Playing the President's daughter is no easy task. Looking good while you're doing it? That's nothing short of patriotic.
1. Kristen Bell as Laura Newton, Spartan
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Just around the time that Kristen Bell became kick-ass crime-fighting teenager Veronica Mars, she also played a presidential daughter who goes missing—the center of a government cover-up! Luckily, Agent Val Kilmer commits himself to uncovering the truth and recovering the First Daughter, no matter what the cost! (For the record, we’d go rogue for you too, Kristen.)
2. Maggie Grace as Emilie Warnock, Lockout
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As the First Daughter in Lockout, Maggie Grace is the ideal woman: She’s smart, she’s beautiful…and she’s trapped in a space prison. What? We like a challenge.
3. A.J. Langer as Utopia, Escape from LA
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Poor Utopia. Brainwashed and used as a pawn in political games, the president's daughter just narrowly escaped death thanks to good ol' Snake Plissken. Life's tough for the First Daughter in a dystopian America, but somehow we still think her role as bad girl Rayanne in My So-Called Life was even like, tougher, you know? Either way, A.J. always gives us a case of 90s nostalgia.
4. Elisabeth Harnois as Hallie Richmond, My Date with the President’s Daughter
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What’s that? You never watched this Disney made-for-TV movie? Well, thankfully you have us here to do the hard research—it’d be just plain unpatriotic to leave Elisabeth Harnois off this list.
5. Mandy Moore as Anna Foster, Chasing Liberty
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The songstress turned actress turned actress playing herself in a fictional James Cameron movie (ah, Entourage) made quite the presidential PYT in this teen rom com.
6. Sarah Polley as Abigail “Nabby” Adams, John Adams miniseries
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Approximately eleven score and seven years ago, Nabby Adams was one of the elite few who could call a Founding Father her real dad. Ya jealous? Oh, Nabby, sweet Nabby, we just love saying your name. Have we given away our Colonial role playing fetish yet?
BONUS: First Daughters Who Got Hot
They were just kids when the landed roles playing the President’s kin, but adulthood’s been kind to these daughters.
Shawna Waldron (Lucy Shepherd, The American President)
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Lil’ Lucy Shepherd (also Icebox from Little Giants) grew up to be one of the sultry stars of Poison Ivy: The Secret Society.
Natalie Portman (Taffy Dale, Mars Attacks!)
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Taffy Dale turned out to be quite the Hollywood hotshot. Being the president's daughter does have its advantages. As does starring in Star Wars movies. And looking good with a shaved head.
Caitlin Wachs (Rebecca Calloway, Commander-in-Chief)
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As the daughter of the first female president, Caitlin Wachs' character must've felt some serious pressure, but it looks like she grew up right (after all, Geena Davis's term in the on-screen White House only lasted a season).
Mae Whitman (Patricia Whitmore, Independence Day)
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Her? Really? After she survived the alien invasion, the girl once known as Ann Veal, George Michael’s blander-than-a-hard-boiled-egg girlfriend on Arrested Development, showed her ass-kickin' awesome side as Ramona Flowers’ ex in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.