Even though she's been acting since the age of 8, most moviegoers only began to discover actress Sara Paxton in the mid-00s when she starred on the show "Darcy's Wild Life" and in 'tween comedies like Aquamarine
and Sydney White
. She then transitioned into horror with roles in movies like Shark Knight 3D
and The Last House on the Left
, but appearing in Ti West's lower budget 2010 flick The Innkeepers
really put Paxton on the map as someone who could do great character work without relying on big gimmicks.
Maybe that's why Paxton is back at South by SouthWest
for the second time, having previously been here two years ago with The Innkeepers
. This time, she's in two movies that have been getting attention, Bryan Poyser's comedy The Bounceback
and E.L. Katz's Cheap Thrills
, which was the first movie that sold at SXSW to Drafthouse Films.