 Cloverfield Lane'2016Video documentary shortHerself
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2016 Tony Awards2016TV MovieHerself
The 70th Annual Tony Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood2010-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly2015-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Drinking with the Stars2016TV SeriesHerself
Comedy Bang! Bang!2015TV SeriesHerself
Reel Junkie2015TV SeriesHerself
Today2010-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Showing Up2014DocumentaryHerself
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
Decoding Die Hard2013Video documentaryHerself
Special Look2012TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Thing Evolves2012Video shortHerself
Scream Awards 20112011TV SpecialHerself
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Making of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'2010Video documentaryHerself
Janela Indiscreta2010TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest

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