Rumer Willis

Rumer Glenn Willis (born August 16, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is the eldest daughter of actress Demi Moore and actor Bruce Willis. She has appeared in films Hostage (2005), The House Bunny (2008), Sorority Row (2009) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). She portrayed Gia Mannetti in CBS' teen drama series 90210 (2009–10) and Tory Ash in FOX's musical drama series Empire (2017–18).[1] Willis won season 20 of ABC's dance competition television series Dancing with the Stars.[2] She made her Broadway debut in Chicago as Roxie Hart on September 21, 2015.[3][4]

Rumer Willis
Rumer Willis 2019 by Glenn Francis.jpg
Willis in 2019
Born (1988-08-16) August 16, 1988 (age 32)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1995–present

Early lifeEdit

Rumer Glenn Willis was born on August 16, 1988 at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky,[5][6] while her father, Bruce Willis, was filming In Country. She was named after author Rumer Godden. Her mother, actress Demi Moore, hired a cameraman to videotape her birth.[7] She has two younger sisters, Scout LaRue Willis (born 1991), and Tallulah Belle Willis (born 1994), as well as two younger paternal half-sisters from her father's marriage to model Emma Heming, born in April 2012[8] and May 2014.[9]

Raised in Hailey, Idaho, Willis enrolled as a freshman at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. In January 2004, she enrolled as a sophomore at Wildwood Secondary School in Los Angeles, California.[7] She attended the University of Southern California for one semester before dropping out.[10]


In 1995, Willis made her film debut alongside her mother in Now and Then. The following year she appeared in Striptease (1996). She has worked with her father three times: in The Whole Nine Yards in 2000, Hostage in 2005 and Air Strike in 2018. She portrayed Joanne in the comedy film The House Bunny (2008) alongside Emma Stone, Colin Hanks and Anna Faris. The film was a commercial success, grossing $70 million worldwide.[11] She played Natalie Wilburn in the horror film From Within (2008), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2008.[12] In 2009, she appeared in two films, the slasher film Sorority Row and the high school comedy film Wild Cherry.[13] She won "Breakthrough Performance Female" award at Young Hollywood Awards for her performance in Wild Cherry. She was nominated for "Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller" at Teen Choice Awards for Sorority Row. In 2013, Willis landed the lead role of Maya in the drama film The Odd Way Home. She also appeared in films There's Always Woodstock (2014), Return to Sender (2014), The Escort (2015) and Hello Again (2017).

She had guest roles in television shows Miss Guided, Army Wives, CSI: NY, Medium, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Hawaii Five-0 and Workaholics. Willis portrayed Gia Mannetti in ten episodes of the teen drama television series 90210 (2009–2010). In May 2013, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Willis will portray Zoe in the fourth season of Freeform's teen drama series Pretty Little Liars.[14] She was a judge at Miss USA beauty pageant in 2014.[15] In May 2015, Willis and professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy won season 20 of ABC's dance competition television series Dancing with the Stars.[16][17] From September 21 to November 1, 2015, Willis starred as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway.[18] W magazine noted that the past six months have been "a major breakout" for Willis."[19] W magazine praised "her astonishing routines on the spring season of the show Dancing with the Stars, which she won with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, that propelled Willis to new heights of fame. It also revealed the actress-singer to be a triple threat."[19]

In 2016, she had a voice role on the stop-motion sketch comedy series Robot Chicken, in the episode "Yogurt in a Bag." On March 22, 2017, she had a recurring role in the third season of FOX's musical drama series Empire as Tory Ash.[20] She became a series regular in Empire during the show's fourth season.[21] In 2019, she appeared as a guest co-host in three episodes of CBS' talk show The Talk. On February 20, 2019, she was revealed to be the Lion on the first season of Fox's reality singing competition series The Masked Singer.[22][23] Entertainment Weekly wrote that "Willis had commanded the stage with her vocal prowess and magnetic presence during the last eight weeks of the competition, proving time and again how powerful and versatile her singing skills truly are."[24] Willis portrayed Joanna Pettet in the comedy-drama film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film has grossed $368.9 million worldwide, with The Hollywood Reporter writing that critics had "an overall positive view" of the film, calling it "Tarantino's love letter to '60s L.A."[25]

Other venturesEdit

She has appeared on the cover of several magazines, such as Page Six, Prestige and Us Weekly, and pictorials for Vanity Fair,[26] Harper's Bazaar and The Sunday Times.[27][28] In 2008, Willis ventured into the role of spokesperson for clothing brand Ocean Pacific.[29]

Dancing with the StarsEdit

On February 24, 2015, Willis was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was Valentin Chmerkovskiy.[30] Her performance during week 1 earned her the highest score of the night (32 out of 40), and her performance during two rounds of competition in week 8 landed her two perfect scores.[31]

On May 19, 2015, Willis and Chmerkovskiy were crowned the season's champions, winning over singer and actor Riker Lynch and army veteran Noah Galloway who took second and third place, respectively.[32] Willis joined partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy and other Dancing with the Stars professionals on the 40-city "Dancing with the Stars: Perfect 10 Tour" during the summer of 2015.

Dancing with the Stars performances
Week # Dance / Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Take Me to Church" 8 8 8 8 No elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / "Rumor Has It" 8 8 8 8 Safe
3 Salsa / "Turn the Beat Around" 8 9 8 8 Safe
4 Waltz / "Turning Tables" 9 8 9 9 Safe
5 Samba / "Poor Unfortunate Souls" 10 9 10 10 Safe
6 Jazz / "Bootylicious"
Team Freestyle / "Trouble"
7 Jive / "Dear Future Husband"
Foxtrot Dance-Off / "Orange Colored Sky"
Last to be called safe
8 Rhumba / "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"
Paso doble (Trio Challenge) / "Scott & Fran's Paso Doble"
9 Viennese Waltz / "Earned It"
Contemporary Fusion / "Theme from Swan Lake, Op. 20"
Last to be called safe
10 Foxtrot / "Take Me to Church"
Freestyle / "Toxic"
Foxtrot & Paso Doble (fusion) / "Big Jet Plane"


Rumer Willis film work
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Now and Then Angela Albertson Credited as Willa Glen
1996 Striptease Angela Grant Credited as Willa Glen
2000 The Whole Nine Yards Girl Running Between Jimmy and Oz Uncredited
2005 Hostage Amanda Tally
2008 From Within Natalie
2008 The House Bunny Joanne
2008 Streak Drea Short film
2008 Whore Smoking Girl
2009 Wild Cherry Katelyn Chase
2009 Sorority Row Ellie Morris
2012 Six Letter Word Zoe Short film
2012 The Diary of Preston Plummer Kate Cather
2013 The Ganzfeld Experiment Lucky
2013 The Odd Way Home Maya
2014 Return to Sender Darlene
2014 There's Always Woodstock Emily
2015 The Escort Dana
2017 Hello Again Emily
2018 Woman on the Edge Susan
2018 Da hong zha Julia
2018 Future World Rosie
2018 Air Strike Nurse
2019 What Lies Ahead Raven
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Joanna Pettet
Rumer Willis television work
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Miss Guided Shawna Episode: "Frenemies"
2008 Army Wives Renee Talbott Episode: "Transitions"
2008 CSI: NY Mackendra Taylor Episode: "My Name Is Mac Taylor"
2009 Medium Bethany Simmons Episode: "The First Bite Is the Deepest"
2009 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Heather Episode: "Knocked Up, Who's There?"
2009–10 90210 Gia Mannetti Recurring role; 10 episodes
2012 Workaholics Lisa Episode: "True Dromance"
2012–13 Hawaii Five-0 Sabrina Lane Guest role; 2 episodes
2013 Pretty Little Liars Zoe Episode: "The Guilty Girl's Handbook"
2014 Miss USA Herself / Judge Television special
2015 Dancing with the Stars Herself / Contestant Season 20 Champion
2016 Robot Chicken Lila, Kathy, Clawdeen Wolf Voice role; episode: "Yogurt in a Bag"ko
2017 Lip Sync Battle Herself / Competitor Episode: "Rumer Willis vs. Bryshere Gray"
2017–2018 Empire Tory Ash 22 episodes
2019 The Masked Singer Lion 7 episodes
2020 Floored Herself / Guest Judge Episode: "Tapped Out!"
2020 Barkitecture Herself Episode: "Rumer Willis: Canine Camper"
2020 9-1-1 Georgia Episode: "What's Next"
Rumer Willis music video work
Year Title Artist
2007 "Still in Love with You" Five A.M.
2009 "Get U Home" Shwayze
2017 "Crazy Crazy 4 U" Cast of Empire featuring Rumer Willis
2018 "SOS" Cher


  1. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 25, 2017). "Empire Promotes Rumer Willis to Full-Fledged Series Regular in Season 4". TVLine. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Rumer Willis on Her Dancing with the Stars Win: 'I Had the Time of My Life'". Time. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (April 6, 2016). "Review: Rumer Willis Poignantly Makes the Lyrics Her Own". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "Photos and Video: CHICAGO's Rumer Willis Performs 'Roxie' on GMA!". Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "Rumer Willis". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, daughter born". The Paducah Sun. Paducah, Kentucky. August 18, 1988. p. 18. Retrieved April 22, 2020 – via Willis and actress Demi Moore named their baby daughter Rumer Glenn, ... girl was delivered Tuesday morning at Western Baptist Hospital.(subscription required)
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  8. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (April 2, 2012). "Bruce Willis and Emma Heming welcome a Daughter". People. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "Bruce Willis' Wife Emma Heming-Willis Gives Birth, Couple Welcomes Second Girl, Baby Evelyn Penn". Us Weekly. May 7, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "Rob Kardashian, Rumer Willis and More Celeb Kids Who Got Into USC". Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  11. ^ "The House Bunny". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  12. ^ "Rumer Willis Hopes First Lead Role Convinces Critics She's Not Interested In Riding Her Parents' Coattails". MTV News. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  13. ^ "Rob Schneider, Rumer Willis in Wild Cherry". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Ng, Philiana (May 22, 2013). "'Pretty Little Liars' Recruits Rumer Willis for Season 4 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  15. ^ "Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, crowned Miss USA". New York Post. Associated Press. June 9, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
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  19. ^ a b Lawrence, Vanessa. "Rumer Has It". W Magazine. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "Rumer Willis Says 'Empire' Character Tory Ash Figures Out 'What Sober Life Means' This Season". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  21. ^ "Empire Promotes Rumer Willis to Full-Fledged Series Regular in Season 4". Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  22. ^ Stone, Natalie. "The Masked Singer Double Elimination! Rabbit and Lion Revealed During Semifinals". Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  23. ^ Aldrich, Jennifer (January 28, 2019). "Rumer Willis Finally Admits If She's the Lion on 'The Masked Singer'". Country Living. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "'The Masked Singer': Rumer Willis on Why She Chose the Lion Costume!". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  25. ^ "'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood': What the Critics Are Saying". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  26. ^ "Rumer Willis Slams Vanity Fair Photographer for Photoshopping Her Jaw". The Cut. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  27. ^ Harlow, John (October 5, 2008). "Rumer has it". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  28. ^ "Rumer Willis Magazine Cover Photos - List of magazine covers featuring Rumer Willis - FamousFix". Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  29. ^ New York Daily News, April 30, 2008
  30. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars' 2015: Season 20 Celebrity Cast Announced". ABC News. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  31. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars' 2015: Rumer Willis Gets Two Perfect Scores In Week 8 of Season 20". ABC News.
  32. ^ Kubicek, John (May 19, 2015). "'Dancing with the Stars' Season 20 Finale Recap: Who Wins the Golden Mirror Ball?". BuddyTV. Retrieved May 19, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson
Dancing with the Stars (US) winners
Season 20
(Spring 2015 with Valentin Chmerkovskiy)
Succeeded by
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough