Amy Seimetz

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Actress • Writer • Producer

Birth Name: Amy Lynne Seimetz

Birth Date: November 25, 1981

Age: 42 years old

Birth Place: Florida

If there's one thing Amy Seimetz hated, it was being called an "ingénue" - or a "breakout star." A multi-talented actress with an eye for the unusual, a better term would have been "control junkie." By the time she starred in the experimental and mysterious "Upstream Color" (2013), the Florida native had spent over a decade working as an indie film jane-of-all-trades, starting with the short film "The 17th Man" (2004), where she sewed and designed costumes between takes.

She directed, produced, wrote and starred in the short film "The Unseen Kind-Hearted Beast" (2005), before moving up to editor and cinematographer on 2008's "We Saw Such Things." Her subtle, melancholy performance as a late-night diner waitress in "The Off Hours" (2011) drew rave reviews and led to a string of well-received roles, including her hapless daddy's girl in "You're Next" (2011). The following year saw Seimetz release her directorial debut, the SXSW-approved crime thriller "Sun Don't Shine" (2012).

The metaphysical "Upstream Color" proved the perfect vehicle for the abstract-minded actress, who later switched gears with higher-profile roles in AMC's "The Killing" (AMC 2011-13; Netflix, 2014) and HBO's "Family Tree" (2013). Driven by curiosity and emotion, Amy Seimetz was always looking for more.

Florida is a strange place, and Seimetz's experience growing up in a state typically associated with retirees and vacationers left an indelible mark. She migrated to California in her early twenties, where she spent time in San Francisco exploring the experimental film and theater scene. After relocating to Los Angeles she became more involved in the independent film scene, a fertile outlet for her collaborative, intellectually-driven films.

She established herself in the early 2000s as an extremely hands-on filmmaker: in the noir thriller "The 17th Man" she worked as costume designer and background actor; and she turned the absurdist political short "The Unseen Kind-Hearted Beast" into a directing, producing, writing and acting showcase. "We Saw Such Things," her 2008 documentary about the mermaid attractions of Weeki Wachee, FL, revealed her fascination with uniquely Floridian culture.

The start of the new decade found Seimetz in Lena Dunham's breakout debut "Tiny Furniture" (2010), as well as the ensemble drama "The Myth of the American Sleepover" (2010). In 2011 she drew acclaim for her portrayal of an enigmatic diner waitress stuck on the late shift in "The Off Hours." That same year saw her appear in over a half a dozen films, including NYC indie vet Joe Swanberg's "Silver Bullets" and the horror flick "You're Next," starring director Ti West as her pretentious filmmaker boyfriend.

The following year she directed, wrote and did just about everything else on her debut feature film, "Sun Don't Shine," a moody, abstract thriller set in Central Florida. After delving into the fractured psyche of Kris in the gorgeously confusing "Upstream Color," Seimetz landed on "The Killing" as a hardened single mother, and appeared on Christopher Guest's improv comedy "Family Tree" (HBO 2013).

After co-starring in found-footage horror film "The Sacrament" (2014), indie comedy-drama "Lucky Them" (2014), "I Believe in Unicorns" (2014) and "The Reconstruction of William Zero" (2014), Seimetz joined forces with filmmaker Lodge Kerrigan to write and direct the cable series "The Girlfriend Experience" (Starz 2016- ), based on the 2009 film by Steven Soderbergh.

Seimetz also appeared on three episodes of '80s cult hit "Stranger Things" (Netflix 2016- ) during this period. After co-starring in Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenanat" (2017), Seimetz returned to TV to direct two episodes of Donald Glover's comedy-drama "Atlanta" (FX 2016- ) during its second season. She returned to the big screen to co-star in the horror reboot "Pet Sematary" (2019).

Credits

Mr. & Mrs. SmithStream

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Series
2024
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Outer RangeStream

Executive Producer
Series
2022
83%

Sweet ToothStream

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Birdie
Series
2021
95%

No Sudden MoveStream

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Mary Wertz
Movie
2021
92%

The Comey RuleStream

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Trisha Anderson
Docudrama
2020
66%

The Comey Rule

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Trisha Anderson
Show
2020

She Dies Tomorrow

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Movie
2020

She Dies Tomorrow

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Movie
2020

She Dies Tomorrow

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Movie
2020

The Secrets We Keep

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Rachel
Movie
2020

ArchenemyStream

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Cleo
Movie
2020
75%

Pet SemataryStream

Actor
Rachel Creed
Movie
2019
56%

Wild Nights With Emily

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Mabel
Movie
2018

Junior

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Ellen
Show
2017

Alien: CovenantStream

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Faris
Movie
2017
65%

Lean on PeteStream

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Lynn
Movie
2017
90%

My Days of Mercy

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Martha
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2017

Alien: Covenant -- Prologue: Last Supper

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Faris
Movie
2017

AtlantaStream

Director
Series
2016
98%

The Girlfriend ExperienceStream

Creator
Series
2016
73%

The Girlfriend ExperienceStream

Director
Series
2016
73%

The Girlfriend ExperienceStream

Executive Producer
Series
2016
73%

The Girlfriend ExperienceStream

Writer
Series
2016
73%

Lovesong

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Chloe
Movie
2016

Entertainment

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Woman in Bar
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2015

Ma

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Misti
Movie
2015

Halt and Catch FireStream

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Michelle Lattimer
Series
2014
90%

The Reconstruction of William Zero

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Jules
Movie
2014

I Believe in Unicorns

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Clara
Movie
2014

Family Tree

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Ally Keele
Show
2013

Lucky ThemStream

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Sara
Movie
2013
78%

The Sacrament

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Caroline
Movie
2013

9 Full Moons

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Frankie
Movie
2013

When We Lived in Miami

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Kris
Movie
2013

When We Lived in Miami

Director
Movie
2013

When We Lived in Miami

Film Editor
Movie
2013

When We Lived in Miami

Screenwriter
Movie
2013

Upstream Color

Actor
Kris
Movie
2013

Pit Stop

Actor
Shannon
Movie
2013

Be Good

Actor
Mary Kutzman
Movie
2012

Sun Don't Shine

Director
Movie
2012

Sun Don't Shine

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Movie
2012

Sun Don't Shine

Screenwriter
Movie
2012

The KillingStream

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Danette Leeds
Series
2011
68%

Coffee & Pie

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October
Movie
2011

The Jonestown Defense

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Chrissy
Movie
2011

The Dish & the Spoon

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Emma's Friend
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2011

The Dish & the Spoon

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2011

Autoerotic

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2011

Silver Bullets

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Charlie
Movie
2011

Silver Bullets

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Movie
2011

You're NextStream

Actor
Aimee
Movie
2011
80%

No Matter What

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Laura
Movie
2011

The Off Hours

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Francine
Movie
2011

Ghost of Old Highways

Actor
The Bridesmaid / The Harlot / The Choirgirl
Movie
2011

Small Pond

Actor
Katie
Movie
2011

Open Five

Actor
Lynn
Movie
2010

Tiny Furniture

Actor
Ashlynn
Movie
2010

A Horrible Way to Die

Actor
Sarah
Movie
2010

Bitter Feast

Actor
Katherine Franks
Movie
2010

The Myth of the American Sleepover

Actor
Julie
Movie
2010

Incredibly Small

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Samantha
Movie
2010

Alexander the Last

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Hellen
Movie
2009

Gabi on the Roof in July

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Chelsea
Movie
2009

Last Call With Carson Daly

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Talk
2002

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

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Lena Olson
Series
1999
78%