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Rebecca Alie Romijn[2] (/rˈmn/ roh-MAYN; Dutch: [roːˈmɛin]; born November 6, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She is known for her role as Mystique in the first trilogy of the X-Men film series, and as Joan from The Punisher (2004), both of which are based on Marvel Comics. She also had a recurring role as Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty. She most recently starred as Herself in Skin Wars.

Rebecca Romijn
Rebecca Romijn in Marchesa 2.jpg
Romijn at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, 2012
BornRebecca Alie Romijn[1]
(1972-11-06) November 6, 1972 (age 46)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Other namesRebecca Stamos
OccupationActress, model
Years active1991–2001, 2012 (model)
1997–present (actress)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Spouse(s)
John Stamos
(m. 1998; div. 2005)

Jerry O'Connell
(m. 2007)
Children2

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Early lifeEdit

Romijn was born on November 6, 1972, in Berkeley, California.[3] Her mother, Elizabeth Romijn (née Kuizenga), is a community college instructor of English as a Second Language (ESL) and textbook author. Rebecca's father, Jaap Romijn, is a custom furniture maker.[4][5] Her father is a native of Barneveld, the Netherlands, while her mother is an American of Dutch and English ancestry. Her mother met Rebecca's father as a teenager while living in the Netherlands on a student exchange program.[6][7] Romijn's maternal grandfather, Henry Bernard Kuizenga, was a Presbyterian minister and seminary professor.[8][9]

On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, when questioned about always being glamorous and beautiful, Romijn revealed that in her early teens, she was in fact an insecure "drama geek" and that, as a result of her growth spurt, she suffered from scoliosis and was constantly in pain. Many sources say that she was once nicknamed the "Jolly Blonde Giant" because of her 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) height, but she has admitted to making that up "for a laugh".[10] While studying Music (Voice) at the University of California, Santa Cruz,[11] she became involved with fashion modeling and eventually moved to Paris, where she lived for more than three years.

CareerEdit

Among other jobs, Romijn started her modeling career in 1991. She has appeared on the covers of American, French, Spanish, Russian and Swedish editions of Elle, Marie Claire, American, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, and Mexican editions of Cosmopolitan, Allure, Glamour, GQ, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated.

She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Escada, Christian Dior, La Perla, Tommy Hilfiger, Furla, Liz Claiborne, J. Crew, Victoria's Secret, bebe, La Senza, Dillard's, Pantene, Got Milk?, Miller Lite, and Maybelline. She has also walked for Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, and Anna Molinari along with the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Karen Mulder, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Christy Turlington. She also was the host of MTV's House of Style from 1998 to 2000. Romijn has been featured numerous times in annual lists of the world's most beautiful women by publications such as Maxim (2003–2007), AskMen.com (2001–2003, 2005–2006), and FHM (2000–2005).[12] She also appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Chinatown".

In 2000's X-Men Romijn had her first major movie role as Mystique; she returned to the role in 2003's sequel X2, and again for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In these films, her costume consisted of blue makeup and some strategically placed prosthetics on her otherwise nude body. In X2 she shows up in a bar in one scene in her "normal" look, and in X-Men: The Last Stand, she appears as a dark-haired "de-powered" Mystique. The role has since been recast with Jennifer Lawrence playing the younger version of the character. She had her first leading role in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale (2002). She also has starred in movies such as Rollerball, The Punisher playing a woman named Joan (Joan and Mystique are both characters from Marvel Comics) and Godsend. She played the leading role in Pepper Dennis, a short-lived TV series on The WB Television Network.

In January 2007, Romijn made her first appearance on the ABC series Ugly Betty as a full-time regular cast member.[13] She played Alexis Meade, a transgender woman and the sibling of lead character Daniel Meade. In April 2008, however, it was reported that Romijn would only be appearing as a recurring character in Season 3 due to a change in direction by the writing staff (aligning, fortuitously enough, with Romijn's pregnancy, which would have been inconsistent with her character's storyline).[14] In November 2007, Romijn made a guest appearance on the ABC series Carpoolers, where she played the ex-wife of the character Laird, played by her real-life husband Jerry O'Connell.[15]

Romijn starred in the ABC series Eastwick,[16] reuniting her with her former Pepper Dennis co-star, Lindsay Price, before ABC canceled the show on November 9, 2009.[17] She appears in an uncredited cameo in the 2011 feature film X-Men: First Class, appearing as an older version of the character played by Jennifer Lawrence.[18] Romijn appeared as lab worker Jessie on the Adult Swim live-action show NTSF:SD:SUV:: for two seasons. Between June and September 2013, she starred in TNT's series King & Maxwell as Michelle Maxwell, a former Secret Service agent who works as a private investigator.[19]

In addition to her film ventures, Romijn has also recorded music, performing a cover of Prince's "Darling Nikki" for the 2005 album Electro Goth Tribute to Prince. She was also featured on the song "Color Me Love" for RuPaul's eighth studio album Realness in 2015.

She most recently starred as Eve Baird, the guardian of the eponymous group in The Librarians, a direct spin-off of The Librarian film series. She is also currently the host of GSN's original series and reality show Skin Wars. Romijn has also been confirmed to voice Lois Lane in the latest movie in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, an adaptation of The Death of Superman.[20] In 2019 she will join the cast of Star Trek: Discovery, playing the role of Number One, first officer of the starship Enterprise.

Personal lifeEdit

Romijn began dating actor John Stamos in 1994, after they met at a Victoria's Secret fashion show in which she was modeling. Romijn and Stamos became engaged on Christmas Eve 1997, and they married on September 19, 1998 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.[21] During the marriage, she used the name Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in both her personal and professional life. The couple announced their separation in April 2004.[22] Stamos filed for divorce in August 2004,[23] and it became final on March 1, 2005.[24] Romijn subsequently resumed using only her maiden name, but revealed in an August 2013 interview on Conan that she had never legally changed her name back from Romijn-Stamos after a Conan staff member noticed "Romijn-Stamos" on her driver's license.[2]

In 2004 Romijn started dating actor Jerry O'Connell. They became engaged in September 2005,[25] and married at their home in Calabasas, California, on July 14, 2007.[26] Romijn and O'Connell have twin daughters, Dolly Rebecca-Rose O'Connell and Charlie Tamara-Tulip O'Connell, born on December 28, 2008.[27] Dolly is for singer Dolly Parton's first name and Charlie is for O'Connell's brother Charlie O'Connell.[28]

Romijn was asked by Elle magazine in April 2002 whether making Femme Fatale had given her any new ideas about her sexuality. She said, "You know, in my early twenties I wondered if I was interested in women and so I kind of, well ... did my homework. And it turns out I'm pretty straight."[29]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Dirty Work Bearded Lady film debut
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Herself
2000 X-Men Mystique/Raven Darkholme
2002 Run Ronnie Run Herself
Rollerball Aurora
Femme Fatale Laure/Lily
S1m0ne Faith uncredited
2003 X2: X-Men United Mystique/Raven Darkholme/Grace
2004 The Punisher Joan
Godsend Jessie Duncan
2006 Lies and Alibis Lola
Man About Town Nina Giamoro
X-Men: The Last Stand Raven Darkholme/Mystique
2008 Lake City Jennifer
2010 The Con Artist Belinda
2011 X-Men: First Class Mystique - Older uncredited cameo
2012 Good Deeds Heidi
The Producers Ulla
2014 Phantom Halo Ms. Rose
2018 The Swinging Lanterns Stories Malia
The Death of Superman Lois Lane Animated film

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Friends Cheryl television debut

Episode: "The One with the Dirty Girl"

1999 Hefner: Unauthorized Kimberly Hefner Television Movie

credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

Just Shoot Me! Adrienne Barker recurring role; 8 episodes

credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

2000 Jack & Jill Paris Everett Episode: "Starstruck"

credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

2002 MADtv Herself Host

Episode: "#7.14"

credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

2006 Pepper Dennis Pepper Dennis series regular; 13 episodes

also Co-Producer

2007 Drawn Together Charlotte Episode: "Charlotte's Web of Lies"
Carpoolers Joannifer Episode: "A Divorce to Remember"
Ugly Betty Alexis Mead recurring role; 33 episodes
2009-2010 Eastwick Roxie Torcoletti series regular; 13 episodes
Project Runway Herself Guest Judge

Episode: "We Expect Fashion"

2011 Special Agent Oso Miss Garcia voice role

Episode: "Lost and Get Found/A View to the Truth"

The Cleveland Show Speaker/Graduate voice role

Episode: "Back to Cool"

Possessing Piper Rose Joanna Maxwell Television Movie
Chuck Robin Cunnings Episode: "Chuck Versus the Curse"
NTSF:SD:SUV Jessie Nichols series regular; 17 episodes
2013 Burning Love Katie 2 episodes
King & Maxwell Michelle Maxwell series regular; 10 episodes
2014 The Pro Margot Television Movie
Skin Wars Herself Host and Judge

series regular; 27 episodes

The Librarians Eve Baird series regular; 42 episodes
2015 Key and Peele Pirate Captain Episode: "Y'all Ready for This?"
Adventure Time The Empress voice role

2 episodes

RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Guest Judge

Episode: "Hello, Kitty Girls!"

2017 Love Locks Lindsey Wilson Television Movie
2018 Carter Cassidy Lenox Episode: "The Ring"'
2019 Star Trek: Discovery Number One

Other workEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1988 New Kids on the Block: Please Don't Go Girl Girl 1 Music Video/Video Short
2003 TRON 2.0 Mercury voice role

Video Game

2004 Tron 2.0: Killer App
War Journal: On the Set of 'The Punisher' Herself Documentary Short

credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

2005 Trippin' Television Documentary

2 episodes

2006 Wet Dreams Documentary

Executive Producer

2007 Becoming Ugly: A New Face for Television Herself Video Short
2008 Speechless Television Documentary
2010 Worst Wedding DJ Ever unknown Video Short
2012 Bettie Page Reveals All Herself Documentary

Actress & Model

House of Style: Music, Models and MTV Television Documentary
2013 The Hand Bra by Rebecca Romijn Video Short
2014 Haunted House Hunters
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Sally the Flightpal Music Video/Video Short

Awards and nominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rebecca Romijn Profile in the FMD-database. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Rebecca Romijn Is Still Legally "Rebecca Romijn-Stamos"". teamcoco.com. August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Rebecca A Romijn, CaliforniaBirthIndex.org
  4. ^ "Rebecca Romijn-Stamos Biography (1972–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  5. ^ "Rebecca rules". Cosmopolitan. Accessmylibrary.com. July 1, 2000. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  6. ^ "Rebecca Romijn Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "The Rebecca Romijn Fanpage". Rebecca-fanpage.com. Archived from the original on July 20, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  8. ^ "Kuizenga, Grace Elizabeth Abney - October 14, 1917 - June 20, 2005". San Francisco Chronicle. June 25, 2005.
  9. ^ Marquis, A. N. (1960), "Kuizenga, Henry Bernard", Who's who in the Midwest, 7, p. 490
  10. ^ "Rebecca Romijn biography". Whoabc.com. Archived from the original on June 11, 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  11. ^ "Rebecca Romijn Biography". People. Retrieved February 1, 2008.
  12. ^ "FHM Magazine 100 Sexiest Women 2005". FreeJose.com. Retrieved October 11, 2006.
  13. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin. Rebecca Romijn, Watch with Kristin blog, E!
  14. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (April 24, 2008). "Sources Confirm: Rebecca Romijn Now Recurring Role on Ugly Betty". Watch with Kristin blog. E!. Retrieved April 30, 2008.
  15. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (March 10, 2010). "Chatting with ''Carpoolers''' Designated Driver". Watch with Kristin blog. E!. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  16. ^ "Witchy Woman". East Bay, California: Diablomag.com. September 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  17. ^ Martin, Denise (November 10, 2009). "Quick Takes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  18. ^ Lovece, Frank. "Film Review: X-Men: First Class", Film Journal International, June 2, 2011
  19. ^ Gelman, Vlada (January 15, 2013). "TNT Greenlights Private Eye Series Starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn". TVLine.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  20. ^ Holbrook, Damian. "'The Office,' 'The Librarians' & More TV Faves Join 'The Death of Superman'". TV Insider. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  21. ^ Lipton, Michael A. (September 27, 1999). "Full Spouse". People. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  22. ^ "Spring Break". People. April 26, 2004. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  23. ^ "Divorce for John, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos". People. August 23, 2004. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  24. ^ "Divorce final for Romijn, Stamos". USA Today. March 1, 2005. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  25. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (September 20, 2005). "Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O'Connell Engaged". People. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  26. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (July 30, 2007). "Inside Their Summer Wedding!". People. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  27. ^ Laudadio, Marisa (January 5, 2009). "Rebecca Romijn Welcomes Twin Girls – Babies, Rebecca Romijn". People. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  28. ^ Serpe, Gina (January 5, 2009). "Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell Welcome Twins". E!. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  29. ^ "Elle Interview". Rebecca-fanpage.com. Retrieved July 6, 2014.

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Preceded by
Daisy Fuentes
Host of House of Style
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Molly Sims