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Her name is pronounced “Sah-mee-rah.” It means “Dawning Sun” in Gaelic. Her nickname is Sasa. She is a mix of Scottish and Italian ancestry.
Samaire Armstrong was born in Japan to American parents. Her family lived in Japan for several years (her father was a Marine) before moving to Hawaii, and then to Arizona. When she lived in Japan, she trained in the martial arts. She said growing up, “We had doughnut Sunday. We’d go and get doughnuts or croissants. Now I try not to eat that many sweets, but at least I can smell them!”
Samaire attended Sedona Red Rock High School and the University of Arizona. In high school she played volleyball for two years before turning to acting.
She has her own fashion label NARU, which means “becoming” in Japanese.
Samaire Armstrong said, “I am pretty impulsive. My judgments are based entirely on instinct. I have a lot of strong feelings, which impact both my designing and acting.” Regarding her fashion choices, she said they were “sexy without showing too much, because that’s my comfort level.”
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In 2007, she spent some time in rehab to deal with “personal issues.” “There were some tough times, but I’m in a place where I’ve got really great people in my life. I’m on a really clean and clear path. I feel really good.”
Samaire Armstrong has also appeared in “The Mentalist,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Entourage,” among other projects.
She said, “It’s interesting how your look totally dictates what kind of auditions you get or what kind of roles you can play. Since the haircut, I’m getting all these lesbian scripts sent tome. I had really long hair when I first came out here, and I’d always get these really cutesy auditions. I was like, ‘I’m not a sorority girl, guys!’”
In 2012, she gave birth her to her first child, a son, Calin. Samaire Armstrong lives in Los Angeles, California.