Torrey DeVitto

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Torrey DeVitto
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Torrey DeVitto at the premiere of Killer Movie at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008.
Born
Torrey Joël DeVitto

(1984-06-08) June 8, 1984 (age 34)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • violinist
  • activist
Years active2003–present
Notable work
Drake and Josh
Beautiful People
One Tree Hill
The Vampire Diaries
Pretty Little Liars
Army Wives
Chicago Med
Home townWinter Park, Florida, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Paul Wesley
(m. 2011; div. 2013)
[1]
Parent(s)Liberty DeVitto
Mary DeVitto

Torrey Joël DeVitto (born June 8, 1984) is an American actress, musician and former fashion model. She is best known for her recurring roles as Melissa Hastings in the ABC Family/Freeform mystery/thriller series Pretty Little Liars from 2010 to 2017, Dr. Meredith Fell in The CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries from 2012 to 2013 and as Carrie in The CW drama One Tree Hill from 2008 to 2009. In 2013, she starred as Maggie Hall in the seventh and final season of the Lifetime drama Army Wives. In 2015, she began starring as Dr. Natalie Manning in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med. She is also involved in a number of philanthropic organizations and is a Hospice Ambassador.[2]

Early life[edit]

DeVitto was born in Huntington on Long Island, New York to Mary (née Torrey) and Liberty DeVitto and raised in Winter Park, Florida. Her father was a long-time drummer for Billy Joel and her mother had been Stevie Nicks's best friend since the late 1970s and met DeVitto's father in 1983 when he was the drummer on Nicks' Wild Heart Tour. On the day of her birth, Joel was performing at the Wembley Arena and made a special note before beginning "The Longest Time" that DeVitto's wife was having a baby, causing a standing ovation for DeVitto, who was playing the drums at the concert. She was named Torrey after her mother's maiden name. She is of Italian descent.

She is the second of four daughters with an older sister Devon, and two younger sisters Maryelle and the youngest sister's name has not yet been revealed. Her sister Maryelle was a contestant in the Discovery Kids reality competition show Endurance. As a child, DeVitto spent a lot of time touring with her parents.[2] She described her childhood to CVLUX magazine by saying: "We spent every Thanksgiving at Billy Joel’s house. I grew up with his daughter, Alexa; it was a lot of warm, happy memories."[3] By the fourth grade, she was playing violin with the local high school orchestra, and at the age of twelve she performed a solo at actress Christie Brinkley and architect Peter Cook’s wedding.[3] She attended Youngsville Elementary School, part of Kings Park Central School District. After graduating from Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida, she spent her summer in Japan working as a model and had earlier spent time in Chicago.[4]

Career[edit]

DeVitto's modelling career started at the age of 15, when she began appearing in commercials, which she described to be a stepping stone to get to TV and film jobs.[5] She was signed to Ford and Avenue One modeling agencies, but in 2002, she realized her future was not in modeling and chose to pursue a career in acting.[6] DeVitto has been featured in several fashion blogs and magazines such as Cliche Magazine,[7] Miami Living,[8] Bello,[9] CVLUX,[10] Most Magazine, Crookes Magazine and Obscurae.[11] She also modeled for TV Guide, That Magazine[12] and Chicago Splash.[13] Staying true to her love of music in 2002, she played violin with the Tommy Davidson Band at the Sunset Room in Hollywood. She also played violin on Raphael Saadiq's 2004 album, Ray Ray, as well as Stevie Nicks' 2011 album In Your Dreams.[14]

DeVitto co-starred in the ABC Family drama Beautiful People as aspiring model Karen Kerr from 2005 to 2006. She also appeared in the 2006 horror film sequel I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer as Zoe Warner.[15] She guest-starred on Drake & Josh, Scrubs, Jack & Bobby and had a small part in the romantic drama short film Forbidden Love. DeVitto made her film debut in the dramatic short film Starcrossed, which tells about brothers, who develop a sexual attraction to one another. Later she starred as an actress Sierra Young in the comedy film Heber Holiday and co-starred in the comedy-drama Green Flash with David Charvet and Kristin Cavallari.[15][16] She appeared in the horror comedy Killer Movie with Paul Wesley, Kaley Cuoco and Leighton Meester. From 2008 to 2009, DeVitto had a recurring role in the fifth and sixth seasons of The CW drama One Tree Hill, where she played Carrie.

She was in Will.I.Am's Vote Obama video "We Are The Ones". In 2010, DeVitto began a recurring role as Melissa Hastings in the ABC Family mystery/thriller series Pretty Little Liars based on Sara Shepard's book series of the same name.[17] On November 10, 2011, DeVitto was confirmed to have a recurring role in the CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries as Dr. Meredith Fell, who is fascinated by Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis), when she notices how quickly he recovers from an injury.[18][19] In November 2012, it was reported that she had signed on to star as Maggie Hall in the seventh season of the Lifetime drama Army Wives.[20] On September 24, 2013, Lifetime announced the show's cancellation, it honored the show with a two-hour retrospective special with the cast members which aired in 2014.[21] She had a lead role as Jennie Stanton in the Hallmark Channel television film Best Christmas Party Ever in 2014.[22][23]

In August 2015, DeVitto signed on to star in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med. She was cast as Dr. Natalie Manning, the ED pediatrician.[24] She has also appeared as Dr. Natalie Manning in Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire.

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, DeVitto began dating her Killer Movie co-star Paul Wesley. They married in a private ceremony in New York City in April 2011.[25] From early 2012 to early 2013, DeVitto had a recurring role on The CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries, which Wesley starred in. They filed for divorce in July 2013 after two years of marriage.[26] They "have decided to amicably split. They will continue to remain good friends," Wesley's rep confirmed to People magazine.[27] The divorce was finalized in December 2013.[28]

She dated actor Rick Glassman from 2014 to 2016.[29] She dated Dancing with the Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev from 2016 to 2017.[30] In September 2018, DeVitto confirmed that she began dating Chicago P.D. star Jesse Lee Soffer.[31]

Advocacy[edit]

Outside of work, DeVitto dedicates much of her time to philanthropy.[32] She is a Hospice Ambassador since 2011[33] and also supports PETA[34] and HSUS.[35] Before she became a Hospice Ambassador, she volunteered at a children's hospital.[32] While filming for Chicago Med in Chicago, she works with Rainbow Hospice.[36] She has been A Hospice Ambassador for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization since 2011. She hosted a screening of the Hospice Foundation’s first documentary, Okuyamba, at UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre in 2012. Also in 2012, she travelled to Africa, where she spent two weeks as a member of the crew filming Road to Hope.[37]

An animal rights advocate, DeVitto has two rescued dogs, Beau and Homie, and partnered with the Shelter Pet Project to promote adoption.[35] She has appeared in several advertisements, interviews and videos for PETA.[38][39][40] In 2016, she teamed up with HSUS and their Be Cruelty-Free campaign.[41][35]

She declared herself "vegan in my fashion and vegetarian in my food".[42]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Starcrossed Maura
2006 I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer Zoe Warner Direct to video
2007 Heber Holiday Sierra Young aka. Shooting Star
2008 Killer Movie Phoebe Hilldale
Green Flash Mia Fonseca
2011 The Rite Nina
2012 Cheesecake Casserole Margo
2013 Evidence Leann
Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams Featured Violinist Vampire Documentary film
2015 It Had To Be You Darby Powell
Road to Hope Herself
2016 Stevie D Daria Laurentis
2016 Amy Makes Three Carla Forrest Completed
TBA Cold Ashley Post-production
2018 Flyby Jan Completed
2018 The Hoaxing Angie Completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Dawson's Creek Girl #1 Episode 6.19: "Lovelines"
Scrubs Gorgeous Girl with Dog Episode 3.03: "My White Whale"
2005–2007 Drake & Josh Denise Woods / Tori Recurring role, 3 episodes
2005 The King of Queens Traci Episode 7.09: "Cologne Ranger"
Jack & Bobby Tiffany Episode 1.17: "Querida Grace"
2005–2006 Beautiful People Karen Kerr Main role (Season 1: 16 episodes)
2006 Runaway Soccer Coach Episode 1.08: "End Game" (uncredited)[citation needed]
2008 CSI: Miami Kelly Chapman Episode 6.14: "You May Now Kill the Bride"
2008–2009 One Tree Hill Carrie Recurring role (Season 5–6: 14 episodes)
2009 Castle Sierra Goodwin Episode 2.03: "Inventing the Girl"
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Melissa Hastings Recurring role (Season 1–7; 40 episodes)
2011 Marcy Torrey Episode 1.01: "Marcy Does Yoga"
2012 The Real St. Nick Kate Lifetime TV movie
2012–2013 The Vampire Diaries Dr. Meredith Fell Recurring role (Seasons 3–4: 12 episodes)
2013 Army Wives Maggie Hall Main role (Season 7: 13 episodes)
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Susan McDowell / Kitty Episode 14.21: "Kitty"
2014 Major Crimes Nicole Episode 3.13: "Acting Out"
2014 Stalker Elaine Episode: Pilot
2014 Best Christmas Party Ever[43] Jennie Stanton Hallmark Channel TV movie
2015–present Chicago Med Dr. Natalie Manning Main role
2016–present Chicago P.D. Recurring role
2017–present Chicago Fire

Producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2018 The Hoaxing Horror short film
2019 Saving Daisy Documentary film

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2008 "We Are the Ones" Will.i.am
2011 "Moonlight" Stevie Nicks

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2016 Prestige Film Awards Voice Over Talent[44] Road to Hope Won
2018 Social Impact Leaders Awards 2018 Emcee[45] Won

References[edit]

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