Cerina Vincent

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Cerina Vincent
Cerina Vincent 2006.jpg
Cerina Vincent, 2006
Born(1979-02-07) February 7, 1979 (age 35)
Las Vegas, Nevada
OccupationActress, writer
Spouse(s)Ben Waller (2008–2013)
 
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Cerina Vincent
Cerina Vincent 2006.jpg
Cerina Vincent, 2006
Born(1979-02-07) February 7, 1979 (age 35)
Las Vegas, Nevada
OccupationActress, writer
Spouse(s)Ben Waller (2008–2013)

Cerina Vincent (born February 7, 1979) is an American actress and writer best known for playing Maya the Yellow Galaxy Ranger in the television series Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, as well as her film appearances in Not Another Teen Movie, Cabin Fever, It Waits, and Everybody Wants to Be Italian.[1] She has written three books with Jodi Lipper, and writes a regular column for The Huffington Post.[2]

Biography[edit]

Cerina Vincent was born on February 7, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to parents of Italian descent.[1][3] Vincent loved to perform from an early age, encouraged by her mother, who was a dance instructor.[1] She performed in a Christmas production at Diskin Elementary School, learning the lines for all the characters.[1] She also appeared in productions at the Rainbow Company Youth Theater, which was sponsored by the Cultural Affairs division of Las Vegas. In 1996, at the age of sixteen, Vincent won the Miss Nevada Teen USA title and competed at Miss Teen USA. Though she made it to the top 15, she failed to place at the pageant (televised live), which was held in Las Cruces, New Mexico.[3]

Vincent graduated from Durango High School in 1997, and moved to Los Angeles, where she attended Marymount College on a scholarship.[1] Between classes she went on auditions and eventually landed several commercials and a role on USA High for the USA Network.[1] In 1999, she appeared in her first film role as a bratty teenager in the thriller Fear Runs Silent, starring Billy Dee Williams.[1] Vincent's first major role as an actress was as the Yellow Galaxy Ranger Maya in the 1999 television series Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. Vincent later recalled, "It was a great way to learn a lot and get a taste for this business on a small show like that, but for kids. It was cool to be a role model for kids."[3]

Following the success of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Vincent landed additional television roles on MTV's Undressed (2000), Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000), Son of the Beach (2000–02), Malcolm in the Middle (2001), Felicity (2001), and Ally McBeal (2002).[1]

In 2001, Vincent appeared in the feature film spoof Not Another Teen Movie as the foreign exchange student Areola, who appears throughout the entire film nude. The character was a spoof of Shannon Elizabeth's character, Nadia, in American Pie (1999). Vincent found the role challenging, never having appeared nude in a film, or even auditioned for a nude role. During the course of filming, however, she became more comfortable with the character.[1] In a 2011 interview, Vincent commented on her experience performing nude for the first time:

It's weird, it's hard because your body is your body and it's personal. It's easier to shoot that scene because everyone was professional and my character was ridiculous—I did many different accents in the movie, and it was funny ... it was a comedy. So, shooting the scenes was the easy part—with it being out there forever and ever and ever ... that's more of a mental ... it screws with your head a little bit and you question your decisions, but I don't have any regrets.[4]

In 2003, Vincent starred in the R-rated horror film Cabin Fever, which featured some of her most memorable film moments, including her "leg-shaving" scene and the "like being on a plane" seduction and sex scene. The film included topless scenes and two sex scenes with two different characters. Fearing that she would be typecast into nude roles, Vincent was cautious about over-exposing herself in the film, which became a point of contention between her and director Eli Roth.[1]

Starting in 2004, Vincent appeared in a series of theatrical and television films, including Murder-Set-Pieces (2004) as the L.A. Girl, Intermedio (2005) as Gen, and Conversations with Other Women (2005) as Sarah the Dancer. In 2005 she appeared in her first starring role in the film It Waits (2005) as forest ranger Danielle "Danny" St. Claire. In 2006, she appeared in The Surfer King as Tiffany, Seven Mummies as Lacy, and the Sci-Fi Channel original movie Sasquatch Mountain as Erin Price, alongside Lance Henriksen. In 2007, she appeared in the television films Manchild and Wifey, as well as the theatrical films Return to House on Haunted Hill as Michelle, and Everybody Wants to Be Italian as Marisa Costa. In 2008, she appeared in Toxic as Malvi, the independent film Just Add Water as The Mrs., and Fashion Victim as the TV Reporter.

Vincent returned to television in 2005 with appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Palmetto Pointe, and Sex, Love & Secrets. Since then she has worked on the series Bones (2006), Two and a Half Men (2008), Gary Unmarried (2010), Zombie Family (2012), Mike & Molly (2012), and most recently in The Walking Dead (2012–13). Vincent also returned to films in 2012, appearing in Complacent as Myah Sanderson, Chasing Happiness as Andrea, and played the title role in MoniKa, for which she was the executive producer. In 2013, Vincent appeared in The Thanksgiving House in the role of Ashleigh,[1][5] and produced and starred in the acclaimed horror short "Skypemare" which also starred Annika Marks, Ryan Dillon, and Adam J. Yeend; the film screened at Telluride Horror Show and ScreamFest 2013 in Los Angeles.[1][6]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001Not Another Teen MovieAreola
2002Darkened RoomGirl #2Short film
2002Cabin FeverMarcy
2004Final SaleCerinaShort film
2004Murder-Set-PiecesL.A. Girl
2005IntermedioGen
2005Conversations with Other WomenSarah the Dancer
2005It WaitsDanielle "Danny" St. Claire
2006The Surfer KingTiffany
2006Seven MummiesLacy
2006Sasquatch MountainErin Price
2006PenniesKimberlyShort film
2007ManchildNinaTelevision film
2007WifeyGoldieTelevision film
2007Return to House on Haunted HillMichelle
2007Everybody Wants to Be ItalianMarisa Costa
2008ToxicMalvi
2008Just Add WaterThe Mrs.Independent film
2008Fashion VictimTV Reporter
2010The United Monster Talent AgencyKayShort film
2012ComplacentMyah Sanderson
2012Chasing HappinessAndrea
2012MoniKaMonikaExecutive producer
2013The Thanksgiving HouseAshleigh
2013SkypemareAlisonProducer - Short Film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Power Rangers Lost GalaxyMaya the Yellow Galaxy Ranger45 episodes; Main Role
2000UndressedKitty3 episodes
2000Power Rangers Lightspeed RescueMaya the Yellow Galaxy Ranger2 episodes; Guest Role
2000–02Son of the BeachMandy / Sorority Girl2 episodes
2001City GuysNicole1 episode
2001Malcolm in the MiddleCarly1 episode
2001Dead LastSorority Girl Cindy1 episode
2001FelicityDenise Jensen1 episode
2002Ally McBealPenny1 episode
2005CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationGwen1 episode
2005Palmetto PointeGirl at Party1 episode
2005Sex, Love & SecretsParty Girl1 episode
2005Grounded For LifeHeather1 episode
2006BonesDenise1 episode
2008Two and a Half MenLuLu1 episode
2009Gary UnmarriedMiss St. James1 episode
2012Zombie FamilyCindy Apple1 episode
2012Mike & MollyDesri / The Dress2 episodes
2012–13The Walking Dead: Cold StorageKelly2 webisodes
2014WorkaholicsDoctor's Transgender Assistant1 episode

Books[edit]

Vincent and her co-writer Jodi Lipper have written a regular column for The Huffington Post since 2007.[2] The pair have also authored three books:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Cerina Vincent Biography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Farinella, Tony (October 16, 2006). "411 Movies Interview: Cerina Vincent". 411 Mania. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Nydell, Tim (January 17, 2011). "Rock Bottom Interview: Cerina Vincent". Rock Bottom. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cerina Vincent". The New York Times. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cerina Vincent". Scremfest. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Alicia Carnes
Miss Nevada Teen USA
1996
Succeeded by
Kaci Thompson