Rebecca Alie Romijn
November 6, 1972
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Other names||Rebecca Romijn-Stamos|
|Education||University of California, Santa Cruz|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
Rebecca Alie O'Connell (née Romijn [// roh-MAYN; Dutch: [roːˈmɛin]], born November 6, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She is known for her role as Mystique in the original trilogy (2000–2006) of the X-Men film series, as Joan from The Punisher (2004) (both based on Marvel Comics), the dual roles of Laure Ash and Lily Watts in Femme Fatale (2002), and Number One on Star Trek: Discovery (2019) and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022–present). She has also had a recurring role as Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty. Her other major roles include Eve Baird on the TNT series The Librarians, voicing Lois Lane in the DC Animated Movie Universe, and as the host of the reality competition show Skin Wars.
Romijn was born in Berkeley, California. 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. 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. Romijn's maternal grandfather, Henry Bernard Kuizenga, was a Presbyterian minister and seminary professor.
On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, when questioned about always being glamorous and beautiful, Romijn revealed that in her early teens she was an insecure "drama geek" and that, as a result of her growth spurt, she suffered from scoliosis and was in constant pain. Many sources say that she was once nicknamed the "Jolly Blonde Giant" because of her 5-foot-11-inch (1.80 m) height, but she has admitted to making that up "for a laugh". While studying music (voice) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 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 editions of Elle, Marie Claire, American, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, and Mexican editions of 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 walked for Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, and Anna Molinari along with the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Karen Mulder, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Christy Turlington. She was also 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), AskMen.com (2001–2003, 2005–2006), and FHM (2000–2005). She 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 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, 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. She played Alexis Meade, a transgender woman and the sister of lead character Daniel Meade. In April 2008, 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 with Romijn's pregnancy, which would have been inconsistent with her character's storyline). 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.
Romijn starred in the ABC series Eastwick, reuniting her with her former Pepper Dennis co-star, Lindsay Price, before ABC canceled the show on November 9, 2009. 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. 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.
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 starred as Eve Baird, the guardian of the eponymous group in The Librarians, a direct spin-off of The Librarian film series. She also hosted GSN's original series and reality show Skin Wars. In 2018 she voiced Lois Lane in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie, an adaptation of The Death of Superman, and recurred in the role until Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. In 2019, she was a recurring guest in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, playing the character of Number One, first officer of the USS Enterprise. She reprised the role in the spin-off series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which was released in 2022. She and husband O’Connell are set to host The Real Love Boat, premiering October 5, 2022 on CBS.
Romijn began dating actor John Stamos in 1994 after they met at a Victoria's Secret fashion show where she was modeling. They became engaged on Christmas Eve 1997, and married on September 19, 1998 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. During the marriage, she used the name Rebecca Romijn-Stamos personally and professionally. They announced their separation in April 2004. Stamos filed for divorce in August 2004, and it became final on March 1, 2005.
Romijn resumed using 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.
In 2004, Romijn started dating actor Jerry O'Connell. They became engaged in September 2005, and married at their home in Calabasas, California on July 14, 2007. They have twin daughters, born in 2008.
|1998||Dirty Work||Bearded Lady|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Herself|
|2000||X-Men||Raven Darkhölme / Mystique||Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos|
|2002||Femme Fatale||Laure Ash / Lily Watts|
|Rollerball||Aurora "The Black Widow"|
|Run Ronnie Run||Herself|
|2003||X2||Raven Darkhölme / Mystique||Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos|
|2006||The Alibi||Lola||Released on home media as Lies and Alibis|
|Man About Town||Nina Giamoro|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||Raven Darkhölme / Mystique|
|2010||The Con Artist||Belinda|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Raven Darkhölme / Mystique||Uncredited cameo|
|2014||Phantom Halo||Ms. Rose|
|2015||Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||Sally|
|2018||The Death of Superman||Lois Lane (voice)|
|The Swinging Lanterns Stories||Malia|
|2019||Satanic Panic||Danica Ross|
|Reign of the Supermen||Lois Lane (voice)|
|2020||Justice League Dark: Apokolips War|
|2021||Endangered Species||Lauren Halsey|
|1997||Friends||Cheryl||Episode: "The One with the Dirty Girl"|
|1999||Hefner: Unauthorized||Kimberly Hefner||Television film|
|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||Main role; also co-producer|
|2007||Drawn Together||Charlotte||Episode: "Charlotte's Web of Lies"|
|Carpoolers||Joannifer||Episode: "A Divorce to Remember"|
|2007–2008||Ugly Betty||Alexis Meade||Main role|
|2009||Project Runway||Herself / Guest Judge||Episode: "We Expect Fashion"|
|2009–2010||Eastwick||Roxie Torcoletti||Main role|
|2011||Chuck||Robin Cunnings||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Curse"|
|The Cleveland Show||Speaker / Graduate (voice)||Episode: "Back to Cool"|
|Possessing Piper Rose||Joanna Maxwell||Television film|
|Special Agent Oso||Miss Garcia (voice)||Episode: "Lost and Get Found/A View to the Truth"|
|2011–2012||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Jessie Nichols||Main role (seasons 1 & 2)|
|2013||Burning Love||Katie||2 episodes|
|King & Maxwell||Michelle Maxwell||Main role|
|2014||The Pro||Margot||Television film|
|2014–2016||Skin Wars||Herself / Host / Judge|
|2014–2018||The Librarians||Eve Baird||Main role|
|2015||Adventure Time||The Empress (voice)||2 episodes|
|Key & Peele||Pirate Captain||Episode: "Y'all Ready for This?"|
|RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself||Guest judge; Episode: "Hello, Kitty Girls!"|
|2016||Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul||Episode: "Featuring Rebecca Romijn"|
|2017||Love Locks||Lindsey Wilson||Television film|
|2018||Carter||Cassidy Lenox||Episode: "The Ring"|
|2019||Star Trek: Discovery||Number One||3 episodes|
|Star Trek: Short Treks||2 episodes|
|2020||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Penelope||Episode: "The Surprise Party"|
|2022-present||Star Trek: Strange New Worlds||Number One||Main role|
|The Real Love Boat||Herself (Host)|
|1988||New Kids on the Block: Please Don't Go Girl||Girl 1||Music video / video short|
|2003||Tron 2.0||Mercury (voice)||Video game|
|2004||Tron 2.0: Killer App|
|War Journal: On the Set of The Punisher||Herself||Documentary short|
Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
|2007||Becoming Ugly: A New Face for Television||Video short|
|2010||Worst Wedding DJ Ever||Video short|
|2012||Bettie Page Reveals All||Documentary|
Actress & model
|House of Style: Music, Models and MTV||Television documentary|
|2013||The Hand Bra by Rebecca Romijn||Video short|
|2014||Haunted House Hunters|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Blockbuster Entertainment Award, Favorite Supporting Actress – Science Fiction||X-Men||Won|
|Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actress|
|2003||Golden Raspberry Award, Worst Supporting Actress||Rollerball||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action-Adventure||X2|
|Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie – Liar|
|2004||MTV Movie Award (Mexico), Sexiest She-Villain|
|2007||Gold Derby Award, Best Ensemble in a Series||Ugly Betty|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series|
|2015||Saturn Award, Best Lead Actress in a Series||The Librarians|
|2016||Saturn Award, Best Lead Actress in a Series|
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