Rebecca Alie Romijn (// 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.
Romijn at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, 2012
|Born||Rebecca Alie Romijn|
November 6, 1972
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Other names||Rebecca Stamos|
|Years active||1991–2001, 2012 (model)|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
(m. 1998; div. 2005)
Romijn was born on November 6, 1972, in Berkeley, California. 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. 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. Romijn's maternal grandfather, Henry Bernard Kuizenga, was a Presbyterian minister and seminary professor.
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". While studying Music (Voice) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she became involved with fashion modeling and eventually moved to Paris, where she lived for more than three years.
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). 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. 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). 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.
Romijn starred in the ABC series Eastwick, reuniting her with her former Pepper Dennis co-star, Lindsay Price, before ABC canceled the show on November 9, 2009. 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. 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.
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. In 2019 she will join the cast of Star Trek: Discovery, playing the role of Number One, first officer of the starship Enterprise.
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. 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. Stamos filed for divorce in August 2004, and it became final on March 1, 2005. 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.
In 2004 Romijn started dating actor Jerry O'Connell. They became engaged in September 2005, and married at their home in Calabasas, California, on July 14, 2007. Romijn and O'Connell have twin daughters, Dolly Rebecca-Rose O'Connell and Charlie Tamara-Tulip O'Connell, born on December 28, 2008. Dolly is for singer Dolly Parton's first name and Charlie is for O'Connell's brother Charlie O'Connell.
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."
|1998||Dirty Work||Bearded Lady||film debut|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Herself|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run||Herself|
|2003||X2: X-Men United||Mystique/Raven Darkholme/Grace|
|2006||Lies and Alibis||Lola|
|Man About Town||Nina Giamoro|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||Raven Darkholme/Mystique|
|2010||The Con Artist||Belinda|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Mystique - Older||uncredited cameo|
|2014||Phantom Halo||Ms. Rose|
|2018||The Swinging Lanterns Stories||Malia|
|The Death of Superman||Lois Lane||Animated film|
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
credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
|2006||Pepper Dennis||Pepper Dennis||series regular; 13 episodes
|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
|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|
|1988||New Kids on the Block: Please Don't Go Girl||Girl 1||Music Video/Video Short|
|2003||TRON 2.0||Mercury||voice role
|2004||Tron 2.0: Killer App|
|War Journal: On the Set of 'The Punisher'||Herself||Documentary Short
credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
|2007||Becoming Ugly: A New Face for Television||Herself||Video Short|
|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
|2001||Blockbuster Entertainment award, Favorite Supporting Actress - Science Fiction||X-Men||Won|
|Saturn award, Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2002||The Stinkers Bad Movie award, Worst Lead Actress||Rollerball||Nominated|
|The Stinkers Bad Movie award, Worst Fake Accent - Female||Nominated|
|2003||Golden Raspberry award, Worst Supporting Actress||Rollerball||Nominated|
|Teen Choice award, Choice Movie Actress - Drama/Action-Adventure||X2: X-Men United||Nominated|
|Teen Choice award, Choice Movie - Liar||Nominated|
|2004||MTV Movie award (Mexico), Sexiest She-Villain||Nominated|
|2007||Gold Derby award, Best Ensemble in a Series||Ugly Betty||Nominated|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2015||Saturn award, Best Lead Actress in a Series||The Librarians||Nominated|
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