Torrey DeVitto

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Torrey DeVitto
Torrey DeVitto by David Shankbone.jpg
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 35)
NationalityAmerican
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • violinist
  • activist
  • producer
Years active2003–present
Notable work
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, philanthropist, producer and former fashion model. She is best known for her recurring roles as Melissa Hastings in the ABC Family/Freeform mystery drama series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017), Dr. Meredith Fell in The CW fantasy drama series The Vampire Diaries (2012–2013) and as Carrie in The CW drama series One Tree Hill (2008–2009). In 2013, she starred as Maggie Hall in the seventh and final season of the Lifetime drama series Army Wives. In 2015, she began starring as Dr. Natalie Manning in the NBC medical drama series 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 signing autographs at 2012 Wizard World in Toronto, Ontario.

DeVitto's modelling career started at age 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 landed her first acting role in 1999 when she participated in The WB drama series Safe Harbor.[15] In 2000, she appeared in the Nickelodeon comedy series Noah Knows Best.[15] DeVitto co-starred in the ABC Family drama series Beautiful People as aspiring model Karen Kerr from 2005 to 2006. DeVitto made her film debut in the dramatic short film Starcrossed (2005), which tells about brothers, who develop a sexual attraction to one another. She also appeared in the horror film sequel I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006) as Zoe Carpenter. She guest-starred on Drake & Josh, Scrubs, Jack & Bobby and had a small part in the romantic drama short film Forbidden Love.

DeVitto is portraying Natalie Manning on Chicago Med

She had a lead role as an actress Sierra Young in the comedy film Heber Holiday (2007) and co-starred in the comedy-drama film Green Flash (2008) alongside David Charvet and Kristin Cavallari.[16][17] DeVitto appeared in the horror comedy film Killer Movie (2008) with then-boyfriend 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 series One Tree Hill, where she played nanny Carrie.[18][19] In 2013, DeVitto told Entertainment Tonight that her role as Carrie garnered strong reactions from the show's viewers and she often gets approached by fans about One Tree Hill.[20]

DeVitto appeared in Will.I.Am's Vote Obama video "We Are The Ones" (2008) and Stevie Nicks' music video for the song "Moonlight" (2011). In 2010, DeVitto began a recurring role as Melissa Hastings in the ABC Family mystery drama series Pretty Little Liars based on Sara Shepard's book series of the same name.[21] In 2017, Samantha Simon of InStyle wrote that "for Torrey DeVitto, playing super-sketchy Melissa Hastings on Pretty Little Liars wasn’t exactly a challenge. Because, despite the seemingly endless web of lies surrounding the eldest Hastings sister on the show, it all looks like child’s play compared to DeVitto’s other unforgettable role as psychotic Nanny Carrie on One Tree Hill." She played Nina in the horror film The Rite (2011) alongside Anthony Hopkins, Alice Braga and Colin O'Donoghue. It received favorable reviews from critics and grossed over $97 million at the worldwide box office.[22]

In November 2011, DeVitto was confirmed to have a recurring role in the CW fantasy drama series 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.[23][24] She portrayed Margo in the comedy-drama film Cheesecake Casserole (2012), released on July 3, 2012. In November 2012, it was reported that she had signed on to star as Maggie Hall in the seventh season of the Lifetime drama series Army Wives.[25] Maggie Hall is a mother of two and former soldier who moves to Fort Marshall with her family. 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.[26] She had a lead role as Jennie Stanton in the Hallmark Channel television film Best Christmas Party Ever in 2014.[27][28]

In August 2015, DeVitto signed on to star in the NBC medical drama series Chicago Med. She was cast as Dr. Natalie Manning, the ED pediatrician.[29] She has also appeared as Dr. Natalie Manning in Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire. She portrayed Angie in the psychological thriller The Hoaxing (2018), a short film that she also helped produce.[15] In 2019, she produced a documentary film, Saving Daisy that follows Daisy Coleman’s journey of healing from lifelong trauma and PTSD.[30][31] She will appear opposite Chad Michael Murray in Hallmark's television film Five Cards for Christmas (2019).[32][33][34] The film centers around Jessica, portrayed by DeVitto, who sends Christmas cards to five people who have impacted her life.[35][36] She will play Cathy in the thriller film Divertimento (2020) alongside Kellan Lutz and Ola Rapace.[37]

DeVitto is popular on social media and endorses products such as beauty and wellness products on Instagram. She has partnered with several brands such as FabFitFun beauty subscription box.[38]

Advocacy[edit]

"I had the opportunity through RAINN to sit down at dinner with a group of survivors. I left that table feeling so inspired and in awe of their willingness to be vulnerable and raw for the sake of hoping that, by sharing their story, they would be helping another survivor heal and know that they are not alone. I knew that I wanted to do whatever I could to help aid them in their march toward ending sexual violence and bring more awareness to this cause. I am beyond proud to be a part of such a beautiful organization that is doing such integral work."

—DeVitto on her motives for joining Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network's National Leadership Council in 2019

Outside of work, DeVitto dedicates much of her time to philanthropy.[39] She is a Hospice Ambassador since 2011[40] and also supports PETA,[41] RAINN[42] and HSUS.[43] Before she became a Hospice Ambassador, she volunteered at a children's hospital.[39] While filming for television series Chicago Med in Chicago, she works with Rainbow Hospice.[44] She has been A Hospice Ambassador for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization since 2011. In 2013, she received National Hospice Foundation's Buchwald Spirit Award for Public Awareness.[45]

She hosted a screening of the Hospice Foundation’s first documentary, Okuyamba, at UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre in 2012. DeVitto was part of the Hospice Foundation’s documentary film crew that spent three and a half weeks of filming in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan.[46][47] She is the narrator of the documentary film titled Road to Hope (2015) that follows palliative care nurses in Uganda and the challenges they face in bringing comfort to those in the country's remote villages.[48]

An animal rights advocate, DeVitto has two rescued dogs, Beau and Homie, and partnered with the Shelter Pet Project to promote adoption.[43] She has appeared in several advertisements, interviews and videos for PETA.[49][50][51] In 2016, she teamed up with HSUS and their Be Cruelty-Free campaign.[52][43] She declared herself "vegan in my fashion and vegetarian in my food".[53]

DeVitto has been a Hospice Ambassador since 2011

DeVitto has worked alongside the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise awareness for Mental Health Month in May. She also joined NAMI to share her own story and the importance of living stigma-free of mental illnesses.[15] She is a member of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network's National Leadership Council (NLC), which is a group of dedicated individuals who are committed to RAINN’s mission of supporting survivors and ending sexual violence.[42]

Personal life[edit]

DeVitto began dating her Killer Movie co-star Paul Wesley in 2007, and they married in a private ceremony in April 2011.[54] DeVitto and Wesley filed for divorce in July 2013 after two years of marriage, with their divorce finalized in December 2013.[55][56] DeVitto was in a two-year relationship with actor Rick Glassman from 2014 to 2016.[57] She dated Dancing with the Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev from 2016 to 2017.[58] DeVitto was in another relationship with Chicago P.D. star Jesse Lee Soffer from August 2018 to May 2019.[59][60]

She is good friends with actress Arielle Kebbel, who was also raised in Winter Park, Florida.[61]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Starcrossed Maura Short film
2006 I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer Zoe Carpenter Direct-to-video
2007 Heber Holiday Sierra Young
2008 Killer Movie Phoebe Hilldale
Green Flash Mia Fonseca
2011 The Rite Nina
2012 Cheesecake Casserole Margo
2013 Evidence Leann Hoodplatt
2015 Road to Hope Herself Narrator
2016 Stevie D Daria Laurentis
2018 The Hoaxing Angie Short film
2019 Flyby Jan Short film
2020 Divertimento Cathy Post-production
TBA Amy Makes Three Carla Forrest Completed
Cold Ashley Post-production; also executive producer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Safe Harbor Unknown role Uncredited
2000 Noah Knows Best
2003 Dawson's Creek Girl #1 Episode: "Lovelines"
Scrubs Gorgeous Girl with Dog Episode: "My White Whale"
2005–2007 Drake & Josh Denise Woods / Tori Recurring role; 3 episodes
2005 The King of Queens Traci Episode: "Cologne Ranger"
Jack & Bobby Tiffany Episode: "Querida Grace"
2005–2006 Beautiful People Karen Kerr Main role; 16 episodes
2006 Runaway Soccer Coach Episode: "End Game"; Uncredited[citation needed]
2008 CSI: Miami Kelly Chapman Episode: "You May Now Kill the Bride"
2008–2009 One Tree Hill Carrie Recurring role (seasons 5–6); 14 episodes
2009 Castle Sierra Goodwin Episode: "Inventing the Girl"
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Melissa Hastings Recurring role (seasons 1–3, 5), Guest role (seasons 4, 6-7); 40 episodes
2011 Marcy Torrey Episode: "Marcy Does Yoga"
2012 The Real St. Nick Kate Lifetime original film
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: "Kitty"
2014 Major Crimes Nicole Episode: "Acting Out"
2014 Stalker Elaine Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Best Christmas Party Ever[62] Jennie Stanton Hallmark Channel original film
2015 It Had To Be You Darby Powell Hallmark Channel original film
2015–present Chicago Med Dr. Natalie Manning Main role; 86 episodes
2016–2017 Chicago P.D. Recurring role; 6 episodes
2017–2018 Chicago Fire Recurring role; 2 episodes
2019 Write Before Christmas Jessica Hallmark Channel original film

Producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2019 Saving Daisy Documentary film

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist
2008 "We Are the Ones" Will.i.am
2011 "Moonlight" Violinist Vampire Stevie Nicks
2013 Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams Violinist Vampire Stevie Nicks

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2013 National Hospice Foundation Buchwald Spirit Award for Public Awareness Won
2016 Prestige Film Awards Voice Over Talent[63] Road to Hope Won
2018 Social Impact Leaders Awards 2018 Emcee[64] Won

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