RAIN PHOENIX portrays Emily, the best friend of Desi and the
girlfriend of Hugo whose complicity with Hugh's wishes has tragic consequences
for all concerned. She was excited to read for the part when she realized the director
was Tim Blake Nelson, for she had seen Nelson's previous film, EYE OF GOD, at
Sundance the year before and loved it.
Born in Crockett, Texas, Phoenix began her career at the age of three singing
with her brother River, who play guitar. The natural inclination towards the
world of music which runs through the Phoenix family is evident in Rain's talent
as a diversified artist. Her unique musical and dramatic talents stem from a
family whose love of the arts was prominently featured in the early years. It is
this same artistic environment that has played a major role in the formation of
Rain's emerging career as both an actress and a singer.
Following her musical passions, Rain formed a band with her brother River in
1988, known as Aleka's Attic. She also toured with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers
for a year and a half and was guest back-up vocals on the featured song
"Bang Blame" on REM's hit album "Monster." Phoenix was also
a guest vocalist on the Themadore's album "Monkey on Rico" on the song
Merging on the natural connections between music and drama, she began
auditioning for television roles and landed guest roles on such series as FAMILY
TIES with Michael J. Fox and AMAZING STORIES. Her first feature film was in the
Amny Holden Jones film MAID TO ORDER (1987), starring Ally Sheedy and Beverly
D'Angelo. In 1991 she appeared as Bonanza Jelly Bean in Gus Van Sant's EVEN
COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES. And in 1994, she joined her brother Joanquin in Gus Van
Sant's critically acclaimed TO DIE FOR. Three years later, she modeled for CK1,
the Calvin Klein television campaign, and for Levis in a Dockers print campaign.
shot by renowned photography Annie Liebowitz.
Phoenix recently completed two independent films, I WOKE UP EARLY THE DAY I
DIED., directed by Aris Iliopolus from a previously unpublished Ed Wood script,
also stars Billy Zane, Rosanna Arquette, and Christina Ricci, along with Rain's
sister Summer. Rain will also be seen co-starring with Jason London in the
comedy-drama SPENT, directed by Gil Cates Jr.
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