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Rebecca Romijn

Romijn promoting the television show Chuck at San Diego Comic-Con.
Born Rebecca Alie Romijn[1]
November 6, 1972 (1972-11-06) (age 37)[1]
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Rebecca Romijn-Stamos O'Connell
Occupation Model (1991–2001)
Actress (2000–present)
Spouse(s) John Stamos (1998–2005)
Jerry O'Connell (m. 2007–present; 2 children)

Rebecca Alie Romijn (pronounced ro-MAIN; born November 6, 1972) is an American actress (2000–present) and former model (1991–2001). She is best known for her role as Mystique in the X-Men films, and for her role as Alexis Meade on the hit show Ugly Betty.


Life and career

Early life

Romijn (pronounced like "romaine" in the English and [roːˈmɛin][2] in its native Dutch) was born in Berkeley, California, the daughter of Elizabeth (née Kuizenga), a Community College teacher of English as a Second Language and textbook author, and Jaap Romijn, a custom furniture maker.[3][4] Her father is a native of Barneveld, in the Netherlands, and her mother is a third-generation Dutch American[5] who met Romijn's father while staying in the Netherlands on a teen-age exchange program.[6] Romijn's maternal grandfather, Dr. Henry B. Kuizenga, was a Presbyterian minister and seminary professor.[7] Many sources say that she was once nicknamed the "Jolly Blonde Giant" because of her height, but she has admitted to making that up "for a laugh".[8] While studying music (voice) at the University of California, Santa Cruz,[9] she became involved with fashion modeling and eventually moved to Paris for more than two years. She stands 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall.


Among other jobs, Romijn started her modeling career in 1991. She modeled for the the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Victoria's Secret, bebe, Miller Lite beer, and for Anna Molinari on the runway, along with the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, 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), (2001–2003, 2005–2006) and FHM (2000–2005).[10] She also appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast in an episode titled "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: X-Men United, and again for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In these movies her costume consisted of blue makeup and some strategically placed prosthetics on her otherwise nude body. In X2: X-Men United she shows up in a bar in one scene in her "normal" look, and also in X-Men: The Last Stand, she appears as a dark-haired "de-powered" Mystique. 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 and Godsend. She played the leading role in Pepper Dennis, a short-lived TV series on The WB.

In January 2007, Romijn made her first appearance on the ABC series Ugly Betty as a full time regular.[11] She plays Alexis Meade, a male-to-female transsexual 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.[12] 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.[13]

Romijn starred in the 2009 ABC series Eastwick,[14] reuniting her with her former Pepper Dennis co-star, Lindsay Price, before ABC cancelled the show on November 9, 2009.[15]

Personal life

Romijn attended the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1990–91 where she lived in dorm 1 at Stevenson College. She studied music and participated in the dorm talent show, singing a musical comedy routine with a high school friend who joined her at UCSC. During the summer following her freshman year, Rebecca began her career modeling and did not return for her sophomore year.

She married actor John Stamos on September 19, 1998. During her marriage, she used the name Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in both her personal and professional life. The couple announced their separation on April 12, 2004, and divorced on March 1, 2005. She has since returned to using her maiden name.

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. [Grins] And it turns out I'm pretty straight".[16]

On September 19, 2005, Romijn announced her engagement to actor Jerry O'Connell. They were married on their ranch in Southern California on July 14, 2007.

On July 28, 2008, it was announced that Romijn was pregnant. People magazine reported that the babies were conceived without the assistance of fertility drugs.[17] Romijn and O'Connell welcomed twin daughters Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip on December 28, 2008. Dolly is for Dolly Parton, Charlie is for O'Connell's brother, and Tamara is for Romijn's sister.[18]

In 2009, Romijn was a guest star on Project Runway and speculated to be pregnant. However, her appearance was filmed the previous year, prior to giving birth to twins, and the broadcast was significantly delayed by the legal wrangling between NBC Universal and the Weinstein Company over the show's move to the Lifetime network.



Year Title Role Other notes
1998 Dirty Work Bearded Lady
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Herself uncredited
2000 X-Men Mystique / Raven Darkholme Won Best Supporting Actress Blockbuster Entertainment Award

Won Best Supporting Actress Saturn Award

2002 Femme Fatale Laure Ash / Lily
S1m0ne Faith uncredited
Rollerball Aurora Nominated Worst Actress Razzie Award
2003 X2: X-Men United Mystique / Raven Darkholme Nominated Choice Movie Liar Teen Choice Award

Nominated Choice Movie Actress Teen Choice Award

Nominated Sexiest She-Villain MTV Movie Award

2004 The Punisher Joan
Godsend Jessie Duncan
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Mystique / Raven Darkholme
Man About Town Nina Giamoro
The Alibi Lola Davis
2008 Lake City Jennifer
2010 The Love Child Belinda Post-production


Year Title Role Other notes
1997 Friends (episode: "The One with the Dirty Girl") Cheryl (Series)
1998, 1999, 2000 House of Style Herself/Host (Series)
1999 Hefner: Unauthorized Kimberly Hefner (Movie)
1999, 2000 Just Shoot Me! Adrienne Barker (Series)
2000 Jack & Jill Paris Everett (Series)
2002 MADtv Herself/Host (Series)
2006 Pepper Dennis Pepper Dennis (Series)
20072008 Ugly Betty Alexis Meade The first episodes starring her were filmed in autumn 2006.

Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Screen Actors Guild Award

2007 Drawn Together (episode: "Charlotte's Web of Lies") Charlotte (Series)
2007 Carpoolers Joannifer (Series)
20092010 Eastwick Roxanne Torcoletti (Series)


  1. ^ a b Rebecca Romijn Profile in the FMD-database. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  2. ^ The [r] in Romijn as a Dutch word is an alveolar trill. The diphthong [ɛi], not found in English, involves something like a move from the vowel [ɛ] in 'bed' to the vowel [i] in 'bead'
  3. ^ "Rebecca Romijn-Stamos Biography (1972–)". Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Rebecca rules. | Cosmopolitan (, 2000)<!- Bot generated title ccc->". 2000-07-01. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Rebecca Romijn Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  6. ^ "The Rebecca Romijn Fanpage". Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Rebecca Romijn biography". Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  9. ^ "Rebecca Romijn Biography". Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  10. ^ "". FHM Magazine 100 Sexiest Women 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2006. 
  11. ^ Watch with Kristin – E! Online
  12. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (April 24, 2008). "Sources Confirm: Rebecca Romijn Now Recurring Role on Ugly Betty". E! Online – Watch with Kristin. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  13. ^ "Watch with Kristin – Chatting with ''Carpoolers''' Designated Driver". 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  14. ^ "Witchy Woman - Diablo Magazine - September 2009 - East Bay - California". Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  15. ^ "Quick Takes - Los Angeles Times". 2009-11-10.,0,3152781.story. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  16. ^ "fix". Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  17. ^ Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O'Connell Are Expecting Twins, People, July 28, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2008.
  18. ^ Laudadio, Marisa (2009-01-05). "Rebecca Romijn Welcomes Twin Girls - Babies, Rebecca Romijn".,,20245814,00.html. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 

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Preceded by
Daisy Fuentes
Host of House of Style
Succeeded by
Molly Sims

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