Being raised by Oscar-winning celebrities may have their advantages when one aspires for Hollywood stardom, but Eva Amurri, daughter of veteran actress Susan Sarandon and stepdaughter of actor-director Tim Robbins, has slowly come into her own as a bona fide film actress and up-and-coming television thespian. A Manhattanite,…more
To prepare for her role as a stripper in the third season of Californication, Eva took pole dancing classes at S Factor in Los Angeles.
Kate Winslet is one actress she really likes to work with. Eva would also love to travel to India.
In 2003, Eva Amurri won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress for her role in the film The Banger Sisters (2002).
When she can find the time, Eva likes going to the gym, listening to her iPod, or hanging out in places in New York City.
Between her junior and senior years in college, Eva made two feature films: The Education of Charlie Banks and The Life Before Her Eyes.
Eva has Italian, English, Welsh, and Irish ancestry. She speaks Italian fluently. Her favorite Italian word is "favola," which means "fairy tale."
In 1988, Robert Mapplethorpe took a photo portrait of Eva, which has become part of the Guggenheim Collection in New York City.
Her paternal grandfather is television author Antonio Amurri while her maternal grandfather is Phillip Leslie Tomalin, a television and advertising executive. Her grandmother from her mother side is Lenora Marie Tomalin. Her uncle Terry Tomalin is sportswriter and her aunt Valentina Amurri is also a television author.
Amurri is the Goodwill Ambassador for a United Nations program called Heroes, which helps in building awareness and raising funds for children from sub-Saharan Africa who are afflicted with HIV and AIDS.
In 2002, Eva played the onscreen daughter of real-life mother Susan Sarandon in the film The Banger Sisters. She again played Sarandon's daughter in the 2008 dramedy Middle of Nowhere. They also worked together in the Friends episode "The One with Joey's New Brain".
In 2007, Amurri played the role of Mary in The Education of Charlie Banks. She portrayed a teenage girl in the made-for-TV movie Earthly Possessions in 1999.
Eva is 5' 10" (1.78 m) tall. She takes from her mom, actress Susan Sarandon, with her elevated cheekbones and large brown eyes.
In 2009, she ranked No.79 in AIM's 100 Hottest Brunettes List.
Eva Amurri: I think the only way actors get bad is when they get bored, and I hope to never get bored. [laughs] I hope to never get bored.
Eva Amurri: (on working with a UN program for children in Africa) I really love-love, love, love working with kids and in education, so it's something that kind of came into my lap and I ran with it. [laughs] And I love it. It's my favorite thing that I do besides my work, so it's a really nice experience to have.
Eva Amurri: (tips on shopping when in New York) I would say if you're in New York try to go shopping in the morning when it's not really crowded because I feel like - for me - shopping goes out the window as soon as I get too many people in the store. I like really don't want to be there. People are like grabbing on clothes to try on. It's just a nightmare.
Eva Amurri: (on why she did not get involve with theater in college) I wanted to make sure my time at college was academic and very different from what I feel like what I want to do forever after.
Eva Amurri: (on learning how to pole dance) I have such a respect now for women who do this. It's very athletic, I mean, they're athletes! It was so hard and so painful. It's like getting rug-burn, but a pole burn on your thighs. I had so many bruises.
Eva Amurri: I've always been a good kid, but I was a dork goody-goody in my school.
Eva Amurri: (on her preference between working on TV or in film) I just love a challenge. I love whatever can keep me on my toes. I would love to do plays, I would love to do that, so... I don't know, whichever way I can kind of explore, makes me happy.
Eva Amurri: (on her favorite thing about New York City) I love that you can leave your house in the morning and create your day as you go along and have the most amazing day you could ever have imagined and you didn't know it was going to happen when you left in the morning.
Eva Amurri: There's no one person that I look up to completely. Everybody has faults. There are a lot of people's careers who I admire. I admire careers of people who have done a lot of different projects, experimented a lot, and took a lot of changes.
Eva Amurri: I learned so much in college, and not just in terms of educational material. You learn so much about yourself, about how the world works, about how the world doesn't work, and I've always thought that what makes a good actor is experience.
Eva Amurri: Extremes are the most fun to play because you can really put a ton of energy and imagination and there isn't this place where it's getting a little close to yourself where you have to kind of make sure you draw the line between self and character. It's so extreme that you think you can really go for it. It's much scarier to play things that are closer to you, I think.