Born Clea Helen D’Etienne DuVall on September 25, 1977 in L.A. California, Clea was the only child of Stephen and Rosemary DuVall. At age 12, Clea’s parents divorced and her mother remarried. She dropped out of high school, left home and moved into her own apartment. During this time, Clea DuVall entertained herself by watching movies and TV programs while memorizing entire scenes. It was then she realized she wanted to become an actress.
Clea DuVall returned to school and finished high school. She attended Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, while working to support herself. She worked in a coffee shop before she landed a role in “Little Witches”.
The first major role of Clea DuVall came when she won a part in Robert Rodriguez’s 1998 film “The Faculty”. In this film, Clea DuVall worked with other up-and-coming actors, such as Josh Hartnett and Elijah Wood. She played supporting roles in films as “Girl, Interrupted”, “She’s All That” and “But I’m a Cheerleader”, among others.