Sosie Ruth Bacon is an American actress. Her first role was playing 10-year-old Emily in the movie Loverboy (2005), which was directed by her father, Kevin Bacon. +more James Duff, producer of The Closer, was compelled by Bacon's performance in Loverboy to suggest that she play the role of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson's niece Charlie in the fifth season of the show. Although her parents were opposed to her being involved in acting, Bacon accepted the role and appeared in four episodes alongside her mother, who played the role of Chief Johnson. Bacon portrayed the character Skye Miller in the TV series 13 Reasons Why. In 2022, she starred in the hit horror film Smile.

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Early life

Sosie Bacon was born in 1992 to married actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. Bacon was provided with a "fairly ordinary" upbringing, according to producer James Duff, and her parents were determined that she not follow them into acting.

Career

While directing Loverboy, Kevin Bacon decided to cast his daughter Sosie in the film. Asked about the choice, Kevin said he made the decision as a director, not as a father, because he believed his daughter was perfect for the role, and "Sosie was cool. +more She kind of got it out of her system. She said 'Oh, that was fun-now I’m going back to school'. " Sosie portrayed the main character Emily in a flashback, while the adult Emily was portrayed by Sosie's mother Kyra Sedgwick. As Emily, Sosie sang an a cappella version of the David Bowie song "Life on Mars?", that was described in a review from The New York Times as "grotesquely funny". Her brother, Travis Bacon, was cast in a smaller role in the film. Kevin praised Sosie's work on Loverboy, but said he would not be encouraging her to pursue acting further.

Her performance in Loverboy is what James Duff, the producer of The Closer, has said first prompted him to suggest that Bacon begin acting. Duff had wanted to write her into the series since she was 12 years old, according to Sedgwick, who plays the role of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the show. +more However, Sedgwick was opposed to the idea, insistent on Sosie's not getting involved with acting. Eventually, Duff says, he was able to get Sosie's parents to agree to her having a brief role on the series provided it did not interfere with her education. He described the agreement as being "more like a treaty negotiation" than an arrangement.

Sedgwick's version of events was different. She said she had told Duff she would discuss it with her husband, but that Duff went directly to Sosie, who accepted the role, and at that point, her mother said, "there was no turning back".

On the show, Sosie portrayed Charlie, who is left in the care of her aunt (Johnson) and her husband, Special Agent Fritz Howard. The role lasted for four episodes and led to what Sedgwick has said was one of the hardest scenes for her on the show, where Brenda is telling Charlie that she has to go home, and Charlie responding by asking, "Do you not want me to stay?" Sedgwick has said she would not find it unusual if Duff offered Bacon a more regular role on Major Crimes, a spin-off of The Closer series.

Following her role on The Closer, Sosie began studying at Brown University and has studied at musical theatre company CAP21. She joined the cast of Fiction in Photographs in 2012, an off-Broadway musical by Dan Mills and Randy Redd.

On November 21, 2013, Sosie was crowned Miss Golden Globe 2014. Chosen each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Miss Golden Globe assists with the Globes ceremony and is typically the daughter of Hollywood celebrities. +more The outgoing recipient was Francesca Eastwood, the daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher.

Sosie was cast in the leading female role of the independent film Off Season (2014), opposite Chance Kelly. Following up her role in 13 Reasons Why, Bacon was cast in Here and Now, a 2018-debuting HBO family drama series from award-winning writer-producer Alan Ball, as Kristen, the youngest daughter of a couple played by Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter.

She starred in the 2022 horror film Smile as the protagonist, Dr. Rose Cotter.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleDirector
2005LoverboyEmily Stoll (aged 10)Kevin Bacon
2014Wishin' and Hopin'Frances FunicelloColin Theys
2015Ana Maria in Novela LandPoppy LakeGeorgina Garcia Riedel
2016Chronically MetropolitanHannahXavier Manrique
2017Off SeasonCassieRobert Cole
2018Charlie SaysPatricia KrenwinkelMary Harron
2019The Last SummerAudrey JarvisWilliam Bindley
2021TracesSierra JonesMatthew Currie Holmes
2022SmileDr. Rose CotterParker Finn
HazardSaraEddie Mensore

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009The CloserCharlie JohnsonGuest role (4 episodes; season 5)
2014Basic WitchesSosie
2015-2016ScreamRachel MurrayRecurring role (seasons 1-2)
2015Lost BoySummer HarrisTelevision film
2017-201813 Reasons WhySkye MillerRecurring role (seasons 1-2)
2017Story of a GirlStaceyTelevision film
2018Here and NowKristenMain role
2020Narcos: MexicoMimi Webb MillerGuest role (4 episodes; season 2)
2021Mare of EasttownCarrie LaydenMiniseries
2022As We See ItMandyMain role

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Living people