ACTOR | WRITER | DIRECTOR
"When the storyteller tells the truth, she reminds us that human beings are more alike than unalike...
A story is what it's like to be a human being - to be knocked down and to miraculously arise.
Each one of us has arisen, awakened. We do rise."
Stefanie Butler is a storyteller in every sense of the word. She is a film and television actor, a stage actor, a proud member of SAG-AFTRA & AEA eligible, a screenwriter, a children’s book author, a blogger and a director. She loves collaborating and cares about telling stories that deeply matter with people that matter deeply, because success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life, it's about what you inspire others to do.
Stefanie was born in Atlanta, GA, the second of four children, to Eveline Butler, a homemaker, and Brett Butler, a professional baseball player. She is of English, Irish, Italian & Icelandic decent and grew up bi-coastal between Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA most of her life.
From an early age, Stefanie developed a keen interest in observing and understanding people, which naturally led her to become an actor. She went on to receive an acting scholarship to Pepperdine University, where she was renowned for her work on the stage, and upon graduation, immediately began her film and television career starring opposite Armie Hammer and Kristoffer Polaha in the Billy Graham biopic, Billy: The Early Years.
In 2015, she was thrilled to join the cast of the much anticipated Netflix series, Stranger Things. She has also guest starred on CSI:NY, Shark, Rizzoli & Isles and Frank Darabont’s Mob City. Her commercial work is extensive and includes over thirty national campaigns, while her film work includes the independent films Car Dogs, starring George Lopez, Patrick Adams & Octavia Spencer, Same, which she wrote, starred in, and took home 2nd place for best short film at the Christian Worldview Film Festival, and Zula the Infinite, which was an official selection of the LA Shorts Fest and received the Award of Excellence at Indiefest Film Awards in (2018).
Stefanie can currently be seen in the films Guest of Honor (shot entirely in German), Legend of Five Mile Cave, Long Roads, There Comes A Knocking (in collaboration with Film Riot), and USS Christmas on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel (tune in!).
Stefanie just completed production on her short film, A Chance Encounter, which she wrote, directed, and produced. It will hit the festival circuit this year. Stefanie is working to get her first feature, Sagewalk off the ground as well as her next short film, Deirfiúracha, which she wrote and will direct and star in with her sister, Abbi Butler. It is a period piece about two Irish potato farmers in the late 1800's. Stefanie is also writing her father's life story into a biopic titled Against All Odds. In her freetime, Stefanie is always freelance writing and developing other screenplays.
"That's what we storytellers do.
We restore order with imagination.
We instill hope again and again and again."
I was born in the South and was raised by a Southern mom, therefore I'm usually overdressed.
I've been to over 1,400 baseball games in my life.
I am an adventure loving, thrill-seeker who's been skydiving, cliff jumping, 4-wheeling, dirtbiking, spearfishing, snowboarding, surfing and I am PADI scuba certified.
My all time favorite movies are any period piece with an accent and a strong female protagonist. Some of my favorites are:
ELIZABETH, BRAVEHEART, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, GLADIATOR, FAR & AWAY, THE PATRIOT, CHOCOLAT, SENSE & SENSIBILITY (EMMA & ANG'S VERSION), THE YOUNG VICTORIA, ROMEO & JULIET (BAZ'S VERSION), RUDY, EVER AFTER, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, THE DUCHESS, LEGENDS OF THE FALL, LITTLE WOMEN (GILLIAN'S VERSION WITH THE INCREDIBLE SUSAN SARANDON), ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE HURT LOCKER, MARIE ANTOINETTE (SOFIA'S VERSION), A WALK IN THE CLOUDS, TITANIC, THE GREEN MILE, THE BOOK THIEF, ROMAN HOLIDAY. TANGLED (YES, THE CARTOON), AND INGLORIOUS BASTARDS.
I have a collection of children's books that I one day hope to publish.
I love hot yoga.
I lived in Ireland for three months, working on organic farms and one day hope to have my own farm, complete with horses, a garden, an orchard, chickens and honey bees.
I consider myself a gypsy - my parents moved us at least 40 times when I was a kid.
I have a blog titled COURAGE, BRAVEHEART. Check it out!
There's nothing better than a good hat and I'd wear one every single day (& sometimes do)!
I bake at random hours.
I am a tea fanatic - hit me with your best pot!
I have insane respect for those who stand up for themselves or others.
My family is my heart.
I love interior design.
I'd love to own horses one day; likely ones that have been rescued.
I had a Japanese tea sensei for 5 years, where I learned CHADO, the art of formally serving Japanese tea while wearing kimono and my Japanese name is Hachidori, which means hummingbird.
I love to play beach volleyball and do Krav Maga (Israeli street fighting).
I'm fiercely competitive, thanks to my dad.
I’m a crack shot with a shotgun and was given a handgun as a gift (true story!), which means I'd love to play Annie Oakley.
My first trophy I ever won was for doing gymnastics on a moving horse; and no I wasn't in the circus.
I once traveled to 7 states in 9 days, with 5 guys, 12 suitcases and 1 violin - and survived!
I am a total bookworm. Would love to be reading by a fireplace most nights.
I love throwing a good dinner party.
Hammocks are my jam.
I'd rather be barefoot than wear shoes ANY day.
Give me ALL the vinyl records...I'll add 'em to my collection.
I'm naturally blonde - and yes, blondes really do have more fun!
"Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
"Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas,
but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk and to act."
Height: 5'5" | Eye Color: Blue | Hair Color: Blonde
Stefanie is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA & is AEA Eligible
Re-Fine Arts | Somewhere Between Expectation & Reality | Supporting | Dir. James Repici
Crown Media & Hallmark Movies & Mysteries | USS Christmas | Supporting | Dir. Steven R. Monroe
Film Riot, Maker Table & Denton Films | There Comes A Knocking | Lead | Dir. Ryan Connolly
Long Roads, LLC | Long Roads | Lead | Dir. Ashleigh Chavis
Level Path Productions | The Legend of Five Mile Cave | Supporting | Dir. Brent Christy
J-ROB Productions | Guest of Honor | Lead | Dir. Justin Robinson
Kali Bailey Productions | The Wise Farmer | Lead | Dir. Kali Bailey
The Butler Sisters | Same | Lead | Dir. Abbi Butler
Jonas, LLC | Jonas | Lead | Dir. Joseph Robinson
Massinhamdulli Productions | Last Goodbye | Lead | Dir. Joe Massingill
Allen & Gray Media Group | Jolene | Lead | Dir. Richard Allen
Interrogation, LLC | Interrogation | Lead | Dir. YueCheng Liu
Perpetual Productions | Zula The Infinite | Lead | Dir. Jillian Dudley
I Remember You, LLC | I Remember You | Lead | Dir. Claudia Sparrow
Logolite Entertainment | Followed | Lead | Dir. Michael Anderson
Doradel Pictures | Don Juan in Hell | Lead | Dir. Andrew Shea
Rukus Films | Billy the Early Years | Lead | Dir. Robby Benson
Ghost House Pictures | Tales From The Grudge | Lead | Dir. Toby Wilkins
Car Dogs, LLC | Car Dogs | Supporting | Dir. Adam Collis
Allen & Gray Media Group | Nisei | Series Regular | Dir. Richard Allen
Netflix | Stranger Things | Recurring | Dir. The Duffer Brothers
TNT | Rizzoli & Isles | Guest-Star | Dir. Michael Katleman
CBS | CSI:NY | Guest-Star | Dir. David Von Ancken
FOXTV | Shark | Guest-Star | Dir. Adam Davidson
TNT | Mob City | Co-Star | Dir. Guy Ferland
OXYGEN | Campus Ladies | Co-Star | Dir. Sean K. Lambert
WBTV | The Mullets | Co-Star | Dir. Dennis Dugan
Aquila Morong Studio | The Only Game In Town | Lead Actor | Dir. Aidan Bristow
Aquila Morong Studio | Suburban Motel | Lead Actor | Dir. John Hindman
Payson Theatre | Of Mice and Men | Lead Actor | Dir. Jonathan MacDonald
Lindhurst Theatre | The Weir | Lead Actor | Dir. Danny Campbell
Lindhurst Theatre | All My Sons | Supporting Actor | Dir. Cathy Thomas-Grant
Regional | Keep California Beautiful
National | Nutella | Jimmy Dean | Toyota | Aussie | Nissan | Bud Light | Burger King | Chrysler | Pizza Hut | Ross | Conair
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS
Pepperdine University | BA in Theater Class of 2006
Aquila Morong Studio | Adler Master Scene Study | Deb Aquila & John Hindman Warner Loughlin Studio | Lee Strasberg Master Intensive | Warner Loughlin Playhouse West | Sanford Meisner Technique | Tracy Aziz & Chris Liebe
Artworks Theater | The Method | Tony Greco
Margie Haber Studio | Master Audition Technique | Margie Haber
Ivana Chubbuck Studio | Advanced Scene Study | Michael Monks
4th Wall Acting Studio | Master Scene Study | William Arnold
The Dialect Coach | Various Dialects | Joel Goldes
Equestrian (English & Western) | Snowboarding | Volleyball | Yoga | Hiking |
Chado: Japanese Tea Service | PADI Scuba Certified | Firearms | Basic Krav Maga | Basic Guitar | Extreme Sports Enthusiast | Vocal Range: Alto to Mezzo Soprano Dialects: Southern | Standard British | Cockney | Australian | New Zealand | Irish | Scottish | German | French | New York | able to add new dialects quickly
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