Torrey DeVitto

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Torrey DeVitto
Torrey DeVitto by David Shankbone.jpg
DeVitto at the premiere of Killer Movie at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Torrey Joèlle DeVitto
(1984-06-08) June 8, 1984 (age 32)
Huntington, New York, United States
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • violinist
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Paul Wesley (m. 2011; div. 2013)[1]
Parent(s) Liberty DeVitto
Mary DeVitto

Torrey Joèlle DeVitto (born June 8, 1984) is an American actress, musician and former fashion model. She is best known for her role as Melissa Hastings in the ABC Family mystery/thriller series Pretty Little Liars, Meredith Fell in The CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries and as the psycho nanny Carrie in The CW drama One Tree Hill. She also played Maggie Hall in the Lifetime drama Army Wives and currently stars as Dr. Natalie Manning in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med.

Early life[edit]

Torrey Joèlle DeVitto was born and raised in Huntington on Long Island, New York and Winter Park, Florida. Her parents are Mary (née Torrey) and Liberty DeVitto; her father was a long-time drummer for Billy Joel. They met in 1983. Her mother had been Stevie Nicks's best friend since the late 1970s and met DeVitto's father 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 has two younger sisters, Devon and Maryelle. 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.

She attended Fort Salonga Elementary School, part of Kings Park Central School District. When DeVitto was six years old, she took violin lessons and when she was in the fourth grade, she earned her place as the fourth chair violinist in a high school band. When DeVitto was twelve years old, she played a solo violin piece at Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook's wedding. 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.[2]

Career[edit]

DeVitto started her career by working in commercials, which she described to be a "stepping stone to get to TV and film jobs."[3] She was signed to Ford and Avenue One modelling agencies, but in 2002, she realized her future was not in modelling and chose to pursue a career in acting. 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.[4] From that point, DeVitto feels that acting is her "strongest passion and takes precedence over music", but hopes that she "can do more with it in the future."[3]

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.[5] She has guest-starred on Drake & Josh, Scrubs, Jack & Bobby and had a small part in the romantic drama short film Forbidden Love. Her movie role debut was in the drama short film Starcrossed, which tells about brothers, who develop a sexual attraction to one another. Later she starred as L.A. actress Sierra Young in the comedy Heber Holiday and co-starred in the comedy-drama Green Flash with David Charvet and Kristin Cavallari.[5][6] She co-starred Phoebe Hilldale in the horror comedy Killer Movie with her then-future husband Paul Wesley, Kaley Cuoco and Gloria Votsis. During the fifth and sixth seasons of The CW drama One Tree Hill, Devitto played psycho nanny Carrie.

She was in Will.I.Am's Vote Obama video "We Are The Ones". In 2010, DeVitto was cast as Melissa Hastings in the ABC Family mystery/thriller series Pretty Little Liars based on Sara Shepard's book series of the same name.[7] On November 10, 2011, DeVitto was confirmed to be in the CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries as Meredith Fell, a young doctor who is fascinated by Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis), when she notices how quickly he recovers from an injury.[8][9] 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.[10] On September 24, 2013, Lifetime announced the show's cancellation, it honored it with a two-hour retrospective special with the cast members which aired in 2014.[11]

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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

DeVitto and Wesley in 2012.

DeVitto began dating her Killer Movie co-star Paul Wesley in 2007. They married in a private ceremony in New York City in April 2011.[13] From early 2012 to early 2013, DeVitto had a recurring role on The CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries, which Wesley stars in. They filed for divorce in July 2013 after two years of marriage.[14] They "have decided to amicably split. They will continue to remain good friends," Wesley's rep confirmed to People magazine.[15] The divorce was finalized in December 2013.[16]

Charity work[edit]

In addition to acting and music, DeVitto contributes to various humanitarian causes. She appeared in one PETA ad to promote virtual dissection in science classes at both the collegiate and secondary-school levels, and in another encouraging consumers to wear faux leather.[17][18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Starcrossed Maura
2006 I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer Zoe Warner Lead
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
2016 Amy Makes Three Carla Forrest Post-production

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"
2004–05 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"
2005–06 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"
2008–09 One Tree Hill Carrie Recurring role (Season 5–6: 14 episodes)
2009 Castle Sierra Goodwin Episode 2.03: "Inventing the Girl"
2010–present Pretty Little Liars Melissa Hastings Recurring role (Season 1–present)
2011 Marcy Torrey Episode 1.01: "Marcy Does Yoga"
2012 The Real St. Nick Kate Lifetime TV movie
2012–13 The Vampire Diaries 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[19] Jennie Stanton Hallmark Channel TV movie
2015–present Chicago Med Dr. Natalie Manning Main role
2016 Chicago P.D. Dr. Natalie Manning Recurring role
2016 Chicago Fire Dr. Natalie Manning Recurring role

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prieve, Michael. "Paul Wesley is Officially Divorced From Torrey DeVitto". Celebuzz!. Celebuzz!. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Biography for Torrey DeVitto". 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  3. ^ a b Interview with Torrey DeVitto My Fan Base.de. April 25, 2008.
  4. ^ Torrey DeVitto fan - biography February 20, 2008
  5. ^ a b Torrey DeVitto Actor page Movies.yahoo.com
  6. ^ "Heber Holida movie profile". 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  7. ^ "Pretty Little Lairs Blog-Cast". Archived from the original on 2012-05-30. 
  8. ^ Barrett, Annie (2011-11-09). "'Vampire Diaries' casts Persia White | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  9. ^ Bags Hooper (2011-11-10). "Vampire Diaries Gets a Dose of Pretty Little Liars, Torrey DeVitto Signs on to Cast". BuzzFocus.com. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 30, 2012). "Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto & Elle McLemore Join ‘Army Wives’ As New Series Regulars". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ Deadline.com
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley and actress Torrey DeVitto married! - Life and Style". Lifeandstylemag.com. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  14. ^ Nahas, Aili (July 30, 2013). "Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto to Divorce". People Magazine. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ People.com
  16. ^ "'Vampire Diaries' star Paul Wesley finalizes divorce". Toronto Sun. December 24, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Torrey DeVitto's PETA Ad - Exclusive". ETonline.com. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  18. ^ Bill Zwecker, "Stars Around Town: Lady Gaga, Bobby Hull, Torrey Devitto," Chicago Sun-Times 7 March 2016
  19. ^ "About Best Christmas Party". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 

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