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Kathryn Felicia Day[1] (born June 28, 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama) (born June 28, 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama) is an American actress, known for her work as "Vi" on TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and for parts in movies such as Bring It On Again and June, as well as the Internet musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. She is also the star, script writer and producer of the originally YouTube-based web series The Guild, which won the Greenlight Award for Best Original Digital Series Production at the South by Southwest festivals,[2] the YouTube Video Award for Best Series,[3] the Yahoo! Video Award for Best Series, [4] and 2009 Streamy Awards for Best Comedy Web Series, Best Female Actor in a Comedy Web Series, and Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series [5] In September 2008, TV Week included her in their list of Top 10 Web Video Creators.[6]

She appeared in Blood Oath of Three Men and a Baby with future Guild co-actor Sandeep Parikh.

Personal life

Her father was a United States Air Force doctor. Day was home-schooled throughout her childhood and teenage years as her family moved from place to place throughout the South.She has one brother, Ryon Day, who is currently a software engineer.

Day's acting career began at the age of 7 when she starred as Scout in a local production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Day has also studied ballet professionally and has performed at concerts and competitions nationwide. She is also an accomplished violinist.

Education

Going straight from home-schooling to college at an early age, Day chose to double major in mathematics and violin performance at the University of Texas at Austin,[7][8] despite having been accepted to the Juilliard School of Music. She graduated with the highest honors, having a 4.0 GPA. She was also the student speaker at her department's convocation. Day was a National Merit Scholar in 1995.[9]

Career

After graduation, Day moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. She landed several roles in various short and independent films, as well as commercials and guest spots on television shows, including Undeclared and Maybe It's Me. These parts propelled her to larger roles: a part in the film Bring It On Again, the starring role in June, and a recurring guest spot as potential Slayer Vi on television's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a recurring role that is still occasionally utilized in that show's eighth season comic book series.

She is the creator, writer, and star of The Guild, a web series which has finished and just aired its third season. The first season was primarily hosted on YouTube where it garnered millions of views.[10] Its second season premiered on Microsoft's three major video channels Xbox Live, MSN Video and The Zune Marketplace after Microsoft made a deal with The Guild, allowing Day, her cast, and her crew to receive financial remuneration for their work. Day also created a song and music video called "(Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar", featuring the cast dressed up as their in-game personae. The final moments of the music video itself also detailed that the release date for the 3rd season of Day's The Guild would be August 25, 2009. Day also stars in Guild co-star Sandeep Parikh's web-series The Legend of Neil, in which she portrays a Fairy. She sings in the second season musical episode, in which she obliquely references her history of internet musicals.

In July 2008, Day starred as Penny in the three-part web based musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (created by Joss Whedon, who also created Buffy the Vampire Slayer).[11]

Day was featured as a patient in the episode "Not Cancer" of the medical drama House,[12] and had a guest starring role in the sci-fi drama Dollhouse's unaired episode "Epitaph One".[13] Most recently, Day was featured in a series of commercials for Sears,[3] as well as in the first of the revitalized Cheetos commercials[14]. According to Joss Whedon at Comic-Con International in July 2009, she will be returning to Dollhouse during the show's second season, reprising the role that she portrayed in the episode "Epitaph One".

Awards

During the inaugural Streamy Awards held in Los Angeles on March 28, 2009, Day received the award for the "Best Female Actor in a Comedy" for her work in The Guild. She was also recognized for her work on Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Delusional ??? unknown part
2001 Strings ??? unknown part
2002 They Shoot Divas, Don't They? Call Girl TV movie/Supporting Lead
House Blend Pam TV movie
2003 Backslide Maddie
2004 The Mortician's Hobby Tiffany
Bring It On Again Penelope
June June Marie Jacobs TV movie/Lead
Final Sale Felicia Lead
2005 Mystery Woman: Vision of a Murder Emily TV movie/Lead
Warm Springs Eloise Hutchinson TV movie/Supporting Lead
Short Story Time Felicia
2006 God's Waiting List Trixie
2007 Splitting Hairs Sugar Girl
2008 Prairie Fever Blue
Dear Me Pipsy Lead

TV Series/Internet productions

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Emeril Cherie
2002 Maybe It's Me Cookie
2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vi 8 episodes
For the People Nicole
2004 One on One Sarah
Strong Medicine Jesse's Friend
2005 Monk Heidi Gefsky "Mr. Monk Gets Drunk" / 1 episode
2006 Windfall Danielle 2 episodes
Love, Inc. Natalie
2007 The Guild - Season 1 Cyd Sherman/Codex YouTube production / All episodes
2008 House Apple "Not Cancer" / 1 episode
The Legend of Neil Fairy Web series / 2 episodes
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Penny Joss Whedon web series / 3 episodes
The Guild - Season 2 Cyd Sherman/Codex MSN production / All episodes
2009 Roommates Alyssa 3 episodes
My Boys Heather 1 episode
Dollhouse Mag 1 episode "Epitaph One" (Unaired thirteenth episode. Available on the season 1 DVD and iTunes)
The Guild - Season 3 Cyd Sherman/Codex MSN production / All episodes

Notes and references

  1. Felicia's College Resume, Archive of "utexas.edu/~felicia/personal.html"
  2. Press Release. "The Guild And "Knock Off" Take Top Honors At The Greenlight Awards", ON Networks Inc. March 11, 2008. Accessed Nov 05, 2008.
  3. 2007 Youtube Video Awards, List of 2007 Winners. (Accessed Nov 05, 2008)
  4. "The Yahoo! Video Awards: The Results!", Yahoo Video Blog. March 21, 2008. (Accessed Nov 05, 2008)
  5. [1] 2009 Streamy Awards]
  6. "Poised to Leap". (2008, September). TelevisionWeek, 27(23), 1,25–26. Retrieved November 5, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1570740411).
  7. Trapani, Gina."How Dr. Horrible's Felicia Day Gets Things Done", LifeHacker. August 4, 2008.
  8. http://majornelson.com/archive/2009/01/25/show-306-felicia-day-re5-and-enforcement-on-xbox-live.aspx
  9. http://www.nationalmerit.org/scholars_you_may_know.php
  10. Daisy Whitney (2008, March). "Popular but Not Profitable". TelevisionWeek, 27(8), 3,28. Retrieved November 5, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1454502881).
  11. Whedonesque : Comments on 15781 : Neil Patrick Harris working with Joss Whedon?
  12. House Episode 5.02 - Not Cancer - Press Release, FoxFlash. September 23, 2008. (Accessed Nov 05, 2008)
  13. [2], The Watcher - Chicago Tribune, July 6, 2009.
  14. YouTube of Cheetos Commercial, November 26, 2008.

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