Also Credited As:Autumn Alicia Reeser
|Autumn Alicia Reeser on September 21, 1980 in La Jolla, California, USA|
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Autumn Alicia Reeser was born on Sept. 21, 1980 in La Jolla, CA to Tom Reeser, the executive director of television station KCOT, and Kim Reeser. Along with her younger sister Melissa, the future star was raised right outside San Diego in the coastal cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside, where she participated in local theater productions from the ages of six till she graduated from high school. An avid reader and gifted student, Reeser was honored with a Scholastic award for a documentary on the local homeless she had reported on. While attending Carlsbad High School, she was involved in various clubs including cheerleading and theater while working weekends at retail shops like Wet Seal.
Reeser knew by the age of 17 that she was destined for stardom. She moved to Los Angeles after high school and enrolled at UCLA. She also met her fiancé Jesse Warren, a writer-director, while attending the university. The drama student made ends meet by working as a waitress at nearby Westwood restaurants. In order to get her foot in the acting door, Reeser took an internship with a casting director. The position and experience helped her land a manager, an agent, and her first role. At the age of 20, Reeser made her television debut as an alien girl in "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN, 1995-2001). The role provided the young actress with a promising jumpstart to her career and she began booking a steady stream of guest-starring roles on programs like "Grounded For Life" (FOX, 2001-02; The WB, 2002-05), "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003-2010), and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ).
Recurring roles on "The George Lopez Show" (ABC, 2002-07) and the family comedy "Complete Savages" exposed Reeser to a mainstream audience. As the sole female lead in the latter, the actress' comedy chops showed she could more than keep up with her male co-stars. In 2005, Reeser was cast in her breakout role of Taylor Townsend on "The O.C." Her performance as a quirky and mysterious socialite who wins Ryan Atwoood's (McKenzie) heart in the drama series earned the actress praise from critics and longtime fans of the show. She also went from a recurring character in the third season to a series regular during the fourth and final season of "The O.C." The actress next tried her hand at film acting, with a minor appearance in the teen sex romp "The Girl Next Door" (2004) starring Emile Hirsch and Elisha Cuthbert, and in the independent drama, "Our Very Own." Reeser proved her singing and dancing were on par with her acting when she was cast as Madison in the MTV movie "The American Mall" (2008). As a rich, spoiled daddy's girl, Reeser nailed the bad girl role in the movie that was touted as the next "High School Musical" (The Disney Channel, 2006).
Reeser left fanboys drooling when she joined the cast of "The Lost Boys: The Tribe" in 2008. A sequel to the 1987 vampire classic "The Lost Boys" that had initially starred Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric, the film premiered at Comic-Con in San Diego. As Nicole, Reeser played an orphaned teen who falls in with the wrong crowd - namely surfing vampires - and comes dangerously close to turning into one herself. The movie received a great deal of buzz over its supposed reunion of the original film's stars and former teen heartthrobs, "the Two Coreys" - Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. However, the film could not capture the magic of the initial Joel Schumacher film and "The Tribe" went directly to DVD. A disappointed Reeser turned it around by landing her next major television role. As junior talent agent Lizzy on "Entourage," the actress faced a group of fast-talking cast of characters, led by Emmy Award-winning Jeremy Piven, who played the agent of all agents Ari Gold. Back on the big screen, she also appeared in two features in 2009: the comedy/drama "Possessions," and the action flick "Smokin' Aces: Blowback." After a supporting role in the Antonio Banderas thriller "The Big Bang" (2011), Reeser co-starred in "No Ordinary Family" (ABC 2010-11), a comedy drama about a family of undercover superheroes, followed by another supporting role in the thriller "Last Resort" (ABC 2012-13), starring Andre Braugher. Story arcs on the romantic comedy "Necessary Roughness" (USA 2011-13) and crime drama "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS 2010- ) followed.