Happy 40th birthday, Clea DuVall! The lesbian actress, writer, and director who had starring turns in films such as Girl, Interrupted and But I’m A Cheerleader was born on this day in 1977.
Some of Clea’s most recent noteworthy roles were in the popular television series American Horror Story: Asylum and Veep (x).
Clea Helen D’Etienne DuVall was born on September 25, 1977 in Los Angeles, California. She was an only child and was born to an actor father, which exposed her to the world of the entertainment industry at a young age. Clea made her acting debut in 1996 in the indie movie Little Witches, which was followed by several small roles in series such as ER and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her breakout role came in 2003 when she cast as the character Sofie in Carnivàle. Her father, Stephen Duvall, even costarred alongside her in two Carnivàle episodes before the series’ end in 2005.
Her other hit projects include films such as Passengers, Zodaic, Helter Skelter, and The Grudge. Clea, along with the rest of her cast mates, was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in 2012 for the film Argo. Although she became a lesbian cultural icon after starring in the 1999 film But I’m A Cheerleader, it was only a few years ago that she began speaking publicly about her own lesbian identity. She made her directorial debut just last year with The Intervention, which features she and her old But I’m A Cheerleader costar Natasha Lyonne reprising their roles as a lesbian couple. In an interview with The Advocate, Clea said that she feels she is finally getting the opportunities to play “the gay that I feel like I am.”