Saturday, August 8, 2009

America Beautiful Actress: Rachel Nichols

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Rachel Emily Nichols is an American model turned actress, best known for her portrayal of CIA officer Rachel Gibson on the ABC television series Alias. At first, Nichols appeared in various television shows in bit parts. Her first auditioned role, which she won, was that of an orgy-loving restaurant hostess in a 2002 episode of Sex and the City, but later that year she won the role of Jessica, the dogged school-newspaper reporter, in Dumb and Dumberer. In 2004, FOX planned to develop a series vaguely reminiscent of their first hit drama, 21 Jump Street. They enlisted Todd and Glenn Kessler (of Robbery Homicide Division) to create the show, tentatively named The Inside. The Kesslers cast Nichols as a 22-year-old federal agent who impersonates a high-school girl in an undercover operation. After the failed FOX series, Nichols quickly found work on the ABC series Alias in the fall of 2005. On May 22, 2006, Nichols appeared in Alias' final episode, "All the Time in the World". After starring in two canceled television series in the last calendar year, Nichols turned her attention back to the big screen with two movies in 2007. The first, Resurrecting the Champ, featured Nichols as the assistant to a sportswriter (Josh Hartnett) who finds a former boxing legend (Samuel L. Jackson) living homeless on the streets. The second, P2, marked a return to the horror genre for Nichols, as she portrayed a businesswoman who gets trapped inside a public parking garage with a deranged security guard. In 2007, Nichols also landed one of the leads in another FOX series — the science fiction drama Them, directed by Jonathan Mostow, although the show ultimately was not picked up by the network. In 2009, Nichols appeared in J. J. Abrams's Star Trek in which she plays an Orion cadet at Starfleet Academy, and starred in Stephen Sommers' G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, as Shana "Scarlett" O'Hara.

Monday, March 30, 2009

America Beautiful Actress: Jordana Brewster

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Jordana Brewster is an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles in The Fast and the Furious, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, The Faculty, D.E.B.S., Annapolis, and Chuck. Brewster made her debut in daytime soap operas, with a one-time appearance on All My Children as Anita Santos, followed by a recurring role on As the World Turns as Nikki Munson from 1995 to 1998. Her first film role was in Robert Rodriguez's 1998 film, The Faculty. One of Brewster's most notable film roles to date is Mia Toretto from The Fast and the Furious (2001), which she will reprise in Fast and Furious (2009). Subsequent film work has included roles in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (scenes deleted), as criminal mastermind Lucy Diamond in D.E.B.S., and as Chrissie in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Her television work includes the NBC miniseries The 60's, as Sarah Weinstock, a college student and radical activist, and a pilot for a followup to the film Mr & Mrs. Smith, playing the role depicted in the film by Angelina Jolie. She is also appearing on Chuck, as the title character's former girlfriend in a multi-episode stint during the second season. In 2002, Stuff magazine named her the 96th hottest woman in their "102 Sexiest Women in the World". In 2005 Maxim magazine named her the 54th sexiest woman in the world in their annual Hot 100. In 2006 Maxim ranked her at #59 on their Hot 100. She placed 8th on's "100 Hottest Women" list in 2007 and 22nd in 2008.


Name: Jordana Brewster
Height: 5' 7''
Nationality: American
Birth Date: April 26, 1980
Birth Place: Panama City, Panama
Profession: Actress
Education: Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York, New York
Professional Children's School in New York, New York
Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut (graduated in Yale Class of 2003)
Relationship: Andrew Form (film producer; began dating in 2005; engaged on November 4, 2006), Mark Wahlberg (actor; born on June 5, 1971; dated from 2000 - June 2001)
Father: Alden Brewster (investment banker)
Mother: Maria Joao Brewster (model from Brazil)
Sister: Isabella Brewster (younger)

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