For many impressionable filmgoers, actress Jennifer Carpenter will forever be the sheltered teen at the center of a controversial demonic possession case in [[Feature~V316830~The Exorcism of Emily Rose~theexorcismofemilyrose]]. Though her filmography has also included such features as [[Feature~V292771~White Chicks~whitechicks]] and [[Feature~V286692~D.E.B.S.~debs]], it was the small screen that next served to improve her profile when the Kentucky native and Juilliard graduate took on a challenging role on the acclaimed Showtime series [[Feature~V361081~Dexter~dexter[tvseries]]].
It was Carpenter's aunt who helped to get the aspiring young actress interested in a career as a performer, and though her dad urged her to have a backup plan, there was no room for a halfhearted attempt as far as the determined daughter was concerned. In the years that followed, she threw herself headlong into her craft, eventually landing her breakthrough role opposite [[Performer~P270651~Angela Bettis~angelabettis]] in director [[Performer~P307430~Kevin Ford~kevinford]]'s intersecting-lives drama People Are Dead in 2002. Several film roles followed, until the prominent [[Feature~V316830~Emily Rose~theexorcismofemilyrose]] performance greatly boosted her profile in 2005. Fresh off that success, Carpenter went on to the prominent role of the titular character's adoptive sister, Debra Morgan, on [[Feature~V361081~Dexter~dexter[tvseries]]]. Carpenter also appeared in the star-studded activist drama [[Feature~V377586~Battle in Seattle~battleinseattle]] a few months into [[Feature~V361081~Dexter~dexter[tvseries]]]'s second season. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi