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    • Tina loves writing and receiving mail from friends and fans. She e-mails a lot, but she thinks handwritten letters are the best, most personal and special way to communicate with someone.

    • Tina's hobbies include playing the guitar and piano, surfing, skateboarding, horseback riding, writing, painting, going to the gym, and watching movies.

    • As a child, Tina beat out 500 other girls for the role of Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia's daughter in When a Man Loves a Woman. She was not as fortunate with her audition for the movie I'll Do Anything, which starred Nick Nolte.

    • Tina was obsessed with the Harry Potter book series. She also loved the film adaptations of the J.K. Rowling bestsellers.

    • Tina wrote her first screenplay when she was just eight years old.

    • During her days off from work, Tina likes running errands and cleaning her house.

    • Performing since she was two, Tina took a five-year hiatus from her career to focus on her education during her teen years. She went back to a regular school but didn't like it so she did home schooling and later attended college.

    • Tina's other film and TV movie credits include Un Angelo a New York (1996), True Women (1997), Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997), Testing Bob (2005), A Sharp (2006), and What We Do is Secret (2007).

    • In the 3rd season of Veronica Mars, Tina became a series regular. However, she would only appear in eight episodes that season, which was two episodes down from her 2nd season appearances.

    • Tina Majorino is allergic to peanuts.

    • She was voted #42 on the E! Networks "50 Cutest Child Stars All Grown Up".

    • Tina started her acting career at age three and was appearing in nationwide commercials at three and a half. Tina's first performance on stage was playing the part of an oyster in a suburban production of Alice in Wonderland.

    • Tina Majorino's Nominations:
      1993 - Young Artist Award, Outstanding Actress Under Ten in a Television Series, Camp Wilder
      1995 - Young Artist Award, Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture, Andre
      1998 - Young Artist Award, Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series (Supporting Young Actress), Before Women Had Wings
      1998 - YoungStar Award, Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie, Before Women Had Wings
      1999 - YoungStar Award, Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Mini-Series/Made for TV Film, Alice in Wonderland
      2005 - Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Love Scene (shared with Jon Heder), Napoleon Dynamite

    • Tina was a member of a band called The AM Project. The band members were herself (vocals), Dan (bass), Chris (guitar/vocals), and Kevin (drums).

    • Tina was a judge for the UCLA Spring Sing (2005).

    • Tina graduated high school at 15 years old. When she first entered middle school, Tina got beaten up by other kids because of their preconceived notions about her being a child actress.

    • Tina's height is 5'5" (1.65m).

    • Tina has appeared in the music video of the track "Blind" by Lifehouse, which is in their self-titled album.

    • Tina is a hip-hop professional dancer and has been one for several years. She even helped choreograph a dance scene of her co-star Jon Heder's in Napoleon Dynamite.

    • In real life, Tina gets along great with Veronica Mars co-star Kristen Bell.

    • Tina is a trained opera singer. She also has a black belt in the martial art Tang Soo Do.

    • Tina is the daughter of Sarah and Bob Majorino, a real estate agent. She has an older brother, Kevin.

  • Quotes

    • Tina Majorino: Let me just say that taking the five years off [from acting] was the smartest thing I've ever done for myself. Every single thing that I did during that time ended up transferring into a better acting career. I've worked with a lot of people--some of them my age--who had no idea who they were as people. It's so important to have a good sense of self, especially in the business. There's a lot of rejection and BS that goes on in Hollywood, and you have to have a good head on your shoulders, to know what you can take and what you can't. That's why I wanted to take the time off, to toughen my skin a little bit. Plus, I knew I'd regret it someday if I didn't. You're only a kid once. My main priority is to have a good quality of life and not screw myself up.

    • Tina Majorino: Acting is something I'm so passionate about. I can't describe it. It's a different sense of accomplishment for me. I've always said that there are a lot of people out there that feel really invisible in the world, like lost and alone, and I think that acting can be a good tool, if used correctly, to point those people out and say, "I see you, you're not alone and everybody's going through that at some point." Just by portraying somebody that's similar to them, or a character that's going through something similar to what they're going through--I think it that it gives them a sense of comfort. I like knowing that the roles that I've played have helped people. That's an honor to me to be a part of and that's why I'm always careful about the shows that I choose to be a part of. It's a humongous responsibility. The media can be a monster, and I definitely don't want to be a part of the negativity of it. I want to give people joy and comfort, and that's why I do what I do.

    • Tina Majorino: I was one of those kids that had a really strong sense of self, so I never really cared what everybody else thought. So there was that, and there was the whole acting thing. People had this preconceived idea of how I was going to be, and they thought, "Oh, this is all she's going to want to talk about. She'll be a bitch because she was in movies." I'm so not like that. I don't even talk about [my acting life], really. Middle school was not an easy time.

    • Tina Majorino: I chose to have the childhood that I had. I was not pushed into the business by anything other than my own ambition and my own dream of wanting to act. And I think that even though I don't have a bunch of cool stories about those great proms, I have great stories of my own about places that I've gone to that a lot of people have never gotten to go to. I'm so grateful for the experiences I've had. I've had great opportunities, and have met great people. I'm completely satisfied with how I grew up and the choices I made.

    • Tina Majorino: I won't do nudity. Nudity is the biggest thing. That extends forever, and I just won't do it. This is my specific reason, and I'm not saying it applies to everyone. The reason that I won't do nudity is because there's going to be a time when I won't be acting, when I'm older and will have children. I don't want my kids coming home from school one day and saying that their friend brought in a videotape on which they see my bare ass. I just don't want to put out that message for my kids. I don't want my kids to be seeing that. I don't.

    • Tina Majorino: (on dating other actors) It's just not worth it. I'm not going to say that I'm never going to date someone who does the same thing as me, but that kind of narrows everything down. I feel like whenever you say that you're never going to do this, it always ends up happening.

    • Tina: Once you start getting successful within this business, it's kind of hard to find friends. It's hard to continue on friendships with people that you had in your life before you became successful, because they just don't understand. It's a matter of relating, and how can you relate to that? That's just weird, they're never going to get it. You know what I mean? Unless you experience acting first hand, it just seems like some kind of silly story.

    • Tina: As long as I still love it and I'm still having fun acting that's all that matters.

    • Tina: (comparing herself to her character in "Veronica Mars") My character Mac and I aren't too much alike. I'm definitely more nerdy than Mac is. But I do love to colour my hair and I am a computer buff. I love that Mac is tough and smart. I'm scrappy and all but I don't think I'm quite as blatantly rock chick as Mac is, but it is fun to play characters that are different than your normal everyday self though.

    • Tina: It was also good to return to the business as an adult. I got to re-introduce myself to people as who I am now.

    • Tina Majorino: (at age 20) One problem is that people still think I'm 15 but its only because I look young. Personally, I love that though. Looking young is something most women are obsessed with. I don't have to be. I just got good genes.

    • Tina: I don't like doing things or committing to things when I don't feel that I can give one hundred and ten percent.

    • Tina: I still drink fat free milk. When I was little my brother told me chocolate milk was from abused cows, so I never liked it.

    • Tina: My mother always kept trying to scare me out of being an actress, but It didn't work.

    • Tina Majorino: (about acting) Everyone has been great, but even when you're famous, it's hard to get work, so you can imagine. Things that are worth it take work and patience, and those are two strengths you have to have to survive in such an intense business.

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