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, 2012
Born Rebecca Alie Romijn[1]
(1972-11-06) November 6, 1972 (age 44)
Berkeley, California, United States
Other names Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
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
(m. 1998; div. 2005)

Jerry O'Connell
(m. 2007)
Children 2

Rebecca Alie Romijn[2] (/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 first trilogy of the X-Men film series, and as Joan from The Punisher (2004), both of which are based on Marvel Comics. She also had a recurring role as Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty. She is currently starring as Eve Baird in The Librarians.

Early life[edit]

Romijn was born on November 6, 1972, in Berkeley, California.[3] Her mother, Elizabeth Romijn (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.[4][5] Her father is a native of Barneveld, the Netherlands, while her mother is an American of Dutch and English ancestry. Her mother met Rebecca's father as a teenager while living in the Netherlands on a student exchange program.[6][7] Romijn's maternal grandfather, Dr. Henry Bernard Kuizenga, was a Presbyterian minister and seminary professor.[8][9]

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".[10] While studying Music (Voice) at the University of California, Santa Cruz,[11] she became involved with fashion modeling and eventually moved to Paris, where she lived for more than three years.


Among other jobs, Romijn started her modeling career in 1991. She has appeared on the covers of American, French, Spanish, Russian, and Swedish Elle, Marie Claire, American, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, and Mexican Cosmopolitan, Allure, Glamour, GQ, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated.

She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Escada, Christian Dior, La Perla, Tommy Hilfiger, Furla, Liz Claiborne, J. Crew, Victoria's Secret, bebe, La Senza, Dillard's, Pantene, Got Milk?, Miller Lite, and Maybelline. She has also walked for Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, and Anna Molinari 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).[12] 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, and again for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In these films, her costume consisted of blue makeup and some strategically placed prosthetics on her otherwise nude body. In X2 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. The role has since been recast with Jennifer Lawrence playing the younger version of the character. 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.[13] She played 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).[14] 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.[15]

Romijn starred in the ABC series Eastwick,[16] reuniting her with her former Pepper Dennis co-star, Lindsay Price, before ABC canceled the show on November 9, 2009.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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 was also featured on the song "Color Me Love" for RuPaul's eighth studio album Realness in 2015.

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. She is also currently the host of GSN's original series and reality show Skin Wars.

Personal life[edit]

Romijn began dating actor John Stamos in 1994, after they met at a Victoria's Secret fashion show in which she was modeling. Romijn and Stamos became engaged on Christmas Eve 1997, and they married on September 19, 1998 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.[20] During the marriage, she used the name Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in both her personal and professional life. The couple announced their separation in April 2004.[21] Stamos filed for divorce in August 2004,[22] and it became final on March 1, 2005.[23] Romijn subsequently resumed using only her maiden name, but revealed in an August 2013 interview on Conan that she had never legally changed her name back from Romijn-Stamos after a Conan staff member noticed "Romijn-Stamos" on her driver's license.[2]

In 2004 Romijn started dating actor Jerry O'Connell. They became engaged in September 2005,[24] and married at their home in Calabasas, California, on July 14, 2007.[25] Romijn and O'Connell have twin daughters, Dolly Rebecca-Rose O'Connell and Charlie Tamara-Tulip O'Connell, born on December 28, 2008.[26] Dolly is for singer Dolly Parton's first name and Charlie is for O'Connell's brother Charlie O'Connell.[27]

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."[28]



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
Run Ronnie Run! Herself (As Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
Simone Faith Uncredited
Rollerball Aurora
2003 X2 Raven Darkhölme / Mystique Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liar
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action/Drama
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
X-Men: First Class Raven Darkhölme / Mystique Cameo
2012 Good Deeds Heidi
2014 Phantom Halo Ms. Rose
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Sally


Year Title Role Other notes
1997 Friends Cheryl Episode: "The One with the Dirty Girl"
1998 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Herself Episode: "Chinatown"
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
2014–2016 Skin Wars Herself Host
2014–present The Librarians Eve Baird Main cast
27 episodes
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Guest Judge Episode: Hello, Kitty Girls!
2015 Key & Peele Pirate Captain Season 5 Episode 1
2015 Adventure Time Empress Eyes Season 7 Episode 9
2017 Love Locks Lindsay Phillips Hallmark movie


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  25. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (July 30, 2007). "Inside Their Summer Wedding!". People. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
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Preceded by
Daisy Fuentes
Host of House of Style
Succeeded by
Molly Sims