Blair started her professional acting career in During her early years, she played a large number of supporting roles in film and television, before obtaining recognition for her leading role in the Her breakthrough came in , when she starred on teen sitcom and in the coming-of-age drama. Blair continued to find commercial success with the comedies and , and achieved international fame as a result of her portrayal of the heroine in the and Other notable films include , , , , , , , and Blair portrayed the leading role in the American remake of as Kim — , and on the sitcom — Blair also appeared as socialite in the of true crime anthology series In , Blair lent her voice to narrate the -related audio documentary , garnering a nomination.
Blair had a upbringing; her name is Bat-Sheva. Her father was an attorney, active in the and labor arbitrator until his death in at the age of Her parents divorced when Blair was 23; she subsequently legally changed her surname. She has three older sisters, Katherine, Elizabeth, and Marie Beitner.
Blair attended, a in Farmington Hills; and in soon after, she spent her freshman year — in, where she studied photography and acted in the play The Little Theater of the Green Goose.
At that time, she wanted to be a ballerina and a horse trainer. Later, at the age of 20, Blair moved to New York City, where she lived at in poor living conditions. She attended, as well as acting classes at the, the Column Theatre, and the Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop; later, she returned to Michigan to finish her studies. After transferring from, she graduated magna cum laude from the in with a in photography, in psychology, and a in fine arts and English.
According to Blair, it was a failure, but her English teacher told her not to give up; that was the first time she thought she could be an actress. In , she began training at acting schools in New York.
She was discovered by an agent in acting class; subsequently, Blair signed with her. After 75 auditions, she got her first advertising contract for a television spot ad for a theater in Virginia, for which she received her membership. Blair began auditioning in the mids.
Her first audition was for a cereal commercial. She won her first professional role in , in an episode of the sitcom. She portrayed the love interest of the main character Big Pete. In , she made her first appearance on a mainstream feature film, the comedy. Blair auditioned six times for the role and remained several weeks on the set, but most of her scenes were cut from the final screened edition.
She obtained her first lead role in a feature film on the teen drama Strong Island Boys, based on true events about chris mann concert dates a 80's street gang. Later, she was selected to take the lead in the fantasy film, Amazon High, alongside. Blair starred as a present-day orphaned high school student who accidentally travels back in time to the mythical days of the.
Amazon High, which also was proposed as a third show set in the Hercules and Xena mythological genre, never has been aired. Later, portions of the pilot were adapted and edited into the episode "Lifeblood" in In the same year, Blair was cast as on , but was later replaced by. Soon afterward, she auditioned for the in , but was chosen, instead. Blair starred opposite in the family drama No Laughing Matter as a pregnant teenager. She subsequently appeared in several independent and short productions, including Debutante, opposite.
The short drama was shot in NYC and won multiple awards after its premiere in September In , Blair starred opposite in the teen drama , as well as in the suspense thriller , based on the crime novel of the same name. In the same year, Blair appeared in 's music video for the song "Charmed" which was also the opening theme for the first season of Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane in She also appeared in the music video for the single "" by the British band ; the track was featured on the.
Breakthrough and mainstream success Following several auditions, independent film roles, and guest-roles in television series, Blair achieved her breakthrough opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar and in the drama , loosely based on the 18th-century novel.
Blair played the role of an innocent student manipulated by two of her classmates. The film received mixed reviews, with finding "newcomer" Blair to be " too broad" while "overdoing [her role]'s clumsiness". Cruel Intentions has since developed a. The first season follows the lives of four high school classmates from Manhattan. The second season was just renamed Zoe In , Blair won a 's in the "Exciting New Face — Female Category", and portrayed a seductive college student in the teen comedy , alongside and.
A lukewarm critical and commercial response greeted the film upon its release. Her film career continued with the independent drama opposite.
She starred as a bank teller taken hostage during a bank robbery, who tries to persuade her captors to kill her. Blair co-starred opposite in the comedy , portraying a preppy, snobby law student and the "rival" for the affections of Witherspoon's ex-boyfriend.
She next starred as a college student having an affair with her professor in the controversial independent drama , alongside.
It premiered at the , and received a limited release in most international markets. SPLICEDwire remarked in its review for the film that both Blair and Fitzpatrick gave "painfully authentic performances as an emotionally insecure coed and her cerebral palsy-stricken dorm neighbor and lover". She starred with and in the crime drama , which was released directly-to-DVD in March The independent film, filmed in locations of, is set in the mid-'90s grunge music scene and follows a road trip to the vigil.
Blair next appeared opposite and in the comedy , as the roommate of Diaz's character. In , Blair appeared on the cover of , and in a television commercial for video game.
She also had a guest role in the episode "The One with Christmas in Tulsa" on the hit sitcom. In , Blair co-starred with in the romantic comedy , playing the fiance of a man who wakes up after his bachelor party in bed with another woman played by. She filmed supporting parts for the independent road film and the well-received comedy-drama , and appeared alongside former star and in the.
In , Blair took on the role of, a superhero, in 's blockbuster fantasy film , co-starring. Based on 's, the film was favorably received by critics; The New York Times remarked: With her sleepy carnality and dry, hesitant timing, she is a superb foil for Mr. Hellboy topped the box office in the U. Also in , Blair played the role of an exhibitionist dancer in ' satirical sex comedy , alongside.
The film received a limited theatrical run in North America, garnering an overall mixed response; A. Club described the production as a "proud retreat back into the sandbox of sexual juvenilia" and a "potty-mouthed manifesto from an elder statesman of shock", while positively pointing out that both Blair and Ullman "throw themselves headfirst into the insanity, reveling in the forfeiture of dignity, self-respect, and self-consciousness their roles demand".
Blair took part on the social project as a producer, and was included on the list of "The Sexiest Women of ". Independent films and The Diary of Anne Frank Blair starred as a young -trained economist involved in an international oil scandal in the political thriller , opposite and. The film received limited release in the United States and the.
Blair next played supporting role in the independent black comedy , starring. Her last film release in was the -produced remake , in which she did her own stunts; among other acts, she spent 12 hours in a water tank over two days to shoot her underwater scenes.
She also starred alongside in the fantasy , based on the story The Specialist and produced by. The production revolved around a young woman suffering a medical condition. Blair starred in the dysfunctional family drama , with. The film premiered through a limited theatrical run in NYC in She also appeared in a small role in the comedy-drama In , Blair took on the lead role in ' , a romantic comedy co-starring Burns, and. In the film, Blair played a frustrated and lonely writer who falls in love with her childhood sweetheart.
It premiered at the and was the first feature film to debut exclusively on the. She co-starred in 's romantic dramedy , opposite and, portraying a woman who begins a lesbian relationship due to her marital frustrations. The film received mixed critical reviews upon its limited theatrical premiere in North America. She next appeared in the British crime thriller , opposite, and.
Blair starred as a lab assistant who is by a criminal gang, and becomes a serial killer after watching her mother's death. The film had a limited theatrical run, but was favorably received by critics. Blair was included in the list of 's "World's Most Beautiful People ".
In , she reprised her role of in , where her character has a larger role in the storyline than its predecessor. In , Blair starred as a drug-addicted and alcoholic mother in 's independent drama , opposite in her breakthrough role and, who starred as her daughters.
The film is set in and was based on Petty's real story, in which she and her two little sisters were by their mother and a violent pimp. The production initially had a limited release in theaters only, but was later re-released in in the UK as Behind Closed Doors; it received generally favorable reviews from critics, with considering her performance one of the best of her film career. Blair worked with and in the comedy , where she played a young agent.
Blair accepted the titular role on the sitcom , opposite. The sitcom was based on the Australian television series of the same name about a mother and daughter who are obsessed with celebrity culture. Blair had to gain weight and use hair extensions to play her role as Kim, a self-absorbed suburban young princess who is forced to reassess her relationship with her mother. The series was canceled after one season. Blair also appeared with singing "" for the winter ad campaign, and was included in list of the 50 Most Glamorous Women of In , Blair returned to the stage, whe she took on the lead role of Kayleen in 's Gruesome Playground Injuries, opposite stage actor Brad Fleischer.
The drama made its world premiere at 's on October 16, , to largely positive reviews.