Winstead is known for her Scream queen roles in the horror films: The World and as an alcoholic who struggles through sobriety in the Sundance-selected drama Smashed. Her singing career started in , with her formation of the Music duo Got a Girl with Dan the Automator.
As a girl, Winstead attended Peruvian Park Elementary , where she excelled academically and attended advanced classes. During her youth, Winstead initially hoped to pursue a career as a ballerina and appeared in local ballet productions. As she entered her teens Winstead was forced to quit ballet due to her height.
Realizing that her career as a ballerina was unlikely, Winstead turned to acting instead; as she was still a teenager at the time, this required her to be homeschooled through most of high school.
After her brief performance in Broadway, Winstead began making appearances in various television series and earned guest roles in Touched by an Angel and Promised Land. Winstead was a series regular and held the role from to before leaving to pursue other interests. The series lasted ten episodes before being cancelled. In Winstead played a minor role in the indie comedy Checking Out. Winstead gained a much larger role later that year as the main antagonist of the Walt Disney Pictures film Sky High.
Breakthrough and mainstream success — After her appearance in Sky High , Winstead began to work with horror producers James Wong and Glen Morgan, previously known for their contributions to The X-Files. Their collaboration began when Winstead starred in Final Destination 3 as lead character Wendy Christensen.
Her next film appearance that year was in the slasher-film Black Christmas, where she once again collaborated with Morgan and Wong, as well as Crystal Lowe, whom she co-starred with in Final Destination 3. Black Christmas fared poorly with critics, but earned her a nomination for Scream Queen at the Scream Awards.
Winstead inadvertently received a chance to lampoon horror Scream queens when Tonight Show host Jay Leno, unaware of who she was, knocked on her front door and included her in a comedy segment spoofing horror films. Winstead became interested in Bobby after learning that Anthony Hopkins would also appear in the film. In , Winstead appeared in a pair of high-profile event films. Grindhouse opened to positive reviews but performed poorly at the box office.
The fourth film of the installment saw her co-starring alongside Bruce Willis, Justin Long and Timothy Olyphant, and was financially and critically acclaimed. The following year, Winstead screen-tested for the role of Wonder Woman in the film adaption of Justice League. She starred in a lead role in Make It Happen, a dance film. Nevertheless, the film proved a delight for Winstead to shoot, as she had always dreamed about becoming a Dancer.
The World , under the direction of Edgar Wright. Filming occurred from March to August For her role, Winstead went through fight training for two months and performed most of her own stunts.
The film was released in to critical acclaim but lackluster box office returns, though it did considerably well once released to DVD. In February , Winstead was cast in the lead role as paleontologist Dr. Kate Loyd in the prequel to The Thing.
The movie was released October 14, Winstead stated that there was no romantic subplot for her character as she felt it would be out of place in the context of the film. Winstead based her performance on her sister, a neurologist. Critics singled out Winstead for praise in her performance as the lead. She keeps a cool, logical head whilst others around her start to panic. On February 17, , it was confirmed that Winstead had been chosen to play the role of Mary Todd Lincoln, alongside Benjamin Walker, in the film adaption of Abraham Lincoln: According to Winstead, the film took a mere 19 days of shooting.
During a promotional interview for the movie with website Collider, she expressed pride about working in an independent project: She is not so supportive of their relationship. Winstead was cast in A. The main character, Alex, wakes up every day with a different appearance; Winstead played the role of Leah, a woman whom Alex falls in love with.
The web series acts as a campaign by Intel and Toshiba; The first episode airs online on August 16 and the project wrapped up on September Winstead co-starred alongside Brie Larson whom she co-starred with in Scott Pilgrim vs.
Winstead stated in an interview with Yahoo! She has grace, courage, knows how to move the audience and the camera loves her. The World , this will change as she continues to grow into her profoundly blossoming career.
This is an Actress ready to do great things. Alex is a tender soul but does her damndest to keep it together. The project, set in the s, is based loosely on a series of books by Max Allen Collins. The thriller tells the true story of investigative journalist Gary Webb. It was given a limited release on October 10, , to favorable reviews but little interest in its theatrical run. Winstead will star alongside Sandrine Holt and Agnes Bruckner for a episode run. The six-part series tells the tale of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War, and will air in winter The movie, also co-starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, is scheduled for release in The series, set in Washington, D.
Singing career Winstead has expressed her interest in singing, but initially did not plan on pursuing it as a career. We did a song together, and then one song kind of turned into five, and then we just decided to make an album out of it.
Although first rumored to be a pre-release single, Winstead has since then confirmed that she was just exploring her interest and does not plan on releasing any Music albums. The album is at first reported to be set for release in January via EMI, but its release has been bumped to July In June , Spin.