Jocelin Donahue

Jocelin Donahue

Donahue at 2009 Screamfest, Los Angeles, CA
Born (1981-11-08) November 8, 1981
Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Jocelin Donahue (born November 8, 1981) is an American actress. She is best known for her lead role in Ti West's critically acclaimed horror film The House of the Devil, winning Best Actress at the 2009 LA Screamfest.[1]

Early life

Donahue was born and raised in Bristol, Connecticut,[2] and graduated from Bristol Central High School in 1999. After high school, she attended New York University, where she earned a degree in sociology.[3]


Donahue began her career in short films, appearing in several of them between 2006 and 2008. After a supporting role in the Western horror film The Burrowers (2008), Donahue was cast as the lead in The House of the Devil in 2009. She went on to play leading roles in The Last Godfather by Korean filmmaker Shim Hyung-rae, and in the independent film Live at the Foxes Den. In 2012 she appeared in The End of Love, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and worked with director Terrence Malick on Knight of Cups. She played a young version of Barbara Hershey's character in Insidious: Chapter 2, which was released in September 2013.[4]

As a commercial actress, she has appeared in numerous national campaigns, including ads for Levi's, Zune, Vitamin Water, Apple, and Subway.[5] In campaigns for Ketel One and Old Navy, she worked with directors David O. Russell and Roman Coppola.

She followed this with a role in the drama Live at the Foxes Den (2013), and had a small supporting part in Terrence Malick's experimental film Knight of Cups (2015).[6] She also appeared in the anthology horror film Holidays (2016), in a segment directed by Anthony Scott Burns.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Heartbreaker Jessie Short film
2007 Boundaries Vanessa Short film
2007 Masquerade Young Woman Short film
2007 Roman Candles Wendy Short film
2007 Not Another High School Show Melissa Television film
2008 Express 831 Star Short film
2008 The Burrowers Maryanne Stewart
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Cute Girl
2009 The House of the Devil Samantha Hughes Screamfest Award for Best Actress
2010 Wes and Ella Ella
2010 The Last Godfather Nancy Bonfante
2011 Butterfinger the 13th Betty Short film
2012 The End of Love Jocelin
2012 Free Samples Paula
2013 Distant Places Mia Short film
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Young Lorraine
2013 Live at the Foxes Den Kat
2014 The Crumb of It May Short film
2014 The Living Molly
2014 Knight of Cups Jocelin
2015 The Frontier Laine
2015 Furious 7 Advisor
2015 Midnight Sex Run Jennifer Peters
2016 Holidays Carol
2016 Boomtown Emma Turner
2016 Startup Maddie Pierce


  1. Staff (October 26, 2009). "'Human Centipede' Wins Best Film At Screamfest". Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  2. McCracken, Kristin (October 30, 2009). "The House of the Devil: Ti West and Jocelin Donahue". Tribeca Film. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  3. "Jocelin Donahue". The Foxes Den Movie. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  4. "Donahue to 'Insidious' role | Variety". Variety.
  5. "Who's That Girl? Meet The House of the Devil's Jocelin Donahue".
  6. 1 2 Anderson, Derek (April 23, 2016). "Exclusive Interview: Jocelin Donahue Talks "Father's Day" Segment of Horror Anthology HOLIDAYS". The Daily Dead. Retrieved April 23, 2016.

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