Autumn Reeser (born September 21, 1980)[1] is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Taylor Townsend on the Fox series The O.C., Lizzie Grant on HBO's Entourage, Katie Andrews on ABC's No Ordinary Family, and Leslie Bellcamp on E!'s The Arrangement. She has appeared in the films The Girl Next Door (2004), So Undercover (2012), Sully (2016), and in ten Hallmark Channel television films in leading roles.

Autumn Reeser
Reeser at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1980-09-21) September 21, 1980 (age 43)
Alma mater
Years active2000–present
Known for
Jesse Warren
(m. 2009; div. 2014)

Early life edit

Reeser graduated from UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television in 2004.[2] She also studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.[3]

Career edit

Television edit

Early in her career, she appeared in television commercials for Burger King, Clean & Clear and International House of Pancakes.[4] Her first on-screen appearance was a role as Ventu Girl in the episode "Natural Law" of UPN's Star Trek: Voyager. Shortly thereafter, she booked guest roles in television shows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Birds of Prey and Cold Case, and moved onto recurring roles in the sitcoms Grounded for Life, Maybe It's Me and Complete Savages. She rose to fame through her role as Taylor Townsend on the Fox series The O.C. (2005–2007).[5][6] She reflected back on the character during a 2010 interview, saying "I feel like there's a lot of girls out there who could really relate to her, who hadn't seen themselves on TV in that way. I loved that about her. I loved that she made no apologies for who she was even though she wasn't what all the magazines said was OK. She was like, 'I'm still valid. And I'm awesome. And I know I'm odd, and that's OK.'"[7]

Autumn Reeser signing autographs for Lost Boys: The Tribe fans in 2008

Reeser portrayed Lizzy Grant in ten episodes of HBO's comedy-drama television series Entourage (2009–2010).[8][9] First appearing in the show's sixth season, Lizzie is a junior agent working in the Miller Gold Agency's TV division under Andrew Klein, with whom she has an affair. Reeser played Phoebe Valentine, a goddess from Greek mythology in The CW's romantic comedy-drama series Valentine (2008–2009). In 2009, she portrayed lawyer Ashley Hastings in three episodes of TNT's legal drama series Raising the Bar. Reeser played Katie Andrews, Julie Benz's personal assistant in ABC's No Ordinary Family (2010–2011).[10] The show centers on the Powells, a typical American family living in fictional Pacific Bay, California, whose members gain special powers after their plane crashes in the Amazon, Brazil. Reeser also had roles as Kylie Sinclair in Last Resort, as Dr. Gabrielle Asano in Hawaii Five-0 and as Abigail Bruce in Necessary Roughness.[11] She had guest roles in several television shows, including It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Ghost Whisperer, Pushing Daisies, Human Target, Royal Pains, Jane by Design, and Hart of Dixie.

In 2015, Reeser portrayed Amanda Weil in three episodes of ABC's science fiction drama series The Whispers. In 2017, she had a recurring role as Tess, Darius Tanz's childhood sweetheart, on the CBS show Salvation.[12] She played talent agent Leslie Bellcamp on the two seasons of The Arrangement, on the E! network.[13] The series follows an unknown actress who, after a successful audition, is plucked from obscurity and offered a secret contract to be the fiancée to Kyle West, one of Hollywood's biggest stars.[14][15] In 2018, she made a guest appearance as Dr. Wells on Fox's procedural drama television series 9-1-1, in the episode "Let Go".

Films edit

Reeser in 2019

Reeser has appeared in several feature films and television movies, such as the musical The American Mall with Nina Dobrev, the comedy The Girl Next Door with Elisha Cuthbert, the horror film Lost Boys: The Tribe with Corey Feldman, the thriller The Big Bang with Antonio Banderas, the action movie Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball with Tom Berenger and the detective comedy So Undercover with Miley Cyrus. She appeared in Clint Eastwood's biographical drama film Sully (2016), released on September 2, 2016.[16] The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed over $240 million worldwide. She also appeared in films Kill 'Em All (2017),[17] Valley of Bones (2017),[18] Dead Trigger (2017), and The Legend of La Llorona (2022).[19]

In late 2012, she received positive reviews for Hallmark Channel's Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, in which she was the main heroine.[20] Shortly after, she appeared in a number of romantic comedies aired on the Hallmark Channel,[21] with leading roles in Midnight Masquerade (October 2014), I Do, I Do, I Do (February 2015),[22] A Country Wedding (June 2015), Valentine Ever After (February 2016), A Bramble House Christmas (November 2017), Season for Love (August 2018), Love on the Menu (February 2019), All Summer Long (August 2019), and Christmas Under the Stars (November 2019).

She joined forces with fellow Hallmark regulars Lacey Chabert and Allison Sweeney in a trilogy that aired on the Hallmark Channel in 2022 about three long-time college friends who find an antique wedding veil that was reputed to bring its possessor her destined partner. She played Emma, who teaches art history and later travels to Italy to investigate the veil's origin. Lacey Chabert as Avery and Allison Sweeney as Tracy were her cohorts, and the three actresses reprised their roles in a sequel trilogy that aired on the Hallmark Channel in 2023.[23]

Theater edit

Since 2006, she has been a member of The WorkJuice Players, a theater troupe primarily known for The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a popular Los Angeles staged production in the style of old-time radio.[24] She stars in the Amelia Earhart segment, playing the famed pilot, traveling through time; as well as playing a wide variety of other characters in other segments. In 2015, Reeser and The Thrilling Adventure Hour were invited to perform in New York City and Chicago, then Australia (Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington).[25] Other members in the troupe include Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster and Busy Philipps.

An accomplished singer and dancer, Reeser has played in many musicals throughout her life. She also sang in numerous cabarets around Los Angeles, including Upright Cabaret and the acclaimed For The Record: Quentin Tarantino (Show at Barre).[26] Reeser played Julie Cooper in The O.C. one-night musical, which took place at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood on August 30, 2015.[27] In 2019, she starred in the West Coast premiere of Nicky Silver's Too Much Sun at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles.

Video games edit

Reeser played the character of Lissette Hanley in the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, released in 2008.[28][29]

Other ventures edit

Reeser was featured on the cover of December 2006 issue of Stuff magazine.[30] She has also appeared in editorials for Maxim, Celebrity Skin and Zooey.[31][32] She was ranked at number 57 on the Maxim magazine's "Hot 100 of 2006" list,[33] at number 65 on the Maxim "Hot 100 of 2007" list[34] and at number 85 on the Maxim "Hot 100 of 2011" list.[35]

Personal life edit

On May 9, 2009, Reeser married writer and director Jesse Warren in Ojai, California.[36] The couple have two sons.[37][38] In November 2014, Reeser filed for divorce from Warren and requested joint physical and legal custody of their children.[39][40][41]

Author and friend Patrick Loubatière wrote her 2014 biography, titled No Ordinary Girl, published in English and French.[42]

In 2015, she was elected to SAG-AFTRA's National and Los Angeles Local Boards.[43]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Film appearances by Autumn Reeser
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Art Thief Musical! Clarity Short film
The Girl Next Door Jane
2005 Our Very Own Melora Kendal
2006 Americanese Sylvia
2007 Palo Alto Jamie
2008 Lost Boys: The Tribe Nicole Emerson Direct-to-video
2010 The Big Bang Fay Neman
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Kaitlyn "AK-47" Tremor Direct-to-video
2012 Possessions Jessica
So Undercover Bizzy
2016 Sully Tess Sosa
2017 Kill 'Em All Suzanne
Valley of Bones Anna
Dead Trigger Tara Conlan
2022 The Legend of La Llorona Carly Candlewood
2023 Beautiful Disaster Professor Felder

Television edit

Television appearances by Autumn Reeser
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Star Trek: Voyager Ventu girl Episode: "Natural Law"
Thrills Allison Episode: "A Most Dangerous Desire"
Undressed Erica 7 episodes
2001–2004 Grounded for Life Alison Recurring (seasons 2–4)
2002 Birds of Prey Sherry Episode: "Prey for the Hunter"
The Brady Bunch in the White House Marcia Brady Television film
Maybe It's Me Becky Episodes: "The Prom Episode, Parts 1 and 2"
2002–2003 George Lopez Piper Morey Episodes: "Token of Unappreciation" and "Girl Fight"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Rachel Lyford Episode: "Invisible Evidence"
2004 Cold Case Grace Ashley Episode: "The Boy in the Box"
2004–2005 Complete Savages Angela Recurring role
2005 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Megan Episode: "Charlie Wants an Abortion"
2005–2007 The O.C. Taylor Townsend Recurring role (season 3); main role (season 4)
2006 Independent Lens Lauren Episode: "My Life... Disoriented"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Sloane Alexander Episode: "Don't Try This at Home"
Nature of the Beast Julia Sullivan Television film
2008 The American Mall Madison Huxley Television musical
Pushing Daisies Kentucky Fitz Episode: "Bzzzzzzzzz!"
2008–2009 Valentine Phoebe Valentine Recurring role
2009 Raising the Bar Ashley Hastings 3 episodes
2009–2010 Entourage Lizzie Grant Recurring role (seasons 6–7)
2010 The Bannen Way Jailbait Web series
Human Target Layla / Niteowl Episodes: "Lockdown" and "Baptiste"
2010–2011 No Ordinary Family Katie Andrews Main role
2011 Royal Pains Jane Cameron Episode: "Run, Hank, Run"
2011–2013 Hawaii Five-0 Gabrielle Asano Recurring role (seasons 2–4)
2012 Jane by Design Charlotte Whitmore Episode: "The Wedding Gown"
Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade Emily Jones Television film
2012–2013 Last Resort Kylie Sinclair Main role
2013 Necessary Roughness Abigail Bruce Recurring role (season 3)
2014 Midnight Masquerade Elyse Samford Television film
2015 A Country Wedding Sarah Standor Television film
Hart of Dixie Olivia Green Episode: "Bluebell"
I Do, I Do, I Do Jaclyn Palmer Television film
The Whispers Amanda Weil 3 episodes
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Sue Davis Episode: "Love Interrupted"
Valentine Ever After Julia Television film
2017 A Bramble House Christmas Willa Fairchild Television film
Salvation Theresa / Tess 3 episodes
2017–2018 The Arrangement Leslie Bellcamp Recurring role
2018 9-1-1 Dr. Wells Episode: "Let Go"
Season for Love Tyler Dawson Television film
2019 All Summer Long Tia Television film
Christmas Under the Stars Julie Gibbons Television film
Love on the Menu Maggie Young Television film
2020 A Glenbrooke Christmas Jessica Morgan Television film
2021 The 27-Hour Day Lauren Garrett Television film
2022 The Wedding Veil Emma Lowell Television film
The Wedding Veil Unveiled Emma Lowell Television film
4400 Sienna Stone Episode: "Present Is Prologue"
The Wedding Veil Legacy Emma De Stefano Television film
Always Amore Elizabeth Television film
2023 The Wedding Veil Expectations Emma De Stefano Television film
The Wedding Veil Inspiration Emma De Stefano Television film
The Wedding Veil Journey Emma De Stefano Television film

Voice work edit

Year Title Voice work Notes
2014-2023 The Thrilling Adventure Hour: The Adventures of Captain Laserbeam Investigateen Elliott

Adventurekateer Deborah

Reporter 1

Adventurekateer Claudia
Episode: "Three Sides to Every Story"

Episode: "Disenchantment Under the Sea (Lockdown)

Episode: "Two Lights Make a Wrong"

Episode: "The Great Watery Throwdown"

References edit

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Bibliography edit

Patrick Loubatière. Autumn Reeser - No Ordinary Girl (Book, 2014).

External links edit