Nikki Reed is an American actress, screenwriter, singer, and model. She is best known for her role as vampire Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga. Reed was born on May 17, 1988 to Cheryl Houston, a beautician, and Seth Reed, an art director. She has an elder brother and a younger half-brother. Reed describes her early life as complicated, since her parents divorced when she was only two years old.
Reed has appeared in a number of movies, but she began her career as a screenwriter from the age of 13. It all started when the director/writer Catherine Hardwicke was dating Reed’s father, Seth. She learned about the rebellious life of Reed, and wanted to make a movie on her life. Reed and Hardwicke co-wrote the script and screenplay for the movie, and Hardwicke made the preparations to start shooting for the movie the next year, when reed would be the right age to star in it. Thus was born Thirteen (2003), in which Reed went on to take the supporting role of Evie, rather than the lead role of Tracy, which was actually based on her. Her performance in the movie garnered critical acclaim, and won the 2003 Young Hollywood Award in the One to Watch – Female category, and the 2004 Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. Her screenwriting skills also captured attention and she shared a screenwriting award with Hardwicke at Nantucket Film Festival.
After her parents’ divorce, she was living with her mother, and by 14, she had moved out to her own apartment. Once she tasted success with the movie, she returned to her high school to complete her education, but was repeatedly “harassed” about the film by mothers of other children, who would sneak into the school during lunchtime. She eventually had to obtain her diploma through home schooling. Once she left school, she realized that she was missing acting, and returned to Hollywood. She hosted a number of awards, and even appeared in the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Over the years, Reed has been cast in multiple movies as the precocious teenager, including the movie Lords of Dogtown (2007), directed by Hardwicke. Her next appearance in Mini’s First Time (2006) was bold to say the least. She played the lead role of a teenager, who hatches a plan to murder her mother by way of involving her step-father through seduction. Since Reed was only 16 at the time, she was legally not allowed to film explicit scenes and therefore, the sex scenes in the movie were filmed from behind her to hide her face.
One of the first movies that brought Reed a different role was the Twilight (2008), which was again brought to her by her very first movie director, Hardwicke. Reed co-starred alongside Kristen Stewart, as the sister of the lead character, Edward Cullen in the movie. Although Hardwicke departed from the series later, Reed continued to appear in the movie franchise. Her other works include the movies Catch 44 (2011), and Balls Out (2014), and a recurring appearance in the TV show, The O.C.
Reed was married to the American Idol contestant, Paul McDonald since 2011. However, they filed for divorce in 2014. Presently, she is married to actor, Ian Somerhalder, whom she started dating in mid-2014, and married in February, 2015. Reed is said to be close with her Twilight co-stars, particularly Jackson Rathbone. Reed is the godmother of Jackson’s child.