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Nikki Reed Bio
Nicole Houston Reed (born May 17, 1988), professionnally known as Nikki Reed, is an American 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).
Catherine Hardwicke, a friend of her mother’s, 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.
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.
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. 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”. 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.
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. 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. Later that year, Reed said that she was no longer part of the project.
In July 2010, Reed joined the cast of the lady assassin action-drama Catch .44, alongside Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, and Malin Akerman. In November 2010, it was announced that Reed would star with Hayden Panettiere in the film Downers Grove, a movie adaptation of Michael Hornberg‘s novel. 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 The Rules of Attraction and American Psycho.
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.
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.
Reed recorded a song, “Now That I’ve Found You”, with her ex- husband Paul McDonald, which debuted on Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show on November 15, 2011. The couple released their first EP, The Best Part, on October 29, 2012. Their song “All I’ve Ever Needed” is on the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 soundtrack. In January 2013, Reed filmed Hanson‘s 2013 music video for their single, “Get The Girl Back”, 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.
Writing and directing
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. 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. Reed also intends to direct a music video for the independent rock band 100 Monkeys, which is fronted by her Twilight costar, Jackson Rathbone.