Mary Elizabeth Winstead (born November 28, 1984) is an American actress and singer, best known for her scream queen roles in the horror films Final Destination 3 (2006), Black Christmas (2006), Death Proof (2007), The Thing (2011), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016).
She appeared as John Mc Clane's daughter Lucy in Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard, the fourth and fifth films in the Die Hard franchise, Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs.
the World, and Kate Hannah, an alcoholic struggling with sobriety in the Sundance drama Smashed.
Her singing career started in 2013, with her formation of the music duo Got a Girl with Dan the Automator.
which followed a group of scientists who discover an alien buried deep in the ice of Antarctica, realizing too late that it is still alive. Kate Lloyd, a character she based on her sister, a neurologist. as Lauren Stinger, "long-time girlfriend of Carter (Scott) and the rock in his increasingly chaotic life." Winstead's acting was singled out by the Washington Post: “Winstead brings surprising depth to a small role, in which she has little to do except wait for her boyfriend to grow up, or to at least let go of his cynicism about love.” Screen Rant critic Ben Kendrick wrote: “Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jessica Alba also deliver in their contributions – though both of their characters are mainly designed to be mirrors for Carter to examine his own life and choices.” In 2012 Winstead and Topher Grace appeared in The Beauty Inside, an "interactive social film".
and saw Winstead snagging the Dallas International Film Festival Award for Best Actress. It was broken into six filmed episodes interspersed with interactive storytelling, all on Alex (the main character)'s Facebook timeline.
In 2013 Winstead was given the title role in Alex of Venice, directed by Chris Messina and penned by Jessica Goldberg.