Tara Lynne Barr

Tara Lynne Barr (born October 2, 1993) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Roxy in the dark comedy film God Bless America (2011), which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film, and Laura Meyers in the Hulu comedy-drama series Casual.[1]

Tara Lynne Barr
Tara Lynne Barr Deauville 2012.jpg
Barr in September 2012
Born (1993-10-02) October 2, 1993 (age 27)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Years active2004–present

Early lifeEdit

Barr was born in Orange County, California, on October 2, 1993, and was raised in Fountain Valley, California. The daughter of long-time employees of Southern California Edison Company, her parents enrolled Barr and her older sister in the before- and after-school care program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. When the club began its Clubhouse Theater program, Barr's sister performed in several children's theater productions, inspiring Barr to take up acting. She was seven years old. Barr attended Fountain Valley public schools, and graduated from Fountain Valley High School in 2011. She was accepted to Chapman University's College of Performing Arts on the Dean's Scholarship, but left the school after a year to focus solely on her career.[2][3]


Barr performed in local children's theater productions until, at the age of 10, she began to express interest in film and television work. Shortly thereafter she obtained an agent and started working professionally. At the age of 11, she starred in the short dark comedy film Road Kill, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2005 New York City Horror Film Festival.[4] While still not yet in her teens, she appeared as the host of Encore Channel's Fear Fest: 31 Nights of Horror, as well as in television series such as Joan of Arcadia, Crossing Jordan, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

After her high school graduation in 2011, Barr starred in the dark comedy film God Bless America, her break out role. Following this, Barr starred as the title role in the short film Dawn, Rose McGowan's directorial debut. This was followed by a major recurring role on the NBC series, Aquarius, starring David Duchovny, in which Barr portrayed the character Katie, who was based on real-life Manson Family member Patricia Krenwinkel. Barr left the series before its second season to star in the Hulu original series, Casual, as Laura Meyers. Casual aired for four seasons from 2015 to 2018. Barr was praised for her performance.[5][6][7]

In 2020, Barr was cast in the AMC series Dispatches From Elsewhere to portray the young version of star Sally Field's character.[8]



Year Title Role
2011 God Bless America Roxy
2014 Dawn Dawn
2016 The Darkness Kat


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Joan of Arcadia Jumping-Rope Girl Episode: "Only Connect"
2005 Crossing Jordan Sally Yates Episode: "Murder in the Rue Morgue"
2006 Drake & Josh Katie Episode: "Megan's New Teacher"
2006 Zoey 101 Sandy Baldwin Episode: "Lola Likes Chase"
2007–2008 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Haley Grille 2 episodes
2007 Disney Channel's 3 Minute Game Show Herself Episode: "High School Musical 2 Edition"
2012 The Bold and the Beautiful Christine Johnson
2015 Aquarius Katie[9] 10 episodes
2015–2018 Casual Laura Meyers[10] Series regular (44 episodes)
2018 Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters Regina Bailey Episode: "Face In The Car Lot"
2018 Co-ed Ginny Series regular (8 episodes)[11]
2020 Dispatches From Elsewhere Young Janice [8] 6 episodes
2021 Red Bird Lane Rose[12] Series regular (unaired pilot)[13]

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Secret World Carter / Emilia Voice
2012 Prototype 2 Amaya Heller Voice/Motion Capture
2020 Twin Mirror Kayla Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2013 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia L.A. Theatre Works / Audio Theatre Collection
2013 The Liar (Corneille) Clarice L.A. Theatre Works[14]
2013 The Columnist Abigail L.A. Theatre Works[15]
2014 August: Osage County Jean Fordham L.A. Theatre Works
2018 Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves Emerald Stoker BBC Radio[16]
2019 Please Continue Margaret Hopson L.A. Theatre Works[17]
2019 Three Women (book) by Lisa Taddeo Maggie Wilkin Simon & Schuster Audio[18]

Awards and NominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2013 34th Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress God Bless America Nominated [1]


  1. ^ a b "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  2. ^ Tinkham, Chris. "Tara Lynne Barr". www.undertheradarmag.com. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  3. ^ 7801051. "Fvlivingmagazine feb2016". Issuu. Retrieved May 21, 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "2005 Film Festival". NYC Horror Film Festival. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  5. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (October 7, 2015). "Review: 'Casual' Season 1 Might Be The Ultimate Union of Indie Film and TV". IndieWire. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  6. ^ "'Casual' Review: Jason Reitman Hulu Comedy Transcends Typical Sitcom Cliches". TheWrap. October 7, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  7. ^ Goodman, Tim (June 7, 2016). "'Casual' Season 2: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  8. ^ a b Denise Petski (July 18, 2019). "Dispatches From Elsewhere: Tara Lynne Barr To Recur In Jason Segel's AMC Anthology Series". Deadline. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Tara Lynne Barr Joins NBC's 'Aquarius'; Kahyun Kim In 'Mysteries Of Laura'". Deadline. July 28, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  10. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 3, 2015). "Michaela Watkins To Star In 'Casual' Hulu Series, Tara Lynne Barr Co-Stars, Liz Tigelaar Joins As Executive Producer". Deadline. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  11. ^ Alakananda Bandyopadhyay (October 10, 2018). "Snapchat Launches Snap Originals With Serialized Shows Available for Streaming Now". Meaww. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  12. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 9, 2020). "Susan Sarandon Among Eight Cast in HBO Max Drama Pilot 'Red Bird Lane'". Variety. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2021). "'Red Bird Lane' Psychological Thriller Pilot Not Going Forward At HBO Max". Deadline. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  14. ^ "James Bridges Theatre with LA Theatre Works to Present THE LIAR, 4/18-21". April 2, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  15. ^ "The Imitated Life Stage Blog: Final cast announced for L.A. Theatre Works' "The Columnist"". November 6, 2013. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  16. ^ "Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves". BBC. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  17. ^ "Please Continue". LATW. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "Three Women". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved August 16, 2019.

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