Rebecca Romijn

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Rebecca Romijn
Rebecca Romijn in Marchesa 2.jpg
Romijn at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, February 8, 2012
Born Rebecca Alie Romijn[1]
(1972-11-06) November 6, 1972 (age 42)[1]
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Model (former)
Years active 1991–2001, 2012 (model)
1997–present (actress)
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Spouse(s) John Stamos (1998–2005)
Jerry O'Connell (m. 2007)
Children 2

Rebecca Alie Romijn (/rˈmn/ roh-MAYN; Dutch: [roːˈmɛin]; born November 6, 1972) is an American actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her role as Mystique in the X-Men films and Joan from The Punisher (2004), both from Marvel Comics. She also had a recurring role as Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty. During her marriage to actor John Stamos, she was often credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

Early life[edit]

Romijn was born on November 6, 1972, in in Berkeley, Alameda County, California[2] Her mother, Elizabeth (née Kuizenga), is a Community College instructor of English as a Second Language (ESL) and textbook author. Rebecca's father, Jaap Romijn, is a custom furniture maker.[3][4] Her father is a native of Barneveld, the Netherlands, while her mother is an American of Dutch and English descent; she met Romijn's father as a teenager while living in the Netherlands on a student exchange program.[5][6] Romijn's maternal grandfather, Dr. Henry Bernard Kuizenga, was a Presbyterian minister and seminary professor.[7][8]

On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, when questioned about always being glamorous and beautiful, Romijn revealed that, in her early teens, she was in fact an insecure "drama geek" and that, as a result of her growth spurt, she suffered from scoliosis and was constantly in pain. Many sources say that she was once nicknamed the "Jolly Blonde Giant" because of her 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) height, but she has admitted to making that up "for a laugh".[9] While studying Music (Voice) at the University of California, Santa Cruz,[10] she became involved with fashion modeling and eventually moved to Paris, where she lived for more than two years.


External images
Romijn's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 12, 1999
Romijn's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from November 05, 2002
Romijn's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 17, 2006

Among other jobs, Romijn started her modeling career in 1991. She modeled for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Victoria's Secret, bebe, Miller Lite beer, and for Anna Molinari, Victoria's Secret and Giorgio Armani on the runway, along with the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington. She also was the host of MTV's House of Style from 1998 to 2000. Romijn has been featured numerous times in annual lists of the world's most beautiful women by publications such as Maxim (2003–2007), (2001–2003, 2005–2006) and FHM (2000–2005).[11] She also appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Chinatown".

In 2000's X-Men Romijn had her first major movie role as Mystique; she returned to the role in 2003's sequel X2: X-Men United, and again for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In these movies her costume consisted of blue makeup and some strategically placed prosthetics on her otherwise nude body. In X2: X-Men United she shows up in a bar in one scene in her "normal" look, and in X-Men: The Last Stand, she appears as a dark-haired "de-powered" Mystique. She had her first leading role in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale (2002). She also has starred in movies such as Rollerball, The Punisher playing a woman named Joan (Joan and Mystique are both characters from Marvel Comics) and Godsend. She played the leading role in Pepper Dennis, a short-lived TV series on The WB Television Network.

In January 2007, Romijn made her first appearance on the ABC series Ugly Betty as a full-time regular cast member.[12] She plays Alexis Meade, a male-to-female transsexual and the sibling of lead character Daniel Meade. In April 2008, however, it was reported that Romijn would only be appearing as a recurring character in Season 3 due to a change in direction by the writing staff (aligning, fortuitously enough, with Romijn's pregnancy, which would have been inconsistent with her character's storyline).[13] In November 2007, Romijn made a guest appearance on the ABC series Carpoolers, where she played the ex-wife of the character Laird, played by her real-life husband Jerry O'Connell.[14]

Romijn starred in the ABC series Eastwick,[15] reuniting her with her former Pepper Dennis co-star, Lindsay Price, before ABC canceled the show on November 9, 2009.[16] She appears in an uncredited cameo in the 2011 feature film X-Men: First Class, appearing as an older version of the character played by Jennifer Lawrence.[17] Romijn appeared as lab worker Jessie on the Adult Swim live-action show NTSF:SD:SUV:: for two seasons. Between June and September 2013, she starred in TNT's series King & Maxwell as Michelle Maxwell, a former Secret Service agent who works as a private investigator.[18]

In addition to her film ventures, Romijn has also recorded music, performing a cover of Prince's "Darling Nikki" for the 2005 album Electro Goth Tribute to Prince.

She is currently starring as Eve Baird, the guardian of the eponymous group in The Librarians, a direct spin-off of The Librarian film series.

Personal life[edit]

Romijn attended the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1990–91, where she lived in dorm 1 at Stevenson College. She studied music and participated in the dorm talent show, singing a musical comedy routine with a high school friend who joined her at UCSC. During the summer following her freshman year, Rebecca began her career modeling and did not return for her sophomore year.

She married actor John Stamos on September 19, 1998. During her marriage, she used the name Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in both her personal and professional life. The couple announced their separation on April 12, 2004, and divorced on March 1, 2005. She has since returned to using her maiden name. It was revealed in an August 1, 2013 interview on Conan that Rebecca had never legally changed her name back from Romijn-Stamos, even though she has been divorced for nine years and remarried for six. The show's host Conan O'Brien stated that a staffer had noticed "Romijn-Stamos" on her driver's license and she said that she is too lazy to go to the DMV.[19]

Romijn was asked by Elle magazine in April 2002 whether making Femme Fatale had given her any new ideas about her sexuality. She said, "You know, in my early twenties I wondered if I was interested in women and so I kind of, well ... did my homework. And it turns out I'm pretty straight."[20]

On September 19, 2005, Romijn announced her engagement to actor Jerry O'Connell. They were married on their ranch in Southern California on July 14, 2007. On July 28, 2008, it was announced that Romijn was pregnant.[21] Romijn and O'Connell welcomed twin daughters Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip on December 28, 2008.[22] Dolly is for singer Dolly Parton's first name and Charlie is for O'Connell's brother.[23]



Year Title Role Other notes
1998 Dirty Work Bearded Lady
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Herself Uncredited
2000 X-Men Raven Darkhölme / Mystique Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Science Fiction
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2002 Femme Fatale Laure Ash / Lily
S1m0ne Faith Uncredited
Rollerball Aurora Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2003 X2 Raven Darkhölme / Mystique Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liar
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action Adventure
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Sexiest She-Villain
2004 The Punisher Joan
Godsend Jessie Duncan
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
Man About Town Nina Giamoro
The Alibi Lola Davis
2008 Lake City Jennifer
2010 The Con Artist Belinda
2011 Possessing Piper Rose Joanna
2011 X-Men: First Class Mystique (Older) Cameo, uncredited
2012 Good Deeds Heidi
2014 Phantom Halo Ms. Rose


Year Title Role Other notes
1997 Friends Cheryl Episode: "The One with the Dirty Girl"
1998–2000 House of Style Herself/Host
1999 Hefner: Unauthorized Kimberly Hefner TV movie
1999–2000 Just Shoot Me! Adrienne Barker 8 episodes
2000 Jack & Jill Paris Everett Episode: "Starstruck"
2002 MADtv Herself/Host Episode 7.14
2006 Pepper Dennis Pepper Dennis 13 episodes
2006–2008 Ugly Betty Alexis Meade 33 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2008)
2007 Drawn Together Charlotte Episode: "Charlotte's Web of Lies"
2007 Carpoolers Joannifer
2009–2010 Eastwick Roxanne Torcoletti 13 episodes
2011–2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Jessie Nichols
2011 Special Agent Oso Miss Garcia Episode: "Lost and Get Found"
2011 Chuck CIA Agent Robin Cunnings Episode: "Chuck Versus the Curse"
2013 King & Maxwell Private Investigator Michelle Maxwell Main cast
10 episodes
2014 Skin Wars Herself Host
2014 The Librarians Eve Baird Main cast
10 episodes


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  10. ^ "Rebecca Romijn Biography". Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  11. ^ "". FHM Magazine 100 Sexiest Women 2005. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
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  13. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (April 24, 2008). "Sources Confirm: Rebecca Romijn Now Recurring Role on Ugly Betty". Watch with Kristin blog. E! Online. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  14. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (2010-03-10). "Chatting with ''Carpoolers''' Designated Driver". Watch with Kristin blog. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  15. ^ "Witchy Woman". East Bay, California: September 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  16. ^ Martin, Denise (2009-11-10). "Quick Takes". Los Angeles Times ( Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  17. ^ Lovece, Frank. "Film Review: X-Men: First Class", Film Journal International, 2011-06-02
  18. ^ Gelman, Vlada (January 15, 2013). "TNT Greenlights Private Eye Series Starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn". Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  19. ^ "Rebecca Romijn Is Still Legally "Rebecca Romijn-Stamos"". 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  20. ^ "Elle Interview". Retrieved 2014-07-06. 
  21. ^ Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O'Connell Are Expecting Twins, People, July 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
  22. ^ Laudadio, Marisa (2009-01-05). "Rebecca Romijn Welcomes Twin Girls – Babies, Rebecca Romijn". Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  23. ^ Gina Serpe (2009-01-05). "Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell Welcome Twins". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 

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Preceded by
Daisy Fuentes
Host of House of Style
Succeeded by
Molly Sims