'The Returned's Camille Has Indie Film Roots

On TV, it seems like people are always either disappearing or coming back to life. HBO's The Leftovers just had folks mysteriously disappear from a small town. On Monday night, A&E's The Returned does the opposite — it'll mysteriously bring deceased loved ones back to life, but with consequences, of course. Indie actress India Ennenga plays Camille on The Returned, who died in a bus accident and is now one of these back-from-the-dead folks. She also has a twin named Lena (played by Sophie Lowe) who's shocked to see her. You may already know Camille, as Ennenga has been in plenty of TV shows and indie movies.

The 20-year-old actress hails from New York City and is one smart cookie — she currently attends Brown University as she films The Returned and Ennenga is set to graduate next year. "I love school, and I didn’t want to not go to college," she told the Brown Daily Herald. "The thought of sitting at home and waiting around for a job is just not something I’m ready for yet." Luckily, Ennenga hasn't had to wait around much for jobs. The actress and student has been acting pretty consistently since her big-screen debut in 2008's The Last International Playboy, an indie film starring Krysten Ritter.

Here's what else you should know about Ennenga before Camille comes back to life.

Indie Movies

Following The Last International Playboy, Ennenga also appeared as Meg Ryan's daughter Molly in The Women, directed by Diane English. But then more indie films followed. She had a role in the 2010 drama Multiple Sarcasms, starring Timothy Hutton, Mira Sorvino, and Dana Delany.

In 2012, she had a role in the star-studded Indie flick Nobody Walks, which won a special Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie stars John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, and Rosemarie DeWitt. It was co-written by director Ry Russo-Young and Lena Dunham.


Ennenga first recurred, then became a regular cast member of HBO's Treme, created by David Simon of The Wire. She played Sofia Bernett, the teen daughter of Toni (played by Melissa Leo) and Creighton (John Goodman) in New Orleans.

"New Orleans still feels almost more like home to me than New York does, where I was born and raised," she told The Times-Picayune . "So many crucial times for me were in New Orleans. And the times I really learned the most and grew the most were in New Orleans. I loved working on Treme. It was a really great experience."

Pinky Dinky Doo

One of Ennenga's very first roles just required her voice. She played Pinky in the Nick Jr. series Pinky Dinky Doo. Pinky, her little brother Tyler, and pet Mr. Guinea Pig would make up stories whenever a problem comes about.

Hopefully The Returned will serve as Ennenga's mainstream breakout — her past work certainly proves that she deserves it.

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