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The Strain

Season Premiere Sunday July 16

Samantha Mathis stars as “Justine Faraldo,” the recently appointed Special Director of Security of New York City – aka the city’s “Security Czar.” In addition to Staten Island, she has secured large swaths of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, but limited manpower is holding back her progress.

Convinced she is the only person capable of winning this war, she will curtail civil and personal rights, all in the name of victory. But when her tactics start to fail, her shaken confidence has severe ramifications for the security effort to hold New York.

A native of New York City, Samantha Mathis has crafted a distinguished career in television, film and theater.

Mathis recently joined the exemplary cast of the feature film Manchester by the Sea, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck. On the small screen, she recently appeared on CBS's The Good Wife and NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She also wrapped AMC's pilot Line of Sight, where she stars alongside David Morrissey. Mathis’ television credits also include a recurring role on CBS's Under the Dome and the highly acclaimed TNT miniseries, Nightmare’s and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. On TNT, Mathis starred opposite Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher and Donald Sutherland in Salem’s Lot. She was also seen in the series First Years, the telefilm Collected Stories for PBS, the critically lauded miniseries The Mists of Avalon, the Hallmark Channel movie A Stranger’s Heart and Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day. In 2011, she was in the Lifetime Network television movie, Unanswered Prayers, based on the hit Garth Brooks song of the same name. Other recent credits include arcs on Grey’s Anatomy, NYC 22 and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Mathis burst onto the film scene in Pump Up the Volume opposite Christian Slater, followed by The Thing Called Love alongside River Phoenix. Additional film credits include The Punisher, Attraction, The Simian Line, American Psycho, Broken Arrow, The American President, How to Make an American Quilt, Jack and Sarah, Little Women, This is My Life, The Music of Chance and Touched. Mathis’ indie film credits include Believe in Me; Local Color; The New Daughter opposite Kevin Costner; Order of Chaos; Lebanon, PA and Fathers and Sons. She can also be seen in Camilla Dickinson, based on the Madeleine L’Engle novel Camilla; as well as Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike, based on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. She also starred in the 2014 drama Affluenza, written by Antonio Macia and directed by Kevin Asch.

In 2002, Mathis made her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All the Luck opposite Chris O'Donnell. She also made stage appearances starring opposite Tony® Award-winner Linda Lavin in Collected Stories at the Geffen Playhouse, and Fortin Bras at the Signature Theater in New York. She was recently seen on Broadway in Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations, alongside Jane Fonda and Colin Hanks, a role she reprised in Los Angeles with Fonda at the Ahmanson Theater in 2011.

Mathis is as enthusiastic about her philanthropic work as she is with her acting and entrepreneurial roles. Her work with Amnesty International on their Stop Violence Against Women Campaign has done much to stop the femicide in Guatemala. She is also a longtime supporter of New Leash on Life, the largest no-kill animal shelter in Los Angeles.