Ahna O'Reilly

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Ahna O'Reilly
Ahna O'Reilly at Circa in Jackson, October 2012.jpg
O'Reilly attending a party at Circa in Jackson, October 2012
Born (1985-02-17) February 17, 1985 (age 30)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Ahna O'Reilly (born February 17, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for her supporting role as Elizabeth Leefolt in the 2011 award-winning drama film The Help.


O'Reilly began her acting career in 2003 in the film, Bill the Intern. She has appeared in several other movies like Dinocroc, Nancy Drew, Just Add Water and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She also acted in television series like CSI:NY, Unhitched, The Vampire Diaries and Prime Suspect. In 2011, she appeared in the movie The Help based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel of the same name, a period piece set in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960s.[1] The film opened to positive reviews and became a box-office success with a worldwide gross of $211,608,112.[2] It also won several ensemble awards including National Board of Review Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Satellite Award. O'Reilly co-starred in the 2013 film Jobs, alongside Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, about the life of technology pioneer Steve Jobs.[3]

Personal life[edit]

O'Reilly graduated from Menlo School in 2003 and attended the University of Southern California for one year before dropping out.[4] She was in a relationship with actor James Franco for five years until they broke up in 2011, as confirmed by Franco in an interview with Playboy.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bill the Intern Actress
2004 Dinocroc Beach-Goer
2007 Succubus: Hell-Bent Bikini Babe
2007 Good Time Max Girl Jumping on Bed
2007 Nancy Drew 'No' Woman
2008 CSI: NY Halie 1 episode
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Leslie
2008 Unhitched Blind Hostess 1 episode
2008 Just Add Water Tammy
2008 Incitement McKenna short film
2009 5 Nights in Hollywood Maya
2009 Herpes Boy Christeee
2010 Crazy/Sexy/Awkward Cindy short video
2010 House Under Siege Lana
2011 0s & 1s Caitlin
2011 Girls! Girls! Girls!
2011 The Vampire Diaries Jessica Cohen 1 Episode; The Descent
2011 The Help Elizabeth Leefolt Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nevada Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble Cast
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2011 Prime Suspect Emma 1 episode
2012 From the Head Lily
2012 I Am Ben Max
2012 The Tournament Challenge Challenged short film
2012 The Time Being Olivia
2012 The Perfect Fit Goth girl short film
2013 Miss Dial Concerned Pet Owner Completed
2013 CBGB Mary Harron Post-production
2013 Teddy Bears Zoe
2013 Fruitvale Station Katie
2013 Jobs Chrisann Brennan
2013 As I Lay Dying Dewey Dell Bundren Post-production
2013 Lucky Them
2014 How I Met Your Mother Kelly 1 Episode (Season 9, Episode 16 "How Your Mother Met Me")
2014 Welcome to Harmony Post-production
2015 She's Funny That Way a former prostitute


  1. ^ About.com, Emma Stone, Ahna O'Reilly, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Camp in 'The Help'
  2. ^ Box Office Mojo, The Help
  3. ^ Cinemablend, Ahna O'Reilly Cast As Female Lead In Steve Jobs Biopic, May 28, 2012
  4. ^ "Actress returns to Menlo to discuss her career". Palo Alto Online. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  5. ^ Magazine, Playboy (2011-07-10). "Playboy Interview: James Franco". Playboy.com. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 

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