Rebecca Alie Romijn[2] (/rˈmn/ roh-MAYN; Dutch: [roːˈmɛin]; born November 6, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She is known for her role as Mystique in the trilogy of the X-Men film series, and as Joan from The Punisher (2004), both of which are based on Marvel Comics. She also had a recurring role as Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty. Recent major roles include as Eve Baird on the TNT series The Librarians, which ran for four seasons, and as the host of the game show Skin Wars.

Rebecca Romijn
Rebecca Romijn by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Romijn at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Rebecca Alie Romijn[1]

(1972-11-06) November 6, 1972 (age 46)
Other names
  • Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
  • Rebecca Romijn-O'Connell
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
OccupationActress & former model
Years active1991–present
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
John Stamos
(m. 1998; div. 2005)

Jerry O'Connell (m. 2007)

Early lifeEdit

Romijn was born on November 6, 1972, in Berkeley, California.[3] Her mother, Elizabeth Romijn (née Kuizenga), is a community college instructor of English as a Second Language (ESL) and textbook author. Rebecca's father, Jaap Romijn, is a custom furniture maker.[4][5] Her father is a native of Barneveld, the Netherlands, while her mother is an American of Dutch and English ancestry. Her mother met Rebecca's father as a teenager while living in the Netherlands on a student exchange program.[6][7] Romijn's maternal grandfather, Henry Bernard Kuizenga, was a Presbyterian minister and seminary professor.[8][9]

On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, when questioned about always being glamorous and beautiful, Romijn revealed that in her early teens, she was in fact an insecure "drama geek" and that, as a result of her growth spurt, she suffered from scoliosis and was constantly in pain. Many sources say that she was once nicknamed the "Jolly Blonde Giant" because of her 5-foot-11-inch (1.80 m) height, but she has admitted to making that up "for a laugh".[10] While studying Music (Voice) at the University of California, Santa Cruz,[11] she became involved with fashion modeling and eventually moved to Paris, where she lived for more than three years.


Among other jobs, Romijn started her modeling career in 1991. She has appeared on the covers of American, French, Spanish, Russian and Swedish editions of Elle, Marie Claire, American, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, and Mexican editions of Cosmopolitan, Allure, Glamour, GQ, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated.

She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Escada, Christian Dior, La Perla, Tommy Hilfiger, Furla, Liz Claiborne, J. Crew, Victoria's Secret, bebe, La Senza, Dillard's, Pantene, Got Milk?, Miller Lite, and Maybelline. She has also walked for Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, and Anna Molinari along with the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Karen Mulder, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Christy Turlington. She also was the host of MTV's House of Style from 1998 to 2000. Romijn has been featured numerous times in annual lists of the world's most beautiful women by publications such as Maxim (2003–2007), (2001–2003, 2005–2006), and FHM (2000–2005).[12] She also appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Chinatown".

In 2000's X-Men Romijn had her first major movie role as Mystique; she returned to the role in 2003's sequel X2, and again for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In these films, her costume consisted of blue makeup and some strategically placed prosthetics on her otherwise nude body. In X2 she shows up in a bar in one scene in her "normal" look, and in X-Men: The Last Stand, she appears as a dark-haired "de-powered" Mystique. The role has since been recast with Jennifer Lawrence playing the younger version of the character. She had her first leading role in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale (2002). She also has starred in movies such as Rollerball, The Punisher playing a woman named Joan (Joan and Mystique are both characters from Marvel Comics) and Godsend. She played the leading role in Pepper Dennis, a short-lived TV series on The WB Television Network.

In January 2007, Romijn made her first appearance on the ABC series Ugly Betty as a full-time regular cast member.[13] She played Alexis Meade, a transgender woman and the sister of lead character Daniel Meade. In April 2008, however, it was reported that Romijn would only be appearing as a recurring character in Season 3 due to a change in direction by the writing staff (aligning, fortuitously enough, with Romijn's pregnancy, which would have been inconsistent with her character's storyline).[14] In November 2007, Romijn made a guest appearance on the ABC series Carpoolers, where she played the ex-wife of the character Laird, played by her real-life husband Jerry O'Connell.[15]

Romijn starred in the ABC series Eastwick,[16] reuniting her with her former Pepper Dennis co-star, Lindsay Price, before ABC canceled the show on November 9, 2009.[17] She appears in an uncredited cameo in the 2011 feature film X-Men: First Class, appearing as an older version of the character played by Jennifer Lawrence.[18] Romijn appeared as lab worker Jessie on the Adult Swim live-action show NTSF:SD:SUV:: for two seasons. Between June and September 2013, she starred in TNT's series King & Maxwell as Michelle Maxwell, a former Secret Service agent who works as a private investigator.[19]

In addition to her film ventures, Romijn has also recorded music, performing a cover of Prince's "Darling Nikki" for the 2005 album Electro Goth Tribute to Prince. She was also featured on the song "Color Me Love" for RuPaul's eighth studio album Realness in 2015.

Romijn at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, 2012

She most recently starred as Eve Baird, the guardian of the eponymous group in The Librarians, a direct spin-off of The Librarian film series. She is also currently the host of GSN's original series and reality show Skin Wars. Romijn has also been confirmed to voice Lois Lane in the latest movie in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, an adaptation of The Death of Superman.[20] In 2019 she joined the cast of Star Trek: Discovery, playing the role of Number One, first officer of the starship Enterprise 1701.

Personal lifeEdit

Romijn began dating actor John Stamos in 1994, after they met at a Victoria's Secret fashion show in which she was modeling. Romijn and Stamos became engaged on Christmas Eve 1997, and they married on September 19, 1998 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.[21] During the marriage, she used the name Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in both her personal and professional life. The couple announced their separation in April 2004.[22] Stamos filed for divorce in August 2004,[23] and it became final on March 1, 2005.[24] Romijn subsequently resumed using only her maiden name, but revealed in an August 2013 interview on Conan that she had never legally changed her name back from Romijn-Stamos after a Conan staff member noticed "Romijn-Stamos" on her driver's license.[2]

In 2004 Romijn started dating actor Jerry O'Connell. They became engaged in September 2005,[25] and married at their home in Calabasas, California, on July 14, 2007.[26] Romijn and O'Connell have twin daughters, Dolly Rebecca Rose O'Connell and Charlie Tamara Tulip O'Connell, born on December 28, 2008.[27] Dolly is named for singer Dolly Parton's first name and Charlie is named for O'Connell's brother Charlie O'Connell.[28]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Dirty Work Bearded lady
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Herself
2000 X-Men Raven Darkhölme / Mystique Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
2002 Run Ronnie Run Herself
Rollerball Aurora
Femme Fatale Laure / Lily
Simone Faith Uncredited
2003 X2 Raven Darkhölme / Mystique Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
2004 The Punisher Joan
Godsend Jessie Duncan
2006 The Alibi Lola Released on home media as Lies and Alibis
Man About Town Nina Giamoro
X-Men: The Last Stand Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
2008 Lake City Jennifer
2010 The Con Artist Belinda
2011 X-Men: First Class Older Raven Darkhölme Uncredited cameo
2012 Good Deeds Heidi
The Producers Ulla
2014 Phantom Halo Ms. Rose
2018 The Swinging Lanterns Stories Malia
The Death of Superman Lois Lane (voice)
2019 Reign of the Supermen Lois Lane (voice)
Batman: Hush Lois Lane (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Friends Cheryl Episode: "The One with the Dirty Girl"
1999 Hefner: Unauthorized Kimberly Hefner Television film;
Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
1999–2000 Just Shoot Me! Adrienne Barker 8 episodes;
Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
2000 Jack & Jill Paris Everett Episode: "Starstruck";
Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
2002 MADtv Herself / Host Episode: "#7.14";
Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
2006 Pepper Dennis Pepper Dennis 13 episodes;
Also co-producer
2007 Drawn Together Charlotte Episode: "Charlotte's Web of Lies"
Carpoolers Joannifer Episode: "A Divorce to Remember"
2007–2008 Ugly Betty Alexis Mead 33 episodes
2009 Project Runway Herself / Guest judge Episode: "We Expect Fashion"
2009–2010 Eastwick Roxie Torcoletti 13 episodes
2011 Special Agent Oso Miss Garcia (voice) Episode: "Lost and Get Found/A View to the Truth"
The Cleveland Show Speaker / Graduate (voice) Episode: "Back to Cool"
Possessing Piper Rose Joanna Maxwell Television film
Chuck Robin Cunnings Episode: "Chuck Versus the Curse"
2011–2012 NTSF:SD:SUV Jessie Nichols 17 episodes
2013 Burning Love Katie 2 episodes
King & Maxwell Michelle Maxwell 10 episodes
2014 The Pro Margot Television film
2014–2016 Skin Wars Herself / Host / Judge 27 episodes
2014–2018 The Librarians Eve Baird 42 episodes
2015 Key and Peele Pirate Captain Episode: "Y'all Ready for This?"
Adventure Time The Empress (voice) 2 episodes
RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Guest judge;
Episode: "Hello, Kitty Girls!"
2017 Love Locks Lindsey Wilson Television film
2018 Carter Cassidy Lenox Episode: "The Ring"
2019 Star Trek: Discovery Number One 3 episodes
Star Trek: Short Treks Number One

Other workEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1988 New Kids on the Block: Please Don't Go Girl Girl 1 Music video / video short
2003 TRON 2.0 Mercury (voice) Video game
2004 Tron 2.0: Killer App Mercury (voice) Video game
War Journal: On the Set of The Punisher Herself Documentary short
Credited as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
2005 Trippin' Herself Television documentary
2 episodes
2006 Wet Dreams Herself Documentary
Executive producer
2007 Becoming Ugly: A New Face for Television Herself Video short
2008 Speechless Herself Television documentary
2010 Worst Wedding DJ Ever Herself Video short
2012 Bettie Page Reveals All Herself Documentary
Actress & model
House of Style: Music, Models and MTV Herself Television documentary
2013 The Hand Bra by Rebecca Romijn Herself Video short
2014 Haunted House Hunters Herself Video short
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Sally the Flightpal Music video/video short

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Rebecca Romijn Profile in the FMD-database. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Rebecca Romijn Is Still Legally "Rebecca Romijn-Stamos"". August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Rebecca A Romijn,
  4. ^ "Rebecca Romijn-Stamos Biography (1972–)". Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  5. ^ "Rebecca rules". Cosmopolitan. July 1, 2000. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Rebecca Romijn Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "The Rebecca Romijn Fanpage". Archived from the original on July 20, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Kuizenga, Grace Elizabeth Abney – October 14, 1917 – June 20, 2005". San Francisco Chronicle. June 25, 2005.
  9. ^ Marquis, A. N. (1960), "Kuizenga, Henry Bernard", Who's who in the Midwest, 7, p. 490
  10. ^ "Rebecca Romijn biography". Archived from the original on June 11, 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Rebecca Romijn Biography". People. Retrieved February 1, 2008.
  12. ^ "FHM Magazine 100 Sexiest Women 2005". Retrieved October 11, 2006.
  13. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin. Rebecca Romijn, Watch with Kristin blog, E!
  14. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (April 24, 2008). "Sources Confirm: Rebecca Romijn Now Recurring Role on Ugly Betty". Watch with Kristin blog. E!. Retrieved April 30, 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  15. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (March 10, 2010). "Chatting with ''Carpoolers''' Designated Driver". Watch with Kristin blog. E!. Retrieved March 14, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  16. ^ "Witchy Woman". East Bay, California: September 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  17. ^ Martin, Denise (November 10, 2009). "Quick Takes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  18. ^ Lovece, Frank. "Film Review: X-Men: First Class", Film Journal International, June 2, 2011
  19. ^ Gelman, Vlada (January 15, 2013). "TNT Greenlights Private Eye Series Starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn". Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  20. ^ Holbrook, Damian. "'The Office,' 'The Librarians' & More TV Faves Join 'The Death of Superman'". TV Insider. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  21. ^ Lipton, Michael A. (September 27, 1999). "Full Spouse". People. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  22. ^ "Spring Break". People. April 26, 2004. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  23. ^ "Divorce for John, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos". People. August 23, 2004. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  24. ^ "Divorce final for Romijn, Stamos". USA Today. March 1, 2005. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  25. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (September 20, 2005). "Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O'Connell Engaged". People. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  26. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (July 30, 2007). "Inside Their Summer Wedding!". People. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  27. ^ Laudadio, Marisa (January 5, 2009). "Rebecca Romijn Welcomes Twin Girls – Babies, Rebecca Romijn". People. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  28. ^ Serpe, Gina (January 5, 2009). "Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell Welcome Twins". E!. Retrieved October 20, 2010.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Daisy Fuentes
Host of House of Style
Succeeded by
Molly Sims