Actress and Screenwriter Nikki Reed is the daughter of a hairdresser and beautician, Cheryl Houston and the set designer, Seth Reed. She has an older brother. Reed's parents divorced when she was two and she lived with her mother. She attended Alexander Hamilton High School, but dropped out and was home-schooled. As she entered her teenage years, Reed began a difficult period in her life, resulting in her moving out of home at 14 years old.
Reed first met Catherine Hardwicke when Hardwicke was dating her father. They kept in touch and in 2002 began scripting Thirteen (2003), based on Reed's writing from her early teens. When Hardwicke was unable to find the right actress for the character of Evie, a reluctant Reed was persuaded to take the role. She received critical acclaim for the part.
Various roles followed including a stint in the popular TV series "The O.C." (2003). She collaborated again with Catherine Hardwicke in 2008 when she appeared as Rosalie in Twilight (2008/I). Reed also appeared in the film's 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 (2012).
|Paul McDonald||(16 October 2011 - present)|
Often plays characters that have grown up too fast, are very adventurous and somewhat damaged.
Chapstick - she uses it for everything
Beauty mark above her lip
Braided hair styles
Daughter of Seth Reed
Thirteen (2003), which was written by Reed and the director, is a partially autobiographical film about Reed's rebellious life as a thirteen year old.
According to an interview with Yen magazine, Nikki's father, Seth Reed, is of Jewish heritage, while her mother, Cheryl Houston, a hairdresser, has Italian and Cherokee Native American ancestry. Nikki was raised mostly in her father's Jewish religion.
Has an older brother, Nathan August Reed, who was born on November 23, 1986.
Her parents divorced when she was just two years old
She grew up in Culver City, California, where her mother still resides.
Nikki wrote the script for Thirteen (2003) in six days while she was on Winter Holiday.
She loves to go horseback riding
She moved out on her own when she was 14.
Lived in Ruma, IL, for 1 year. Did not live in Illinois at any other time, but does visit once a year if possible.
Her brother is a professional photographer.
[June 5, 2011] Engaged to Paul McDonald.
Ranked #42 in the 2009 Maxim "Hot 100 Women" list.
A fan of Liam Neeson, she once visited the theatre and sat in the row behind him, spending the entire show looking at the back of his head. When she confessed this on Ellen, she talked about Liam's visit to Ellen's splash tank. Ellen then presented Nikki with the bathing briefs that Liam wore.
I had hoped that girls all over the world would relate to Thirteen (2003). But had no idea that girls I was sitting next to went through the same-things I did.
Part of being young is making mistakes.
Some of the greatest moments in life come from moments that are incomplete.
I'm going to school actually while we're shooting. I'm talking five, but I was just told that two are unavailable so I'm waiting to see. I'm taking a language course, I'm taking a writing course, I'm really trying to take a Greek mythology course and a psychology course. There's so many prerequisites for this psychology. I always try to stay productive and do things that I feel nourish the brain.
I've fallen on my ass I don't know how many times because I refused to listen to anyone.
Most teen movies are fantasies, like The Princess Diaries (2001). But my movie is coming from a completely different angle, which is truth. This is what really happens.
People tend to get nervous when they're working with first-time writer-directors. Because we've all had our share of bad experiences when you work with someone who is too close to the material and can't really pull themselves away.
Last year, I was like, hyperventilating. I don't want to say I've gotten used to it, but my palms aren't sweating as much . . . I love walking up to my fans and saying, "Thank you for coming". It's more real.
I think my mother is my biggest influence. There are so many things I hate about her but at the same time I'm thankful for her. All I know is that when I'm a parent I want to be just like my mom. I can talk to my mom more than any of my friends could talk to their parents.
I went through what I went through too young. Emotionally, it was really hard juggling all these things I was going through.
I definitely think that females have a harder time. It's a lot harder to be a girl because you're always in your head. I've heard my brother go and take it out on the football as he says. Whereas girls would rather sit down and over think things. Guys just punch a wall and I think that could be easier because that's instant release instead of letting it build it up. But a lot of people say guys just hold it in as well.
To read what the general public thinks and to put it together with your real life, it's amazing how wrong people can be.
(September 2003) A High School sophomore (class of 2006) in Los Angeles, California.
(October 2004) A high school junior in West Los Angeles, California.
(March 2009) Filming The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) (aka "The Twilight Saga: New Moon") in Canada.
(March 2011) Filming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) in Vancouver, Canada.
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