Daveigh Elizabeth Chase (/dəˈveɪ/ də-VAY; née Chase-Schwallier; born July 24, 1990) is an American actress, voice actress, singer and model. She began her career appearing in minor television parts before being cast as Samantha Darko in Richard Kelly's cult film Donnie Darko. She would subsequently provide the voices of Chihiro Ogino in the English dub of the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away, and Lilo Pelekai in the Disney animated film Lilo & Stitch and its subsequent franchise, before appearing as Samara Morgan, the child antagonist in the 2002 horror film The Ring.
Between 2006 and 2011, she played a supporting part in the HBO series Big Love, portraying Rhonda Volmer, a sociopathic teenager raised on a polygamist family. In 2009, she reprised her role as Samantha Darko in S. Darko, a sequel to Donnie Darko. She appeared in the 2016 horror film Jack Goes Home.
Chase was born on July 24, 1990, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her name was changed to Daveigh Elizabeth Chase after her parents, Cathy Chase and John Schwallier, divorced. Chase was raised in Albany, Oregon.
Chase's big break came 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 thinly disguised as a dog, 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 in 2003 and star in the follow-up TV series, Lilo & Stitch: The Series. Chase also voiced the role of the lead character, Chihiro Ogino, a 10-year-old Japanese girl, in the American dub of the animated Japanese feature, Spirited Away.
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 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 centers on a polygamist family and its patriarch, 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. 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.
In 2015, she starred in the thriller film Killer Crush and in the horror/indie film Wild in Blue with Karen Black. In 2016 she starred in the thriller film American Romance with Nolan Gerard Funk, and appeared in the drama/thriller film Jack Goes Home with Rory Culkin, Britt Robertson, Lin Shaye and Nikki Reed.
|1999||Her Married Lover||Granddaughter|
|2001||Donnie Darko||Samantha Darko|
|2001||A.I. Artificial Intelligence||Child Singer||Deleted scenes|
|2001||Spirited Away||Chihiro||Voice role (English version)|
|2002||Lilo & Stitch||Lilo Pelekai||Voice role|
|2002||The Ring||Samara Morgan|
|2003||Haunted Lighthouse||Annabel||Short film|
|2003||Carolina||Georgia Mirabeau (young)|
|2003||Stitch! The Movie||Lilo Pelekai||Direct-to-video; voice role|
|2003||Beethoven's 5th||Sara Newton||Direct-to-video|
|2005||Rings||Samara Morgan||Archive footage|
|2005||The Ring Two||Samara Morgan||Archive footage|
|2006||Leroy & Stitch||Lilo Pelekai||Voice role|
|2009||S. Darko||Samantha Darko||Direct-to-video|
|2010||In Between Days||Kent||Short film|
|2012||Little Red Wagon||Kelley Bonner|
|2013||Madame Le Chat||Klutzy||Short film|
|2015||Wild In Blue||Rachel|
|2016||Jack Goes Home||Shanda|
|2016||American Romance||Krissy Madison|
|2017||Rings||Samara Morgan||Archive footage|
|1998||Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Little Girl||Episode: "Christmas Amnesia"|
|1999||Michael Landon, The Father I Knew||Shawna Landon (age 8)||Television film|
|2000||Charmed||Christina Larson (young)||Episode: "Pardon My Past"|
|2000||The Practice||Jennifer Wakefield||Episode: "Appeal and Denial"|
|2000||ER||Taylor Walker||Episode: "The Greatest of Gifts"|
|2000||From Where I Sit||Anna||Television film|
|2000||Edgar MaCobb Presents||Sally||Television film|
|2001||Yes, Dear||Brooke||Episode: "The Big Snip"|
|2001||The Lot||Peggy Franklin||Episode: "Kids"|
|2001||That's Life||Mary-Ellen||Episode: "Boo!"|
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Heather Albright||Episode: "Heaven's Portal"|
|2001||Inside Schwartz||Randi Johnson||Episode: "Comic Relief Pitcher"|
|2001||Say Uncle||Lucy Janik||Television film|
|2002||Family Law||Jamie Garibaldi||Episode: "Blood and Water"|
|2002||The Rats||Amy Costello||Television film|
|Voice role; episode: "Of Slain Kings on Checkered Fields"|
Voice role; episode: "Links in a Chain of Honor"
|2003||Oliver Beene||Joyce||Main role, 23 episodes|
|2003–2006||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Lilo Pelekai|
|Lead role; voice role; 65 episodes|
Voice role; episode: "Swapper"
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Tessa Press||Episode: "Turn of the Screws"|
|2004||Cold Case||Ariel Shuman||Episode: "The Sleepover"|
|2006–2011||Big Love||Rhonda Volmer||Recurring role, 32 episodes|
|2007||Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures||Betsy||Lead role; voice role; 58 episodes|
|2008||Without a Trace||Diana Reed||Episode: "A Bend in the Road"|
|2009||Mercy||Ashley Jeffries||Episode: "I'm Not That Kind of Girl"|
|2015||Killer Crush||Paige York||Television film|
|2016||Let It Die||Kiwako Seto|||
Awards and nominations
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Guest Starring Young Actress||Nominated|
|2003||The Ring||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Villain||Won|
|Lilo & Stitch||Annie Awards||Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Won|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role: Age 10 or Under||Won|