Amanda Righetti

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Amanda Righetti
Amanda Righetti 2009.jpg
Righetti attending Maxim Magazine's 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration, 2009
Born (1983-04-04) April 4, 1983 (age 32)
St. George, Utah, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Jordan Alan (m. 2006)
Children 1

Amanda Righetti (born April 4, 1983)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Grace Van Pelt on The Mentalist, as well as her roles in Friday the 13th and The O.C.

Personal life[edit]

The youngest of eight children,[2] Righetti was born on April 4, 1983 in St. George, Utah,[1] and raised in Nevada,[3] outside Las Vegas.[2] Righetti married film director and writer Jordan Alan on April 29, 2006 on Oahu.[4] On January 10, 2013, she gave birth to their son Knox Addison.[5][6]


Righetti was discovered in the International Cover Model Search at the age of 15[citation needed] and had a career as a fashion model before becoming an actress.[citation needed] After securing a role in the pilot for a proposed series by the name of No Place Like Home she played a recurring character in the teen drama The O.C.,[2] was a regular in the primetime soap opera North Shore and in late 2005, Righetti starred in Fox's drama series Reunion. Other credits include a recurring role on K-Ville,[7] guest roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Entourage and a role in the TV movie Romy and Michele: In the Beginning.[2]

In 2006, Righetti signed on to star as the female lead in horror sequel Return to House on Haunted Hill. The film was released direct-to-video in October 2007. In April 2008, she was cast as the female lead in the slasher film Friday the 13th (2009).[7] Production ended in June 2008 and the film was released in theaters on February 13, 2009. Also that spring, Righetti was signed to the CBS series The Mentalist,[7] in the role of Grace Van Pelt.[2] Her 2012–13 pregnancy was not reflected in her character's storyline, during which she was filmed using selective angles and largely limited to desk duty.[8]

In September 2011, Righetti signed with talent agency UTA.[9]

Righetti and fellow cast-member Owain Yeoman left The Mentalist after season six.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Love and Happiness Charlie's Kid Sister
1996 Kiss & Tell Little One
2002 Angel Blade Samantha Goodman
2007 Pipeline[11] Jocelyn Also producer
2007 Return to House on Haunted Hill Ariel Wolfe
2008 Matter[12] Stranger Short film
2008 Role Models Isabel
2009 Friday the 13th Whitney Miller
2011 The Chateau Meroux[2] Jennifer
2011 Cats Dancing on Jupiter Josephine Smart Also executive producer
Made in 2011; unreleased as of Feb. 2015
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent


Year Title Role Notes
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Riding Teen Episode: "You've Got Male" (season 2)
2002 Greg the Bunny Debbie Fishman Episode: "Surprise!"
2003–05 The O.C. Hailey Nichol Recurring role; 12 episodes
2004–05 North Shore Tessa Lewis Main role (20 episodes)
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Friendly Girl Movie
2005–06 Reunion Jenna Moretti Main role (13 episodes)
2006 Entourage Katrina Episode: "Aquamom" (season 3)
2007 K-Ville A. J. Gossett 3 episodes
2008–15 The Mentalist Grace Van Pelt Main role (seasons 1–6, 126 episodes)
2010 Wandering Eye Maron Abbott Movie
2012 Shadow of Fear[13] Casey Cooper Movie
2014 Chicago Fire Holly Episodes: "A Dark Day"
2014 Chicago P.D. Holly Episodes: "8:30 PM"
2016 Colony Maddie Bowman USA Network series
Video games
Year Title Voice role Notes
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Femme Fatale


  • 2009 New York Independent International Film and Video Festival: Best Actress in a Short Film – Amanda Righetti in "Matter"[14]


  1. ^ a b Amanda Righetti at
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt". The Mentalist Cast. Archived from the original on December 17, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "About". Amanda Righetti Official Website. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Riedel, Stefanie (Winter–Spring 2007). "A Wedding at a Private Estate on Oahu". Pacific Weddings. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Amanda Righetti Welcomes Son Knox Addison". People. January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2003. 
  6. ^ "Amanda Righetti Expecting First Child". People. August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Perry, Byron (April 2, 2008). "Players: Amanda Righetti". Variety. Archived from the original on December 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Ausiello, Michael; Roots, Kimberly (August 21, 2012). "The Mentalist's Amanda Righetti Expecting First Child – Is Van Pelt Preggers Too?". TV Line. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 8, 2011). "UTA Signs Rob Morrow & Amanda Righetti". Archived from the original on December 17, 2011. 
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (August 7, 2013). "'The Mentalist' Season 6: Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman set to leave". Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  11. ^ "In Development". Bliss Sinema. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Festival Genius". WHIFF. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lifetime Original Movie "Shadow [of] Fear" Premieres May 28!". PCM Television News. May 10, 2012. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ "2009 Festival Awards – New York March". New York Independent International Film and Video Festival. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 

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