Rebecca Romijn

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Rebecca Romijn
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Romijn at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Rebecca Alie Romijn[1]

(1972-11-06) November 6, 1972 (age 48)
Other namesRebecca Romijn-Stamos
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1991–present
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
(m. 1998; div. 2005)
(m. 2007)

Rebecca Alie O'Connell[2][3] (née Romijn (/rˈmn/ 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 trilogy of the X-Men film series, as Joan from The Punisher (2004) (both of which are based on Marvel Comics), and the dual roles of Laure Ash and Lily Watts in Femme Fatale (2002).[4][5][6] She has also had recurring roles as Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty and as Number One on Star Trek: Discovery. Her other major roles include Eve Baird on the TNT series The Librarians, voicing Lois Lane in the DC Animated Movie Universe (from The Death of Superman until Justice League Dark: Apokolips War), and as the host of the reality competition show Skin Wars.

Early life[edit]

Romijn was born on November 6, 1972, in Berkeley, California.[7] 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.[8][9] 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.[10][11] Romijn's maternal grandfather, Henry Bernard Kuizenga, was a Presbyterian minister and seminary professor.[12][13]

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-foot-11-inch (1.80 m) height, but she has admitted to making that up "for a laugh".[14] While studying music (Voice) at the University of California, Santa Cruz,[15] 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), (2001–2003, 2005–2006), and FHM (2000–2005).[16] 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 X2and 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).[4][5][6] 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.[17] 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).[18] 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.[19]

Romijn starred in the ABC series Eastwick,[20] reuniting her with her former Pepper Dennis co-star, Lindsay Price, before ABC canceled the show on November 9, 2009.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

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.

Romijn at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, 2012

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 and voiced Lois Lane in the latest movie in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, an adaptation of The Death of Superman.[24] In 2019, she was a recurring character in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, playing the role of Number One, first officer of the USS Enterprise. She is set to reprise the role in the spin-off series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which is currently filming and slated for a late 2021 release.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27] Stamos filed for divorce in August 2004,[28] and it became final on March 1, 2005.[29]

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.[3]

In 2004, Romijn started dating actor Jerry O'Connell. They became engaged in September 2005,[30] and married at their home in Calabasas, California, on July 14, 2007.[31] Romijn and O'Connell have twin daughters born in 2008.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
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
Run Ronnie Run Herself
Simone Faith Uncredited
2003 X2 Raven Darkhölme / Mystique Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
2004 Godsend Jessie Duncan
The Punisher Joan
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
2008 Lake City Jennifer
2010 The Con Artist Belinda
2011 X-Men: First Class Raven Darkhölme / Mystique Uncredited cameo
2012 Good Deeds Heidi
The Producers Ulla
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 Reign of the Supermen Lois Lane (voice)
Satanic Panic Danica Ross
Batman: Hush Lois Lane (voice)
2020 Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Lois Lane (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
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 Mead 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 Herself 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 Number One 2 episodes
2020 Curb Your Enthusiasm Penelope Episode: "The Surprise Party"
2022[33] Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Number One Post-production

Other work[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Mercury (voice) Video game
War Journal: On the Set of The Punisher Herself Documentary short
Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
2005 Trippin' Herself Television documentary
2 episodes
2006 Wet Dreams Herself Documentary
Executive producer
2007 Becoming Ugly: A New Face for Television Herself Video short
2008 Speechless Herself Television documentary
2010 Worst Wedding DJ Ever Herself Video short
2012 Bettie Page Reveals All Herself Documentary
Actress & model
House of Style: Music, Models and MTV Herself Television documentary
2013 The Hand Bra by Rebecca Romijn Herself Video short
2014 Haunted House Hunters Herself Video short

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Accolade Title Results
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award, Favorite Supporting Actress – Science Fiction X-Men Won
Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actress X-Men Won
2003 Golden Raspberry Award, Worst Supporting Actress Rollerball Nominated
Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action-Adventure X2 Nominated
Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie – Liar X2 Nominated
2004 MTV Movie Award (Mexico), Sexiest She-Villain X2 Nominated
2007 Gold Derby Award, Best Ensemble in a Series Ugly Betty Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Ugly Betty Nominated
2015 Saturn Award, Best Lead Actress in a Series The Librarians Nominated
2016 Saturn Award, Best Lead Actress in a Series The Librarians Nominated


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Preceded by
Daisy Fuentes
Host of House of Style
Succeeded by
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