She has a younger brother and sister. As a teen, Katie Featherston attended Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas and participated in drama. After graduating, she went to Southern Methodist University, a private college near Dallas, and studied acting, matriculating with a bachelors degree of fine arts in 2005.
She subsequently moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Katie Featherston landed a few gigs for commercials, including Honda and 3Mobile and appeared at the Santa Monica Playhouse production of The Distance from Here (askmen.com). Katie also appeared in a few independent films, including Private Lives, F.A.T. and The Scorekeeper. But she still needed a day job, which included waiting tables at Buca di Beppo on CityWalk.
Katie landed the part on Paranormal Activity after seeing a post on L.A. Casting. She got the part, shot if over the period of about a week in the directors home and then it came out years later. Katie Featherston said, I think there are things in this world that are unexplainable that are mystical or paranormal. The possibility is there, definitely (fandango.com).
When asked about the criticism that she was only playing herself onscreen, Katie said, I think you have to bring a part of yourself to every single characterabsolutely its a version of myself, but it isnt me (backstage.com).
For her work in Paranormal Activity she was named Best Actress at the 2007 Screamfest Film Festival. Unfortunately, she was not part of the profit-sharing deal of the film.
Katie Featherston said, I didnt think my barista knew my name, but he was like, Katie! Your movie made $7 million! I was like, Uhhyes. Can I have a latte?
After the success of the Paranormal Activity films, she was cast in the television series The River as Rosetta Rabbit Fischer. She has expressed interest in acting in different types of material. I want to do comedy. To book a single camera comedy would be awesome. But thats something I have to break into because people dont watch Paranormal Activity and think Oh yeah, shes funny, she can do comedy. But I can, and Im going to (insidemovies.ew.com).
Katie Featherston said when she auditions for parts, its always one of two things. Its either, Oh, my gosh, we love those movies, so good, were so excited to meet you! Or, Oookay, so you were in those scary movies? Alright, ummm hmmm, cool.
Katie Featherston has said her favorite scary movie is Candyman. She lives in Los Angeles, California.