Daveigh Elizabeth Chase (born Daveigh Elizabeth Schwallier; July 24, 1990) is an Annie Award-winning American actress, singer, and voice over artist best known for playing Rhonda Volmer in the HBO series Big Love, Samara Morgan in The Ring and Lilo Pelekai in Lilo & Stitch.

Early life

Chase was born Daveigh (pronounced /dəˈveɪ/) Elizabeth Chase-Schwallier in Las Vegas, Nevada, but her name was changed to Daveigh Elizabeth Chase after her parents, Cathy Chase and John Schwallier, divorced. Chase lives with her mother Cathy Chase and was raised in Albany, Oregon, before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue her career (although she still spends much of her time in Albany). She now has a younger brother, Cade. She wanted to perform from a very early age and began singing and dancing in her hometown and other local areas at community events and shows. One of the factors which inspired her was watching videos of Barney & Friends when she was 4 years old. "I wanted to be like them, the kids on the video," she later said.[citation needed] Her mother then entered her in a Little Miss America Pageant where Chase won the national vocal competition. Following her success, Chase was then signed by an agent who specialised in commercials and at the age of 7, she appeared in a Campbells Soup advertisement. In 1998, she landed a starring role in a musical theatre production called Utah!.

Acting career

Chase's big break came later in 2002 when she won the lead role as the voice of a Hawaiian girl, Lilo Pelekai, in the Disney animated feature, Lilo & Stitch. The film relates how Lilo befriends a strange and destructive blue alien whom she calls "Stitch" and how she tries to teach him how to behave using Elvis Presley music as exemplars. For her performance, Chase would go on to win an Annie Award for it in 2003 and star in the follow up TV series, Lilo & Stitch: The Series.

In 2001, Chase won the role as the voice of the lead character, Chihiro Ogino, a 10 year old Japanese girl, in the American dub of the animated Japanese feature, Spirited Away.[1] Her other animated film work from that year, Lilo & Stitch, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature that year.

In 2002, Chase starred in the role of Samara Morgan in the feature film, The Ring. Chase was awarded the 2003 Best Villain award at the MTV Movie Awards for her performance, beating out Mike Myers, Colin Farrell, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Day-Lewis. In the sequel to The Ring, The Ring Two (2005), Chase was credited for her role as Samara Morgan because of the use of archive footage from the first Ring, but Kelly Stables performed all of the new footage.

Chase's main other major film and TV credits between 2000 and 2005 were the cult film Donnie Darko (2001) as Donnie's younger sister, Samantha, and Oliver Beene (2003–2004), as Oliver's quirky girlfriend Joyce. Other credits include The Rats (2002), Carolina (2003), R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse (2003) in which she played a flying ghost called Annabel, and Beethoven's 5th (2003). She also made guest appearances in Touched By An Angel, Charmed, ER, Family Law, and The Practice.

In 2006, Chase was given the role of Rhonda Volmer in the HBO drama series Big Love which centres on a polygamist, Bill Henrickson, played by Bill Paxton. The show focuses upon Henrickson's relationship with his three wives. Chase's character is the child bride of a prophet, Roman Grant, played by Harry Dean Stanton.

Leroy & Stitch, a follow up to Lilo & Stitch, was released in 2006. Chase then appeared in the second season of Big Love, which aired in 2007. She also plays Betsy in the new PBS Kids show called Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures the same year. She reprised her role as Donnie Darko's younger sister, Samantha, in the film S. Darko.[2]* The story picks up seven years after the first film when Samantha Darko and her best friend Corey are now 18 and on a road trip to Los Angeles when they are plagued by bizarre visions.[3]

In 2010, Daveigh will star as Jenna in the psychological thriller Prettyface.[4] In addition, Daveigh has been cast as Audrey in the remake of the movie Jack's Back which will start filming in August.[5]

Singing career

In 1999, Chase joined a small band as lead singer and took the stage as the opening act for Reba McEntire. She was picked by Steven Spielberg to sing "God Bless America" in A.I., although the scene was edited out of the final version of the film. She performed "Holly Jolly Christmas" for the "Schools Out Christmas" album, and sang "Tossin & Turnin" in the Oliver Beene episode "Oliver & Others." She has also sung several times on Big Love, such as in the episode "The Happiest Girl," in which she performs the Donna Fargo tune "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA." Daveigh is currently recording a pop/rock/country album. That project is currently on hold.


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Little Girl Episode: "Christmas Amnesia"
1999 Her Married Lover Granddaughter
Michael Landon, the Father I Knew Shawna Landon - Age 8 TV movies
2000 From Where I Sit Anna
Edgar MaCobb Presents Sally
Robbers Dentist's Daughter
Charmed Young Christina Larson Episode: "Pardon My Past"
The Practice Jennifer Wakefield Episode: "Appeal and Denial"
ER Taylor Walker Episode: "The Greatest of Gifts"
2001 Yes, Dear Brooke Episode: "The Big Snip"
The Lot Peggy Franklin Episode: "Kids"
That's Life Mary-Ellen Episode: "Boo!"
Touched by an Angel Heather Albright Episode: "Heaven's Portal"
Inside Schwartz Randi Johnson Episode: "Comic Relief Pitcher"
Spirited Away Chihiro (voice)
Artificial Intelligence: AI Child Singer (scenes deleted)
Donnie Darko Samantha Darko
Say Uncle Lucy Janik TV movies
2002 The Rats Amy Costello
The Ring Samara Morgan
Family Law Jamie Garibaldi Episode: "Blood and Water"
Lilo & Stitch Lilo Pelekai (voice)
2003 Stitch! The Movie Video
Lilo & Stitch: The Series 2003-2007 (68 episodes)
Fillmore! Joyce Summitt (voice)
Tracy Mabini (voice)
Episode: "Of Slain Kings on Checkered Fields"
Episode: "Links in a Chain of Honor"
Beethoven's 5th Sara Newton Video
Oliver Beene Joyce 2003-2004 (23 episodes)
Haunted Lighthouse Annabel
Carolina Young Georgia
Silence Rachel Pressman
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tessa Press Episode: "Turn of the Screws"
Cold Case Ariel Schuman Episode: "The Sleepover"
2005 The Ring Two Samara Morgan
2006 Leroy & Stitch Lilo Pelekai (voice) TV movie
Big Love Rhonda Volmer 2006-2009 (27 episodes)
2008 Without a Trace Diana Reed Episode: "A Bend in the Road"
2009 S. Darko Samantha Darko Video
Mercy Ashley Jeffries Episode: "I'm Not That Kind of Girl"
2010 Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures Betsy (voice) TV series
In Between Days Kent
F.E.A.R. Alma Wade In production


Year Title
1998 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards
2001 Express Yourself
2002 American Veteran Awards
2003 The Art of 'Spirited Away'
2003 MTV Movie Awards
VH1 Big in 03
It's a Dog's Life: Behind the Scenes and Cast Interviews 'Beethoven's 5th'
2004 2004 MTV Movie Awards
The Teen Choice Awards 2004
'Donnie Darko': Production Diary
2005 The Story Room: The Making of 'Lilo & Stitch'
2009 The Making of 'S. Darko'
Utah Too Much


  1. Thill, Scott (September 20, 2002). "Spirited Away". PopMatters. Retrieved August 5, 2008. She also starred in the hit film Donnie Darko as Samantha Darko, the youngest sister of the Darko family (2001) 
  2. Lindsay, Cam (July 15, 2008). "Ed Harcourt To Score Unwelcome Donnie Darko Sequel". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  3. S. Darko at the Internet Movie Database
  4. Prettyface official website
  5. Jack's Back official website

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