Daveigh Chase is an American film and television actor, voice actress, singer and model, famous for her roles as Lilo Pelekai in “Lilo and Stitch” and Samara Morgan in “The Ring”.

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Early Life and Educational Background

Daveigh Elizabeth Chase— formerly Chase-Schwallier— was born on the 24th July 1990, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA to Cathy Chase and John Schwallier. She has a younger brother named Cade – her name was changed after her parent’s divorce. The family moved to Albany, Oregon while she was an infant. Chase had an strong interest in performing from a young age saying, ‘I used to watch Barney videos. I wanted to be like them, the kids on the video’. She has also recorded four original songs.

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Voice Actress

Chase’s first role as a voice actor was in 2001, as Chihiro in the anime “Spirited Away”. She had her big break in 2002 as Lilo Pelekai in Disney’s “Lilo and Stitch” after a successful audition for the part against 150 girls and a number of adults. The film is about an Hawaiian girl who befriends a blue alien disguised as a dog—Stitch— and how she uses Elvis Presley’s music to teach it to behave. Her performance was highly acclaimed by critics, and gained her recognition. That same year she reprised her role in the video games “Disney’s Lilo & Stitch” and “Lilo & Stitch: Hawaiian Adventure”, and in 2006 again reprised Lilo in the sequel, “Leroy and Stitch”, and voiced Betsy in “Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures”.

Chase has also voiced characters in the show “Fillmore”, and the video games “Tomodachi Life” and most recently, as Kiwako Seto in “Let It Die”.


Chase made her television debut in an episode of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” in 1998 and in film in “Her Married Lover”. She had minor roles in the television shows “Charmed”, “The Practice”, “ER” and “From Where I Sit” and the films “Robbers” and “Donnie Darko”. Her most popular role was in 2003, as Samara Morgan in the horror “The Ring” alongside Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson; her performance was critically acclaimed, and the movie was a box office success. She appeared in four more movies that year, “Haunted Lighthouse”, “Carolina”, “Silence” and “Beethoven’s Fifth”, along with support roles in the television shows “CSI: Crime and Investigation”, “Cold Case” and “Without a Trace”.

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Chase starred in the sequels “The Ring Two” and “S. Darko”, followed by main roles in the series “Oliver Beene” and “Big Love”. Her other credits include “Madame Le Chat”, “Wild in Blue”, “Mercy” and “Killer Crush”.

In recent years, she hasn’t been involved in as many films as she used to. Her most recent major roles were in the thriller “Jack Goes Home” and “American Romance” both in 2016, and in “Rings” in 2017.


Daveigh became a singer early on in her life – actually at the age of three – singing and dancing at shows and events in and around her hometown. At four, she won the national vocal competition in the Little Miss America Pageant, and placed third in dance. In 1998 at age 17, she was cast in a Campbell Soup commercial, and a main role in the play “Utah!” in St. George, Utah that went on for five months.

The play attracted a lot of attention to her from Hollywood directors and producers, leading to a number of acting opportunities. She had local performances as well, such as at the Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home and the True Value/Jimmy Dean Country Showdown at the Timber Carnival. The young artist joined a band to sing the opening number at a Reba McEntire concert, featured on the “School’s Out! Christmas” in “Holly Jolly Christmas”, and sang  “God Bless America” in the Steven Spielberg-directed “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”


The child star is currently single, has never been engaged or married, and doesn’t have children. In the past,  she was linked to two of her fellow actors— “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” star Dylan Sprouse and “Malcolm in the Middle” star Erik Per Sullivan.

Awards and Achievements

Daveigh was nominated for the award, “Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Guest Starring Young Actress” at the 2002 Young Artist Awards for her role in “Touched by An Angel”.

For her role in “The Ring” she was nominated for the “Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female” at the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards and won “Best Villain” at the MTV Movie Awards in 2003.

That same year, she won an Annie Award for “Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production”, a Young Artist Award for “Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role: Age 10 or Under”, and received a nomination for the “Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role: Female” at the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for her role in “Lilo and Stitch”.

Hobbies, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts

  • Daveigh’s star sign is Leo.
  • Her hobbies include horseback riding, surfing and dancing.
  • She enjoys reading books, and spending time with her friends and family.
  • She is grateful to her family for their role in her success saying, ‘My mom and my grandma have helped me so much; I wouldn’t be where I am today without them’.
  • When she was younger, she wanted to study robotic engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Her favorite actor and actress are Patrick Swayze and Tia Carrere, respectively.
  • She is active on social medias such as Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter, with a relatively large fan following.
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Triple Arrest

In November of 2017, Chase was put under arrest for joyriding in an allegedly stolen car, and placed on a $25,000 bail bond. According to TMZ, ‘… even though Daveigh wasn’t driving she was booked for driving in a car without owner’s consent … which is a felony. The driver was booked for the same thing. We’re told it’s unclear who stole the car, but cops are investigating’. That same year, she was arrested after dumping a dying man outside a Los Angeles hospital; the unidentified man was pronounced dead when he was found by staff. The actress—who spent time with the man before his death—said that she ‘was only trying to get the victim to the hospital’.

She was not considered as a suspect, nor was she ever charged in relation to his death apparently caused by a drug overdose. When police ran her name, they found an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor traffic warrant, and so arrested her. Chase had another run-in with the law in 2018, and was charged with two misdemeanor charges – possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription; the actress spent two hours in a Hollywood jail before being released on a $1000 bond. A few months later, in January of 2019 she was arrested in Los Angeles on a misdemeanor charge. The Daily Mail reported, ‘The former child actress spent the night in jail before posting $6,000 bail the following morning’. The exact cause of the arrest is still unclear.

Appearance and Clothing Style

Daveigh is a female of Caucasian ethnicity and American nationality. A natural brunette with bright blue eyes, the model frequently dyes her hair blonde. She reputedly weighs 123lbs (56kgs) with a height of 5ft 11ins (1.97m). She has a slim body build, with vital statistics of 29-24-31. As of 2020, she is 30 years old.

Net Worth and Salary

Chase’s primary source of income is her career as an actress. From her years in the entertainment industry, she has an accumulated net worth estimated at around $2 million. Her income varies according to her commitments in any one year. She owns an apartment in Las Vegas, Nevada where she currently resides.

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