Bridget Regan

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Bridget Regan
Born Bridget Regan
(1982-02-03) February 3, 1982 (age 32)
San Diego County, California, United States
Alma mater University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Eamon O'Sullivan
Children 1

Bridget Regan (born February 3, 1982) is an American actress and producer, best known for her portrayal of Kahlan Amnell in the television series Legend of the Seeker, and Rebecca Lowe/Rachel Turner in White Collar.[1]

Career[edit]

Since 2006, Regan has appeared in various television shows and in films, her latest film being 2014's John Wick.[1] In 2008, Regan began filming Legend of the Seeker, a television show based on Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. She portrayed Mother Confessor Kahlan Amnell, which earned her a cult following.[2] Although her natural hair is red and curly, she dyed it dark brown and black, and occasionally chemically straightened it, for Legend of the Seeker.[3] In 2009, Regan ventured into producing with Camp Wanatachi, a musical that ran in New York at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club.[4]

In 2012, Regan was cast as a lead for the proposed television series The Frontier created by Shaun Cassidy.[5] In 2013, she began a recurring role in the fifth season of the USA Network crime drama White Collar as Rebecca Lowe/Rachel Turner, a brief love interest of Neal Caffrey. That same year, she joined the series Beauty & the Beast for a multi-episode arc as Alex, the ex-fiancée of Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan). Because the existence of Regan's character created a love triangle including Vincent and Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), this resulted in "rabid" hatred for Alex, and unpleasant Twitter messages for Regan, from fans who would rather Vincent be with Catherine. Regan stated, "I can't look at Twitter anymore! ... I understand why people don't like Alex, I suppose, but I can't really look anymore."[6] In 2014, she was cast in a recurring role in Jane the Virgin, as Rose, a former lawyer who is involved in a complicated same-sex love affair.[7]

Regan is popular with the comic book community, and, from 2009 to 2013, was commonly selected among comic book fans and critics as their ideal choice to portray Wonder Woman.[2][8][9] In 2009, Rick Marshall of MTV stated, "In one of the most voted-on, yet lop-sided weekly polls we've ever conducted here on Splash Page, Legend of the Seeker actress Bridget Regan was voted fans' favored lady to bring DC's iconic Amazon warrior, Wonder Woman, to the big screen." Regan netted over 62 percent of the total vote, well ahead of well-known and lesser-known actresses.[8] In 2013, ScreenRant's Andrew Dyce commented, "Casting Wonder Woman may sound like a tall order, but if you ask the online fan communities, Bridget Regan may be the name you hear more than any other."[9] In 2014, Regan was cast in the recurring role of Dottie for 2015 in the Captain America, comic book-based television series Agent Carter.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in San Diego County, California, Regan grew up in an Irish American and Catholic family.[10] She began acting as a child in North County productions of The Wizard of Oz at the La Paloma Theatre and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in her hometown of Carlsbad, California.[11] She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Regan is married to Eamon O'Sullivan, an assistant director she met in New Zealand while filming Legend of the Seeker.[12][13] On December 27, 2010, Regan gave birth to their daughter Frankie Jean. The news was revealed via Twitter two days after the birth.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Blinders Vivian Short film
2007 Babysitters, TheThe Babysitters Tina Tuchman
2008 Sex and the City Hostess
2010 Best and the Brightest, TheThe Best and the Brightest Robin
2014 John Wick Addy

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Wedding Album, TheThe Wedding Album Kate TV pilot
2006 Love Monkey Woman Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent ADA Claudia Shankly Episode: "Masquerade"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent ADA Claudia Shankly Episode: "Silencer"
2007 Six Degrees Diana Foss Episode: "A Simple Twist of Fate"
2007 American Experience Angelica Shippen Episode: "Alexander Hamilton"
2007 Black Donnellys, TheThe Black Donnellys Trish Hughes (4 episodes)
2007 Supreme Courtships Holly TV film
2008 New Amsterdam Daphne Tucker Episode: "Keep the Change"
2008–2010 Legend of the Seeker Kahlan Amnell Main role (44 episodes)
2011 NCIS: Los Angeles Elizabeth Smith Episode: "Cyber Threat"
2011 Hide Annabelle Granger TV film
2011 Person of Interest Wendy McNally Episode: "Number Crunch"
2012 Frontier, TheThe Frontier Hannah Strong TV pilot
2012 Perception Victoria Ryland Episodes: "Shadow", "Light"
2013 Murder in Manhattan Lex Sutton TV film
2013 Beauty & the Beast Alex Salter (4 episodes)
2013 Sons of Anarchy Escort Episode: "Straw"
2013–2014 White Collar Rebecca Lowe/Rachel Turner (9 episodes)
2014 Jane the Virgin Rose (4 episodes)
2015 Agent Carter Dottie Recurring

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre
October 12 – November 14, 1999 Sweet Bird of Youth La Jolla Playhouse
March 21, 2005 Children and Art Broadway
September 20 – October 23, 2005 Scottish Play, TheThe Scottish Play Eden La Jolla Playhouse
December 9, 2007 – March 9, 2008 Is He Dead? Cecile Leroux Broadway
January 21, 2008 Geneva Begonia Brown The Players
January 21, 2011 Camp Wanatachi (Co-producer) La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stedman, Alex (November 6, 2014). "‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ Adds ‘White Collar’ Actress Bridget Regan to Cast". Variety. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Wonder Woman: Who Should Be Cast?". TV Guide. 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Sahakians, Sandrine (February 24, 2009). "Interview: BRIDGET REGAN (Kahlan Amnell) from “Legend of the Seeker”". tvequals.com. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bridget Regan - Producer". campwanatachi.com. July 16, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2012). "Bridget Regan, Ethan Embry, Randall Park & Jake McLaughlin Among Pilot Additions - Deadline.com". Deadline.com. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Ross, Robyn (February 6, 2013). "Legend of the Seeker's Bridget Regan Feels First-Time Backlash on Beauty and the Beast". TV Guide. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Bendix, Trish (October 13, 2014). "“Jane the Virgin” has lesbian characters and other reasons to watch the premiere tonight". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Marshall, Rick (August 10, 2009). "Bridget Regan Runs Away With 'Wonder Woman' Movie Casting Poll!". MTV. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Dyce, Andrew (October 15, 2013). "7 Actresses Who Could Play Wonder Woman in ‘Justice League’". screenrant.com. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Six Things You Never Knew About 'Legend of the Seeker' Actress Bridget Regan". HollywoodLife. May 24, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ The Editors (November 16, 2009). "Bridget Regan: Carlsbad’s Own Legend Seeker". Carlsbadistan. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ Radish, Christina (February 7, 2013). "Bridget Regan Talks BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Joining the Show, and Her Favorite Moments to Shoot". collider.com. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ Butler, Vanessa (October 18, 2013). "Femme on Fire: Bridget Regan". Playboy. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Frankie Jean". Twitter. December 27, 2010. 

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