Eden Riegel

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Eden Riegel
Eden Riegel 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
Riegel at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Born Eden Sonja Jane Riegel
(1981-01-01) January 1, 1981 (age 33)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Andrew Miller (m. 2007)
Children Jack Oscar (born 2011)
Henry Isaac (born 2013)
Family Tatiana Riegel (older half sister)
Sam Riegel (older brother)

Eden Sonja Jane Riegel (born January 1, 1981) is an American actress. She portrayed Bianca Montgomery in the daytime drama All My Children, and propelled the character into a gay icon, as well as a popular figure within the medium.[1][2] Nominated previously on multiple occasions, she received a Daytime Emmy Award for the role in 2005.[3]

In addition to her work on All My Children, Riegel has guest starred in several prime time shows, as well as film, and starred as character "Eden" in the web series Imaginary Bitches. She assumed the role of Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless from April 2010 to November 2011.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born to Kurt and Lenore Riegel in Washington, D.C., 1981, Riegel was raised in a Virginia suburb and became interested in acting while watching her brother, Sam, perform dinner theater, which she later joined in for $10 a week.[5] Her big break came when she won the role of Cosette in Les Misérables, leading to other roles on and off-Broadway. She graduated from the Professional Children's School and attended Harvard University, with ambitions to become a lawyer, but later left the institution.[5] In 2000, she served as an intern at the White House for the summer.[3][6]

Career[edit]

All My Children[edit]

From July 2000 to February 2005, Riegel portrayed the role of Bianca Montgomery on the American ABC soap opera All My Children. During the 2004-2005 baby switch storyline, when Bianca's daughter is kidnapped and switched with the son of Babe Carey Chandler (Alexa Havins), Riegel also portrayed Bianca on fellow ABC soap opera One Life to Live. In December 2000, Riegel's character "comes out" to her mother, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), becoming the only lesbian on a daytime soap opera at that time.[7] In 2003, the kiss between Bianca and character Lena Kundera (Olga Sosnovska) made history when it became the first lesbian kiss to appear on American daytime television.[8][9] In 2005, with Lena out of the picture, Bianca shares a kiss with close friend and confidante Maggie Stone (Elizabeth Hendrickson), making TV Guide's list of best same-sex kisses on television.[10] Riegel's character was awarded the first Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award for "Favorite OUT Image of the Year" in 2004.[11] Lesbianation.com, self-proclaimed as the leading online community for lesbians, voted Eden Riegel as Number 7 on their top ten list of Women We Love: The Ladies of June '06, stating, "We were swamped with requests to add All My Children hottie Eden Riegel to our list this month — and here she is!"[12]

Riegel was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (2001, 2002, 2004) before finally winning the award in 2005.[3] She won two Soap Opera Digest Awards in 2001 for Outstanding Female Newcomer, and in 2005 for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress.[3] Later that year, Riegel, along with best friend and co-star Elizabeth Hendrickson, exited All My Children, with their last show airing on February 24, 2005. Riegel then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue other acting ventures. She made a brief return to the soap opera when her television mother (Erica) marries in May 2005, and returned for an extended stay from December 16, 2005 to January 10, 2006. Bianca's daughter, Miranda, was aged accordingly. Riegel returned again for a short visit from May 24, 2006 until mid-June, in a storyline connected with Bianca's sister Kendall's (Alicia Minshew) pregnancy and coma. In August 2006, Riegel's return to All My Children as a contract player was announced. The actress taped her first scenes on September 12, which first aired on October 11. Riegel commuted back and forth between her home and family in Los Angeles and New York, where All My Children tapes. In 2007, she parted ways with the show once again, but reappeared in the episode dated August 14, 2007, when Bianca phones in to check on Kendall from Paris, and in December for a Christmas visit.

In 2008, Riegel agreed to return to All My Children with Tamara Braun. Braun came on as Reese Williams, Bianca's new lover/girlfriend and later wife. Bianca first aired on October 17, 2008. Reese followed on October 30, 2008. Riegel's return was partly to minimize the effect of Alicia Minshew's absence on the show while Minshew took a two-month hiatus to get married. Reese and Bianca's union made history when it resulted in the first legal same-sex marriage in American daytime television.[13][14] Riegel left the show again in February 2009, but also confirmed in an interview with Soap Opera Digest that she would be returning in spring 2009 to conclude the Reese and Bianca story.[15][16][17]

In 2010, Riegel returned for a short-term stint for All My Children's 40th anniversary.[18] The character had been cited as too iconic to recast,[19] but, in 2010, Riegel decided to permanently exit the role, and plans to recast were subsequently confirmed.[20][21] However, on February 22, 2013, it was announced that Riegel will be reprising her role as Bianca in guest-arc on the Prospect Park's continuation of All My Children.[22]

Other projects[edit]

Prior to joining All My Children, Riegel had a small role on the daytime drama As the World Turns as an AIDS patient, appeared in Law & Order and portrayed a minor character in the feature film American Pie.[3][6] She sang and did voice acting work in the film The Prince of Egypt. She has also done some voice acting for animated TV shows like Stitch! and Bleach.[citation needed] While portraying Bianca, she remained active in other acting avenues, doing a small guest role on American Dreams and appearing in the New York play The Sex Lives of Superheroes.

In 2008, Riegel joined the cast of Year One, a Harold Ramis film that stars Jack Black and Michael Cera. The film is a comedy about two men wandering through civilization during Biblical times, and was released in June 2009.[23]

Riegel is currently starring in the web series Imaginary Bitches, portraying the role of "Eden", a single girl who deals with the lonely reality that her best friends are all in serious relationships by creating some imaginary friends...who turn out to be total bitches. The show is edited by Riegel's half-sister Tatiana S. Riegel, written by brother Sam Riegel, and was created by Andrew Miller.[24] In 2010, Riegel took over the role of Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless.[25] She also guest-starred on ABC's Castle, portraying the distraught sister of a man who is killed in the episode.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Riegel's older brother, Sam, is a voice actor in various animated shows and video games, and her half-sister, Tatiana (known as "Tanya" to friends and family), is an Oscar-nominated film editor for various television shows and films. Riegel discussed the portrayal of Bianca with Tatiana, who is a lesbian, and with the producers of All My Children, in order to ensure that the character was not a stereotype.[27]

In March 2007, Riegel became engaged to Andrew Miller, who had been a high school classmate of Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery on All My Children).[28] Miller and Riegel married on September 30, 2007 and their first son, Jack Oscar Miller, was born on May 21, 2011.[29] In June 2013, Riegel announced through Twitter that she is expecting her second child, a boy.[30][31] Her second son Henry Isaac Miller was born on December 20, 2013.

Riegel is a fan of the NHL team the Toronto Maple Leafs, and is a close friend of actresses Rebecca Budig, Alicia Minshew and Elizabeth Hendrickson.[32]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Choir Member Uncredited Role
1993 Richard Scarry's Best Learning Songs Video Ever! Voice Role
Released Straight-to-Video
1993 Richard Scarry's Best Busy People Video Ever! Voice Role
Released Straight-to-Video
1994 The Frog King Princess Sundance Film Festival selection
1996 Duo Joan
1998 The Prince of Egypt Young Miriam Voice Role
1999 American Pie Sarah
1999 Henry Hill Nicole Hill
2001 Semmelweis Elisabeth Short film
2004 Hi no Tori Chihiro/Robita Voice Role
2009 Year One Lilith
2013 Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower Queen Sara, Sara's Daughter Voice, English dub
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995, 1997 New York Undercover Meghan Cooper Episode: Digital Underground
Episode: The Solomon Papers
1997 Law & Order Natalie Episode: Mad Dog
2000–2010, 2013 All My Children Bianca Montgomery (Role from: July 2000 - February 2005; May 2005; December 2005 - January 2006; May 2006; October 2006 - April 2007; August 2007; December 2007; October 17, 2008 - February 24, 2009; April 24, 2009 - April 29, 2009; January 5, 2010; April 29, 2013 - July 15, 2013)
2004 American Dreams Protestor Episode: Shoot the Moon
2004, 2005 One Life to Live Bianca Montgomery 3 episodes
2008 Imaginary Bitches Eden Web series
13 episodes
2008 Cooking to Get Lucky Host Web series
5 episodes
2010 Stitch! Yuna Anime, English dub
2010 Bleach Rurichiyō Kasumiōji Voice, English dub
2010 Castle Rachel Goldstein Episode: Punked
2010–2011 The Young and the Restless Heather Stevens April 20, 2010 – November 4, 2011
2011 Marvel Anime: Iron Man Nanami Ota Voice, English dub
2012 NCIS Meredith Bilson Episode: The Good Son
2014 Hawaii Five-0 FBI Analyst Katie Halinan Episode: Pe'epe'e Kanaka
Video Games
Year Game Role Notes
2010 Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices English version
Dead or Alive Paradise Hitomi [33] English version, shared with Hynden Walch
Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles Akari Tatsuhiro English version
2011 Dead or Alive: Dimensions Hitomi English version
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Josefina Menendez, Jane McKnight English version
2012 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Sherry Birkin English version
2012 Dead or Alive 5 Hitomi English version
2012 Resident Evil 6 Sherry Birkin English version
2012 Persona 4 Golden Marie English version
2013 Shin Megami Tensei IV Isabeau English version
2013 Dragon's Crown Elf English version
2013 Saints Row IV Jane Austen Serves as Narrator for the game
2014 Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster Chuami English version; Final Fantasy X -Will- Audio Drama
2014 Conception II Ellie Troit English version
2014 Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Marie English version

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards won
Year Award
2005 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children[3]
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress for All My Children[3]
2004 GLAAD Media Award Favorite OUT Image of the Year Award for All My Children[11]
2001 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Female Newcomer for All My Children[3]
Nominated
Year Award
2004 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children[3]
2002 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children[3]
2001 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children[3]

On April 14, 2009, the 13th Annual Webby Award Nominations were announced. Riegel was nominated for her work on Imaginary Bitches in the Best Individual Performance category.[34] Andrew Miller received an Official Honoree Selection for Best Writing.[35] Eden Riegel was announced on May 5, 2009 as the winner of the Best Individual Performance People's Voice Award.[36] Her acceptance speech, which was limited to five words, was: "I'm sleeping with the director."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Hudson, Zack (2006-07-19). "All my gay children: Soap operas continue inclusive, if incidental use of gay characters". Washington Blade. Archived from the original on 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
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  21. ^ Dan J Kroll and Liz Masters (2010-03-05). "Riegel didn't want to play Bianca, recast coming". Soap Opera Central. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  22. ^ "UPDATE: Eden Riegel Set For Guest Arc On ‘All My Children’s Online Revival, Julia Barr Joins Cast". Deadline.com. The Deadline Team. February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  23. ^ "movieweb.com". movieweb.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  24. ^ "Catching up with Andrew Miller, Creator of Hit-Series ‘Imaginary Bitches’". Tubefilter News. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  25. ^ "Eden Riegel's new role". Soaps.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  26. ^ "Young and the Restless' Eden Riegel Headed to Castle". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  27. ^ Behrens, Web (2002-01-22). "Sister act: All My Children's Eden Riegel got expert advice on playing a lesbian—from her out sister, Tatiana - Television - Brief Article". The Advocate. Archived from the original on 2005-01-19. Retrieved 2007-07-14. 
  28. ^ "Eden Riegel Engaged". Soaps.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  29. ^ Schaffer, Jenny (May 22, 2010). "Eden Riegel Welcomes First Child: Jack Oscar!". Celebrity Baby Scoop. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  30. ^ Fairman, Michael (July 10, 2013). "All My Children’s Eden Riegel Announces She Is Pregnant!". Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  31. ^ "It'll Be (Another) Boy For AMC'S Eden Riegel". Soap Opera Digest. July 10, 2013. 
  32. ^ Branco, Nelson (November 5, 2008). "Queen Elizabeth". TV Guide. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Dead or Alive". Deadoralivegame.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  34. ^ "Animation Awards". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Best Writing Awards". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  36. ^ "Best Individual Performance". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 

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