Nikki Reed Biography

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Born: May 17, 1988


Date of Birth: May 17, 1988

A native of Los Angeles, Nikki Reed became a screenwriter at the age of 13 and a film actress less than a year later. It started when director/writer Catherine Hardwicke began dating Reed's father, Seth, an art director who has worked on films such as Minority Report and I Heart Huckabees. Hardwicke got to know the young teen and became interested in writing a film based on her life as a rebellious 13-year-old girl. They wrote the first draft in less than a week while Reed was on winter vacation. Hardwicke hurried the film along, hoping to shoot it the next summer while Reed was still the right age to star in it.

The film, entitled Thirteen (2003), went into production when Reed was 14, and she took the co-starring role as Evie rather than playing Tracy, the role based on her own life. Working opposite Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, Reed won a 2004 Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance, a 2003 Young Hollywood Award as "One to Watch - Female" and shared a Screenwriting Award with Catherine Hardwicke at the Nantucket Film Festival.

Back at school, Reed realized that she missed acting, and returned to work in the unreleased Man of God (2005) before re-teaming with Hardwicke for Lords of Dogtown (2005) starring Heath Ledger. Since then, she has completed the dark comedy Mini's First Time (2005) with Alec Baldwin and American Gun (2005) with Forest Whitaker. On television, she played a recurring role in the hit series The O.C..

When Catherine Hardwicke was chosen to direct the screen version of the popular book Twilight, she cast Reed as Rosalie, the sister of the lead character, Edward Cullen. Although Hardwicke didn't continue with the series, Reed has since reprised the role, working with new directors in the sequels, The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2011).

In October 2011, Nikki married American Idol contestant Paul McDonald, but in May 2014, she filed for divorce. She is currently engaged to actor Ian Somerhalder. When not working, Reed is an accomplished gymnast and equestrian. She also enjoys painting. She is the godmother of Twilight co-star Jackson Rathbone's child.


In Your Eyes (2014)
Empire State(2013)
Enter the Dangerous Mind(2013)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2(2012)
Catch.44 (2011)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1(2011)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse(2010)
Chain Letter(2010)
Privileged (2010)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon(2009)
Last Day of Summer (2009)
Familiar Strangers(2008)
Cherry Crush (2007)
Mini's First Time (2006)
American Gun(2005)
Lords of Dogtown(2005)
Man of God (2005)

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