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Tulsan Samantha Isler Becomes Hollywood Star

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FAMOUS FACES: Samantha Isler worked alongside well-known actor Kevin Costner in the 2017 film Molly’s Game. The film was based on a true story, and Isler portrayed the teenage version of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier sought by the FBI for running a high-stakes exclusive poker game.

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Samantha Isler, an 18-year-old Tulsa native and resident, has been growing in popularity in Hollywood since her feature film debut in the 2013 film Home Run.  

The Bishop Kelley High School alumna has gone on to pursue roles in both television and film. She made her television debut in Sean Saves the World, an NBC sitcom that ran in 2013 and 2014; she also had roles in the 2016 film Captain Fantastic and 2017 film Molly’s Game.  

Isler’s acting career has also provided her the opportunity to meet well-known figures in the film-making scene, such as Meryl Streep.  

When asked what she enjoys most about acting, Isler says, “The experience that comes with it. I love the challenge of having to portray a completely different person’s life. Through acting and researching different characters, you get a better understanding of yourself and the world around you.”

Isler currently attends college, majoring in Applied Behavioral Science.

Isler’s earliest memories of acting were at home with her younger sister, she remembers. “I was very animated and theatrical, singing and dancing, putting on shows at two years old.”  

She and her sister would perform shows at family events.

As Isler grew older, a turning point for her was when she realized that she could audition and gain acting roles. She, then, became immersed in the acting world after she attended an acting workshop with her acting coach in Oklahoma City, she says.
Isler marks that experience as the true beginning of her acting path.  

She went on to secure a lead role in the 2014 award-winning film Dig Two Graves and later, appeared on well-known television shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy and Supernatural.  

In 2017, Isler attended the Screen Actors Guild Awards as part of the cast from the 2016 film Captain Fantastic. The film was nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.”

It was at this event that Isler met Meryl Streep, her favorite actress, and remembers crying when Streep told her she liked one of the movies that Isler played a role.  

Isler’s acting jobs have allowed her to build relationships with many big-name actors, such as her Sean Saves the World co-star Sean Hayes, known for his role on Will and Grace, and writer, director, producer and actor Aaron Sorkin, who has worked on many projects, including The West Wing, A Few Good Men, Moneyball and Steve Jobs.

Although Isler has spent time with more famous people than most 18-year-olds, she is still a normal teenage girl doing “normal teenage girl stuff,” she says, “like yoga, reading, journaling, and hanging out and going to dinner with my girlfriends.”

Updated 03-28-2018

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