Mika Boorem started acting at a very early age in local Arizona theater productions in Tucson before her family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1990s. It was there that the child actor's career began to take off. She got steady work on both film and television from the get-go. She played young girls in several big films, including "Jack Frost," "Mighty Joe Young," the Revolutionary War epic "The Patriot" (she was Mel Gibson's daughter), the James Patterson thriller "Along Came a Spider," and the adaptation of Stephen King's "Hearts in Atlantis" with Anthony Hopkins. On television she played Tom Arnold's daughter on his short-lived comedic vehicle "The Tom Show" and has been seen in recurring roles on "Touched by an Angel" and "Dawson's Creek," for which she received a Teen Choice Award nomination. Her teens have seen her grow into alluring roles in such fare as the surf movie "Blue Crush," "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," and "Sleepover." Boorem has also appeared in a music video for David Cook's "Light On."
Cast (Feature Film)
TV-movie debut in "A Walton Easter" (CBS)
Feature film debut as a backwoods girl in "The Education of Little Tree"
TV series debut as Tom Arnold's daughter on "The Tom Show" (The WB)
Portrayed Charlize Theron's character as a child in "Mighty Joe Young"
Co-starred in the film "Jack Frost"
Played the title character as child in an episode of Fox's "Ally McBeal"
Cast as Mel Gibson's daughter in "The Patriot"
Portrayed the youthful incarnation of lead character of Dorothy (essayed by Drew Barrymore as an adult) in "Riding in Cars With Boys"
Essayed the kidnap victim in the thriller "Along Came a Spider"; first screen pairing with fellow child actor Anton Yelchin
Reteamed with Yelchin in "Hearts in Atlantis", based on the Stephen King book
Played Penny Chadwick in the summer hit "Blue Crush"
Played the younger sister in the feature "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights"
Starred in the teen comedy "Sleepover" about an all-night scavenger hunt