Marlane is best known for playing Maggie of the Irish coven in THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN PART TWO. Other film credits include Terrence Malick’s THE TREE OF LIFE and the feature film SAKE BOMB which was an Official Selection for SXSW 2013 and for which she was nominated for Best Actress by the Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival. Television credits include MAD MEN, RIZZOLI & ISLES and RAY DONOVAN, as well as recurring roles on MASTERS OF SEX, THE FOSTERS, ICARLY and SONS OF ANARCHY. Before moving to Los Angeles she studied theatre at the University of Texas at Austin.
Marlane volunteers in the animal rescue community by fostering for Best Friends Animal Society and acting as a national spokesperson to spread awareness for the spay/neuter organization SpayFirst!
Marlane is repped by Defining Artists Agency and managed by Consortium Entertainment.
Follow her on Twitter @MarlaneBarnes!
The long version:
Marlane is a native of Portland, Maine and was raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
While living in Portland, ME she spent time on Old Orchard Beach riding the Ferris wheel and flinging sand around.
That's about all she remembers about it, aside from doing regional shoe commercials.
While living in Fort Smith, AR she discovered that all the Kahlua in the world is bottled in Fort Smith!
Next time you have a White Russian while watching The Big Lebowski, ask for the bottle and check it out.
She did that while studying theatre abroad in London and was impressed.
That was in a spare moment when she wasn't watching plays or eating noodles at Wagamama (see below).
She fell in love with acting at the age of 10 when the hardest thing about it was "learning all those lines." She thought
she would be a lawyer, then she realized she just wanted to play one, in a movie or onstage, or anywhere really.
Incidentally, she has not yet played a lawyer, but is open to it.
Now Marlane lives in Los Angeles, CA with a filmmaker and three cats.
When she is not acting or thinking about acting she reads books on a Kindle,
makes things and writes about them on MarlaneDesign,
and volunteers in the animal rescue community by fostering homeless dogs (one at a time)
and writing about that experience at www.ProjectNoses.org.
She also spreads awareness for the need for spay and neuter as
the national spokesperson for a spay/neuter advocacy organization called SpayFirst!
What they're saying:
“Two key supporting roles call for special notice: N. Vane as the cruising lesbian and Marlane Barnes as the perky flapper
gave us Broadway-quality performances in the two comic songs that set off the darkly fatal story.”
– Cape Cod Times, Wild Party
“Most delightful was Marlane Barnes as Chiltern's precocious sister, Mabel, the only performer who brought consistent
energy, focus, and tempo to every scene in which she appeared.”
– The Austin Chronicle, An Ideal Husband
“First of all, I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Marlane Barnes. She was fabulous in "An Ideal Husband." And she was great in "Footprints" and "The Edge of Peace" during the New Works Festival. She is a powerhouse actress, which you wouldn't think at first because of her size.
But she really is this little bundle of energy on stage.”
– UT Playwriting Gone 2009 Blogspot
"Marlane Barnes, as Mabel, achieved the best balance and was utterly charming"
- The Austinist, An Ideal Husband
“At the opposite end of the female spectrum is the ingenue Miss Mabel. Marlane Barnes bubbles with flirtatious mischief. Her tippy-toeing rushes across the stage manifest a fine sense of physical comedy.”
- Austin Live Theatre, An Ideal Husband.
"One unexpected stand out came from Marlane Barnes, who may just be playing a member of the chorus, but whose wide-eyed innocence and breathtaking voice saves many of the musical numbers..."
Austin Theatre Examiner, The Trojan Women