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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Nickname Sammy
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Samantha Mathis was born in 1970 in New York, to Donald Mathis and Austrian-born Bibi Besch, an aspiring actress at the time. Her maternal grandmother was actress Gusti Huber. Her first acting job was in a commercial for baby products with her mother. Since her parents divorced when she was only three years old, Samantha was very exposed to the acting industry from a very young age, which made her almost destined to become an actress. Samantha's first feature film was Pump Up the Volume (1990) opposite her on- and off-screen love at the time, Christian Slater.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lisa Buckley <buckley@idirect.com>

Trivia (18)

Daughter of Bibi Besch.
Younger half-brother and half-sister appeared as extras in Super Mario Bros. (1993). Younger half-brother aspires to be a film director.
Accompanied River Phoenix to The Viper Room on the night he died. She was his girlfriend at the time.
Became best friends with Sandra Bullock when they made The Thing Called Love (1993) together.
Played a victim of John Travolta in The Punisher (2004). Previously, she played the love interest of the main hero in Broken Arrow (1996), in which the villain was also played by Travolta.
Spoke fluent German from childhood, stemming from her Austrian royal ancestry.
Granddaughter of Gusti Huber.
Launched a successful on-line flora design firm called Succulent LA with designer and partner Ryann Davis. Five percent of the proceeds go to the Green Coast Foundation.
Read for the role of "Susannah" in Legends of the Fall (1994) and was considered, by Steven Spielberg, for the role of "Tinkerbell" in Hook (1991).
Starred in five movies with a lead actor named "Christian". She was in Pump Up the Volume (1990), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), and Broken Arrow (1996) with Christian Slater, and in Little Women (1994) and American Psycho (2000) with Christian Bale.
Performing on Broadway in New York with Chris O'Donnell in "The Man Who Had All the Luck". [June 2002]
Appeared in two movies with Winona Ryder, both times playing a character at a different age: she played the older "Amy" in Little Women (1994) and the young "Sophia" in How to Make an American Quilt (1995).
Portraying Elena in the play "Uncle Vanya" in Seattle through July. [June 2007]
Starring as "Maria Castle" in the blockbuster summer movie The Punisher (2004). [June 2004]
Filming the movie, Damned (2008). [May 2007]
Director Raoul Ruiz hoped to cast her as the lead in Shattered Image (1998) but the producers rejected the idea.
Dated Noah Wyle.

Personal Quotes (10)

Samantha says that kissing ex-boyfriend Christian Slater in Broken Arrow (1996) was "like kissing your brother".
[About her role in The Mists of Avalon (2001), directed by German-born Uli Edel, specifically the infamous "threesome" scene]: The guys have on boxers, but I've just got, like, a piece of nude stretchy material taped to my breasts and my legs. And then suddenly Uli yells out of the darkness, "Remember you're doing it for ze kingdom, for ze kingdom!"
[on River Phoenix] River's death was a life changing experience for me. We all know that when anyone dies, it makes us look at life differently. Seeing someone so young and loving and full of life crumble and dies changed all my priorities. You know, it made me see what is really important and what isn't. Ultimately, I have really had to learn to laugh at life, too. Otherwise, it can all become too much.
(On River Phoenix) "The nicest memory I have of him is when we went down to his family's property in Costa Rica, and we'd eat these mangoes for breakfast. River had them dripping all over him. When he ate, he ate with his hands. For me, he'll always be that beautiful, drippy mess."
(On River Phoenix) I feel blessed to have worked with him and to have known him. He challenged me as an actress, he was always surprising and startlingly honest. He was an all too fleeting presence in my life, a beautiful young man. Who will always be in my heart.
[about having experienced strange reactions to on-the-job nudity in the past] People don't know whether to look at you or talk to you. And you feel... fine! People are talking about baseball stats, and you're just going, 'OK, you can be normal now!'.
We have such an uptight relationship with nudity in America, and I think that's really unfortunate.
My mom always said, 'You got birthing hips'. Sometimes I wish they were a little smaller. But I don't want to look like a boy, you know?
[[On working with John Woo on "Broken Arrow"]]: "You know, I remember he was a very soft-spoken man, which is interesting for a gentleman who at the time was known for making some of the most violent movies. He's an incredibly gentle soul. Very sweet. I remember being in awe of just watching the way he'd design things. One of his calling cards as a filmmaker was the use of interesting angles. There was one action sequence where he set up - I think - 8 or 10 cameras at the same time. That was exciting to see: His unique view of how to shoot something and put it together.
To work on Broken Arrow with John Woo was an extraordinary life experience as an actor; to see someone as masterful as Mr. Woo choreograph a sequence and have seven cameras going at the same time, cranked at different speeds and at different dutch angles, was breathtaking. It was ballet. It was a dance that was amazing.

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