Despite being born on the 9th of June, 1988, Mae Whitman has a film career that has spanned over 20 years. The beautiful actress started her career as a child actress and while most child actors usually fall by the wayside when they get older, Mae has grown into a successful career as an actress. The American actress has appeared in notable projects such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Perhaps an advantage of being born to a parent who is an active player in the entertainment industry, Mae Whitman’s acting career has seen her appear in multiple films and television shows without the dramatic fallout that is common among child stars.
For more about the life of Mae Whitman, her professional career, and her net worth, keep reading.
Mae Whitman Biography
Although she is a screen actress, she started her career as a voice actress. Her first work was a voice-over commercial for Tyson Chicken. Mae Whitman, who was born in Los Angeles, California to Jeffrey Whitman and Pat Musick, had her first acting gig when she was two years of age. Still unable to read at the time, her acting coach helped her memorize her lines.
At the age of six, she made her movie debut in When a Man Loves a Woman in 1994. She was picked out of 700 other potential candidates for the role of Meg Ryan’s youngest daughter in the movie. Her first 10 years as an actress saw her appear in a few more high-profile movies such as Independence Day and One Fine Day. In a career that would be heavily populated with TV appearances, she started with appearances in three episodes of the cult classic, Friends.
Despite early years filled with consistent acting, Mae still found time to have a childhood like everyone else, especially in education. She graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in Wisconsin and attended Ribet Academy in Los Angeles, California.
Just like her mother, Mae Whitman’s voice is admired in the voice-acting industry. She has lent her voice to hit animated show, Avatar: The Last Airbender, voicing Katara of the water tribe. She’s also voiced Tinker Bell in Disney’s series of films about the fairytale. Her voice has also brought several characters to life in multiple video games such as EverQuest II, Avatar: The Last Airbender games, and most recently, Prey.
Due to her petite body size and voice, Mae Whitman has had the tendency of being typecast as a teenage girl and it is a role she’s played well into her late 20s.
As an actress, her filmography is heavily laden with television appearances with roles in shows like Arrested Development, Thief, Parenthood, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and Family Guy as a voice actress. She currently voices Batgirl for the DC Superhero Girls.
Mae Whitman’s body was a butt of many fat jokes in Arrested Development and she also played the lead role in The DUFF, a movie about a ‘designated ugly fat friend’. However, the actress doesn’t have a weight problem even though she doesn’t fit into the slim body model type that is common around Hollywood. She currently has a listed weight of 58kg at a height of 5 feet 1 inch, meaning there is no need for her to lose weight.
The DUFF star has a relationship history that includes Peter Krause, Landon Pigg, and Dov Tiefenbach. Despite a strong claim to fame from working on multiple popular projects, Mae has been able to keep her relationships fairly low-key with her current status considered to be single.
Mae Whitman – Movies and TV Shows
Mae Whitman’s filmography does not reflect her age. With an extensive list of movie and TV roles that rival those of veterans in the industry, Mae’s career has been a busy one.
She has appeared in over 44 movies, with notable ones like Scott Pilgrim vs the World, The DUFF – which was her first lead role, The Jungle Book 2, Independence Day and Hope Floats. Her TV roles tell a similar story with over 200 episode appearances spread across over 73 shows. As a voice actress, she’s also racked up roles in more than 11 video games and an audiobook role for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Over the course of her long career, she’s been nominated for several awards, winning quite a few of them including Best Performance in a Feature Film: Actress Age Ten or Under for One Fine day.