Nikki Reed

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Nikki Reed
Nikki Reed Comic-Con 4, 2012.jpg
Reed at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego.
BornNicole Houston Reed
(1988-05-17) May 17, 1988 (age 26)
West Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, screenwriter, model, singer-songwriter, music video director
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Paul McDonald
 (m. 2011; filed for divorce 2014)
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For the fictional character on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, see Nikki Newman.
Nikki Reed
Nikki Reed Comic-Con 4, 2012.jpg
Reed at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego.
BornNicole Houston Reed
(1988-05-17) May 17, 1988 (age 26)
West Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, screenwriter, model, singer-songwriter, music video director
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Paul McDonald
 (m. 2011; filed for divorce 2014)

| partner = Ian Somerhalder (actor) Nicole Houston "Nikki" Reed[1] (born May 17, 1988)[2] is an American film and television actress, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, and model. She became known in 2003, after the release of the film Thirteen, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, for which she was credited with Hardwicke as a co-writer of the screenplay, and in which she played a lead role. Reed has since appeared in several films, including Lords of Dogtown and Mini's First Time. She also portrayed vampire Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga (2008–2012).

Early life[edit]

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 August Reed and a younger brother Joey Reed. Her mother is of Cherokee and Italian descent and is Christian. She raised the children after getting divorced when Reed was two. Her father is Jewish.

Reed has said in numerous interviews that her early home life was "complicated". She was raised solely by her mother.[3] Reed was raised without religion[4] and has identified as Jewish.[5] She grew up around some Jewish practices, as her brother had a Bar Mitzvah.[6][7]

In 2002 when Reed was 14 years old, she moved out of her mother's house and began living on her own, mainly in apartments in the Los Angeles area.[8] After Thirteen's success, Reed returned to Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, but dropped out again after a year. She said that "mothers who were sneaking into the school at lunchtime to confront and harass her about the film" were the reason for her departure.[3] She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling.[3] She is a vegetarian.


Catherine Hardwicke, a friend of her mother's,[9] invited her to work on a script with her, when the girl said she was interested in acting. They finished the script for the semi-autobiographical film Thirteen in six days, a relatively short time. Producers asked Reed to play a role in the film because they had trouble casting it, as it was an "uncomfortable" role for most young actresses.[3]

The film starring Evan Rachel Wood was released in 2003 to positive reviews, gaining Reed some recognition in Hollywood as both a screenwriter and an actress. Following this, Reed was invited to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and serve as host on 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 repeatedly been cast as sexually advanced, precocious teenagers, including her character in Lords of Dogtown (2007), 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 later appeared on The O.C. at the same time as later Twilight co-stars Cam Gigandet and Jackson Rathbone.[10]

Reed said that her early decision to avoid acting in TV series or in mainstream cinema was naïve. She had thought at the time they were not right for her but gained valuable experience in them.[11]

She had a lead role in Mini's First Time, which received a limited release in the United States on July 14, 2006. 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." She said she had enjoyed playing someone who she describes as "crass" and having a "trucker's mouth".[12] Reed's character has sex scenes. As Reed was 16 at the time and legally unable to film such scenes in an explicit way, she was filmed from the back to hide her face.[3]

Reed wrote a script set in New Zealand between the 1960s and the 1980s. She has said she feels more versatile than her typecasting in roles of "sexy bad girls." She has sometimes been told by producers that she is too "sexy" for a particular part.[3]

Reed at the premiere of Ondine at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

On February 12, 2008, it was announced that Reed would portray Rosalie Hale in the film adaption of Twilight, the first book of a popular four-novel series. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, it became an international success.

In 2010, Jason Mewes said that he was doing a movie called K-11 with Reed and Kristen Stewart, also of Twilight.[13] The film, directed by Stewart's mother, takes place in a dorm of the Los Angeles County Jail. It was to feature both Stewart and Reed as female characters.[14][15] Later that year, Reed said that she was no longer part of the project.[16]

In November 2009, Reed directed a music video for her friend Sage while in London. Reed stated that they didn't have much time, or money, but she takes great pride in it.[17][18]

Reed also intends to direct a music video for the independent rock band 100 Monkeys,[19] which is fronted by her Twilight co-star, Jackson Rathbone.

In July 2010, Reed joined the cast of the lady assassin action-drama Catch .44, alongside Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, and Malin Akerman.[20] In November 2010, it was announced, that Reed will star with Hayden Panettiere in the film Downers Grove, a movie adaptation of Michael Hornberg's novel.[21] The story is about a high school senior from the Chicago suburb. She believes that a curse at her school causes someone in the graduating class to die in a bizarre way before the year's end. The screenplay was written by Bret Easton Ellis, the novelist who wrote Less Than Zero,The Rules of Attraction and American Psycho.[22]

In December 2011, it was announced that Reed joined the cast of Pawn, an indie crime thriller directed by David A. Armstrong. The film also stars Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Common, Michael Chiklis, Sean Faris, Stephen Lang, Marton Csokas, and Jessica Szohr.[23]

In July 2013, Reed joined the cast of the independent sports comedy Intramural, alongside Jake Lacy, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett and Jay Pharoah. The film is about a group of college friends who get together in their final year to play a game of intramural football.[24]


Reed recorded a song, "Now That I've Found You", with her husband Paul McDonald, which debuted on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on November 15, 2011.[25] The couple released their first EP, The Best Part, on October 29, 2012.[26] Their song "All I've Ever Needed" is on the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack.[27] In January 2013, Reed filmed Hanson's 2013 music video for their single, "Get The Girl Back",[28] with her husband Paul McDonald. The video was released in April 2013. Other well-known faces in the video include Kat Dennings, Drake Bell, Drew Seeley, Amy Paffrath, and Alex Beh.

Personal life[edit]

Reed met Paul McDonald, a singer-songwriter and season 10 American Idol contestant, on the red carpet at the premiere of Red Riding Hood in March 2011. This moment was broadcast on an American Idol episode as part of a segment that showed the contestants attending the premiere.[29] The pair began dating,[30] and moved in together not long after.[31] They confirmed their engagement in June 2011,[32][33] and married on October 16, 2011, in Malibu.[34] In March 2014, Reed and McDonald announced that they had separated after living apart for the previous six months due to "work obligations".[35] Reed filed for divorce on May 16, 2014, citing irreconcilable differences.[36]

She is close friends with her Twilight co-stars, particularly Jackson Rathbone.[37] She is godmother to his son.[38] Reed is also close friends with Spy Kids actress Alexa Vega, who was her maid of honor at her wedding,[39]


Reed teamed up with Staples and Do Something for their 3rd Annual School Supply Drive in the summer of 2011.[40]


Reed, Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene speaking at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.
2003ThirteenEvie Zamoraalso Screenwriter
2005Man of GodZane Berg
2005Lords of DogtownKathy Alva
2005American GunTally
2006Mini's First TimeMinerva "Mini" Drogues
2007Cherry CrushShay Bettencourt
2008TwilightRosalie Hale
2008Familiar StrangersAllison
2009Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New MoonRosalie Hale
2009Last Day of SummerStefaniealso Executive Producer
Premiered October 24: Hollywood Film Festival
2010Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: EclipseRosalie Hale
2010Chain LetterJessica "Jessie" Campbell
2010PrivilegedLauren Carrington
2011Catch .44Kara
2011The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1Rosalie Hale
2012The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2Rosalie Hale
2013Empire StateLizzetteDirect-to-video
2013SnapWendyA.K.A. Enter the Dangerous Mind
2014IntramuralMeredith Downs
2014In Your EyesDonna
2014Murder of a CatGreta
2006O.C., TheThe O.C.Sadie Campbellguest role, 6 episodes
"The Heavy Lifting"
"The Road Warrior"
"The Journey"
"The Undertow"
"The Secrets and Lies"
"The Day After Tomorrow"
2006JusticeMolly Larusaguest role, 1 episode
2007ReaperAndi Prendergastun-aired pilot only
Music video
2005Just Feel BetterSantana featuring Steven Tyler
2010No Rose Petals & BubblebathsSabrina
2012Now That I've Found YouPaul McDonald featuring Nikki Reedalso director
2012All I've Ever NeededNikki Reed & Paul McDonald
2013Get the Girl BackHanson

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
2003Nantucket Film Festival – Screenplay AwardBest Feature ScreenplayThirteenShared with Catherine HardwickeWon
2003Young Hollywood AwardsOne to Watch – FemaleWon
2003Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayShared with Catherine HardwickeNominated
2004Independent Spirit AwardBest First ScreenplayShared with Catherine HardwickeNominated
2004Independent Spirit AwardBest Debut PerformanceWon
2004Prism AwardBest Performance in a Theatrical Feature FilmNominated
2004Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardBest Original ScreenplayShared with Catherine HardwickeNominated
2004Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardBreakout Performance – Behind the CameraNominated
2004Satellite AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – DramaShared with Evan Rachel WoodNominated
2004Satellite AwardBest Original ScreenplayShared with Catherine HardwickeNominated
2006Solstice Film Festival AwardBest ActressMini's First TimeWon
2008Delray Beach Film Festival AwardBest EnsembleFamiliar StrangersShared with CastWon
2008Method Fest Independent Film Festival AwardBest EnsembleShared with CastWon
2009Teen Choice AwardChoice Fresh Face – FemaleTwilightNominated
2009Scream AwardBest EnsembleShared with CastNominated
2010Young Hollywood AwardsSuperstar in the MakingTwilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New MoonWon
2010Teen Choice AwardMost Fanatic FansShared with CastWon
2011Teen Choice AwardChoice Favorite VampireThe Twilight Saga: EclipseNominated
2012Teen Choice AwardScene Stealer FemaleThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1Nominated


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  2. ^ Reed was born on May 17, rather than January 17, according to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At
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  20. ^ "Reed and Woll Join Catch .44". 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
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  22. ^ "Downers Grove". Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
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