In a relatively short span of time, Clea Duvall burst upon the scene and quickly became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. One of the few actors working successfully and simultaneously in film and television, Duvall’s resume is as extensive as it is versatile.
Duvall can be seen in Warner Bros. upcoming film Argo, starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, and Kyle Chandler. Affleck also directed the film. Argo, which premiered at the 2012 Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, has already captured the attention of critics and audiences, earning rave reviews and generating early Oscar buzz. Set in 1979 Iran, the film is about a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist (Affleck) who concocts a risky plan to free 6 Americans who have found shelter at the home of a Canadian ambassador. Duvall plays one of the six “houseguests” forced into hiding during the Iran Hostage Crisis.
DuVall’s previous film credits include Conviction with Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, and Minnie Driver, the dark comedy In Security with Ethan Embry, the psychological thriller Anamorph with Willem Dafoe and Scott Speedman, The Killing Room with Timothy Hutton and Peter Stomare, Rodrigo Garcia’s Passengers with Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson, David Fincher’s Zodiac with Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr., the romantic comedy Ten Inch Hero directed by David Mackay, the American remake of the Japanese horror film The Grudge, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s 21 Grams, the independent comedy But I’m A Cheerleader, the award-winning drama Girl Interrupted, The Slaughter Rule with Ryan Gosling, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Identity, John Carpenter’s sci-fi thriller Ghosts of Mars, She’s All That with Freddie Prinze, Jr. and The Astronaut’s Wife opposite Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron.
On television, her credits include multi-episode arcs on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, and on NBC’s, Heroes, the highly acclaimed made for television movie Helter Skelter, HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series Carnivale, the star-studded HBO production of The Laramie Project, based on the true story of Matthew Sheperd, a gay college student who is murdered in Wyoming, and appearances on NBC’s ER, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, Ryan Murphy’s Popular, and the WB’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Duvall first gained recognition in the independent feature, How to Make the Cruelest Month, which was one of sixteen films in dramatic competition as the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Later that same year, her starring role as the rebellious loner ‘Stokely’ in Dimension’s The Faculty, garnered her nominations for both Blockbuster and Teen Choice Award for ‘Breakout Performance.’
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Duvall first became interested in acting while attending the Los Angeles High School of the Arts. During her time there, she performed in the theater and also took acting classes outside of school. Upon graduation, she quickly landed an agent and a manager and has been working nonstop ever since.