Italia Ricci

Stephanie Italia Ricci (Italian: [iˈtaːlja ˈrittʃi]; born October 29, 1986) is a Canadian-American actress known for playing White House Chief of Staff and Special Advisor Emily Rhodes in Designated Survivor.

Italia Ricci
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Ricci at the 2017 Heroes & Villains FanFest
Born (1986-10-29) October 29, 1986 (age 34)
CitizenshipCanadian (1986-Present), American (2020-Present)[1]
Alma materQueen's University
Years active2007–present
(m. 2016)


Ricci made her major acting debut in 2007, in the American Pie direct-to-video film, Beta House.[2] She then went on to have a recurring role on the Disney XD series Aaron Stone. Ricci also appeared in the music video "Hate" by Plain White T's as the ex-girlfriend.

During 2009, Ricci began appearing in American productions with minor roles in How I Met Your Mother, House, and Greek. During that same year, she had a recurring role in the Comedy Central series Secret Girlfriend as Sasha. In 2010, she co-starred in the Cartoon Network live-action series Unnatural History as Maggie Winnock. She also appeared in a Clean & Clear commercial as herself. In 2011, she appeared in the short film Valediction.

In 2013, Ricci appeared in a small role in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut film Don Jon. From 2014 to 2015, she played April Carver in the ABC Family series Chasing Life.[3][4]

Ricci joined the cast of Supergirl in December 2015 as Siobhan Smythe / Silver Banshee.[5] Since September 2016, Ricci has starred as Emily Rhodes in the ABC political drama Designated Survivor.[6] The show was renewed by Netflix for a third season which was released on June 7, 2019.[7]

She has also appeared in films for the Hallmark Channel, including Rome in Love and Love in Winterland.[8][9]

Personal lifeEdit

Ricci was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and is of Italian descent.[10] She graduated from Queen's University.[10]

She began dating Canadian actor Robbie Amell in July 2008.[11] They became engaged on August 19, 2014,[12] and were married on October 15, 2016.[13] Their first child, Robert Amell V, was born on September 12, 2019.[14] Ricci and Amell both became US citizens in January 2020.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 American Pie Presents: Beta House Laura Johnson Direct-to-video film
2008 The Death of Indie Rock Diane
2012 Valediction Erica Short film
2013 Don Jon Gina
2013 Dean Slater: Resident Advisor Samantha Montaigne
2014 The Remaining Allison
2015 Fatal Memories Sutton Roberts Lifetime movie
2016 Late Bloomer Jenny Taft Hallmark Movie
2019 Rome in Love Amelia Tate Hallmark Movie
2020 Love in Winterland Alice 'Ally' Wilson Hallmark Movie
2021 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Miranda Hallmark Movie


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Aaron Stone Chase Ravenwood Recurring role (Season 1)
5 episodes
2009 How I Met Your Mother Hot Woman #1 Episode: "The Front Porch"
2009 House Immigration Officer #2 Episode: "House Divided"
2009 Greek Delia Episode: "Social Studies"
2009 Secret Girlfriend Sasha Recurring role (Season 1)
6 episodes
2010 True Jackson, VP Herself Episode: "Pajama Party"
2010 Unnatural History Maggie Winnock Main role
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Vanessa Drake Episode: "Pick and Roll"
2014–15 Chasing Life April Carver Lead role (Seasons 1-2)
Nominated – Golden Maple Award for Newcomer of the Year in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. (2015)[16]
2016 Supergirl Siobhan Smythe / Silver Banshee Recurring role (Season 1)
5 episodes [17]
2016–19 Designated Survivor Emily Rhodes Main role (Seasons 1-3)
2021 The Good Doctor Taryn Wilkie Season 4 episode 15 “Waiting”


  1. ^ Furdyk, Brent (January 23, 2020). "Robbie Amell And Italia Ricci Are Officially U.S. Citizens". ET Canada. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  2. ^ Italia Ricci: Her Lucky Break and Her New Show Archived 2012-11-17 at the Wayback Machine,
  3. ^ "Breaking News - ABC Family Starts Production on New Drama Series "Chasing Life"". August 14, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "ABC Family's 'Chasing Life' Canceled After Two Seasons". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: 'Supergirl' Lands 'Chasing Life' Star in Major Villain Role". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (5 February 2016). "'Designated Survivor' Casts Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Natascha McElhone, Italia Ricci".
  7. ^ Nellie, Andreeva; Petski, Denise (October 18, 2018). "'Designated Survivor': Anthony Edwards & Julie White Cast In Season 3 On Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Wang, K. L. Connie (2019-07-23). "If You Can't Afford a Trip to Italy, Hallmark's New Rome In Love Will Take You There". Parade. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  9. ^ "10 Hallmark Winterfest Movies to Enjoy Post-Countdown to Christmas". Us Weekly. 2020-01-11. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  10. ^ a b Scott, Cece (2016-11-03). "Designated Survivor star Italia Ricci: The new girl next door". Toronto News. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  11. ^ Falls, Kayla (June 16, 2013). "Italia Ricci is Robbie Amell's real life leading lady". Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  12. ^ Longeretta, Emily (August 20, 2014). "Italia Ricci & Robbie Amell Engaged — After 6 Years Of Dating". Hollywood Life. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  13. ^ "Italia Ricci's Wedding Day Beauty Look". Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Cronin, Colleen. "The Flash's Robbie Amell and Designated Survivor's Italia Ricci Welcome Son Robert V". Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  15. ^ Robbie Amell and Italia Ricci Become United States Citizens: 'Today Was Awesome'
  16. ^ Levine, Sydney. "Golden Maple Awards'15 Winners Include Brandon Jay McLaren and Amanda Crew | IndieWire". Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  17. ^ ""Supergirl" Italia Ricci joins series as Silver Banshee". Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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