Eden Riegel

Eden Sonja Jane Riegel (born January 1, 1981) is an American actress and dialogue director. She portrayed Bianca Montgomery in the daytime drama All My Children, and propelled the character into a gay icon, as well as a popular figure within the medium.[1][2] Nominated previously on multiple occasions, she received a Daytime Emmy Award for the role in 2005.[3]

Eden Riegel
Eden Riegel 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
Riegel at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Born (1981-01-01) January 1, 1981 (age 39)
OccupationActress, voice artist, voice director
Years active1992–present
(m. 2007)
FamilyTatiana Riegel (older half sister)
Sam Riegel (older brother)

In addition to her work on All My Children, Riegel has guest starred in several prime time shows, as well as film, and starred as character "Eden" in the web series Imaginary Bitches. She assumed the role of Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless from April 2010 to November 2011.[4]

She is the voice director for Disney's animated TV series Amphibia and The Owl House.

Early lifeEdit

Born to Kurt and Lenore Riegel on New Year's Day in Washington, D.C., 1981, Riegel was raised in a Virginia suburb and became interested in acting while watching her brother, Sam, perform dinner theater, which she later joined in for $10 a week.[5] Her big break came when she won the role of Cosette in Les Misérables, leading to other roles on and off-Broadway. She graduated from the Professional Children's School and attended Harvard University, with ambitions to become a lawyer, but later left the institution.[5] In 2000, she served as an intern at the White House for the summer.[3][6]


All My ChildrenEdit

From July 2000 to February 2005, Riegel portrayed the role of Bianca Montgomery on the American ABC soap opera All My Children. During the 2004-2005 baby switch storyline, when Bianca's daughter is kidnapped and switched with the son of Babe Carey Chandler (Alexa Havins), Riegel also portrayed Bianca on fellow ABC soap opera One Life to Live. In December 2000, Riegel's character "comes out" to her mother, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), becoming the only lesbian on a daytime soap opera at that time.[7] In 2003, the kiss between Bianca and character Lena Kundera (Olga Sosnovska) made history when it became the first lesbian kiss to appear on American daytime television.[8][9] In 2005, with Lena out of the picture, Bianca shares a kiss with close friend and confidante Maggie Stone (Elizabeth Hendrickson), making TV Guide's list of best same-sex kisses on television.[10] Riegel's character was awarded the first Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award for "Favorite OUT Image of the Year" in 2004.[11] Lesbianation.com, self-proclaimed as the leading online community for lesbians, voted Eden Riegel as Number 7 on their top ten list of Women We Love: The Ladies of June '06, stating, "We were swamped with requests to add All My Children hottie Eden Riegel to our list this month — and here she is!"[12]

Riegel was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (2001, 2002, 2004) before finally winning the award in 2005.[3] She won two Soap Opera Digest Awards in 2001 for Outstanding Female Newcomer, and in 2005 for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress.[3] Later that year, Riegel, along with best friend and co-star Elizabeth Hendrickson, exited All My Children, with their last show airing on February 24, 2005. Riegel then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue other acting ventures. She made a brief return to the soap opera when her television mother (Erica) marries in May 2005, and returned for an extended stay from December 16, 2005 to January 10, 2006. Bianca's daughter, Miranda, was aged accordingly. Riegel returned again for a short visit from May 24, 2006 until mid-June, in a storyline connected with Bianca's sister Kendall's (Alicia Minshew) pregnancy and coma. In August 2006, Riegel's return to All My Children as a contract player was announced. The actress taped her first scenes on September 12, which first aired on October 11. Riegel commuted back and forth between her home and family in Los Angeles and New York, where All My Children tapes. In 2007, she parted ways with the show once again, but reappeared in the episode dated August 14, 2007, when Bianca phones in to check on Kendall from Paris, and in December for a Christmas visit.

In 2008, Riegel agreed to return to All My Children with Tamara Braun. Braun came on as Reese Williams, Bianca's new lover/girlfriend and later wife. Bianca first aired on October 17, 2008. Reese followed on October 30, 2008. Riegel's return was partly to minimize the effect of Alicia Minshew's absence on the show while Minshew took a two-month hiatus to get married. Reese and Bianca's union made history when it resulted in the first legal same-sex marriage in American daytime television.[13][14] Riegel left the show again in February 2009, but also confirmed in an interview with Soap Opera Digest that she would be returning in spring 2009 to conclude the Reese and Bianca story.[15][16][17]

In 2010, Riegel returned for a short-term stint for All My Children's 40th anniversary.[18] The character had been cited as too iconic to recast,[19] but in 2010, Riegel decided to permanently exit the role, and plans to recast were subsequently confirmed.[20][21] However, on February 22, 2013, it was announced that Riegel will be reprising her role as Bianca in guest-arc on the Prospect Park's continuation of All My Children.[22]

Other projectsEdit

Prior to joining All My Children, Riegel had a small role on the daytime drama As the World Turns as an AIDS patient, appeared in Law & Order and portrayed a minor character in the feature film American Pie.[3][6] She sang and did voice acting work in the film The Prince of Egypt. She has also done some voicework for animated TV shows like Stitch! and Bleach. While portraying Bianca, she remained active in other acting avenues, doing a small guest role on American Dreams and appearing in the New York play The Sex Lives of Superheroes.

In 2008, Riegel joined the cast of Year One, a Harold Ramis film that stars Jack Black and Michael Cera. The film is a comedy about two men wandering through civilization during Biblical times, and was released in June 2009.[23]

Eden and her brother, Sam Riegel, both voiced characters in the 2012 Vita port of Persona 4 Golden, voicing the characters of Marie and Teddie, respectively.

In 2008, Riegel starred in the web series Imaginary Bitches, portraying the role of "Eden", a single girl who deals with the lonely reality that her best friends are all in serious relationships by creating some imaginary friends...who turn out to be total bitches. The show is edited by Eden's half-sister Tatiana S. Riegel, written by brother Sam Riegel, and was created by Andrew Miller.[24] In 2010, Riegel took over the role of Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless.[25] She also guest-starred on ABC's Castle, portraying the distraught sister of a man who is killed in the episode.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Eden's older brother, Sam, is a voice actor and voice director in various animated shows and video games, and her half-sister, Tatiana (known as "Tanya" to friends and family), is an Oscar-nominated film editor for various television shows and films. Eden discussed the portrayal of Bianca with Tatiana, who is a lesbian, and with the producers of All My Children, in order to ensure that the character was not a stereotype.[27]

In March 2007, Riegel became engaged to actor Andrew Miller, who had been a high school classmate of Cameron Mathison's (Ryan Lavery on All My Children).[28] Miller and Riegel married on September 30, 2007, and their first son, Jack Oscar Miller, was born on May 21, 2011.[29] In June 2013, Riegel announced on Twitter that she was expecting her second child, a boy.[30][31] Her second son, Henry Isaac Miller, was born on December 20, 2013.

Riegel is a fan of the NHL team the Toronto Maple Leafs', and is a close friend of actresses Rebecca Budig, Alicia Minshew, and Elizabeth Hendrickson.[32]



List of live-action acting performances in films
Year Title Role Notes Source
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Choir Member Uncredited role
1996 Duo Joan
1999 American Pie Sarah
2009 Year One Lilith
List of voice performances in films
Year Title Role Notes Source
1993 Peppermint Rose Unknown Voice role
Richard Scarry's Best Busy People Video Ever! Unknown Voice role
Released straight-to-video
Richard Scarry's Best Learning Songs Video Ever! Unknown Voice role
Released straight-to-video
1994 Richard Scarry's Best Silly Stories and Songs Video Ever Unknown Voice role
Released straight-to-video
Richard Scarry's Best Sing Along Mother Goose Video Ever Unknown Voice role
Released straight-to-video
1998 The Prince of Egypt Young Miriam Voice role [33]
2003 Azumi Azumi Voice role
English dub
2006 Azumi 2: Death or Love Azumi Voice role
English dub
2013 Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower Queen Sara, Sara's Daughter Voice role
English dub
2015 Tiger & Bunny: The Rising Kaede Kaburagi Voice role
English dub
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Kiara Voice role
Television film
2017 The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar Kiara Voice role
Television film
2018 Sailor Moon S: The Movie Himeko Nayotake Voice role
English dub


List of live-action acting performances on television and related media
Year Title Role Notes Source
New York Undercover Meghan Cooper Episode: Digital Underground
Episode: The Solomon Papers
1997 Law & Order Natalie Episode: Mad Dog
2000–2010; 2013 All My Children Bianca Montgomery (Role from: July 2000 - February 2005; May 2005; December 2005 - January 2006; May 2006; October 2006 - April 2007; August 2007; December 2007; October 17, 2008 - February 24, 2009; April 24, 2009 - April 29, 2009; January 5, 2010; April 29, 2013 - July 15, 2013)
2004 American Dreams Protestor Episode: Shoot the Moon
2004–05 One Life to Live Bianca Montgomery 3 episodes
2008 Imaginary Bitches Eden Web series
13 episodes
2010 Castle Rachel Goldstein Episode: Punked
2010–11 The Young and the Restless Heather Stevens April 20, 2010 – November 4, 2011
2012 NCIS Meredith Bilson Episode: The Good Son
2014 Hawaii Five-0 FBI Analyst Katie Halinan Episode: Pe'epe'e Kanaka
Criminal Minds Shelley Hicks Episode: A Thousand Suns
2015 Rizzoli & Isles Florence Reynolds Episode: In Plain View
2016 NCIS: Los Angeles Dr. Iris Miller Episode: Crazy Train
2017 One Day at a Time Lucy Episode: Quinces
2018 A.P. Bio Katie Episode: Dating Toledoans
List of voice performances in television and direct-to-video
Year Title Role Notes Source
2001 Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars Harumi Mineo, Hikaru English dub
as Jane Lingo
2002 Samurai Deeper Kyo Sakuya English dub
as Sonja Lingo/Eden Regal
2004 DearS B-ko English dub
as Jane Lingo
2009–2013 Stitch! Yuna English dub
2010–11 Bleach Rurichiyō Kasumiōji English dub
2011 Marvel Anime: Iron Man Nanami Ota English dub
2012–13 Tiger & Bunny Kaede Kaburagi English dub [35]
2015 Sailor Moon R Kōan English dub
Viz dub; as Claudia Lenz
Fresh Beat Band of Spies Spooky Spooks Episode: "Ghost of Rock"
as Eden Riegel Miller
2016–19 The Lion Guard Kiara 10 episodes [38][39]
2016 Sailor Moon Crystal Kōan Episode: "Infiltration -Sailor Mars-"
English dub
as Claudia Lenz
2019–present Amphibia Additional voices dialogue director
2020 The Owl House Boscha dialogue director

Video gamesEdit

List of performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source
2008 Tales of Vesperia Estellise Sidos Heurassein
2009 Star Ocean: Second Evolution Rena Lanford as Claudia Lenz
Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices [40]
Dead or Alive Paradise Hitomi[41] Shared with Hynden Walch
Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles Akari Tatsuhiro English dub
2011 Dead or Alive: Dimensions Hitomi
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Josefina Menendez, Jane McKnight
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Sherry Birkin
Resident Evil 6 Sherry Birkin
Persona 4 Golden Marie [33]
2013 Fire Emblem: Awakening Sumia [33]
Shin Megami Tensei IV Isabeau [33]
Dragon's Crown Elf
Saints Row IV Jane Austen Serves as narrator for the game
2014 Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster Chuami Final Fantasy X -Will- Audio Drama
Guilty Gear Xrd May
2015 Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Jane Austen, Demons
Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven Charlotte as Claudia Lenz
Xenoblade Chronicles X Ryyz
2016 Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Miki Sauvester
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma Diana
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky Mayura Tsukishiro
World of Final Fantasy Hauynn, Masked Woman
Final Fantasy XV Iris Amicitia [42]
Persona 5 Hifumi Togo
2017 Nier: Automata Devola / Popola as Claudia Lenz
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Duvalie the Swift
Fire Emblem Heroes Genny, Kana (female) as Claudia Lenz
2018 Monster Hunter: World The Handler
2019 Fire Emblem: Three Houses Fleche Credited as Eden Miller [33]
Catherine Anna Rosmont [33]
Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne The Handler
Persona 5 Royal Hifumi Togo

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards won
Year Award
2005 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children[3]
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress for All My Children[3]
2004 GLAAD Media Award Favorite OUT Image of the Year Award for All My Children[11]
2001 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Female Newcomer for All My Children[3]
Year Award
2004 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children[3]
2002 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children[3]
2001 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children[3]

On April 14, 2009, the 13th Annual Webby Award Nominations were announced. Riegel was nominated for her work on Imaginary Bitches in the Best Individual Performance category.[43] Andrew Miller received an Official Honoree Selection for Best Writing.[44] Riegel was announced on May 5, 2009 as the winner of the Best Individual Performance People's Voice Award.[45] Her acceptance speech, which was limited to five words, was: "I'm sleeping with the director."

See alsoEdit


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