Autumn Reeser

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Autumn Reeser
Autumn Reeser by David Shankbone.jpg
Autumn Reeser at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1980-09-21) September 21, 1980 (age 37)
La Jolla, California, U.S.
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s)
Jesse Warren
(m. 2009; div. 2014)
Children 2
Website www.autumnreeser.com

Autumn Reeser (born September 21, 1980) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Taylor Townsend on the Fox series The O.C., Lizzie Grant on HBO's Entourage, Katie Andrews on ABC's No Ordinary Family, Kylie Sinclair on ABC's Last Resort, Dr. Gabby Asano in CBS's Hawaii Five-0, and Leslie Bellcamp on E!'s The Arrangement. Since 2006, she has also been one of the leading members of The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a popular staged comedy show. From 2012-18, she has been the heroine of seven romantic comedies for the Hallmark Channel. She also appeared in Clint Eastwood's film Sully, headlined by Tom Hanks.

Early life[edit]

Reeser was born in La Jolla, Southern California, the daughter of Tom and Kim Reeser. She spent her childhood developing a solid foundation for her acting career by playing a wide variety of characters in local musical theater productions, from the age of seven until seventeen. After high school, she moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in UCLA’s competitive theater program, where she studied theater history, acting technique, dance, voice and movement.[1] She also studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.[2]

Career[edit]

TV series[edit]

In 2001, she started out in Hollywood in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Shortly thereafter, she booked guest roles in dramas CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Cold Case, and moved onto recurring parts in the sitcoms Grounded for Life, Maybe It's Me and Complete Savages.

She rose to fame through her role of Taylor Townsend on the Fox hit series The O.C. (2005-2007). The character was intended to appear in four episodes only, but her role was revised and expanded.[3]

Since the end of The O.C. she appeared as a regular on numerous TV shows: as the agent Lizzy Grant who gives Ari Gold a hard time in seasons 6 and 7 of HBO's Entourage;[4] as Phoebe, a goddess from Greek mythology in CW's Valentine; as Ashley Hastings, a lawyer in TNT's Raising the Bar; as Katie Andrews, Julie Benz's personal assistant in ABC's No Ordinary Family;[5] as Kylie Sinclair, a repentant arms dealer in ABC's Last Resort; as Dr. Gabby Asano, Danny Williams' girlfriend in 6 episodes of CBS's Hawaii Five-0; and as Abby Bruce, John Stamos' rival and love interest in USA Network's Necessary Roughness.

She also appeared occasionally in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Ghost Whisperer, Pushing Daisies, Human Target, Royal Pains, Jane by Design, and others.

In 2015, she took part in three episodes of ABC's The Whispers (including the pilot), produced by Steven Spielberg. She also appeared in Hart of Dixie.

In April 2016, she was the main guest star of an episode of CBS's Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. It was the most widely viewed episode of the show.[6]

In 2017, she had a recurring guest role as Tess, Darius Tanz's childhood sweetheart, on the CBS show Salvation[7].

In 2017-18, she played Megan's talent agent Leslie Bellcamp on the two seasons of The Arrangement, on the E! network.[8]

She also appeared in an episode of Ryan Murphy's 9-1-1, on January 2018.

Films[edit]

Reeser played in various feature films and television movies, such as the musical The American Mall with Nina Dobrev, the comedy The Girl Next Door with Elisha Cuthbert, the horror movie Lost Boys: The Tribe with Corey Feldman, the thriller The Big Bang with Antonio Banderas, the action movie Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball with Tom Berenger and the detective comedy So Undercover with Miley Cyrus.

In late 2012, she received positive reviews for Hallmark's Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, in which she was the main heroine.[9] Shortly after, she appeared in a number of romantic comedies aired on the Hallmark Channel, with leading roles in such TV movies as Midnight Masquerade (October 2014), I Do, I Do, I Do (February 2015),[10] A Country Wedding (June 2015), Valentine Ever After (February 2016), A Bramble House Christmas (November 2017), etc.

She appeared in Clint Eastwood's biopic Sully, released in September 2016 and starring Tom Hanks.[11]

In 2017, she was Jean-Claude Van Damme's leading lady in the action-thriller Kill 'Em All.[12]

She also starred in the western thriller Valley of Bones, where she portrayed a paleontologist (September 2017).[13]

In 2018, she headlines La Llorona, an horror thriller film based on a Mexican legend, due to be released theatrically in 2019. She also stars in her seventh Hallmark movie, Season for Love, opposite Marc Blucas (August 2018).

Theater[edit]

Since 2006, she has been a member of The WorkJuice Players, a theater troupe primarily known for The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a popular L.A. staged production in the style of old-time radio.[14] She stars in the Amelia Earhart segment, playing the famed pilot, traveling through time; as well as playing a wide variety of other characters in other segments. In 2015, Autumn Reeser and The Thrilling Adventure Hour were invited to perform in New York and Chicago, then Australia (Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington).[15] Other members in the troupe include Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster and Busy Philipps.

An accomplished singer and dancer, Autumn has played in many musicals throughout her life. She also sang in numerous cabarets around Los Angeles, including Upright Cabaret and the acclaimed For The Record: Quentin Tarantino (Show at Barre).[16]

Personal life[edit]

On May 9, 2009, Reeser married writer and director Jesse Warren in Ojai, California.[17] She and Warren have two sons: Finneus 'Finn' James, born May 10, 2011,[18] and Dashiell 'Dash' Ford, born November 25, 2013.[19] In November 2014, Reeser filed for divorce from Warren.[20]

Author and friend Patrick Loubatière wrote a book about her, entitled No Ordinary Girl, published both in English and in French.[21]

In 2015, she was elected to SAG-AFTRA's National and Los Angeles Local Boards.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Girl Next Door Jane
2004 Art Thief Musical! Clarity Short film
2005 Our Very Own Melora Kendal
2006 Americanese Sylvia
2007 Palo Alto Jamie
2008 Lost Boys: The Tribe Nicole Emerson Direct to video
2010 Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Kaitlyn "AK-47" Tremor Direct to video
2010 The Big Bang Fay Neman
2012 Possessions Jessica
2012 So Undercover Bizzy
2016 Sully Tess Sosa
2017 Kill 'Em All Suzanne Lead
2017 Valley of Bones Anna Lead
2018 Dead Trigger Tara Conlan Lead
2018 La Llorona Carly Candlewood Lead
Television Movies
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Brady Bunch in the White House Marcia Brady Television film (Fox)
2007 Nature of the Beast Julia Sullivan Television film (ABC Family)
2008 The American Mall Madison Huxley Television musical (MTV)
2012 Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade Emily Jones Television film (Hallmark) - Lead
2014 Midnight Masquerade Elyse Samford Television film (Hallmark) - Lead
2015 I Do, I Do, I Do Jaclyn Palmer Television film (Hallmark) - Lead
2015 A Country Wedding Sarah Standor Television film (Hallmark) - Lead
2016 Valentine Ever After Julia Television film (Hallmark) - Lead
2017 A Bramble House Christmas Willa Fairchild Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) - Lead
2018 Season for Love Tyler Dawson Television film (Hallmark) - Lead
Television Series
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Star Trek: Voyager Ventu Girl Episode: "Natural Law"
2001 Thrills Allison Episode: "A Most Dangerous Desire"
2001 Undressed Erica 7 episodes
2001–04 Grounded for Life Alison 6 episodes
2002 Maybe It's Me Becky Episodes: "The Prom Episode, Parts 1 and 2"
2002 Birds of Prey Sherry Episode: "Prey for the Hunter"
2002–03 George Lopez Piper Morey Episodes: "Token of Unappreciation" and "Girl Fight"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Rachel Lyford Episode: "Invisible Evidence"
2004 Cold Case Sister Grace Ashley Episode: "The Boy in the Box"
2004–05 Complete Savages Angela 12 episodes
2005 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Megan Episode: "Charlie Wants an Abortion"
2005–07 The O.C. Taylor Townsend 31 episodes
2006 Independent Lens Lauren Episode: "My Life... Disoriented"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Sloane Alexander Episode: "Don't Try This at Home"
2008 Pushing Daisies Kentucky Fitz Episode: "Bzzzzzzzzz!"
2008–09 Valentine Phoebe Valentine 8 episodes
2009 Raising the Bar Ashley Hastings 3 episodes
2009–10 Entourage Lizzie Grant 10 episodes
2010 Human Target Layla / NiteOwl Episodes: "Lockdown" and "Baptiste"
2010 The Bannen Way Jailbait Web series
2010–11 No Ordinary Family Katie Andrews 20 episodes
2011 Royal Pains Jane Cameron Episode: "Run, Hank, Run"
2011–13 Hawaii Five-0 Dr. Gabrielle Asano 6 episodes
2012 Jane by Design Charlotte Whitmore Episode: "The Wedding Gown"
2012–13 Last Resort Kylie Sinclair 12 episodes
2013 Necessary Roughness Abigail Bruce 7 episodes
2015 Hart of Dixie Olivia Green Episode: "Bluebell"
2015 The Whispers Amanda Weil Pilot + 2 episodes
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Sue Davis Episode: "Love Interrupted"
2017-2018 The Arrangement Leslie Bellcamp 10 episodes
2017 Salvation Theresa, AKA Tess Episodes: "All In", "Coup de Grace" and "Keeping the Faith"
2018 9-1-1 Dr. Wells Episode: "Let Go"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notable Alumni Actors". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. 
  2. ^ "Autumn Reeser On The Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School". 
  3. ^ "The O.C. Review". Teendramawhore.com. 2009-12-27. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  4. ^ by BlackBook (2010-08-16). "Entourage Review". Bbook.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  5. ^ Adams, Erik. "No Ordinary Family Review". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Season One Ratings". Tvseriesfinale.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Will Salvation's Coup De Grace Be The End of the World?". tvline.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  8. ^ "The Arrangement's Autumn Reeser Previews E!'s Twisted Showbiz Drama". tvovermind.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
  9. ^ November 13, 2012 (2012-11-13). "Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade Review". Patheos.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Autumn Reeser talks about I Do, I Do, I Do on Home & Family". Hallmarkchannel.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  11. ^ "Autumn Reeser at Sully's Screening in Los Angeles". 
  12. ^ "Kill 'Em All (Official Website)". 
  13. ^ "Autumn Reeser Praises 'Timeless' Quality of Her New Western Thriller 'Valley of Bones'". xfinity. 
  14. ^ "Thrilling Adventure Hour The Workjuice Players". 
  15. ^ "Thrilling Adventure Hour Down Under Tour". 
  16. ^ "Autumn Reeser & Ben Goldberg in For the Record: Tarantino". 
  17. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (June 9, 2009). "Autumn Reeser Reveals Wedding Details". People.com. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  18. ^ "No Ordinary Family's Autumn Reeser Welcomes Son Finn – Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebritybabies.people.com. May 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Autumn Reeser Welcomes Baby No. 2: Dashiell Ford". CelebrityBabyScoop.com. November 25, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Autumn Reeser Files For Divorce". TMZ.com. November 24, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  21. ^ Loubatière, Patrick. No Ordinary Girl. 
  22. ^ "SAG National Board". Sagaftra.org. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 

Bibliography[edit]

Patrick Loubatière. Autumn Reeser - No Ordinary Girl (Book, 2014).

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