Actress of The Day: NIKKI REED
Next in: TWILIGHT coming out November 21st 2008.
Her Character: Rosalie Hale, a member of the Cullen family who is described as the most beautiful person in the world.
Why we like her: With credits like Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown and who can forget The O.C., Nikki Reed has displayed an immense versatility in her approach to her characters. In her new role as Rosalie Hale in Twilight, she will take on the interesting task of portraying “The most beautiful person in the world”. That should be interesting to see.
Reed was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Cheryl Houston, a hairdresser, and Seth Reed, a set designer. She has an older brother, Nathan.
Reed and director Catherine Hardwicke finished the script for the semi-biographical film, Thirteen, in six days, a relatively fast 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. 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 Spirits Awards Nomination Show, followed by the West Independent Spirits Awards, both in 2004.
Reed has continued to participate in racy roles that involve the portrayal of sexually promiscuous teenagers, including 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 has noted that she disagrees with what she describes as the “trendy and shallow things” that The O.C. promotes, and that she appeared in the series only on the advice of her agents.
Her most distinctive recent role is in Mini’s First Time, which received a limited release in the United States on July 14, 2006. In the film, Reed plays 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”. 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 sixteen at the time and thus legally unable to film her scenes in a more explicit manner.
Reed has written 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.
On February 12, 2008, it was announced that Reed would be portraying Rosalie Hale in the movie version of Twilight, which is also being directed by Catherine Hardwicke. In June 2008, Nikki wrote a thank-you 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).
Read all our Twilight coverage here and check out more pictures and videos of Nikki Reed below.