A mainstay in the direct-to-video market for nearly two decades, actress Christa Campbell avoided the path to obscurity laid out for most "scream queens" by establishing her own production company, which generated a hit with "Texas Chainsaw 3D" (2013). The movie's success was sizable enough to dethrone Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012) from the top of the box office charts. Campbell, whose acting career was largely comprised of bit and supporting roles in horror and science fiction efforts that hinged on her physical appeal, was minted as an overnight force in independent genre films, a title which she appeared ready to cement with a slew up of future projects, including a de rigueur sequel to "Chainsaw."
Born December 7, 1972 in Oakland, California, Christa Campbell was raised in Rohnert Park, where she graduated from Rancho Cotate High School. She began acting in features in the early '90s, playing bit roles in low-budget exploitation for home video and cable release while also making the rounds as a pin-up model in men's magazines. By the late '90s, Campbell had worked her way up to mainstream features, though her roles in "The New Guy" (2002), "Mozart and the Whale" (2005) and the much-pilloried remake of "The Wicker Man" (2006) were largely ornamental. She fared better, at least in terms of dialogue, in low-budget horror efforts like "2001 Maniacs" (2005) and "Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep" (2006).
Persistence and the willingness to take on roles, no matter the budget or scope of the picture, eventually led to supporting turns in mainstream efforts like "Drive Angry" (2011), "The Mechanic" (2011), and the comedy "The Big Wedding" (2013), which also starred Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. In 2012, Campbell partnered with Israeli producer Lati Grobman to form Campbell-Grobman Productions, a film and television production company. The outfit scored a huge hit within a year's time with "Texas Chainsaw 3D," an updated take on Tobe Hooper's 1974 cult classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." A full shingle of additional productions, which included projects with leading roles for Campbell, quickly followed its success.
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Screen debut in the direct-to-cable and video series "Erotic Confessions"
Television debut on "Pacific Blue"
Co-starred in the cult horror effort "2001 Maniacs" with Robert Englund
Minor role in Neil La Bute's remake of "The Wicker Man"
Appeared in "The Mechanic"
Formed Campbell-Grobman Films
Scored a box office hit with "Texas Chainsaw 3D"