May. 17th, 1988
West Los Angeles, California, USA
Nikki Reed's Main TV Roles[no roles found]
Main Movie Roles2010 - Chain Letter
2010 - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
2009 - The Twilight Saga: New Moon
2008 - Twilight
2008 - Familiar Strangers
2007 - Cherry Crush
2006 - Mini's First Time
2005 - Lords of Dogtown
2005 - American Gun
2003 - Thirteen
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Guest
Nicole Houston "Nikki" Reed (born May 17, 1988) is an American film and television actress, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, and model.
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, a professional photographer. 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. Reed was raised without religion and has identified as Jewish. She grew up around some Jewish practices, as her brother had a Bar Mitzvah.
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. 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. She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling.
Reed 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 first met Hardwicke when Hardwicke was dating her father.
Reed has repeatedly been cast as sexually advanced, precocious teenagers, including her character in Lords of Dogtown (2005), 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'.
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. Reed also appeared in the film's sequels 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).
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. 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.
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. The pair began dating, and moved in together not long after. At the MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 2011, Reed was photographed with an engagement ring. Later that month, McDonald confirmed their engagement in an interview. The couple married (October 16, 2011), in Malibu.
In March 2014, Reed and McDonald announced that they had separated after living apart for the previous six months due to "work obligations", and plan to end their marriage.
Reed is close friends with her Twilight co-stars, particularly 'Jackson Rathbone'. She is godmother to his son. Reed is also close friends with Spy Kids actress 'Alexa Vega', who was her maid of honor at her wedding.
She 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. 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.
God-mother of Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI (b. July 5, 2012), a son of her friend and Twilight (2008) co-star Jackson Rathbone and his wife Sheila Hafsadi.
(May 16, 2014) Filed for divorce from her husband of 2 years Paul McDonald following an 8-month-long separation.