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Albertina Marie Majorino

(1985-02-07) February 7, 1985 (age 38)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–1999, 2004–present

Albertina Marie Majorino (/mˈrn/; born February 7, 1985) is an American film and television actress. She started her career as a child actor, starring in films such as Andre, When a Man Loves a Woman, Waterworld, and Corrina, Corrina.

After her early success as a child actor, she returned to acting at age 18 as the character Deb in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. From 2004 to 2007, she portrayed Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie on Veronica Mars, and reprised the character in the 2014 spinoff film; she was offered the chance to play the character once again in the eight-episode fourth season in 2019, but turned it down. She has also appeared in the TV series Big Love, True Blood and Grey's Anatomy. She has played the part of Maggie Harris on the television series Legends. She later appeared in the recurring role of Florence in the television series Scorpion.

Early life

Majorino was born in the [[Westlake village, Los Angeles county] neighborhood of [Los Angeles, California]], to Sarah and Bob Majorino. She has Italian ancestry on her paternal side. Majorino has an older brother, Kevin, with whom she has formed a rock band, The AM Project.


Majorino began her acting career in a 1992 sitcom called Camp Wilder. Her first film role was in 1994's When a Man Loves a Woman. She subsequently starred in leading roles in the family films Corrina, Corrina and Andre, both of which were released in August 1994. Her next film was the 1995 action film Waterworld, playing a child named Enola.

She played the title role in the 1999 television film Alice in Wonderland. After Alice, she took time off from show business, later saying that she stopped acting so she would not miss out on her childhood: "I wanted to experience the things that a little kid can experience and get to know myself so when I came back I could be tough enough and strong enough to keep a good attitude, keep my head on straight and make the right decisions for myself and my family." She did not appear in another film until the 2004 cult film Napoleon Dynamite. From 2004 onward, she played a recurring role on UPN's series, Veronica Mars, as the computer-savvy Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie. ..... Show creator Rob Thomas created the role with her in mind. She had met Thomas while interviewing him for a report on one of his books. Majorino became a series regular in the show's third and final season. During her time on Veronica Mars, she also started appearing in a recurring role on the cable television series Big Love with Waterworld costar Jeanne Tripplehorn and fellow Veronica Mars cast members Amanda Seyfried and Kyle Gallner. In 2005, she appeared in the music video for the song "Blind" by rock group Lifehouse.

She started filming for The Deep End, a television show for ABC in 2009. She played the role of Addy Fisher, a meek, insecure first-year associate at a high-profile law firm. The show was canceled after only six episodes were aired.

She returned to television in 2011 playing the recurring role of Special Agent Genny Shaw on Bones. .....

In 2012, she reprised her role as Deb in the animated TV version of Napoleon Dynamite. She was also seen playing the role of the vampire Molly in Season 5 of the HBO television series True Blood, an uncredited role as a pregnant woman in the Fox show, Raising Hope, in an episode titled "Tarot Cards," and the role of intern Dr. Heather Brooks in Season 9 of the ABC series Grey's Anatomy, with her character being killed off in the two-part premiere of Season 10. In 2014 she appeared in the Veronica Mars film as her character Mac, a project financed by fans through Kickstarter. Majorino was approached to reprise the role of Mac when Veronica Mars was renewed for a fourth season by Hulu in 2019, but turned it down upon learning the role was essentially a cameo.


Tina Majorino at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Majorino at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con


Year Title Role Notes
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Jess Green
1994 Corrina, Corrina Molly Singer
1994 Andre Toni Whitney
1995 Waterworld Enola
1997 Santa Fe Crystal Thomas
2004 Napoleon Dynamite Deb
2006 Think Tank Sal
2006 Sharp, AA Sharp The Daughter Short Film
2007 What We Do Is Secret Michelle
2012 Should've Been Romeo Alice
2014 Veronica Mars Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie
2022 I, Challenger Vanessa


Year Title Role Notes
1992 ABC TGIF Sophie TV Series
1992–1993 Camp Wilder Sophie Wilder Main role (19 episodes)
1996 New York Crossing Television film
1997 True Women Young Euphemia Ashby
1997 Before Women Had Wings Avocet Abigail 'Bird' Jackson
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Janie Bailey
1999 Alice in Wonderland Alice
2004 Without a Trace Serena Barnes / Andrews Episode: "Lost and Found"
2004 Testing Bob Allison Barrett Television film
2004–2007 Veronica Mars Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie Recurring role (seasons 1–2); Main role (season 3); 33 episodes
2006–2011 Big Love Heather Tuttle Recurring role (26 episodes)
2010 The Deep End Addy Fisher Main role (6 episodes)
2010 In Security Television film
2011 P!nk: ...' Perfect Adult Angel Video short
2011 Castle Reese Harmon Episode: "One Life to Lose"
2011–2012 Bones Special Agent Genevieve Shaw Recurring role (seasons 6–7; 3 episodes)
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Deb (voice) Main role (6 episodes)
2012 True Blood Molly Recurring role (season 5; 6 episodes)
2012–2013 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Heather Brooks Recurring role (seasons 9–10; 22 episodes)
2014 You, Me & Her Erin Short
2014 If the Days of the Week Were People Saturday Video short
2014 Legends Maggie Harris Main role (season 1; 10 episodes)
2017–2018 Scorpion Florence Recurring role (season 4; 12 episodes)
2020 Into the Dark Jenny Episode: "Delivered"
2020 Etheria Erin Episode: "You Me & Her"
2022 The Good Doctor Grace Episode: "Cheat Day"

See also

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