Actress Nikki Reed sure knew how to make a stunning first impression when she made her big screen debut (her first acting performance ever) at the age of 15 in the shocking drama about teens gone bad, “Thirteen” (starring with Evan Rachel Wood).
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, “Thirteen” is the story of a relatively well-adjusted (but socially awkward) young teen girl, Tracy (played by Wood), whose life gets thrown all out of whack when she crosses paths with the wild and promiscuous Evie (played by Reed). It’s sobering look at the terrible influences that may be beyond a parent’s control. What is stunning about the film is not Reed’s powerful performance (which earned deserved raves), it was the fact that Reed wrote the movie, herself. It was based on her own similar experience at that age (she says the ‘Tracy’ character is who she was in real life). Nikki had served notice that she was a new powerhouse talent.
The critical success of “Thirteen” immediately opened many doors for Nikki. Soon, she got cast in the skateboard film “Lords of Dogtown”, which was a fictionalized version of the documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys”. She followed that up with a role in “American Gun”, a poignant independent film about the impact of guns and gun violence on different segments of one community.
Nikki then got her hands on some saucier roles. First, she landed a gig on the mid-2000’s guilty pleasure “The O.C.”. Then, she had her next major lead performance in “Mini’s First Time”, an odd film about where she plays a painfully bored teen who tries to spice up her life with acts such as becoming a call girl and trying to have her mom committed to an insane asylum.
In 2008, Nikki went into full blockbuster mode when she took the role of Rosalie Hale in the ‘tween film epic “Twilight” (a film series that is the bane of anyone beyond the ‘tween years in age). [Thankfully, it also had another “New 2 Tats” beauty in it, in addition to Nikki. That was Ashley Greene]. Nikki played Rosalie in all the sequels, as well.
Lest you think Nikki was an ‘all-work, no-play’ kind of girl, she also recently made some major moves in her personal life. In 2011, she married her “American Idol” beau, Paul McDonald. They met while Paul was in the middle the finals of “Idol”, where he finished 8th. They soon became engaged and then walked down the aisle that October. Staying in the family vein, Nikki also became godmother to the son of “Twilight” co-star, Jackson Rathbone, and was maid of honor at the wedding of “Spy Kids” Alexa Vega.
Nikki has been a fan of tattoos almost from the start of her acting career and has never been shy about showing them off. The vast majority of her tattoos are in the Russian Cyrillic script. I have been able to identify the meaning of some of them, but not the others. Starting with the tattoos whose meaning I have not been able to discern, there is a Cyrillic script design on her inner left thigh (visible only when she’s wearing a bathing suit)
You can find Nikki’s official website here: http://www.iamnikkireed.com/
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