Winstead's performance was well received generally, and earned her a Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice Actress Action.
which followed a group of scientists who discover an alien buried deep in the ice of Antarctica, realizing too late that it is still alive. Kate Lloyd, a character she based on her sister, a neurologist. as Lauren Stinger, "long-time girlfriend of Carter (Scott) and the rock in his increasingly chaotic life." Winstead's acting was singled out by the Washington Post: “Winstead brings surprising depth to a small role, in which she has little to do except wait for her boyfriend to grow up, or to at least let go of his cynicism about love.” Screen Rant critic Ben Kendrick wrote: “Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jessica Alba also deliver in their contributions – though both of their characters are mainly designed to be mirrors for Carter to examine his own life and choices.” In 2012 Winstead and Topher Grace appeared in The Beauty Inside, an "interactive social film".
She played "an environmental lawyer who is left to raise her 12-year-old son alone after her husband bolts." Variety magazine called her performance "extraordinary", saying the film: "belongs to Winstead, whose minor-key thesping proves as compelling as her heavy lifting in “Smashed.
"Alex’s gradual metamorphosis into a richer, more fully realized young woman is accomplished in hundreds of tiny emotional brushstrokes, flitting across her girl-next-door wholesomeness in ever-shifting patterns".
Her singing career started in 2013, with her formation of the music duo Got a Girl with Dan the Automator.
As she entered her teens Winstead was forced to quit ballet due to her height.
Winstead then began working with filmmakers James Wong and Glen Morgan, previously known for their contributions to The X-Files.
She starred in the 2006 horror movie Final Destination 3 (which Wong directed and Morgan produced) as lead character Wendy Christensen, Winstead would collaborate again with Morgan and Wong later that year, in the slasher-film Black Christmas.
the World, and with Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler, and Bob Odenkirk.
The film, based on the novel of the same name by Tim Tharp, opened to favorable reviews and good results in its limited release with a total gross of million over a production budget of .5 million.
It is the second film to feature Winstead with Russell (after Sky High), although she only filmed scenes with Dawson, Thoms, and Bell.