- NAME: Rebecca Romijn
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Television Actress, Model
- BIRTH DATE: November 06, 1972 (Age: 41)
- Did You Know?: Rebecca Romijn's transformation into the Mystique character of the X-Men films took generally eight hours of preparation before shooting.
- Did You Know?: Rebecca Romijn had intentions of studying singing as a college undergrad.
- Did You Know?: Rebecca Romijn is fluent in Dutch.
- EDUCATION: Berkeley High School, University of Southern California at Santa Cruz
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Berkeley, California
- Full Name: Rebecca Romijn
- AKA: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
- AKA: Rebecca Romijn Stamos
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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Rebecca Romijn is a former Sports Illustrated model who turned to acting with roles in X-Men, Ugly Betty and King & Maxwell.
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Born on November 6, 1972, in Berkeley, California, Rebecca Romijn pursued a successful international modeling career before focusing on acting. She starred as shape-shifter Mystique in the hit X-Men film franchise, with her television work including roles in Just Shoot Me, Ugly Betty, Eastwick and King & Maxwell. Previously married to actor/musician John Stamos,
"I've always said that sexy is having a really strong sense of yourself and never taking yourself too seriously."
"I'm a diligent person, and that came directly from having hardworking parents. They also gave me a certain amount of humility."
"Making people laugh is the greatest experience. You really feel like you're doing your job right: communicating. That immediate reaction is so satisfying."
"I know [my daughters are] going to have a lot to say by the time they turn 2, so until then I get to dress them however I want."
"I'm not into big drama. I try and stay away from that. I think life throws enough curveballs that you shouldn't make such a big deal out of everything. You just have to sort of roll with the punches."
she wed actor Jerry O'Connell in 2007.
Rebecca Romijn was born on November 6, 1972, in Berkeley, California, to parents of Dutch descent, with her mother working as a teacher and her father as a toy and furniture craftsman. Though the couple divorced during Romijn's youth, they lived across the street from each other for years afterwards and she grew up with her younger sister in a progressive, freedom-to-explore environment.
Romijn had plans to study singing as a college undergraduate, but instead opted to travel to Paris after meeting a modeling scout. She established a successful, international modeling career, becoming famed for her Elle and Sports Illustrated magazine work as well as campaigns with Victoria's Secret and Tommy Girl.
Beginning to realize that continuing with modeling wasn't for her, Romijn turned to acting, having a sense of comedic chops from the television fare she watched during her childhood. She starred as the girlfriend of Ross (actor David Schwimmer) on the NBC series Friends in 1997 and, realizing that she loved performance, appeared on another sitcom, Just Shoot Me, a couple of years later. By the end of '97, she'd also begun hosting duties on MTV's House of Style.
Romijn worked in film as well toward the latter half of the '90s, appearing as a bearded lady in Bob Saget's Dirty Work (1998) and as a model in the 1999 Austin Powers sequel. She then entered the science-fiction/comic world with her role as athletic, wily shape-shifter Mystique in X-Men (2000), a redhead clad in blue body paint and scales. She reprised the role in the blockbuster 2003 and 2006 sequels, with other films for the decade including Femme Fatale (2002) and Godsend (2004).
Romijn continued her TV career. She starred on the 2006 comedic WB series Pepper Dennis before taking on the role of transgender character Alex "Alexis" Meade on the hit ABC series Ugly Betty. She also co-starred on Eastwick, a 2009 drama inspired by the John Updike work of the same name. By the new decade, with a role in Tyler Perry's Good Deeds (2012) as well, Romijn turned to more dramatic fare with TNT's King & Maxwell, a summer 2013 crime drama on which she played a P.I.
Romijn had met actor and musician John Stamos in 1994, and a few years later the couple wed in Beverly Hills. The marriage ended in 2005, with Romijn remaining private about specific circumstances.
She later met fellow actor Jerry O'Connell in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two had a laidback marriage ceremony in their backyard in 2007, going on to have twin girls in December of the following year.
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