Open main menu

Diora Lynn Baird (born April 6, 1983)[1] is an American actress and former model for Guess? who has appeared in films such as Wedding Crashers (2005), Accepted (2006), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), Young People Fucking (2007), My Best Friend's Girl (2008), Stan Helsing (2009), and Transit (2012).

Diora Baird
Diora Baird.jpg
Diora Baird in 2003
Born (1983-04-06) April 6, 1983 (age 36)
Miami, Florida, United States
OccupationActress, model
Years active2004–present
Jonathan Togo
(m. 2013; div. 2016)

Early lifeEdit

Baird was born in Miami, Florida. Her mother was also a model. She got into acting when her mother enrolled her in an acting class to help her overcome introversion. Later, she became vice president of her school's Thespian Society.[1]

At the age of 17, she moved to Los Angeles in hope of pursuing an acting career. To earn money while auditioning, she worked at The Gap as well as a clown at children's parties, caterer, waitress and pre-school teacher until breaking into the modeling industry, most notably with Guess?.[1] Her exposure increased considerably with an appearance on the cover of the August 2005 issue of Playboy magazine.[2][3] She was signed to Elite Model Management in Miami.[4]


In 2004, Baird also started earning acting roles, such as a guest appearance on the Drew Carey Show and in the low budget film Brain Blockers. Her breakthrough appearance in a major film was in Wedding Crashers in 2005, which she followed up with roles in Accepted and Hot Tamale. In 2006, she appeared in four films, most notably a major role in the horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. In 2009, Baird portrayed an Orion Starfleet officer in Star Trek directed by J. J. Abrams but was cut from the final version of the film. She can be seen in the deleted scenes of the home video release.[5]

Baird had featured photo spreads in several magazines including Playboy, FHM, Stuff, Maxim (in which she was ranked #76 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list,[6] #64 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list,[7] #76 on the Maxim Magazine Hot 100 of 2011 list,[8] the #17 spot on FHM's top 100 2010, and the #40 spot in 2011),[9] Toro and Esquire (UK).[10] She lent her voice to the Scarface video game as one of Tony Montana's possible girlfriends.[11]

Baird has also guest starred in episodes of Big Day, Shark, The Loop, and Two and a Half Men (the 2009 episode "She'll Still Be Dead at Halftime"). She starred in the movie 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, directed by Ben Ketai,[12] which is produced by Columbia Pictures and Ghost House Pictures.[13] Baird stars in the FEARnet webseries Tea Party Macabre, which is part of the series "Women in Horror Month".[14] She also starred in the 2009 comedy Stan Helsing.[citation needed]

She starred in a couple of videos for the Funny or Die website, including one with Garfunkel and Oates called "Go Running with Chicken" and "Sexy Dark Ages" with Robert Englund.[15] She starred in another web video with the comedic duo called "This Party Took a Turn for the Douche". In 2010, she appeared in Night of the Demons. In February 2011, she starred in a short musical film called "Howlin' for You" for the band The Black Keys.[16]

She plays a porn star in her 2014 film Beautiful Girl. Baird was cast in a recurring role in the Amazon Studios pilot Cocked along with costars Brian Dennehy, Jason Lee, Dreama Walker, and Sam Trammell. The show was not picked up for series.[17] Baird guest starred in an episode of the Hulu series Casual.[episode needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Baird and her ex-husband Jonathan Togo share 50/50 joint custody with their one child.[18][19] In 2017, Baird revealed that she was dating female comedian Mav Viola.[20] Baird told The Advocate magazine that after years of assuming herself to be asexual, she identifies as lesbian.[21] On December 29, 2017, Baird announced that she and Viola are engaged.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Deep Down in Florida Maren Short film
2005 First Kiss Billie Short film
2005 Wedding Crashers Vivian
2005 Fiasco Tiffy Short film
2005 If Love Be Blind Isabel Short film
2006 Hot Tamale Tuesday Blackwell
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas Penelope Direct-to-video
2006 Fifty Pills Tiffany
2006 Accepted Kiki
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Bailey
2007 Day 73 with Sarah Foxy Short film
2007 Brain Blockers Suzi Klein Direct-to-video
2007 Young People Fucking Jamie
2008 South of Heaven Lily
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Rachel
2009 Stan Helsing Nadine
2009 Star Trek 'wrong' Orion girl Deleted scene
2009 Night of the Demons Lily Thompson
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Mrs. Steelman
2010 Let the Game Begin Kate
2010 Quit Danielle
2010 30 Days of Night: Dark Days Amber Direct-to-video
2010 Love Shack LaCienga Torrez
2010 Dry Run Laurie
2011 Last Call Janine
2011 The Sexy Dark Ages Isolde Short film
2012 Transit Arielle
2012 Cheat Day Herself Short film
2013 Riddle Amber Richards
2013 Concrete Blondes Sammi Lovett
2014 Beautiful Girl Odessa
2018 My Daughter Vanished Melanie
TBA The Virtuoso Johnnie's Girl


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Drew Carey Show Valerie Episode: "Drew Thinks Inside the Box"
2006 South Beach Brianna Unaired pilot
2006–2007 Big Day Kristin Guest role; 3 episodes
2007 Shark Nina Lange Episode: "Fall from Grace"
2007 The Loop Cara Guest role; 2 episodes
2009 Two and a Half Men Wanda Episode: "She'll Still Be Dead at Halftime"
2009 Robot Chicken Fantasia / Spanish Woman / Woman / Lady / Girl (voices) Guest role; 2 episodes
2009 Gary Unmarried Redhead Episode: "Gary Shoots Fish in a Barrel"
2009 Accidentally on Purpose Andrea Episode: "The Love Guru"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lainie McCallum Episode: "Witness"
2011 Psych Nicole Episode: "The Tao of Gus"
2012 Bent Natalie Episode: "Smitten"
2012–2013 Shameless Meg Recurring role; 4 episodes
2014 Franklin & Bash Cindy Maloney Episode: "Dance the Night Away"
2014 Newsreaders Ashley / Jennifer Episode: "Strip Club Expose; Long Lost Twins"
2015 Cocked Aubrey Television film
2015 Casual April Episode: "Animals"
2016 Telenovela Maria Wilson Episode: "Caught in the Act"
2016 Angel from Hell Brandi Guest role; 3 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Tea Party Macabre Herself 5 episodes
2018–2019 Cobra Kai Shannon Keene 4 episodes

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Ref.
2011 "Howlin' for You" The Black Keys [23]
"This Party Took a Turn for the Douche" Garfunkel and Oates [24]
"Out of Goodbyes" Maroon 5 featuring Lady Antebellum [25]

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Scarface: The World is Yours Femme Fatale (voice)


  1. ^ a b c Baird at Retrieved on 2011-07-26. Archived August 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Model of the Week". April 2007. Archived from the original on July 26, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2006.
  3. ^ Miska, Brad (October 2005). "Texas Chainsaw Massacre Prequel: Star Diora Baird".
  4. ^ "Diora Baird". Fashion Model Directory. Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Baird Star Trek deleted scene Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (2009-10-31); retrieved 2011-07-26.
  6. ^ Maxim Hot 100 2007 Archived July 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  7. ^ Maxim Hot 100 2008 Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (2007-09-24). Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  8. ^ Maxim. "2011 Hot 100". Archived from the original on May 5, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  9. ^ AdTech Ad FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2010 Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine,; retrieved 2011-07-26.
  10. ^ FHM. "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011". Archived from the original on August 8, 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  11. ^ Stahie, Silviu (May 2006). "'Scarface: The World Is Yours' Signs Five Hollywood Beauties". Softpedia.
  12. ^ "'30 Days of Night Dark Days' Officially Announced", October 22, 2009 Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  13. ^ BD's Got Your '30 Days of Night: Dark Days' Casting!.; retrieved 2011-07-26.
  14. ^ Creepy, Uncle. (2010-01-28) You're Invited to a Tea Party Macabre.; retrieved 2011-07-26.
  15. ^ Diora Baird profile,; retrieved 2011-07-26.
  16. ^ "Video-The Black Keys "Howlin' For You"". February 11, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  17. ^ "New Amazon Shows: What We're Expecting From Its First 2015 Pilots". Indiewire. January 13, 2015.
  18. ^ "New work of the beautiful (and expecting!) Diora Baird". stephanie vovas blog. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  19. ^ "Someone FINALLY decided to make his grand entrance into the world..." Diora Baird official Twitter. December 12, 2012.
  20. ^ "'Shameless' actor Diora Baird comes out". May 29, 2017.
  21. ^ "Actress Diora Baird Is Lucky in Love". September 8, 2017.
  22. ^ Thompson, Avery (December 29, 2017). "'Cobra Kai' Star Diora Baird Engaged To Partner Mav Viola — See Her Gorgeous Ring". Hollywood Life. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  23. ^ "The Black Keys – Howlin' for You". Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ "Garfunkel and Oates – This Party Took a Turn for the Douche". Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via YouTube.
  25. ^ "Maroon 5 – Out of Goodbyes featuring Lady Antebellum". Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via YouTube.

External linksEdit