Feb. 1st, 1979
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Rachelle Lefevre's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Rachelle Marie Lefevre (born February 1, 1979) is a Canadian actress. She has starred in the television series Big Wolf on Campus and had recurring roles in What About Brain, Boston Legal, and Swingtown. She starred in the ABC medical drama Off the Map, followed by the CBS series A Gifted Man and Under the Dome.
She appeared in the television movies Picking Up and Dropping Off with 'Scott Wolf', and See Jane Date, and had a role in the romantic comedy Hatley High in 2003. In 2004, Lefevre moved to West Hollywood, California and appeared in the film Noel, directed by 'Chazz Palminteri' and starring 'Penélope Cruz'. She has guest starred on numerous other television series, including: Charmed, playing Olivia Callaway on the episode "Love's a Witch".
Lefevre played the renegade vampire Victoria Sutherland in the film Twilight (2008), based on the novel of the same name by 'Stephenie Meyer'. Lefevre wrote an impassioned letter to the director, explaining her desire to work with the filmmaker. Lefevre described the essence of her character as "pure evil, pure instinct, pure malice, and very feline". After reading that the author used the word "feline" to describe her character's agility, Lefevre watched lion attacks on YouTube to separate the movements of her character from those of normal people. She also took trapeze classes in preparation for the wire work in the film. Lefevre spent hours working on the costumes for her character, and described herself as "obsessed" with vampires after reading Bram Stoker's Dracula at the age of 14.
Lefevre was, at times, overwhelmed by the scrutiny she received from her involvement with Twilight. She participated in a promotional tour in November 2008, where she met and signed autographs for Twilight fans at Hot Topic stores in the U.S. "It's the closest I will ever come in my life to being a rock star," she told The Canadian Press, describing an appearance on MuchMusic, where over 1,500 fans showed up in Toronto. Over 2,500 fans showed up at a Wal-Mart in Salt Lake City, where Lefevre appeared to promote the DVD release of the film. Overall though, Lefevre described herself as delighted by the attention and excitement of the fans. She appeared in New Moon, the film's sequel, based on Meyer's second novel, which she completed shooting in Vancouver in May 2009.
Lefevre did not reprise her role of Victoria in Eclipse, the third film of the Twilight series, and was replaced by 'Bryce Dallas Howard'. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the films, attributed the change to scheduling conflicts; Eclipse and Barney's Version, an independent Canadian feature Lefevre had signed on to, both began filming on August 17, 2009. Lefevre responded that she was "stunned" by the decision and "greatly saddened" not to continue her portrayal of Victoria, and never thought she would "lose the role over a 10 day overlap", in a statement to Access Hollywood. The studio responded in a counter-statement, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story." Lefevre had appeared at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con to promote New Moon the weekend before she was replaced.
Enthusiastic fans of the series reacted to the news of Lefevre's replacement with online petitions urging her return, and "Bring Back Rachelle" became a top-trending topic on Twitter in the afternoon of 29 July 2009. Lefevre told Extra that she was "absolutely blown away" by support from fans, who also made her a tribute video on YouTube. Lefevre did not attend the Los Angeles premiere of New Moon, tweeting that the event "was just 2 emotional 4 me & I couldn't manage it."
Lefevre was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to an English teacher father and a psychologist mother. Her father's family is originally from France and Northern Ireland, and her maternal grandparents are Jewish. She has three sisters and speaks both English and French, though she grew up mostly speaking English. Lefevre attended Centennial Academy, a private high school, and later studied creative arts at Dawson College. She studied theater for two summers at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, and began a degree in education and literature at McGill University.
Lefevre lives in Los Angeles, California. As of June 2009, she was dating 'Jamie King', an actor from the Showtime television series The Tudors. As of August 2013, she was dating 'Chris Crary', a contestant on the reality television series Top Chef.
- Last name pronounced "la-fave".
- Is in a relationship with _"The Tudors" (2007)_ (qv) actor 'Jamie Thomas King' (qv) (2009).
- Is good friends with _Twilight (2008/I)_ (qv) co-stars: 'Ashley Greene (I)' (qv), 'Kellan Lutz' (qv) and 'Edi Gathegi' (qv).
- Speaks both English and French, studied creative arts at Dawson College, studied Theater for two Summers at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, and graduated in Education and Literature at McGill University.
- Her father is an English teacher and her mother is a psychologist.
- Rachelle left _"Big Wolf on Campus" (1999)_ (qv) to pursue college, like her character.