Nov. 6th, 1972
Berkeley, California, USA
Rebecca Romijn's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - Lake City
2006 - X-Men: The Last Stand
2006 - Man About Town
2006 - The Alibi
2004 - The Punisher
2004 - Godsend
2003 - X2: X-Men United
2002 - S1m0ne
2002 - Rollerball
2002 - Femme Fatale
2000 - X-Men
1999 - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
1998 - Dirty Work
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Guest
Herself - Guest Judge
Rebecca Romijn (pronounced Romaine, like the lettuce) was born on November 6, 1972, in Berkeley, California. Her father was Dutch-born and worked as a custom-furniture maker; her mother was American-born, of Dutch descent, and was an English teacher. Rebecca attended Berkeley High School where her nickname was the "Jolly Blond Giant", then she attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where she majored in Music, but left in 1995.
Rebecca (in her own words): "I was a freshman at UC Santa Cruz, really poor, and restless to see the world. I used to sit in my dorm room, thinking, "I just know I'm missing out on something. But, of course, I had no money. And so this friend hooked me up with an agency and it happened very quickly. I moved to Paris, got a cover of French Elle, and stayed for two and a half years". This tall (5' 10") blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty was a natural for modeling, and has posed for Sports Illustrated, 'Christian Dior' and Victoria's Secret, to name but a few. Rebecca first met John Stamos in 1994, at a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and had her first date with him at Disneyland. They married in September 1998, but have since gotten divorced.
Rebecca's favorite foods are fillet mignon, tuna sashimi and Hagen-Dazs Cappuccino Commotion ice cream. But to keep her weight at a svelte 130 pounds, she stays fit with a rigorous stretching and strengthening routine (her firm body tone is evident when compared to photos of her earlier modeling, where she was very slim but not toned).
Rebecca's most famous movie role, so far, was as the shape-shifting "Mystique" in "X-Men" (2000), based on the long-running comic book series about teenage mutant superheroes (that 'Jack Kirby' and 'Stan Lee' created in 1962). To play "Mystique" every day, Rebecca had to start out nude, and then two female makeup artists would apply blue body paint and other stick-on parts for 8 hours a day. Rebecca told 'Jay Leno' on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) that things like tissue paper would stick to her hips; and, one day, the long hours of wearing sticky paint makeup made her so upset that director 'Bryan Singer' told her to have a glass of white wine and relax. Notwithstanding those technical difficulties, "X-Men" (2000) was a box-office bonanza, and Rebecca's future in films was assured.
- Announced her engagement to actor 'Jerry O'Connell' (qv) in September 2005.
- Measurements in 1998: 35B - 24 - 35.
- Along with Ian McKellan playing Magneto in the first three live-action X-Men films, James Franco as Harry Osborn in the first three live-action Spider-Man, and Gene Hackman's non-consecutive turns as Luthor in three Superman films, one of the few people to play a comic book criminal in three live-action films.
- Has starred in four movies based on Marvel comic book characters: _X-Men (2000)_ (qv), _X2 (2003)_ (qv), _The Punisher (2004)_ (qv) and _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv).
- Ranked as #99 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
- She is of entirely Dutch heritage. Her maternal grandmother is first cousins with Dorothy Letterman, 'David Letterman' (qv)'s mother.
- When she was young, her parents didn't have money, so she had to shop at Value Village.
- Ranked #58 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.