Sara Paxton (born April 25, 1988) is an American actress, model and singer. She grew up in California and began acting at an early age, appearing in many minor roles in both films and television shows, before rising to fame in 2004, after playing the title role in the series Darcy’s Wild Life and Sarah Borden in Summerland. Paxton’s most notable roles have been in the films Aquamarine (2006), Sydney White (2007), Superhero Movie (2008), The Last House on the Left (2009), The Innkeepers (2011).
Sara Paxton, an only child, was born on April 25, 1988 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, to what she has described as “a very mixed family”. Her father, Steve, is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent, and is distantly related to actor Bill Paxton. Her mother, Lucia, was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and raised in Ciudad Acuña.Sara’s mother was born Jewish and Sara’s father converted to Judaism upon marrying her mother. Both her parents are dentists.
During her childhood, Paxton put on shows and wanted to perform, sometimes dressing up in costume and coming to school as a particular character. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, choosing to attend a public high school instead of accepting home-schooling.Paxton graduated from El Camino Real High School in June 2006.
Paxton has said that attending college was “very important” to her because “it is important to expand your mind.”In 2006, Paxton applied to the University of Southern California’s film studies program. She has noted that she would like to major in business administration with a minor in history (as she is a “history fanatic”) and to start a production company. Paxton delayed plans to attend college, because every time she lined up a class schedule she was offered another movie. In a 2009 interview with TeenHollywood, Paxton indicated that she had been accepted to several schools and almost attended New York University, but she made the decision not to go and had no immediate plans of attending college.
Paxton has credited her Jewish religion for feeling “very connected” to her family, who keep her “grounded” and are “always number one” in her life. She did not have a Bat Mitzvah because she was busy filming, though she has said that she “wanted to so bad”.