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Nikki Reed

Reed (right) posing for pictures with fans
Born Nicole Houston Reed
May 17, 1988 (1988-05-17) (age 21)
West Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Screenwriter
Years active 2003–present

Nicole "Nikki" Houston-Reed[1] (born May 17, 1988)[2] is an American film and television actress and screenwriter. She became known in 2003, after the release of the film Thirteen, for which she co-wrote the screenplay. Reed has since appeared in several films, including Lords of Dogtown and Mini's First Time. She also portrays Rosalie Hale in the film adaptation of the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and its sequels The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

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Early life

Reed was born in West Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Cheryl Houston, a beautician, and Seth Reed, a set designer. She has an older brother, Nathan. Reed's father is Jewish and her mother is of Cherokee and Italian descent; Reed was raised without religion,[3] though she grew up around Judaism (her brother had a Bar Mitzvah).[4][5]

Reed has described her home life as "complicated." Her parents divorced when she was two, and she grew up with her mother.[6] She describes herself as having been "shy and a bookworm," but at the age of 12, while attending Palms Middle School, she became rebellious and emotionally volatile. The relationship between Reed and her mother became strained. At the age of 14, Reed was emancipated; she then moved out and began living on her own. She had no specific desire to become an actress.

Career

Reed and director Catherine Hardwicke finished the script for the semi-autobiographical film Thirteen in six days, a relatively short time for a Hollywood script to be written. Producers asked Reed to play a role in the film because they had trouble casting it, considering it an "uncomfortable" role for most young actresses.[6] The film, starring Evan Rachel Wood, was released in 2003 to glowing reviews, giving Reed recognition in Hollywood as both an actress and a screenwriter. Following the film's release, Reed also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and hosted a number of award shows, including the Young Hollywood Awards (2003) and the Independent Spirit Awards Nomination Show, followed by the West Independent Spirits Awards, both in 2004.

Reed has continued to portray sexually promiscuous teenagers, including her character in Lords of Dogtown, also directed by Hardwicke. In early 2006, she appeared on the series The O.C., playing Sadie, a new love interest for the character Ryan Atwood. Reed noted she disagreed with the "trendy and shallow things" that The O.C. promoted, and that she appeared in the series only on the advice of her agents. Coincidentally, Reed appeared on The O.C. at the same time as later Twilight co-stars Cam Gigandet and Jackson Rathbone. Gigandet and Reed shared a brief scene together in which it was implied that their characters had a past relationship.[7]

One of her most distinctive roles was in Mini's First Time, which received a limited release in the United States on July 14, 2006. In the film, Reed played a teenager who, through seduction, involves her stepfather in a plot to murder her mother. Reed has noted that her character does not "understand the weight of consequence," and that she enjoyed playing someone who she describes as "crass" and having a "trucker's mouth."[8] Reed's character participates in explicit sex scenes, which had to be filmed from the point of view of Reed's back, as she was 16 at the time and thus legally unable to film her scenes in a more explicit manner.[6]

Reed wrote another script set in New Zealand between the 1960s and the 1980s. Reed has noted that she feels she is a versatile actress, but feels typecast in roles of "sexy bad girls," noting that producers often tell her that she is too "sexy" for a particular part.[6]

On February 12, 2008, it was announced that Reed would portray Rosalie Hale in the movie version of Twilight, which was directed by Catherine Hardwicke. In June 2008, Reed wrote a letter to her fans, thanking them for supporting her through the controversy that surrounded her, a brunette, being cast as Rosalie (described as a blonde).[9]

During a radio interview with Big O and Dukes of WJFK 1067, Jason Mewes stated that he is doing a movie called K-11 with Reed and Kristen Stewart, also of Twilight.[10] The film, directed by Stewart's mother, takes place in a dorm of the Los Angeles County Jail, and will feature both Stewart and Reed as male characters.[11][12]

Personal life

After Thirteen's success, Reed returned to her Los Angeles high school, but dropped out again after a year. She cited her experiences involving "mothers who were sneaking into the school at lunchtime to confront and harass her about the film" as the reason for her departure.[6] Reed was subsequently home-schooled, and she eventually received her high-school diploma.[6] Reed divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles.[6]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2003 Thirteen Evie Zamora Co-Wrote
Young Hollywood Award for One to Watch Female
Nantucket Film Festival Award for Best Feature Screenplay
Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakout Performance Behind the Camera
Nominated - Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
Nominated - Prism Award for Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Performance in a Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
2005 Man of God Zane Berg
Lords of Dogtown Kathy Alva
American Gun Tally limited release
2006 Mini's First Time Mini limited release
Solistice Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2007 Cherry Crush Shay Bettencourt
2008 Twilight Rosalie Hale Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Fresh Face Female
Nominated - Scream Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Familiar Strangers Allison Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Delray Beach Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Rosalie Hale
Last Day of Summer Stefanie Premiered October 24: Hollywood Film Festival
Privileged Lauren Carrington post-production
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Rosalie Hale post-production
Chain Letter Jessie Campbell post-production
K-11 Mousey pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006 The O.C. Sadie Campbell guest role, 6 episodes
"The Heavy Lifting"
"The Road Warrior"
"The Journey"
"The Undertow"
"The Secrets and Lies"
"The Day After Tomorrow"
Justice Molly Larusa guest role, 1 episode
"Addicts"
2007 Reaper Andi un-aired pilot only
Music videos
Year Title Artist Notes
2005 Just Feel Better Santana feat. Steven Tyler

References

  1. ^ "Nicole Houston Reed" is her full name, according to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  2. ^ Reed was born on May 17th, rather than January 17th, according to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  3. ^ Film: What Nikki did next; Nikki Reed shot to fame thanks to the teen expose Thirteen. She tells GEOFFREY MACNAB about the highs and lows that followed.(Features) - The Independent (London, England) - HighBeam Research
  4. ^ "Celebrity Jews". Jewish News Weekly. http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/726/edition_id/4/format/html/displaystory.html. Retrieved 2006-05-03. 
  5. ^ "13 - AND COUNTING; From bimah to bemoaning just about everything...why this overnight change in kids?". the Jewish Exponent. http://www.highbeam.com/doc.aspx?DOCID=1P1:86845167&print=yes&ctrlInfo=Round20%3AMode20d%3ADocG%3AResult&ao=. Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Mini Mayhem". Khaleej Times. http://www.khaleejtimes.ae/DisplayArticleNew.asp?section=citytimes&xfile=data/citytimes/2006/july/citytimes_july119.xml. Retrieved 2006-07-22. 
  7. ^ http://www.twiztv.com/cgi-bin/transcript.cgi?episode=http://dmca.free.fr/scripts/theoc/season3/theoc-315.htm
  8. ^ Reed and Guthe on Mini's First Time - ComingSoon.net
  9. ^ http://nikkireedfan.com/index.php/nikki/letter-from-nikki/
  10. ^ Jason Mewes Interview with Big O and Dukes WJFK 1067
  11. ^ Larry Carroll (2008-11-21). "EXCLUSIVE: 'Twilight' Stars Kristen Stewart & Nikki Reed To Reunite, Play Men In Prison Film 'K-11'". MTV. http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/11/21/exclusive-twilight-stars-kristen-stewart-nikki-reed-to-reunite-play-men-in-prison-film-k-11/. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  12. ^ Sheila Roberts. "Kristen Stewart Interview, Twilight". Movies Online. http://www.moviesonline.ca/movienews_15904.html. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 

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