Liana >> Biography


Liana Daine Liberato was born on August 20, 1995 in Galveston, Texas. She started taking classes with Broadway Bound when she was only three years old. Liana's first big role was in twenty-six show run of Galveston: The Musical when she was seven. In 2004, Liana and her family had to travel to Los Angeles for a family emergency. While Liana was in LA, her mother enrolled her in a week-long acting camp. At this camp, managers and agents were invited to attend a special showcase. Liana's talents were quickly recognized by Jean-Marc Carre from Central Artists Inc. The agent asked the Liberatos to move to Hollywood and offered Liana representation. After a lot of thinking and persuasion from Carre, the Liberatos packed their bags and headed to Hollywood.

Liana and her mom found an apartment in Hollywood Hills, just around the corner from the Hollywood sign. The Liberatos arrived on a Wednesday and on Thursday Liana had her first audition for the hit show Cold Case. Liana booked the role the very next day! Liana's next audtion was for CSI: Miami. Liana didn't hear back for a few days. Her dad was there that weekend and said he remembers Liana spent a lot of time in tears that weekend. After she was expecting the worst, Liana finally got a call from her agent. Liana would have to dye her hair brown for the role. She spent six days shooting Cold Case and eight days shooting CSI: Miami. During the shooting of Cold Case, Liana didn't see the disturbing scenes. She didn't see anything until she watched her episode on TV. When she was shooting the scene, Liana was looking at a blank screen. The tears were all an act.

Liana's next audition was an unsuccessful one. While working on CSI: Miami, Liana landed another audition for a situation comedy. The producers liked Liana but in the end, opted for an actor who was closer to the age of the character.

Around the same time, Liana landed the role as "Dina Presley" in The Inside where she plays a young girl holding an F.B.I agent captive in the woods.

Liana was featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine in 2006. The cover story was titled "Hollywood Elementary." Liana was one of the several aspring young actors interviewed and observed over the course of a few days.

In 2007 Liana played the lead role of Cadi Forbes in the Fox feature film The Last Sin Eater. Michael Landon Jr., the director, said that Liana was "an absolute find." Liana recieved excellent reviews for her performance as Cadi and began to gain more recognition. In the same year, Liana booked the role of "Pip Mackenzie" in the movie adaptation of the novel Safe Harbour by Danielle Steel. While filming, Liana's costar Melissa Gilbert became very protective of Liana. Bill Corcoran, the director, also grew very fond of Liana. He said, "It's unusual to find an actress Liana's age, who can actually play her own age realistically. Usually, you have to cast someone several years older. Liana has both the maturity to work hard and the freshness to play eleven. She's fantastic."

In 2008, Liana booked a role in the hit medical drama House M.D.. In the first scene, her character falls from a rock-climbing wall after her mother let the rope slide through her hands. Liana says, "actually only fell part of the way, about four feet, then they caught me." After that, Liana had a stunt double. Liana grew very fond of her costar Hugh Laurie. She says that he is "hilarious in real life." After appearing on the show, Liana became hooked.

Liana has also made an appearance in Miley Cyrus' music video 7 Things. She stars as one of the girls in the video, angry and frustrated at their ex-boyfriends.

In October 2009, Liana booked a huge role in a film called Trust. The film costars Clive Owen and Catherine Keener as parents of a 14-year-old girl (Liana) who has been victimized by an adult posing as a teenager in an online chatroom. The filming took place in November 2009 in Michigan. This was Liana's largest role to date, and it gained her many new fans. She even won for Best Actress at the Chicago Film Festival!

Liana, in Spring 2010, made her way to Baton Rouge, and Shreveport, Louisana, to film Trespass. The film, Liana's first thriller, tells the story of a family who become the victims of a home invasion. Deception also places a key role in the story line. Liana starred alongside Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage, playing their daughter Avery. The film was released in October 2011.

As of Fall 2012, Liana had three films awaiting release: the first, co-starring Anna Paquin and her Trespass castmate Cam Gigandet, is called Free Ride. Roughly based on the early life of Shana Sosin, the film's director, it centers on a mom caught up in the drug trade in 1970s Florida. Liana plays Anna's character's daughter MJ. The second is titled Erased domestically, The Expatriate internationally. Liana and Aaron Eckhart, who plays Liana's father and an ex-CIA agent, are on the run after being marked for extermination by CIA. Erased came out to limited audiences in Spring 2013, while Free Ride is awaiting US release by Phase 4.

During the spring of 2012, Liana spent time in North Carolina to film Josh Boone's directorial debut Stuck in Love. She takes on the role of Kate, the girlfriend of Nat Wolff's Rusty who struggles with drug addiction. The movie follows the lives of the family of an acclaimed writer. The man, played by Greg Kinnear, obsesses over his ex-wife, which causes strain on his family members. The film costars Lily Collins, Kristen Bell, and Jennifer Connelly and was acquired by Millenium Entertainment after premiering at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in July 2013 to audiences, with an October '13 release date scheduled for its DVD release.

Furthermore, Liana has completed filming on several other films recently, the first being her first horror film. Titled Haunt, it follows Evan, who has just unknowingly moved into a house haunted by its horrific past. Liana plays the boy's love interest, who beings to explore the house with him, leading to a series of terrifying events. The film shot in Utah in November and December 2012 and has a planned release for late 2013. The next is Jake Squared, where she plays the 17-year-old version of Jane Seymour's character Joanne.

Lastly is a historical drama: Dear Eleanor. Dear Eleanor follows two teenage girls in 1962 as they travel across the United States in a search for their hero, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Liana plays one half of the main duo, Ellie. Her best friend in the film is played by real-life friend Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games). It also stars a plethora of huge Hollywood names, including Jessica Alba and Luke Wilson. Dear Eleanor is due out in theatres in 2014.

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Last Updated: August 2013

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