Kayla Ewell

Kayla Noelle Ewell (born August 27, 1985) is an American actress known for her roles on television as Caitlin Ramirez on CBS's long-running soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, as Maureen Sampson on NBC's Freaks and Geeks, and as Vicki Donovan on The CW's The Vampire Diaries.

Kayla Ewell
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Ewell in Los Angeles in 2012
Kayla Noelle Ewell

(1985-08-27) August 27, 1985 (age 35)
Years active1999–present
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
(m. 2015)

Early lifeEdit

Ewell was born in Long Beach, California, and raised in Seal Beach.[1] She studied dance, singing, and acting at the Orange County Song & Dance Company in Westminster, California.[1] Ewell was spotted by a talent agent while taking an acting class around 1999, and asked to go on an audition.[2]


Ewell first appeared on the television series Freaks and Geeks in 2000, playing Maureen Sampson in the episode "Carded and Discarded", directed by Judd Apatow.[1] She starred on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful from 2004–2005, and has guest-starred on the TV series The O.C., Boston Public, Veronica Mars, Close to Home and Entourage. She had a role in the film Just My Luck, starring Lindsay Lohan, and in Material Girls, starring Hilary and Haylie Duff, in 2006. She had a starring role in the film Senior Skip Day.

Ewell co-starred in The CW television series The Vampire Diaries for the first seven episodes in 2009. Ewell described her character, Vicki Donovan, to Star magazine as "a really slutty high school student", and "a troublemaker".[3] Vicki was the first human on the series turned into a vampire. Ewell was killed off the show when her character was staked in the heart by Stefan (Paul Wesley) in order to save Elena (Nina Dobrev) in the Halloween-themed episode "Haunted".[4] Ewell hinted in November 2009 that she was still under contract for the role and might return to the show, but series creator, Kevin Williamson, stated that there were no plans to bring her back.[5] Her character did return however in the finale of the second season, and at the start of season 3.[6][7]

Ewell played a children's fashion designer in the 2011 Hallmark Channel TV movie, Keeping Up With The Randalls, alongside Thad Luckinbill, Roma Downey, Marion Ross and McKenna Jones.[8] She next appeared on the A&E television series, The Glades, that year, as a waitress suspected of murder in the episode "Beached".[9] In 2012, she guest starred alongside Gabrielle Dennis on the TNT drama, Franklin & Bash, playing a Navy sailor facing a court-martial.[10] Ewell starred opposite Austin Stowell and Danny Glover in the 2013 Hallmark Movie Channel film, Shuffelton’s Barbershop, as Norma, a country music singer and songwriter. The film was named after a 1950s Norman Rockwell painting that featured bluegrass musicians playing in a barbershop.[11]

Ewell starred in the horror film The Demented (2013) alongside Sarah Butler and Michael Welch.[12] She also starred in the 2014 Lifetime movie, Deadly Daycare, with Christy Carlson Romano. In April 2016, Ewell began filming the feature, 2 Years and 8 Days, with Ryan Merriman in New Mexico.[13] The film, retitled 2 Years of Love was released on January 24, 2017. She is playing in full house.

She portrayed Nora Truman (formerly named Mara) in The CW 2019 television series Roswell, New Mexico. In 2020, Ewell guest starred on CW's Batwoman as the DC comics villain Nocturna.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

As of 2009, Ewell lives in Los Angeles, California. She stated to Sophisticate magazine in 2005 that she enjoys painting, rock climbing, and rappelling in her free time.[15] She also includes dancing and whitewater rafting among her hobbies. She was on her high school's surfing team.

In May 2015, she got engaged to actor and model Tanner Novlan, who would eventually go on to star in The Bold and the Beautiful in the contract role of Dr. John Finnegan beginning in 2020.[16][17] The couple married on September 12, 2015.[18] In March 2019, Ewell announced that she and her husband were expecting their first child together.[19] On July 16, 2019, Ewell gave birth to a daughter, Poppy Marie Novlan.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Just My Luck Janet the Bank Teller
2006 Material Girls Fabiella Receptionist
2008 Senior Skip Day Cara Direct-to-video film
2008 Impact Point Jen Crowe
2009 Fired Up Margot Jane Lindsworth-Calligan
2013 The Demented Taylor
2016 Clandestine Dynasty Agent Carol Short film; also as associate producer
2017 2 Years of Love Samantha Grey
2017 Sweet Sweet Summertime Jenna Southerland
2018 A Friend's Obsession Kate
2018 The Creatress Lacey
2021 Agent II Billy post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Profiler Faith Cleary Episode: "The Long Way Home"
2000 Freaks and Geeks Maureen Sampson 3 episodes
2004 Boston Public Dianne 2 episodes
2004–2005 The Bold and the Beautiful Caitlin Ramirez Regular role, 135 episodes
2005 The O.C. Casey 3 episodes
2006 Veronica Mars Angie Dahl Episode: "I Am God"
2006 Close to Home Cindy Robinson Episode: "Homecoming"
2007–2008 Entourage Amy 3 episodes
2009 Bones Alyssa Howland Episode: "The Salt in the Wounds"
2009-2011, 2014, 2017 The Vampire Diaries Vicki Donovan Main role (season 1); recurring role (season 3); guest star (seasons 2, 5, 8)
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bettina Clark Episode: "Take My Life, Please"
2010 Scoundrels Chantelle Hazenby Episode: "Birds of a Feather Flock Together"
2010–2011 House Nika Episodes: "Small Sacrifices", "Carrot or Stick"
2011 Keeping Up with the Randalls Alicia Crosby Television movie
2011 The Glades Maggie Bauman Episode: "Beached"
2012 Franklin & Bash Monica Ward Episode: "Summer Girls"
2013 Shuffelton’s Barbershop Norma Cameron Television movie
2014 Deadly Daycare Rachel Television movie
2015 Grandfathered Maya Episode: "Dad Face"
2015 How Not to Propose Lena Television movie
2015 Lucifer Amanda Bello Episode: "Pilot"
2016 The Night Shift Cristina Episode: "Trust Issues"
2016 10 Year Reunion Patty Garner Television movie
2017 Me and My Grandma Victoria Main role
2018 Lethal Admirer Kate Television movie
2019-present Roswell, New Mexico Nora Truman. 5 episodes
2020 Batwoman Nocturna / Natalia Knight Episode: "Drink Me"

Music VideoEdit

Year Title Artist
2008 "Without You" Hinder
2010 "Maybe" Sick Puppies
2017 "Hold On" Derek Hough


  1. ^ a b c "The New Season - Kayle Ewell". Orange Coast. September 2009. p. 70.
  2. ^ "Kayla Ewell as Maureen". 2000. Daytime TV.
  3. ^ Byrne, Suzy (October 2, 2009). "Kayla Ewell Interview With a Vampire". Star. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 29, 2009). "Exclusive: The shocking story behind last night's killer 'Vampire Diaries'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
  5. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (November 12, 2009). "Is Taylor Swift Headed to Vampire Diaries?". E!. Retrieved November 13, 2009.
  6. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (November 12, 2009). "Kevin Williamson: I want to make Taylor Swift a vampire! Archived November 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine". New York Post. Retrieved November 13, 2009.
  7. ^ Ross, Robyn (September 2, 2011). "Vampire Diaries Exclusive First Look: Vicki Haunts Jeremy". TV Guide. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  8. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (October 17, 2010). "EXCLUSIVE: Marion Ross, McKenna Jones Cast in Hallmark Channel Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  9. ^ Ross, Robyn (August 18, 2011). "Kayla Ewell Recalls Familiar Territory as a 'Spicy Vixen' on The Glades". TV Guide. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  10. ^ "TNT - Franklin & Bash: Episode Guide". TNT. Archived from the original on March 14, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  11. ^ Stasi, Linda (May 31, 2013). "Same old song". New York Post. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  12. ^ Alvarez, Olivia Flores (July 30, 2013). "Today's DVDs & Blu-rays: Filly Brown, Night Across the Street and More". Houston Press. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  13. ^ Gomez, Adrian (April 12, 2016). "Kayla Ewell, Ryan Merriman begin filming in NM". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  14. ^ "'Vampire Diaries' favorite Kayla Ewell to play vampiric 'Batwoman' villain Nocturna". EW.com. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  15. ^ "The O.C.'s Kayla Ewell Beauty E-Mail". 2005. Sophisticate.
  16. ^ "'Vampire Diaries' Star Kayla Ewell Dishes on Kellan & R-Pattz". OK!.
  17. ^ "Kellan Lutz on the making of Twilight and working with Edi Gathegi". News.com.au. April 25, 2009. Archived from the original on August 13, 2015.
  18. ^ Kramer, Jillian (September 13, 2015). "The Vampire Diaries Kayla Ewell Marries Actor Tanner Novlan". brides.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  19. ^ "'The Loveliest News to Share!' Kayla Ewell Expecting First Child - See Her Ultrasound Photo". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  20. ^ "Kayla Ewell Welcomes Daughter Poppy Marie with Husband Tanner Novlan: 'Our Whole World Has Changed'". uk.finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 23, 2020.

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