AnnaSophia Robb is an American actress, singer and model. She began as a child actress on television, making her leading debut as the titular role in “Samantha: An American Girl Holiday.” She made her feature film debut in “Because of Winn-Dixie”, followed by the supporting role of Violet Beauregarde in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Take a look below for 27 more fun and interesting facts about AnnaSophia Robb.
1. Her performance as Leslie Burke in “Bridge to Terabithia,” garnered her recognition and praise, and two Young Artist Awards.
2. Her subsequent film roles include Race to “Witch Mountain”, “Soul Surfer,” and “The Way, Way Back”.
3. She received wider recognition and praise for playing the lead role of Carrie Bradshaw on The CW’s series “The Carrie Diaries.”
4. Robb was born in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Janet, an interior designer, and David Robb, an architect.
5. She was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Anna Sophie, and her paternal grandmother, Anna Marie.
6. Robb is of Danish, English, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish descent.
7. She grew up in a devout Christian home and was home-schooled.
8. She started taking an interest in acting and began by performing in front of 500 people on her church stage.
9. She competed in dance and gymnastics for four and a half years, but quit to focus on acting.
10. In 2009, the Arapahoe Herald reported that she was attending Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. She graduated in 2012.
11. At age eight, Robb was scouted by an agent, and she and her mother drove to Los Angeles.
12. After several auditions, Robb was invited to appear in a national commercial for Bratz dolls.
13. After appearing in a commercial for McDonald’s, Robb had a small role in the “Number One Fan” episode of the television series “Drake & Josh.”
14. Her first major role was the title character in the television special “Samantha: An American Girl Holiday.” She wore a long brown wig for the role.
15. Robb’s two big-screen appearances in 2005 were adaptations of popular children’s books. She starred as Opal in “Because of Winn-Dixie,” and as the competitive and rude Violet Beauregarde in Tim Burton’s remake of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
16. In 2005, Robb was the face of Trad Clothing, helping to design and model a fashion line for girls.
17. In 2006, she had a guest role on the cartoon show “Danny Phantom” as the voice of Danielle “Dani” Fenton.
18. She recorded a song for the soundtrack titled, “Keep Your Mind Wide Open”, and the accompanying video received rotation on the Disney Channel.
19. The song peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of March 1, 2007, giving Robb her first charting single.
20. Despite negative reviews of the film overall, Robb’s performance in “Sleepwalking” garnered praise. Time Magazine film critic Richard Schickel said: “There is a wonderful range to Robb’s work…this is extraordinarily mature acting from someone this young and she wins our sympathy without once begging for it.”
21. In 2008, she recorded the voice of Mary Magdalene in “The Word of Promise: Next Generation – New Testament: Dramatized Audio Bible.”
22. In 2010, she appeared in “The Space Between.”
23. She then starred in “Soul Surfer,” playing Bethany Hamilton, who continued to surf after losing her arm in a shark attack.
24. In May 2011, Robb was announced to star as Wendy in a new and dark take on the classic story about Peter Pan, tentatively titled “Pan,” but later dropped out of the project.
25. It was reported on February 3, 2012, that Robb had landed a role in “Life at These Speeds.”
26. In October 2013, Robb started filming for “A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island,” starring alongside Frank Grillo, Ed Westwick, Dianna Agron, John Leguizamo, Minnie Driver, and Maggie Q. The film is directed by Aram Rappaport and produced by Hilary Shor, Atit Shah, and Aaron Becker. It was released as “The Crash” in 2017.
27. Robb played the role of Alice Green in the PBS Civil War historical drama series “Mercy Street” from 2016 to 2017.