On screen, Sarah Sutherland plays the daughter of one of the most famous people in the world. Off screen, she is actually the daughter of one of Hollywood's most famous actors.
Sarah, who plays Vice President Selina Meyer's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) daughter on HBO's "Veep," is following in the footsteps of her dad, "24" star Kiefer Sutherland, and grandfather Donald Sutherland. And if you had no clue that she was Hollywood royalty, it's because the younger Sutherland has been keeping a low-profile since joining the biz recently.
The 25-year-old performer was born to Kiefer and his first wife, Camelia Kath. As a teen, Sarah trained at the Crossroads Drama Conservatory in Los Angeles, before heading to New York to study at New York University's Tisch School of Arts. In her final semester, she wrote and acted in a one-woman play, "The Skin of a Grape."
Her performance was so mesmerizing, dad Kiefer said it left granddad Donald in tears!
"He was crying. I said 'It's really moving, isn't it?' And he said 'No, we're in trouble!'" Kiefer told David Letterman on "The Late Show" Wednesday night.
On "Veep," Sarah plays Katherine, a quiet, emotionally brittle young woman who can never seem to gain enough of her mother's attention.
While it's Sarah's first major acting gig, it's clear that acting ability is passed down through the Sutherland genes.
Kiefer is one proud papa, as he couldn't stop gushing about his talented daughter, whom he called "a wonderful actress, she's a wonderful writer." But if you think Sarah's road to stardom was paved by dear old dad, think again.
"She'll probably kill me for talking about it. She's so focused on doing this her own way," he explained. "I've actually offered her two jobs which she's turned down, respectfully, because she really wants to do this her own way."
Guess she was born with it!
"Veep" airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on HBO; "24: Live Another Day" premieres Monday, 5/5 at 8 p.m. on Fox.