From her memorable role in the made-for-television Alice in Wonderland (1999) to feature roles in Waterworld (1995) and Andre (1994), Tina Majorino has made a lasting impression in television and film with her youthful glow. Born Albertina Marie Majorino in Westlake, CA, in 1985, Majorino began her career as an actress in a series of television commercials. Soon making her formal television debut alongside future Oscar winner Hilary Swank in Camp Wilder, the busy young actress would soon have three substantial film roles -- in movies that opened within three months of one another -- at the tender age of ten. Following the triple threat of When a Man Loves a Woman, Corrina, Corrina, and Andre (all 1994), Majorino was soon back in the saddle with Waterworld and gearing up for an even busier year in 1997. With three made-for-television features and a big-screen effort in the same year, it was hard for the 12-year-old black belt to practice Tang Soo Do, much less pursue any other outside interests. Following her role in the lavish television production of Alice in Wonderland in 1999, it came as no surprise that Majorino sought a little time out of the limelight, though audiences could rest assured that she would return in good time.
Biography by Jason Buchanan
- First TV role was on the early-'90s family sitcom Camp Wilder.
- Big-screen debut came in 1994, when she appeared in three major movies: Andre; Corrina, Corrina; and When a Man Loves a Woman.
- Best known for playing Mac on the cult series Veronica Mars and Deb in the hit indie comedy Napoleon Dynamite (2004).
- Was listed at No. 42 on the E! special 50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up.
- Sings in the rock band the AM Project; her brother is the drummer.
- Holds a black belt in the martial art Tang Soo Do.