With starring roles in acclaimed independent films, Amber Paul has become recognized for her distinctive cinematic presence and facility with unusual, challenging roles. Born in Miami, she moved to Tennessee as a child and began her acting career in New York after graduating from Sewanee. While studying with noted acting teachers Harold Guskin, Michael Howard, and Gloria Maddox, she appeared in the lead role of Kelley Kelleher in the NY stage premiere of Joyce Carol Oates’ Black Water.
Her television credits include Jon Glaser’s television series, Delocated, for Adult Swim, NBC’s Lipstick Jungle, and As the World Turns. A high-profile role as one of Julia Roberts’ students in Mona Lisa Smile (2003) led to Paul’s appearance as Peter Sarsgaard’s fiancée in the Oscar-nominated Kinsey (2004). She followed with leading roles in thought-provoking films such as The Oval (2008), The Cuckold (2009), The Human War (2011) and, on a lighter note, as Halo in That’s My Boy (2012).
Her films have appeared in many prestigious festivals, including IFP Buzz Cuts, Creatively Speaking at Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Harlem Stage on Screen.Other festival appearances include Harlem Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Beloit International Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives New Filmmakers Series, Appalachian Film Festival, 48 Hour Film Festival, St. Clair Bourne Film Festival, and the Kanbar Institute New Visions and Voices.
Amber has been cast in a music video and an independent feature film, both of which are currently in pre-production.