Mary Elizabeth Winstead travels back to a slightly different version of 19th century America in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, out this week. She plays famous first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, whose husband presumably hunts vampires. Just a guess. Can’t wait until Friday? Have a look at Winstead’s bio-gallery in the meantime.
A dancer and singer, Winstead originally wanted to be a ballerina, but switched to acting in her teens.
Her first paid acting job was a small role in an episode of Touched by an Angel in the late nineties.
Winstead became known as a “scream queen” (an actress who often appears in horror films) after appearing in Final Destination 3 and Black Christmas in 2006.
She’s returned to horror a couple of times since, with roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse and the 2011's The Thing (though she did more fighting than screaming in that one).
Winstead is a distant cousin of actress Ava Gardner.
Her projects for the rest of the year include back-to-back comedies, A.C.O.D. and Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. Hot and funny? Sign us up for the fan club.